British electronica label owner and artist Paavo Siljamäki made an interesting Facebook post recently.
There’s nothing quite like that feeling of dread that slowly envelops you when you realize you’ve been backed. Regardless if it’s just your social media account or something as serious as your bank account or credit card, you can’t escape those first few moments of confusion, anger, and the overwhelming sense of fear. You don’t know how they got your information, what other accounts they’ve had access to, how long they’ve had access, and it’s terrifying. So I’ve come up with a checklist to help you protect yourself from further damage and begin the repairing process.
Ridesharing service Uber recently issued a statement confirming a breach in one of the company’s databases, affecting nearly 50,000 drivers. Uber claims that a “one-time unauthorized access to an Uber database by a third party” occurred in May 2014, and the company discovered the breach in September 2014. While the breach occurred nearly one year ago, Uber has just now revealed the news to the public.
Several cyber attacks aimed at government related websites in Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal over the last two months have sparked a debate on how to increase online security while mitigating politically motivated hacking attacks. A popular Senegalese news site, Seneweb, as well as the website of the government’s ICT management agency, were the first to become hacked in the latest attacks in December and January. The attacks supposedly launched in response to Senegalese President Macky Sall’s participation in a rally that supported the French magazine, Charlie Hebdo.
Those pesky reptiles who shut down XBox Live on Christmas Day, were implicated in the Sony breach, and later proved to know next to nothing about securing a PHP form, have been implicated in a Domain Name Server redirection attack on Lenovo.com.
The FBI Office in Pittsburgh has put out the largest bounty in history – three million bucks – for information which results in the arrest or conviction of Russian hacker Evgeniy Bogachev, who is alleged to be responsible for the largest-scale financial hack ever, GameOver Zeus.