Items tagged with Hacking

Earlier this month, it was discovered that China was using man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks against Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird email clients, as well as smartphone apps that use IMAP and SMTP protocols. Or did it? A spokesman for the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) claims the allegations that Chinese authorities hacked into Outlook are just "groundless slander." "The Chinese government is a staunch defender of the Internet's security, and resolutely opposes any form of cyberattack," the CAC said. Image Source: Flickr (Robert Scoble) Online censorship... Read more...
Hackers have posted a list containing 1,800 usernames, passwords, and email addresses belonging to Minecraft players. While that represents a small fraction of the overall number of Minecraft players, those who appear on the list are at risk of having their accounts broke into by anyone who views the list, which has been made public on Pastebin.German-language publication Heise first discovered the breach, noting that the information posted online could be used to log into the game under any of the compromised accounts. In addition to wreaking havoc with people's virtual worlds, it also allows... Read more...
It doesn't matter what you invent, someone will figure out a way to use it for nefarious purposes. And so it goes with the Internet, a wonderful tool for connecting the world in ways that weren't possible prior to its inception, yet it's also provided a means for cybercriminals to steal large amounts of personal data at a time. Last year was particularly brutal, with several high profile attacks taking place, and this year it looks as though hackers are trying to rise from their underground hideouts and make themselves available for mainstream hire. Hackers List, which opened in November, is one... Read more...
U.S. officials have long blamed North Korea for the digital attack that embarrassed Sony and nearly derailed The Interview late last year. But the idea that a tiny dictatorship could effectively censor a major movie studio in the United States hasn’t been sitting well with many. As unlikely as a successful North Korean cyberattack sounds, U.S. officials are sticking to the story and a report by The New York Times explains why they’re so sure: the National Security Agency has infiltrated North Korea’s networks for years.  The NSA’s involvement might explain why President... Read more...
An 18-year-old man living in the U.K. was picked up and arrested in Southport as part of an investigation into distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that brought down Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) and Microsoft's Xbox Live service on Christmas Day. The investigation is part of a joint effort between U.K. cybercrime authorities and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).The DDoS attacks carried out by members of the hacking group Lizard Squad caused both services to be overwhelmed with online traffic, which disrupted access. Both Sony and Microsoft were forced to shut down their... Read more...
An accountability board overseen by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) cleared the spy agency of any wrongdoing after investigating the search of Senate computers that were used to review the agency's alleged use of torture tactics during Bush's presidency period. That might be fine and dandy under different circumstance, but in this case, the review panel looking into the CIA's actions was put together by… the CIA. Conflict of interest, anyone? The board released a 38-page report in which it found that a handful of agency officials made a "mistake" by searching for files used by the Senate... Read more...
The unfortunate reality that we had to come to grips with in 2014 is that hackers aren't going anywhere, and if anything, they're becoming a growing nuisance. That isn't likely to change in 2015, though U.S. President Barack Obama wants to see some changes in the way security breaches are handled. One of the things he's pushing for is a requirement for companies to notify their customers within 30 days when data has been compromised.It's one of the measures included in the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, a national standard that would require companies to be more forthcoming when... Read more...
When North Korea's laughable Internet connection went down last month, many wondered if that was the result of U.S. forces responding "proportionately" to the massive cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, just as President Barack Obama promised just days prior to the outage. North Korea certainly thought so. However, the response Obama alluded to came on Friday in the form of sanctions against the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The Executive Order points to North Korea's "numerous provocations," and in particular the shenanigans against Sony that Obama called... Read more...
Fast food chain Chick-fil-A is in the news again, though this time it has to do with a recent security breach in which it appears that customers' credit card information was compromised. Chick-fil-A said it's been receiving reports of potential unusual activity involving payment cards used at a few of its restaurants and that it's currently working with IT security firms and law enforcement to gather all the facts. "We want to assure our customers we are working hard to investigate these events and will share additional facts as we are able to do so," Chick-fil-A said in a statement. "If the investigation... Read more...
One of the things we're not looking forward to in 2015 is a continuation of cyberattacks against companies big and small. For whatever reason, hackers have been on a rampage in 2014, hitting banks and retailers like Target, Home Depot, and others. It's gotten so out of hand that some companies have started hacking back. According to Bloomberg, the hack-back mentality is being fueled, in part, by the lack of intervention by U.S. officials. When that's the case, there remains little recourse for private-sector companies doing business in the U.S., so they've begun walking a fine legal line as they... Read more...
It was a very un-merry Christmas for millions of gamers who scored a Microsoft or Sony game console yesterday, or otherwise wanted to partake in some online console gaming, only to find out that both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network had been rendered unusable due to a DDoS attack. Ah, but of all the unlikely heroes, Kim Dotcom swooped in today like ol' St. Nick and struck a deal with Lizard Squad, the hacker group taking responsibility for the DDoS attacks, to back off so that he could play some Destiny. Dotcom took to Twitter to offer the Lizard Squad (@LizardMafia) 3,000 lifetime premium... Read more...
Breaking news, folks -- Sony has decided not to bow to pressure from hackers to cancel the Christmas Day debut of "The Interview," at least not outright. In a statement pulled from NBC's Facebook page and making the rounds on the web, Sony confirmed the film will have a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 25, 2014. "We have never given up on releasing 'The Interview' and we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day," said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment. "At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms... Read more...
What do you call it when a foreign country conducts a massive cyberattack on U.S. soil, steals data such as personally identifiable information and movie scripts, and threatens the lives of Americans if a particular movie is played? An act of "cyber-vandalism," of course! That's the term President Barack Obama used to described North Korea's shenanigans against Sony Pictures Entertainment, which ultimately led to Sony canceling the Christmas Day debut of "The Interview," a far-fetched comedy involving an assassination attempt against North Korean leader Kim... Read more...
North Korea has gone on record denying involvement in a recent cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, and now White House officials are debating if they should go on record accusing the country's leader Kim Jong-un and his regime of what now amounts to an act of cyberterrorism. Following an investigation into the matter, it appears there's no question that North Korea was "centrally involved" in the hack and subsequent threats against Americans, though confronting the culprit comes with certain consequences. Let's back up a moment. The hack against Sony resulted in the theft of a wide... Read more...
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