Items tagged with Anonymous

Facebook seems to have been focusing giving its users the ability to be anonymous in recent weeks. In October it was rumored that the company was working on a new mobile app, which has been designated Rooms, that would allow users to interact with each other under an alias. But now, Facebook is making its social media website more Tor-friendly. The company announced that Tor users could get a secure connection to its servers by visiting https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/ that will provide end-to-end encryption. Prior to this, it was a chore for Tor users to connect through a Tor-enabled internet... Read more...
This weekend, Dropbox experienced an outage that lasted far too long. A wing of hacker collective Anonymous claimed credit for the outage, saying it performed a database hack, which turned out to be a hoax. However, the group maintained that it did hit Dropbox with a DDoS attack, which was timed to coincide with the site’s scheduled maintenance. Dropbox has strongly denied the hack, but it hasn’t said anything about the claim of a DDoS attack, which seems odd. The company has talked around it by carefully describing the post-mortem. “On Friday at 5:30 PM PT, we had a planned maintenance... Read more...
For a moment there, it appeared as though popular cloud storage service Dropbox had been hacked, with the user database accessed and user emails being exposed. Two loosely affiliated wings of hacker collective Anonymous, AnonOpsKorea and The 1775 Sec, claimed credit, but the whole thing was just a hoax timed to coincide with scheduled Dropbox site maintenance. Credit: TechCrunch The two groups both claimed that they compromised the Dropbox website Friday evening and accessed the site’s database, but shortly thereafter Wesley McGrew of McGrew Security noted in a tweet that the emails in the... Read more...
Nowadays, there seems to be a website for everything. But would you believe that there isn't one for the hacktivist group Anonymous? In reality, it's of little surprise, as this is a group that lacks a typical hierarchy - it has no leader, and equal rights among all members. Via social networks, it spreads its developments and findings, and up to this point, it's proven to be quite a successful means in doing so. However, things are about to change a little bit. Recently, the group behind the @YourAnonNews Twitter account set up an Indiegogo campaign to help raise the funds to launch... Read more...
At this point in time, it's pretty-well assured that the vast majority of people are getting a little annoyed by North Korea's ongoing antics, and while we'd love to see things settle down and people be reasonable, that's not the restrictive state's way. It seems that the country has only one outcome in mind, and for that reason, hacktivist group Anonymous has stepped-in in an attempt to annoy it right back. In the best way it knows how, Anonymous has begun targeting social networking accounts and websites related to the country, such as news site Uriminzokkiri and its related... Read more...
Following rumors that hacktivist collective Anonymous had breached the US Federal Reserve servers this past weekend comes word from the Fed itself to acknowledge that it did in fact happen. Despite the fact that Anonymous managed to leak information on some 4,000 banking executives, the Federal Reserve is down-playing the the incident due to fact that no truly sensitive information was among this (home addresses, for example) and nothing but that server itself was compromised. This acts as another wake-up call for those who are meant to keep these servers secure, however, because while the information... Read more...
The Northside Independent School District (NISD) in San Antonio sparked a controversy earlier this year when it rolled out its "Student Locator Project," an initiative that requires students to wear ID badges with embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) chips. NISD's website is down today, and a member of the hacking organization known as Anonymous reached out HotHardware to take credit for the outage. NISD said it wanted to expand the Student Locator Project to 112 Texas schools and around 100,000 students to curb truancy, apparently a major problem at the school district in question. It... Read more...
In celebration of Guy Fawkes Day, members of Anonymous and many other hacker groups have taken to the Web to deface as many websites as possible, focusing on both big and small. At the time of writing, it's a little difficult to see exactly how each targeted website was defaced, but the numbers keep on rising. According to ZDNET, ImageShack, PayPal, NBC, Lady GaGa's official, Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno portals (related to NBC), Arcelor Mittal (mining company in Australia), GiftNow, the official Greek City site and the Ghana Consulate site have all been hacked and defaced in... Read more...
As we reported on Tuesday, GoDaddy suffered a major outage that left thousands, and potentially millions of customers with downed websites and services. While a supposed member of the Anonymous collective took credit for an attack, GoDaddy has since concluded that no hack or distributed denial of service attack took place. Instead, the company has posted on its site that the cause of the issue was a router that somehow had its data tables corrupted. Many have remained skeptical about this claim, however, as for a single router being able to take out all of GoDaddy seems unlikely. All hosts have,... Read more...
On Monday around mid-morning, a lone hacker claiming association to hacker collective Anonymous attacked GoDaddy.com, taking down many of the personal and small business websites that GoDaddy hosts. GoDaddy posted some vague Tweets throughout the day, assuring its customers that it was aware of and working on the problem, and the following was posted on the official company website: At 10:25 am PT, GoDaddy.com and associated customer services experienced intermittent outages. Services began to be restored for the bulk of affected customers at 2:43 pm PT. At no time was any sensitive customer information,... Read more...
Earlier this month, Symantec essentially shrugged after hacker group Lords of Dharmaraja swiped source code to some Symantec products from Indian military servers and threatened to release it. Now, it appears to have been a lot of false bravado on Symantec’s part. Symantec has publicly acknowledged the breach(es), the extent of the damage, and what customers should do about it. In a special post on its website, Symantec said; Our investigation continues to indicate that the theft is limited to only the code for the 2006 versions of Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition; Norton Internet Security;... Read more...
In terms of security, it’s been an obscenely bad year for Sony. The company suffered a series of embarrassing and very public hacks and attacks on its various sites and systems at the hands of PS3 hacker George Hotz and then, far more maliciously, Anonymous and LulzSec. The whole bloodbath is both a testament to the disturbing power of hackers and a case study on some of the worst ways to deal with security breaches and associated litigation. Sony has taken at least one measure to shore up its badly compromised borders by hiring Philip R. Reitinger as its Senior Vice President and Chief Information... Read more...
Anonymous and its various splinter groups have kept themselves in the headlines for quite some time by hacking and/or attacking a diverse cadre of people, groups, and Web sites, such as Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), PayPal, government contractors, the UK’s Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), Sony, and so on. The latest victim is Richard T. Garcia, a senior vice president for defense contractor Vanguard Defense Industries (VDI) and board member of InfraGard, a “sinister alliance of law enforcement, military, and private security contractors dedicated to protecting the infrastructure... Read more...
Hacker group Anonymous promised a cyberattack on the website of San Francisco Bay Area transit agency BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), starting at 12 noon PST on Sunday, Aug. 14, and they delivered, managing deface two related sites, as well leak user data from one of the sites. Both site defacements are related to Operation Bart (#OpBART on Twitter), the organization said, on the OpBART Facebook page. MyBART.org saw a cache of user data leaked, while the other site, californiaavoid.org, which is maintained by the California Office of Traffic Safety, said defacement on that site consisted... Read more...
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