November was no different than the preceding months when we talk about the cyberattacks. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that the attacks were more specific and were more confined to the larger institutions and shareholders of the tech industry.
The perpetrators did not bog down to a certain region and cyber-attacked various countries but we are only going to discuss the attacks that sent out a strong message to the cyber industry. It has become extremely difficult for the users to protect their online privacy while surfing the internet.
Apple Malware – Wire Lurker
This year has been nothing but a nightmarish dream for the Apple users. Apple was criticized for various reasons over the past few months, but the users were most affected by it. The malware “Wire Lurker” is the latest addition to iCloud leaks and the bendgate controversies.
This malware has been discovered by Palo Alto Networks and according to them 500 apps have been infected approximately as of now. The malware is said to be the most powerful attack on Apple devices and is also transferrable through a USB. The cases have only been noted in China and the rest of the Apple users are safe, for now.
— Lenx Wei (@LenxWei) November 19, 2014
Breach in Sony’s Pictures Entertainment Systems
Sony Pictures Entertainment was forced to shut their systems completely after their servers were breached by a group of hackers. It is worth noting that this is second hack attack on Sony Group this year. In August 2014, the hackers disabled the PlayStation Networks and later on issued a false bomb threat to a plane in which a high-profile member of Sony was on-board.
The hackers in a photo message claimed that they knew the dirty secrets of Sony and had the access to all the data and if Sony did not comply with hackers’ requests, they would make the secrets available in public. Sony Pictures was reluctant to share any details with the media and said that it was investigating the “IT matter”.
According to a source, Sony has forbidden its employees to connect to the corporate network and has warned them to not to use their email addresses until the issue is fully resolved.
Just read a news tweet saying Sony Pictures got hacked so deep they are sending people home from work. Damn, son, that’s *hacked*. — STEVE HUFF (@SteveHuff) November 24, 2014
Parking Garages – Credit Card Data Hack
According to some parking lots in Chicago and Evanston, credit card information was stolen from thirteen different locations with the help of a malware. Standard Parking, the victim, came clear about the hack attacks and said that the hackers got hold of confidential information of customers.
SP said that they were cooperating with the credit card companies to ensure 100% support and help to the customers. They also said that they did not have enough data to mail notices to the suspected victims. They also warned the users to check their credit card activities for any suspicious activity. The malware, however, has been disabled ever since it was discovered.
US Postal Service Hack
The cyber-attack on USPS was unique in nature that this hack attack was more oriented to target the employees rather than the customers. The servers of USPS were breached and information of 80,000 employees was stolen from the computers of US Postal Service.
The information included their names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and their social security numbers. According to the initial investigations, some of the user data might also have been compromised in this hack attack. USPS is offering a free credit monitoring service to its employees for one year.
Weird, earlier reports were saying it was customer data. I do know the FBI is looking into it. But why would you hack the USPS employees?
— Armando Rodriguez (@megapenguinx) November 10, 2014
State Dept. Hack Attack
State Dept. had to shut down its email addresses after a suspicious activity was reported on its unclassified email addresses. The initial investigations reported that the classified email addresses remained safe from the reach of hackers.
The US State Dept. did not make it clear if the activity was reported from the other side of the world. They refrained from commenting on the attack and only said that the classified email addresses were safe, while the unclassified email addresses were being monitored to determine the impact of the attack.
US State Department shuts down email system after hack
— MASIEV Technology (@masievtec) November 18, 2014
The cyberattacks have only increased in numbers and as of now, it looks a distant reality that the government authorities would do anything to combat the cybercrimes. It’s up to the users to protect their online identities against the cybercriminals. They can however, opt for a safer option, VPN, that will help them guard against the attacks of cybercriminals and will give them access to blocked websites.
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