Sony has announced today the hiring of a former official at the Department of Homeland Security to head its efforts to protect Sony's game networks from future hacker attacks. This move comes just a few months after the high-profile attack on the PlayStation Network (PSN) that brought the platform down for over a month and saw the data of 100 million users compromised.
As it appeared that a group of hackers had successfully stolen a set of over 500 SSL certificates from a group by the name of DigiNotar, Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft see threat as too great and set in motion the permanent blocking of all digital certificates issued by DigiNotar. For those of you who have no idea what these security certificates do, just know that the holders of said certificates could, in one instance, set of a scam in which they appear to have a legitimate site (such as Gmail, for example), but once you've entered your name and password, they've intercepted it and have full access. It is this amongst many other plausible malicious situations that Google, Mozilla, and Microsoft are now guarding against.
A Dutch company that sells SSL certificates to hundreds of major companies around the world was hacked recently. The result of the hack was that 500 different SSL certificates for legitimate companies were stolen. That means that a nefarious page could use the stolen SSL certificates and bypass some security lending to possible infection of the computer reviewing the website.
Suddenly the hackers participating with Anonymous and LulzSec aren't so anonymous. Back at the beginning of August, police tracked down the suspected Anonymous leader going by the name Topiary and arrested him. The teen was arrested and was found to have the details of 750,000 people on his computer. That single arrest was just the start of things as the investigation continued into the two hacker groups.
When it comes to Apple's mobile platform iOS, this operating system running on the ultra-successful iPhone and iPad as well as iPod Touch, there's a certain word that represents the illegal hacking of the ecosystem: Jailbreaking. When it comes to Jailbreaking, aka beating Apple's security barriers and editing Apple's code as one sees fit, Comex is the man. His site JailbreakMe.com famously made breaking into your iDevice as easy as visiting a website - and he's announced today that he's joining the Apple team as their newest intern.
According to a new quarterly report from McAfee, Android has now soared to the top as the most targeted platform for malware. In only three months time, Android has gone from third most attacked platform to the first. Another recent report from Lookout claimed a similar upward climb in Android malware infected apps.
Hardware company Samsung today has been revealed to have acquired one of the single most notorious names in Android modification, that being Steve Kondik, aka "Cyanogen" of CyanogenMod 7. For those whose life in the after-hours of their day is hacking and pushing their Android devices to the limits, this news has the potential to be much bigger than Google's early morning acquisition of Motorola. How exactly this will affect how Samsung will operate is not yet known - the next most important question, about what's going to happen to CyanogenMod now that Cyanogen himself is working for Samsung, we've got a bit more insight on that side of the situation.
Hackers attacked the Hong Kong Stock Exchange this week and forced the exchange to stop trading on some of the largest stocks it handles. The attack was on a website run by the exchange that tells traders about company announcements. The attack forced the site to be shut down and seven companies that were to make announcements that day were suspended from trading for half a day as a result.
It appears very likely now that the original call to action for what was (and still possibly is) called "Operation Facebook" is now being disowned by a large number of members of the famous hacker group. If you'll take a look at the monstrously popular Anonymous Vows Facebook Destruction post from late night Tuesday, you'll find the original release as created by a very real member of the collective, but this newest set of information confirms that the entirety of the Anonymous collective may not agree with the proposed action.
It's time again for us to hear from Anonymous, that rather well-known yet hacker group whose members remain largely, well, anonymous. The announcement made today makes clear that whichever member(s) of the hacktivist group have created said call to action are preparing to take down Facebook, one of the most popular and well-traveled social networks and indeed websites on the internet. Of course, as with all "Anonymous" messages, only time will tell if this announcement is "real", "fake", or just a message made by a single "member" of Anonymous to rally the rest of the "real" Anonymous troops. This message makes reference to several past news releases tying Facebook to the sharing of "private" user information and notes that Facebook is the antithesis of the AntiSec cause.