Hackers are constantly targeting the social media and websites of major corporations and organizations. In October of last year, the Syrian Electronic Army hacked into President Obama's social media accounts. The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) is at it again with a new hack in to social media accounts.
The Neiman Marcus hack saw potentially 1.1m credit card details stolen, the high-end retailer has admitted, though claims no online customers were impacted nor PINs stolen. "The malware actively attempted to collect or "scrape" payment card data from July 16, 2013 to October 30, 2013" Neiman Marcus president and CEO Karen Katz wrote in an open letter to customers, though so far credit card companies have said only around 2,400 cards have actually seen fraudulent activity as a result. Still, the retailer has offered a make-up deal to anyone who shopped there between January 2013 and 2014.
The Chinese government announced this week that it believes an internet outage that has hit the country is the result of a cyber attack. Web users within the country were unable to reach certain websites starting around 3:20pm local time on January 21 according to the National Computer Network Emergency Response Center. That response center has issued a preliminary conclusion that the outage was caused by a cyber attack.
Vital control systems used by energy, water, and transportation are ill-prepared to cope with online terrorism and hacking threats, the EU's cyber security agency has warned, blaming patchy and inconsistent testing for what could be a potential infrastructure disaster. Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are "often outdated" ENISA points out, while their expected lifespan of 20 years or more fails to incorporate the sort of security features essential to withstand cyber-terrorism attacks.
SplashData, makers of the SplashID Safe password management software, has just published its list of 25 worst passwords of 2013. Climbing up the list from second to first is "123456", switching places with 2012's champion, "password", now at second place.
The Internet of Things is something that has been around for a number of years now. The Internet of Things takes many of the items we all have around the home and puts them online. Items like smart TVs, washers and dryers, thermostats, and even refrigerators are some of the items that make up the Internet of Things.
Yesterday, news surfaced of an annoying and somewhat unanticipated so-called hijacking of hotel links within Google+ Local accounts by yet-unknown spammers. When clicked, the compromised links took prospective customers to a third-party book service. Whether the third-party services were responsible for the compromised accounts or another entity entirely -- someone operating under an affiliate account sees most likely, in that scenario -- also isn't yet known.
We've know for a while now that retailer Target was the target of an attack that resulted in the loss of shopper credit card data. Target noted from the start that the credit card data that that was stolen was from customers that shopped in physical stores, not those who shopped online. Early on Target denied that any PIN numbers were stolen along with the card data.
A new tool to allow Snapchat users to check whether their username and cellphone number have been compromised in the recent database hack has been launched, with an estimated 4.6m accounts supposedly leaked. The tool, developed by password management firm LastPass, checks a Snapchat username against the millions of accounts that were exposed using a security loophole the company was supposedly made aware of back in August 2013, but which it only addressed - at least partially - in recent days after the exploit was made public.