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etc. - a little of this, a little of that - by Oliver Del Signore

Archive for June 11th, 2011


Is your computer really secure? Are your online accounts? Maybe not!

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Hackers and thieves a growing Web menace

On the Internet, there’s nowhere left to hide.

Around the world, computer networks are getting more vulnerable even as they grow more sophisticated. They are being penetrated and looted by digital intruders.

The personal records of 100 million people were stolen in an attack on Sony Corp.’s video game networks. Up to 210,000 unemployed Massachusetts residents were put at risk by data theft software that infected computers at the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. And in March, criminals stole vital information from Bedford data protection company RSA Security, a division of Hopkinton storage giant EMC Corp. The stolen RSA data was later used in a hacker raid on defense contractor Lock heed Martin Corp., an RSA client.

The list of data breaches grows almost daily, and while consumers and businesses can take steps to reduce the risk of losing sensitive information, security analysts say that making our computer networks truly secure is virtually impossible.

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Hackers Publishes Passwords of Sony’s Consumers

Scam artists who recently (May, 2011) compromised the website of TV network PBS have shifted their focus to Sony’s movie division, exposing what seemed to be the e-mail addresses and passwords belonging to around 50,000 people who registered for online advertisements and promotions, as reported by The Register on June 03, 2011.

A group namely LulzSec claimed blame for the attack and stated that, it was gained by utilizing a simple SQL injection malware on the website of Sony Pictures. The group alleged the single attack revealed data for over 1 Million consumers, but that the group was short of required resources to imitate such a huge volume of information.

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Hackers Hit UK Game Publisher Codemasters

Sony admits ‘hackers have hidden tracks well’

Hacking At Citi Is Latest Data Scare

What you read, above, is just a tiny sample of what’s been published in the past few days.

Clearly, the bad guys are winning the battle for access to computer networks and databases. That this has been going on for so long is unconscionable.

What do you do to protect yourself online?

What do you think businesses and governments should do to respond to this exploding cyber-malady?



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