Hackers Steal Data Of 35 Million South Koreans

According to South Korean authorities, hackers have gained access to major South Korean websites by using a Chinese Internet Address and have stolen personal information of nearly 35 million users.

These attacks are being said to be originated from Seoul and have targeted Nate and Cyworld which are managed by SK communications. Nate is a search engine and Cyworld is a social networking website and both of these sites have at least 30 million users.

Hackers have stolen personal information such as names, email IDs, phone numbers and resident registration numbers of the targeted users. This information is very vital as a cyber criminal can use it to impersonate a specific user and can commit crimes for which the target may be held responsible.

SK Communications has asked police to look into the matter and the Korea Communications Commission is currently investigating this security breach.

This year has seen a large number of security breaches all over the globe. The most notable one was the hacking of Sony’s PlayStation Network from which the private information and the credit card details of around 1 million users were stolen.

Till now, no official statement has been issued by SK Communications.

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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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Hackers Declare War Against PayPal

The hacker groups by the name of Anonymous and LulzSec have launched a war against the San Jone based online payment service PayPal. This declaration came after several arrests of the group’s members and PayPal’s refusal to handle financial transaction of Wikileaks.

Recently Anonymous’s spokesman was arrested by cops and this move by the group is seen as a response for that arrest. Anonymous has asked several of its followers and fans to boycott PayPal and to immediately quit their accounts from the E-Commerce giant.

PayPal is owned by eBay and has allegedly helped Law Enforcement agencies to track down hackers. PayPal is the largest E-Commerce company with more than 10 million customers. It froze the account of whistleblower site Wikileaks after later began publishing confidential and classified data of the United States.

This operation is carried out by AntiSec, a collaboration of Anonymous and LulzSec. An unknown member of Anonymous said that,”The first step to being truly free is not putting one’s trust into a company that freezes accounts when it feels like, or when it is pressured by the U.S. government”.

If this movement gathers pace, it may bring down PayPal too and furthermore we can’t be sure that Anonymous will do only peaceful protest without hacking PayPal’s website.

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