Low prosecution rates encourages hacking, and the globally-connected Internet results in international citizens becoming subject to US government surveillance.
Cybersecurity is becoming a bigger concern as more corporate networks store consumer data online.
The hackers approached their targets through “friends of friends” on Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter.
A recent study indicates that more than 60 percent of all web traffic and more than half of those bots are malicious.
Popular calendar app, Sunrise, is the latest to be targeted by hackers who managed to access the app’s database provider, MongoHQ on October 27, 2013. Attackers were able to access customer data, but Sunrise is giving assurances to customers that the app’s industry standard encryption has kept customer data secured, including valuable credit card and banking information.
However, Sunrise sent an email to users on Saturday evening detailing the breach and advising users to change their iCloud password, which was used to sync the app’s new iOS7 calendar feature. Read more
A sophisticated attack on the Adobe network and across numerous Adobe products like Acrobat has affected at least 2.9 million customers. Adobe’s investigation points to two related attacks in which the attackers gained illegal access to source code for at least three of its products and stole customer information such as names and encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates and data related to customer orders.
Adobe’s Chief Security Officer, Brad Arkin, recommends “customers run only supported versions of the software, apply all available security updates, and follow the advice in the Acrobat Enterprise Toolkit and the ColdFusion Lockdown Guide. These steps are intended to help mitigate attacks targeting older, unpatched, or improperly configured deployments of Adobe products.”
Brian Krebs, of KrebsOnSecurity.com, reports, “Adobe said the credit card numbers were encrypted and that the company does not believe decrypted credit card numbers left its network.” Let’s hope so. In the meantime, the company has begun notifying affected customers and is planning to release security updates on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 for Adobe Reader and Acrobat XI (11.0.04) for Windows.
A customer security alert on Adobe.com asks customers to reset their passwords and assures, “We are working diligently internally, as well as with external partners and law enforcement, to address the incident.”
A new tool, released by security researchers at the University of Illinois, will walk through your Gmail account to see how much it would be worth to hackers.
With the all-digital currency bitcoin rising in value, hackers have redoubled their efforts to get at the money. Earlier this week, they hacked into a bitcoin bank. Today, Kaspersky Security reports that a malware scheme on Skype is taking over users’ machines to help them hunt for the currency online.
A war between a loosely organized anti-spam group called Spamhaus and one of the Web hosts the group publicly identified as a spammer escalated last week, at times threatening some of the basic infrastructure of the Internet, according to a security firm’s account.
For the third consecutive Friday afternoon, a major tech company has revealed that it was hacked. Today, it was Microsoft’s turn.