Weeks after Google's Gmail service was blocked in China, Microsoft's Outlook email service was the target of a cyberattack over the weekend, with fingers once again pointing to Chinese authorities. Online censorship watchdog Greatfire.org said that China initiated what's known as a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack, affecting people using email clients like Outlook, Mozilla's Thunderbird, and smartphone apps using the SMTP and IMAP protocols.
North Korea's Internet service resumes in spotty form
Tension between the U.S. and North Korea could be growing if it's discovered the former had anything to do with the latter's recent Internet outage, which lasted nearly 10 hours. Links have since been restored though the reason for the outage is not yet known. U.S. officials maintain that Washington was in no way involved, but then again, North Korea also contends that it had nothing to do with the cyberattack against Sony despite there being evidence to the contrary.
The Tor Project put out a warning to its users that there may be an attempt to incapacitate its network through the seizure of specialized servers called directory authorities, which help Tor clients learn the list of relays that make up the Tor network. Project leader Roger Dingledine, or "arma" as he commonly goes by, said steps are now being taken to ensure the safety of its users.
Evidence points to North Korea as the culprit behind a cyber attack on U.S. soil
After investigating a major cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that resulted in the theft and subsequent leak of various data, it appears there's enough evidence to suggest that North Korea is the culprit, as was previously suspected. However, U.S. authorities have been debating whether or not to publicly accuse North Korea of the attack, fearing that doing so would play into the country's hands of seeking a confrontation. According to reports, the decision's been made.
Hector Monsegur caused quite a bit of chaos during his stint as a LulzSec hacker, a group he co-founded. You may know him better as "Sabu," his online stage name when he was helping the hacking group with its agenda. That is, until the FBI tracked him down and gave him a proposition he couldn't (or wouldn't) refuse -- help them convict other LulzSec hackers or risk losing the two girls he was fostering. Monsegur accepted the FBI's proposition, and with that part of his life now behind him, he's ready to speak about his days as a hacker and informant.
Hacker attack compromised data of over 800,000 postal workers
There are multiple reports that the United Stated Postal Service suffered a security breach into its computer networks, resulting in the possible theft of data affecting as many as 800,000 employees and retirees. Personal data such as Social Security numbers may have been stolen in the breach, and though officials aren't saying who they think is responsible, the general consensus is that China is behind the attacks.
If you used a credit or debit card at Home Depot since April, you information may be compromised
Home Depot this week confirmed that its payment data systems have been breached in an attack that may potentially impact customers who used a payment card at its U.S. and Canadian stores dating back to April. The home improvement chain isn't saying how many people might be affected, though according to various reports around the web, this could be one of the largest breaches of retailer data so far.
Heartbleed affected around 17 percent of all TLS-enabled websites
McAfee Labs today released its Threats Report for August 2014. The lead topic for the last quarter concerns the Heartbleed vulnerability, which McAfee Labs says was the most significant security event since the Target data breach in 2013. Heartbleed affected more than 600,000 websites, and in its aftermath, the cost for repair is likely to be hundreds of millions of dollars, McAfee Labs said.
A hacker attack believed to have originated in China resulted in the theft of personal details of 4.5 million patients of Community Health Systems Inc, one of the largest hospital groups in the nation. Cyber thieves made off with a treasure trove of personal details, including patient names, addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers, and social security numbers, or pretty much all the necessary info to steal someone's identity.
LulzSec hacker known as "Sabu" could be a free man this week
If the attorneys for the U.S. government get their wish, LulzSec hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur, better known as "Sabu," will not be sentenced any additional time behind bars and become a free man on Tuesday. His sentencing is scheduled for tomorrow, May 27, but thanks to his "extremely valuable and productive" time spent as an informant, Sabu may have saved himself from a lengthy prison sentence.