Hacker attacks, real and fake claims on who hacked and who didn’t, and to top it all, speculation regarding who is going to be the next target. While distressed corporations that have been victims of these virtual hooligans in recent days struggle to restore order and gain back control over the dwindling shares, people across the world debate on the next likely target.
Hours after PlayStation Network was made available after a shutdown which lasted more than a month, Sony’s security system was reported to be breached by the hacker group LulzSec. The group claimed to have accessed over a million user accounts along with passwords stored in servers. The group, in their supposed attempt to reveal the loopholes in Sony’s security system, has made available the data they dug up online from Sonypictures.com.
Sony’s shares have been steadily going down as unfortunate events kept happening including the disastrous Japan earth quake, back to back security breaches and accusations of covering up the hacking attempt. As the corporate giant was almost looking up from its ruins, with yesterday’s announcement of the PSN restart, the news spread that critical data have been stolen by the LulzSec who were in news for PBS hack attack.
LulzSec, who weren’t happy with the flagship show of PBS, Wikisecrets, which showed WikiLeaks in unfavorable light, hacked the broadcasting service and posted false news of the dead rapper Tupac being alive in New Zealand.
The group is apparently focusing on and issued threatening statements to Sony saying that the new hacking attempt is beginning of the end for Sony. The exact plan of the group hasn’t been brought to light yet.
LulzSec tweeted, Hey @Sony, you know we're making off with a bunch of your internal stuff right now and you haven't even noticed? Slow and steady, guys.
As the Japanese corporation is finding their way in dark, Google announced a phishing attack on June 1st, allegedly carried out by Chinese hackers, which reportedly compromised high profile US accounts belonging to politicians, military persons and activists.
Though Chinese government has denied the charge, the search giant as well as the US officials, are reported to have confirmed that the hacking attack originated in China. Google announced that it has “detected and disrupted” the campaign aimed at US senior officials and added that the victims and appropriate government authorities have been notified.
Though Twitter hacking isn’t too new, the most recent case was that of Congressman Anthony Weiner. The incident, in which a lewd photograph was sent from the senior Congress member’s account, gave way to heated discussions on what should be done to protect your account and what should be done if you account is hacked.
Apple iOS 4’s encryption system was compromised recently by a Russian security firm ElcomSoft, reported on May 25th, which revealed the vulnerability the range of Apple products.
As though the avalanche of hacking news wasn’t enough, a new Android app, which aids hacking, is reportedly causing headache to Twitter and Facebook users. The Android App FaceNiff enables an Android smartphone to detect any unsecured Facebook or Twitter login made on the same WiFi network by a desktop or laptop using a standard web browser. The new app poses a major security risk for Twitter and Facebook users, as the app reveals personal data of the user as well as that of his/her contacts.
As the hackers keep taunting corporations as well as users, people are having their share of distress over losing vital data, and excitement over watching others run for cover.