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Targets Pickled Russian Potato

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Hack! | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Targets Pickled Russian Potato

Targets Pickled Russian PotatoThe virus that was used to steal 40 million people’s credit-card details from giant American retailer Target was, it was recently revealed, called ‘Kaptoxa’ which, as English-language news outlets are helpfully explaining, is Russian slang for “potato.”

The hack is likely to affect more than 110 million credit card users in the US.

And as banks and retailers point fingers – mostly at one-another – speculation over who was behind the Target hack goes on, doubtless it was the work of a very sophisticated crime ring – бушель большевистских картофеля – A Bushel of Bolshoviks!?

The breach was clearly a real black eye for the retailer, the aftermath is however getting much, much darker.

How hackers broke into Target and installed malware on point-of-sale – POS – terminals, then harvested some 40 million card details is still sketchy, what is more more interesting is that almost all-trace of the hack is very quickly being erased, redacted, not by hackers, but by security companies linked to the breach.

At least three security companies so far have scrubbed information related to Target from the internet, highlighting a serious sensitivity to one of the largest ever data breaches :: Read the full article »»»»


Facebook a Sorry Site After 6 Million Users Private Data Shared

Posted: June 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Hack! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook a Sorry Site After 6 Million Users Private Data Shared

FACEBOOKFacebook says it’s “upset and embarrassed” that it allowed a software bug to share the phone numbers and email addresses of  6 million users. However the social network says no financial or other information was revealed to others, and there is “no evidence that this bug has been exploited maliciously”. Facebook says affected users are being notified by email.

The social media behemoth has stressed that the practical impact is likely to be “minimal,”  because improper data sharing would only have occurred between users who already had some connection.

In a statement Facebook said the bug “may have allowed some of a person’s contact information to be accessed by people who either had some contact information about that person or some connection to them”. It said the unwarranted sharing would have occurred when a Facebook user went to download an archive of their Facebook account through the social network’s Download Your Information  tool :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATE! LulzSec Leader Arrested In Australia

Posted: April 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Hack!, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATE! LulzSec Leader Arrested In Australia

STANDOUT! LulzSec Leader Arrested in AustraliaThe self-proclaimed leader of international hacking group Lulz Security has been arrested by AFP – Australian Federal Police – on the New South Wales central coast. The AFP says the 24-year-old man was arrested in the Gosford suburb of Point Clare yesterday.

He has been charged with two counts of unauthorised modification of data to cause impairment and one count of unauthorised access to a restricted computer system. The AFP says he claims to be in charge of Lulz Security, or LulzSec, which has previously claimed responsibility for high-profile hacking attacks, includinga DDS attack that took the CIA website offline, and a hack which caused some serious headaches for Sony Corp.

AFP is alleging that the 24 year old IT worker hacked an Australian Government website site last month, the man has been bailed to appear in court later this year.

In June last year the hack-group allegedly broke into Australian Government departments, universities and schools. Some of the targets included AusAid, Victorian Government departments and local councils in Victoria and New South Wales. The group bragged over the Aussie hack, saying in a Twitter post,  “Releasing 62,000 possible account combinations is the loot for creative minds to scour; think of it like digging a very unique mineshaft.” At the time LulzSec claimed more than 5,000 people had downloaded the leaked files.

Passwords for email accounts within eight Australian universities were leaked, along with the log-ins for two high schools in Queensland and Melbourne. The 24-year-old man is the first alleged member of the group to be charged by the AFP UPDATED :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATE! Chinese Military Hack Attacks Might Originate in NORTH KOREAN

Posted: March 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Hack!, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATE! Chinese Military Hack Attacks Might Originate in NORTH KOREAN

CHINA HACKSLast month we reported that security experts from Mandiant believed a Chinese military unit was responsible for multiple hack attacks on US companies. Mandiant released a report that identified ‘Unit 61398’ as the most likely source of attacks on at least US 141 organisations, “across a diverse set of industries beginning as early as 2006”.

“The nature of ‘Unit 61398’s’ work is considered by China to be a state secret; however, we believe it engages in harmful ‘Computer Network Operations’,” Mandiant said in the report. “It is time to acknowledge the threat is originating in China, and we wanted to do our part to arm and prepare security professionals to combat that threat effectively.”

The Mandiant report said that Unit 61398 is located in Shanghai’s Pudong district, China’s financial and banking hub, and staffed by perhaps thousands of people proficient in English as well as computer programming and network operations.

There are now suspicions that the facility might be shared with North Korean backed hackers? An unnamed source from South Korea’s presidential office was quoted by the Yonhap news agency as saying the discovery of the IP address indicated Pyongyang was responsible for the attack on Wednesday. A previous attack on a South Korean newspaper that the government in Seoul traced back to North Korea also used a Chinese IP address :: Read the full article »»»»


APPLE HACKED

Posted: February 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cult of Apple, Hack! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on APPLE HACKED

APPLE HACKEDThe consumer electronics and technology behemoth that is Apple, has confirmed that it’s the latest victim of a malicious hack attack.

However, the tech-giant says the invaders malware was repelled before any data was able to be plundered. Apple says a “small number” of its computer systems were infected, but they were isolated from it’s main network.

Apple is working with law enforcement to hunt down the hackers, who appear to be tied to a series of recent cyber attacks on US companies.

The malicious software, or malware, took advantage of a vulnerability in a Java program used as a “plug-in” for web-browsing programs :: Read the full article »»»»


Chinese Military Hack Attacks

Posted: February 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA!, Hack! | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Chinese Military Hack Attacks

CHINA HACKSComputer security experts from Mandiant say they believe a Chinese military unit is responsible for multiple hacking attacks against US companies.

The secretive security company has released a rare report that identifies ‘Unit 61398’ as the most likely source of attacks on at least 141 organisations, “across a diverse set of industries beginning as early as 2006”.

“The nature of ‘Unit 61398’s’ work is considered by China to be a state secret; however, we believe it engages in harmful ‘Computer Network Operations’,” Mandiant said in the report.

“It is time to acknowledge the threat is originating in China, and we wanted to do our part to arm and prepare security professionals to combat that threat effectively.”

The report says Unit 61398 is located in Shanghai’s Pudong district, China’s financial and banking hub, and staffed by perhaps thousands of people proficient in English as well as computer programming and network operations.

The unit had stolen “hundreds of terabytes of data”.

Clients including The New York Times have hired Mandiant to clean up their systems after cyberattacks :: Read the full article »»»»


Facebook Hacked

Posted: February 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA!, Facebook, Hack! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Hacked

FACEBOOKFacebook says its computer system has been targeted in a series of attacks by an unidentified hacker group, however, the social media behemoth has stressed they don’t believe there is any evidence that user data has been compromised.

The company says the malware came from the infected website from a mobile developer.

“Last month, Facebook security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack,” the company said in a blog post.

“The attack occurred when a handful of employees visited a mobile developer website that was compromised. We remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day.”

The social network, which says it has more than 1 billion active users worldwide, said it was not the sole target. Facebook’s announcement follows recent cyber attacks on other prominent websites :: Read the full article »»»»