Hackers Target Citigroup Japan

The world’s largest financial services network has been attacked by the hackers in Japan. Some hackers stole personal information of 92,048 Citigroup Inc. Japan credit card customers according to a report. Citi said that customer account numbers, names, addresses, personal identification numbers and card security numbers were stolen.

This is not the first time that Citigroup has suffered from Data Theft. According to a Citi disclosure in June, hackers stole nearly $2.7 million from its North American customers. Citi covered customer losses by paying $2.7 million to the affected customers.

According to some security experts, who are familiar with the matter, this attack was done by a third party vendor who had access to Citi’s internal systems. This means that there is a chance that perpetrators might have got some inside help.

Citi has started contacting all the affected customers and is advising them to change their security codes. But will this advice from the world’s largest financial services provider enough?

Citibank is one of the major banks of the world and is a consumer banking venture of financial services giant Citigroup. Till now Citi has not provided any details about the security breach or how the perpetrators managed to access its internal systems.

It seems that Citi indeed was “sleeping” when the information of customers was being stolen.

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Anonymous Hacked FBI Defence Contractor’s Website

FBI’s biggest cyber enemy has struck again. The hacker group Anonymous has allegedly hacked FBI’s security contractor ManTech International and has found some valuable information according to the group’s latest tweet.

The hacker group Anonymous has a custom to attack FBI related websites on Friday every week. This attack is also seen as a retaliation after FBI helped to arrest some hackers related to the group in Netherlands and Britain.

In the support of its claim, Anonymous offered to show the correspondence between ManTeCH and NATO(North Atlantic Treaty Organization) which includes talks with “NATO Theatre Of Operations”, the tech department of NATO.

No comment was made by ManTech International who provides its services to U.S. Defense, State and Justice Departments after the attack. Ironically, the firm also boasts of its cyber security services.

The involvement of LulzSec cannot be denied in this matter as both these hacker groups have collaborated almost in all attacks.

Recently, these groups gave a call to boycott eBay and PayPal for their refusal to handle financial transactions of whistleblower site Wikileaks. It doesn’t seem that they are going to stop and quit their alleged mission “to ensure freedom in the cyber world”.

If the world’s best security agency cannot secure its website, can we?

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Italian Cyber Police Attacked By Anonymous And Lulzsec

It appears that hacker groups Anonymous and Lulzsec have taken a pledge to attack each and every security agency of the world. After FBI and CIA, they have now attacked Italian Cyber Police’s website and published their confidential data on their website.

The Cyber Security Unit admitted that they’ve been attacked but they didn’t comment whether any sensitive data has been stolen. On the other side, hackers claimed that they have had access to very sensitive data and in order to prove this, they published a series of documents as it is a custom of Lulzsec and Anonymous to release all the data they get access to.

The hackers claim that they’ve stolen 8 MB of sensitive data which contains Italian relations with Australia, Belarus, Egypt, Russia and Ukraine.

It should be noted that this attack come immediately after Anonymous and Lulzsec promised to make the security agencies pay back after they raided and arrested several Anonymous members.

Lulzsec announced last month that it would discontinue its hacking activities after an arrest was maid in UK. But it has continued its alliance with Anonymous which is known as AntiSec(Anti Security).

The increased number of cyber attacks by these two groups have put security agencies in turmoil. The total strength of these groups remains unknown. They’ve targeted every big name ranging from Sony, Nintendo, Apple Inc. to the security agencies like CIA and FBI.

When will they stop?

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