Category: Media

RockYou To Pay $250,000 Fine For Massive Security Breach

Posted March 30, 2012 by Tim Whitman in Breach Costs, Data Breach, Database Security, Fines and Penalties, Media with 0 comments

The Federal Trade Commission today said it has reached a settlement with online gaming company RockYou relating to charges that it did not protect personal information. Hackers accessed information of RockYou’s 32 million users in 2009, according to an FTC statement. The FTC also alleges that RockYou violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (COPPA Rule) by collecting information, such as birthdays, of about 179,000 children. RockYou is required to pay a $250,000 civil penalty and implement a data…

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Largest Hack in Swedish History Affects Politicians, Journalists Among Others

Posted October 27, 2011 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Attack Vectors, Data Breach, Database Security, Media, Technology with 0 comments
largest swedish hack breach

Login credentials for nearly 200,000 individuals, most Swedish citizens, have been exposed in what experts are calling the largest data breach in that country’s history. According to a report from The Local, a Sweden-based, English language news publication, a popular Swedish blogging platform, Bloggtoppen, was hacked with login information for around 60 Web sites hosted on that platform – an estimated 90,000 account passwords – made public via the twitter account of a 23 year-old Swedish Parliamentarian, William Petzail. Petzail,…

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Video On Demand Servers At Bright House Networks Breached

Posted September 14, 2011 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Hacker News, Media with 0 comments
bright house networks breach

Bright House Networks, the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S., has sent a letter to customers warning that they may have been exposed after servers used to process Video on Demand (VOD) were breached. The letter, dated September 2011, says that Bright House recently became aware that the servers processing VOD orders were breached. “Recently, we were made aware that an unauthorized source gained access to our servers and, as a result, historical customer data…

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Hackers Took Over NBC Twitter Account

Posted September 12, 2011 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Hacker News, Media with 0 comments
NBC News Twitter Hack

A Twitter account belonging to NBC News was hacked on Friday evening by an entity that claimed, falsely, that an airplane had crashed at the site of ground zero in New York. The account was swiftly taken offline and the news division apologized. The incident was deemed serious enough that the news anchor Brian Williams read the apology out loud on the “NBC Nightly News.” “The NBC News Twitter account was hacked late this afternoon and as a result, false…

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SQL Injection Blamed For Widespread DNS Hack

Posted September 6, 2011 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Attack Vectors, Data Breach, Hacker News, Media, Technology with 0 comments
SQL Injection breach

The DNS  (domain name system) company at the centre of a massive hacking attack has blamed the security breach on an SQL injection. The Turkish group TurkGuvenligi claimed to have altered DNS (domain name system) entries to redirect people to sites of its own where it glorified hacking – with sites such as The Telegraph redirecting to the bogus pages. According to NetNames, one of the domain management firms targeted, the attackers managed the breach via an SQL injection attack.  “A…

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Software Firm Unknowingly Aided Huge South Korean Hack

Posted August 12, 2011 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Attack Vectors, Data Breach, Database Security, Hacker News, Media, Technology with 0 comments
ESTSoft breach korea

A software vendor accidentally caused a data breach that affected 35 million South Koreans last month.   Last month’s devastating hack against a popular South Korean social networking site that compromised the personal information of 35 million people is now being linked to a software company that unknowingly pushed out infected software updates. South Korea’s National Police Agency has pinned the massive July data breach on attackers who compromised servers belonging to software maker ESTsoft. The police claim that hackers uploaded a Trojan…

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South Korea Plans To Scrap Online Real-Name System

Posted August 11, 2011 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Media with 0 comments
south korea online real name system

The South Korea government will push ahead with plans to scrap the current real-name system for Internet users in the wake of the country’s worst online security breach, local media reported Thursday. The Ministry of Public Administration and Security is set to report to ruling party lawmakers about comprehensive measures to protect personal information online, including abolishing the real- name registration system, Yonhap news agency said. The real-name system, introduced in 2007, requires people to use their real names and…

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The Sun: Hackers Publish Stolen Data Online

Posted August 2, 2011 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Hacker News, Media with 0 comments
Hackers Release Sun User Details

News International, parent company to the U.K.’s Sun newspaper, is warning thousands of people that their information might have been lifted after a security breach last month at the hands of LulzSec. In July, the Sun website was hacked by LulzSec, resulting in a false report announcing the death of Rupert Murdoch. The incident occurred just as News Corp. landed in the middle of a hacking scandal itself. In addition to the fake news, News Corp. employee information, including usernames…

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More Allegations Link Murdoch’s Media Empire To “Ethical Hackers”

Posted July 19, 2011 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Hacker News, Media with 0 comments
white hat hacker

The ‘drip drip drip’ of reports that link Rupert Murdoch’s media empire to incidents of malicious computer programs continues this week, with news of an investigation into News of the World’s the use of so-called “ethical hackers” to obtain information from computers owned by targeted individuals. The investigation, dubbed “Operation Tuleta” is being carried out by detectives in Scotland Yard’s Specialist Crime Directorate and is separate from the ongoing investigation into phone hacking by News of the World reporters and…

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LulzSec Resurrected To Attack Murdoch

Posted July 19, 2011 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Hacker News, Media with 0 comments
murdoch lulzsec sun

The hacker group LulzSec came out of retirement Monday to hack Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun website and threatened to reveal emails from Murdoch’s News International. The group claimed to have root control over some Sun servers, and successfully diverted Sun-site visitors to LulzSec’s Twitter account, where they were greeted with the tweet, “WE HAVE JOY WE HAVE FUN, WE HAVE MESSED UP MURDOCH’S SUN.” The Sun site was later restored to service. Sabu, the online name for a central LulzSec…

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