What’s HOT in Application Security Vol #38

Dec 03, 2012 By asaphs

Hacking Group ‘Anonymous’ attacks Syrian Government websites In Response To Syrian Internal Internet Blackout

In response to a Syrian government move which has closed all fax, phone and Internet lines coming out of the troubled country, the hacking group ‘Anonymous’ started last Friday to attack and shut down government and affiliated pro-Syrian websites.

The hacking group named their hacking operation ‘Opsyria’ and in a tweet on Friday the group commented- “Government of Syria cuts country’s Internet access – anonymous goes on warpath”. Some of the targets already attacked include; Syrian Railways, the Syrian parliament, Syrian TV and the Syrian Embassy in China.

The hackers also managed to download private memos and emails from the Syrian Ministry Of Foreign affairs. Leaked details included information on plane loads of money sent from Russia and weapons from Ukraine.

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Hackers Busted In Romania After Stealing Personal Details Of More Than 500,000 Australian Credit Card Users

The home of Romanian computer hackers was raided last week in connection with the theft of the personal details of over 500,000 Australian credit card holders, the largest theft of its type in Australian history.

The stolen data was used to create false identities that enabled the group to carry out over 30,000 counterfeit transactions in Europe, Australia, Hong Kong and the United States totaling more than $30 million.

The arrests came with the global co-operation of the Australian Federal Police and the Romanian police after an Australian financial institution passed on information about suspicious credit card transactions.

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Cost Of South Carolina Hacking Of Tax Payers Personal Details, Likely to Reach Over $20 million

Eleven weeks after the huge hack and theft of millions of South Carolinian tax paying residents’ personal details, the cash strapped state has to find an extra $20 million in order to repair the damage caused.

In mid-September, a hacker succeeded in stealing the unencrypted tax records of 3.8 million individual South Carolina residents and 700,000 businesses. Interestingly, the U.S. Secret Service only alerted state officials to the breach on Oct.10. The state administration has hired the use of computer forensic experts, a legal team, a public relations firm and a credit bureau.

The state owes the single largest amount to Experian totaling $12 million, half of which is due Dec. 15. As part of the agreement, Experian will run credit monitoring for all taxpayers who sign up by Jan.31. Public relations firm Chernoff Newman is expected to receive around $160,000. Other costs to be incurred are another approximately $5 million in order to encrypt all the data and a bill of at least $1 million in order to notify by mail or email all of the residents affected by the breach.

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