Unsurprisingly this week’s headlines have featured a lot of jaw jaw about Talk Talk who with three cyber breaches in a year clearly do not listen listen. People are upset, disturbed and not a little angry. One website is advising customers how to get out of their contracts. M&S and British Gas have also experienced some cyber embarrassment – as have their customers who have had personal details put on public view. A botnet consisting of 900 CCTV cameras has been discovered while out of work Russian IT workers may just well be gearing up for an assault on Western critical infrastructure, because – they’re out of work.
Malware that scoops up banking details, UK cyber-crime officially recognised as a seriously growing threat, SSL padlock symbol fraud, Adobe Flash riddled with yet more flaws, near nuclear meltdown and drone hit list using mobile phone recognition numbers revealed.
Straddling the divide between autumn and winter Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Its origins lie in the period of time when the Celtic nations dominated Europe and people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. The idea of divide still holds today and perhaps nowhere more prominent than the surface and light world of the everyday internet and the dark, mysterious and sometime malevolent world of the deep web where hackers and cyber criminals have their being and surface to wreak havoc.
US law enforcement hauls high-profile hackers into the law courts, Russian government unsurprisingly supports hacking, WordPress sites targeted by malware, Tesco remains silent on photo site hack, chip giant Intel aims to protect computers on wheels (cars) and some cyber students creepily ‘kill’ human dummy – with remote hacks.
Lithuanian hacker zeroing in on Manchester (why?), banks developing ‘red teams’, spies clumsily revealing secrets, Android devices shipping with pre-loaded spyware, ten hackable baby monitors and the Internet of Things, and only pen and paper can provide the highest security level… it’s never a dull week in the world of tech security.
Online lovers and lusters exposed; identities, cloned cards and rigged football game information for sale; a critical warning for Internet Explorer users; hackers and stock traders busted for $100 million hacked press releases scam; fascinating insight into the future and more.
The past week has been full of stories about hacking military equipment and the potential for some sort of devastating cyber-attack. There’s also been the rather embarrassing incident for security software vendor BitDefender, who had a server hacked and customer details taken. And UK regulator Ofcom has confirmed what many people suspect, there’s a lot of smartphone addicts out there.
The fall-out from the hack of the Milan-based Hacking Team continues with all sorts of revelations about how the powerful would like to continue spying on the largely powerless. Adobe Flash vulnerabilities continue to be revealed while the US National Security Agency will be pretty hacked off following the discovery of its latest spying techniques. Meanwhile users of a website that facilitates affairs must be feeling nervous as hackers promise to spill the beans on names, addresses and even sexual fantasies.
CEO stalked by hacker group, company taken down; free BlackBerry devices loaded with snooping software handed out to rival politicians; New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and Wall Street Journal go offline all within a few hours of each other; unsurprising revelations about the UK police seeking out spying software and more.
There’s rarely a quiet moment in the world of cyber miscreants and the past week testifies to this. From a newspaper columnist being threatened by Anonymous to retract her ‘strong’ opinions, to a private eye being jailed for hiring hackers, it’s all going on. And of course, another major flaw has been discovered, this time in Adobe Flash Player.