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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Beware Of The Pottermore Scam

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Do you want to lay your hands on Pottermore website before anyone else? Then wait. You might get targeted by online scammers who are selling fake Pottermore accounts to access the exclusive content by JK Rowling.

Pottermore is a website by JK Rowling which will feature exclusive stories and some background information about the popular Harry Potter series. It will be officially opening in October.

But even in August, some people are selling fake Pottermore accounts online which they claim will give a user access to all the exclusive content before anyone else.

Let us warn you that these accounts are not legitimate. Most of the times, these scammers ask for money in return of the account which never works but sometimes, they even direct their targets to infected sites and at the end, user find himself amidst viruses and other sorts of malware.

This is an example of innumerable cases where scammers try to cash a latest news by hitting their target’s field of interest.

We advice our readers to stay out of these type of tricks by being aware and even if you are quite sure that the person is not cheating, do run a background check on the service he is claiming and if possible, the person himself.

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The Biggest Hack Ever Discovered

The Security Experts at McAfee have discovered the biggest cyber attack in the history which has infiltrated the networks of the United Nations, various governments and many multinational companies.

McAfee’s security experts who uncovered this attack believed a “specific country” was behind these attacks. Though they didn’t take any name, but hinted that Chinese hackers and possibly Chinese Government was behind these attacks.

This attack was not done over night rather it was a 5 year long operation code named “Operation Shady Rat”. McAfee came to know about these attacks in March when it was reviewing the contents of one of its servers.

Governments of United States, India, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and Canada were some of the targets. Some of the International agencies like Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Agency were also targeted. Big tech giants were also targeted but their names and information were not disclosed.

Our take on this news is that if China is behind these attacks, it is acting like a coward who just wants to bully other nations and sometimes its own people. China should not forget that the countries that it targeted were one of the biggest contributors in its GDP.

What do you guys think about these attacks? Are these attacks an act of cowardice or is it an ugly display of power?

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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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