Cyber Attacks In The First Part of May 2014

fraudMay 2014 isn’t quite over, but it’s been another busy month for cyber crime. Aside from the ongoing attacks against digital currency some of the attacks have changed focus, with more of a focus on law enforcement, the defense industry and technology service providers.

Below is a list of just some of the attacks that occurred:

  • SQLNairb hacked the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana compromising subscriber email addresses, criminal records and administrator accounts.
  • Affinity Gaming a US casino operator had their credit card processing system hacked for the 2nd time in less than a year.
  • A student at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Florida appeared before a judge after his arrest for allegedly changing grades for multiple students.
  • The Syrian Electronic Army was back in the list again this month, this time having hijacked four Twitter accounts of the Wall Street Journal.
  • French telecom Orange announced that a breach in April resulted in the theft of personal information on 1.3 million of it’s customers, including phone numbers, dates of birth and email addresses.
  • WooThemes, a popular theme creator for WordPress, confirmed they were hacked after users complained of fraudulent credit card charges.
  • Gingerbread Shed Corp of Arizona notified customers that an unauthorized individual gained access to their systems for about 3 months and may have compromised 50,000 transactions.
  • FireEye, a security firm released the details of Operation Saffron Rose. In a published report detailing the activities of an Iranian group known as Ajax Security Team, FireEye examines Ajax’s effort to control political dissent and expansion into more traditional cybercrime.
  • Dodge Vault, another digital currency repository formally acknowledged that it had been hacked, losses amounting to the equivalent of $74,000 USD.
  • Bitly, one of the URL shortening services, was hacked possibly compromising user data, including email addresses, encrypted passwords, API keys, and OAuth tokens.
  • Moshtix, an Australian ticket website was hacked; customers reported money losses as well as spam and scam emails as asking for credit card information.

For more information on any of the above or a more detailed list of attacks the first part of May click here.



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