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In the months between November 2013 and August 2014, the iCloud and Gmail accounts of around 30 celebrities were hacked and over 500 illegally-obtained photos and videos were leaked to the Internet. Many of these photos and videos contained nudity, leading celebrity victim, Jennifer Lawrence, to label the leak as a ‘sex crime’, in an interview with Vanity Fair. However, the hacker behind ‘Celebgate’ has since been identified, arrested and tried, resulting in a sentence of nine months in federal prison.Read More

It has been reported that the Kremlin-linked hacking group, known as Fancy Bear, infiltrated the computer systems of a UK TV broadcaster and remained undetected for 12 months. Fancy Bear are the same group alleged to have compromised the US Democratic National Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency and sections of the German Parliament. It is believed that the hacking group was able to see all communications coming in and out of the as-yet-unnamed TV network, giving them access to internal communications and information pertaining to news stories being aired or discussed. While the network was infiltrated, it wasn’t tampered with, leading security experts to believe that this may have been a ‘dry run’, for future attacks.Read More

A new form of ransomware has given 007 a run for his money, in the deception stakes. The ransomware in question, known as ‘Goldeneye’, is a variation of the Petya malware, which specifically targets the HR departments of businesses and corporations. HR departments are often inundated with hundreds, if not thousands, of unsolicited job applications; Goldeneye masquerades as one of these applications and even sports an authentic-looking covering letter. However, as with Bond movies – everything is not as it seems…Read More

Internet domain registration giant and website host, GoDaddy, has been obligated to revoke almost 9,000 SSL certificates in a bid to prevent hackers exploiting a major security flaw. As part of its certificate authorisation, GoDaddy regularly issues SSL certificates – small files, which enable HTTPS encryption ad protect users’ data on websites, such as during financial transactions. However, a Microsoft customer spotted a flaw on January 3rd and emailed the company. Unfortunately, the email wasn’t picked up on until January 6th, by which time it had no choice but to revoke 8,850 certificates to prevent further damage.Read More

Esea Falls Foul of Hackers

Mon 16 Jan 2017

The E-Sports Entertainment Association (Esea) is the latest Internet giant to fall victim to the hands of hackers. Providing one of the largest Internet gaming communities in the world, Esea was hacked in December of 2016 and, as a result, a database holding the details of 1.5 million users was compromised. The names, addresses and personal IDs of the 1.5 million users have been leaked online, although Esea’s response wasn’t released until January 8th 2017. While the statement revealed that the leak of users’ data was “expected”, further information into the true scale of the hack has yet to be released.Read More

The final days of 2016 seemed to bring with them news of yet another celebrity death. Away from the spotlight, 2016 also brought with it data breach upon data breach upon data breach. One of the last – and biggest of 2016 – was the news that one of the planet’s biggest video platforms, Dailymotion, in which users upload, share and watch videos, had been hacked and the details of over 85 million user accounts exposed. While this is a rough 15 million short of the 1 billion mark achieved by the hack launched against Yahoo, it still makes this one of the biggest hacks of last year.Read More

You may remember the Ashley Madison hacks, which took place between 2014 and 2015. If not, the company whose strapline was “Life is short. Have an affair,” found itself the victim of a cyber attack, in which the personal details of more than 36 million users were released online. An investigation followed and it was ruled that Ashley Madison was guilty of lax security practices, which allowed intruders to access its computer networks on a number of occasions and go undetected. At one point, it appeared as though the business was facing a fine of around $17.5 million. Recently, it was disclosed that Ashley Madison will only have to pay the considerably-smaller sum of $1.66 million.Read More

Lynda.com – Hacked

Mon 9 Jan 2017

Shortly before Christmas 2016, the online tutorial site, Lynda.com, revealed that it had been the victim of a cyber attack. This comes in the wake of the site being bought out by LinkedIn in 2015, for around $1.5 billion. According to Lynda, an unauthorised third party accessed a database which included consumer data for Lynda.com. The firm is also notifying the other 9.5 million users who had “learner data, but no password information” in the compromised database.Read More

Launched in 2010, PayAsUGym was launched to ensure that fitness fits around user’s lives and not the other way around. A subscription service, it offers discounts and savings for users using their local gym and can even help you to work-out from home. However, the company has recently revealed that it has become the victim of a cyber attack and has subsequently advised its customers to cancel their credit card details and change passwords. It is estimated that over 300,000 accounts are likely to have been compromised.Read More

2016 will go down in many people’s memories as a fairly unpredictable one. It was the year in which pollsters failed to spot the signs leading up to Brexit, were caught out on the US Presidency and was plagued by a slew of celebrity deaths. However, 2016 also holds the dubious honour for being the year that hosted the biggest hack of all time. Its victim? None other than the Yahoo group.Read More