Almost 40 governmental websites in the Philippines were hacked by Anonymous in preparation for wider protests to start Nov. 5, according to Softpedia News. The Philippine Cyber Army disrupted the government web pages to post anti-corruption messages.
Most children prefer smartphones to navigate on the Internet at least once a day, according to research funded by the Safer Internet Programme. The findings also suggest there is potential for reducing underage use of social networks even in countries where parents are less familiar with the internet.
A Latvia governmental agency was hacked by Anonymous, who leaked almost 3,500 credentials on the Internet, according to the Cyber War News. The State Employment Agency in Latvia was breached by a hacker who goes by the name of “th3W1n5t0n,” as part of a larger anti-governmental operation.
Iranian hackers infiltrated several US Navy computers, according to American officials, who attributed the attacks to the government or a group supported by the Tehran regime. The allegations appeared as the Obama administration ramped up talks with Iran over its nuclear program.
Belgium is investigating the alleged cyber-espionage attack targeting its main telecommunications company, according to Reuters. As the top stakeholder of Belgacom, the government condemned the intrusion and the violation of a public company.
An Amazon data center suffered a software glitch, causing page load issues or content update lag at websites such as Instagram, Vine, Heroku, Flipboard and Netflix and other web services that depend on Amazon’s cloud- based network. Some websites were thrown offline altogether while others only slowed down.
America’s National Science Foundation will issue three new Frontier awards to support academic research projects and collaborative education activities that tackle cloud security, privacy issues and the security of health-related systems and networks.
The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had some of its servers breached last week. The incident was exposed by US-CERT.
Chinese police arrested 1,213 people for trafficking in personal information, according to CRI. The alleged cyber-criminals are part of almost 500 separate groups that stole and resell financial and other personal details on the black market.
The Indian government and military have been targeted by malware designed to steal sensitive information, according to The Register. The cyber-attack has been discovered by security intelligence company ThreatConnect, which thinks the malware could be linked to a commercial Pakistani entity.
As 71 percent of the entire wireless traffic in Europe takes place over Wi-Fi, Europeans must pay greater attention when they connect to the Wi-Fi and make sure their experience doesn’t involve malware, data sniffing, identity theft and other foul play.
Two hackers plan to publicly release a how-to guide for taking over Toyota Prius and Ford Escape with potentially deadly consequences, according to Reuters. Twitter security engineer Charlie Miller and director of security intelligence Chris Valasek believe other white hackers will soon discover more vulnerabilities in car software that should be fixed before cyber-criminals exploit them.
Even though hacks and cyber criminality cost companies plenty of cash and sensitive data, the employee remains the weakest link in the business ecosystem, new Boardroom Cyber Watch Survey 2013 finds.
Almost 24,000 Nintendo accounts were hacked after cyber-criminals breached the company’s main fan site in Japan. The web site was hit by several illicit login attempts over the last month and hackers gained access to personal details such as real names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mails, according to a press release.