Hackers from LulzSec and Anonymous claim to have hacked an Apple server, releasing usernames and passwords.
a year dominated by large-scale, high-profile security breaches, computer maker
Apple has now found itself a target of hackers. The group Anonymous posted a document
online that it claims contains
a list of usernames and passwords for one of the company's servers, although
the group also sent out a message
on Twitter saying it wasn't being "so serious"-before adding that Apple
could be its next target. "But don't worry, we are busy elsewhere,"
the tweet said.
the wake of hacks by the group LulzSec and other hacker groups, including
attacks on the CIA, the International Monetary Fund, a public network for the
United States Senate and defense contractors, the government has been spurred
into pushing cyber-security legislation through Congress.
the Obama administration gets its way, the maximum prison sentence for those
convicted of breaking into government computer networks or potentially
endangering the country's national security would become 20 years. The White
House made the request in its cyber-security proposal in May. Recent attacks on
government Websites have refocused attention on that part of the proposal,
Reuters reported June 20.
proposed penalties are also more relevant as cyber-prankster LulzSec and
hacktivist collective Anonymous have announced a joint "Operation
Anti-Security" venture in which they will attack government Websites and
other big corporations, which apparently could include Apple. LulzSec claimed
it will go after confidential documents in a move reminiscent of WikiLeaks.
malware" is continuing to grow at an alarming rate, according to a new
report that provides insight, background and analysis on the trends and
developments in the global threat landscape by Internet and mobile security
provider AVG Technologies. In the second quarter, AVG's Threat Labs saw an
increase in the number of stolen digital certificates used to sign malware,
before being distributed by hackers. An increase of more than 300 percent was
identified at the start of 2011, compared with the whole of 2010. The "Community
Powered Threat Report-Q2 2011" noted that the practice of trusting signed
files is rapidly losing its strength.
Macs continue to rise in popularity, they are increasingly becoming victims of
cyber-crime, the report revealed. With the platform reaching crucial market
share levels, it is starting to appear on the radar of cyber-criminals. "While
it may be a new target platform, cyber-criminals are using tried and tested
social engineering techniques to attack Mac OS users," the report said.
Security's latest quarterly malware report found smartphone malware dominated
the security landscape during the first quarter of 2011. There was more
activity in the first quarter of 2011 than there was in the last quarter of
2010, reported Panda Security's anti-malware laboratory. The report, which
analyzed IT security events from Jan. 1 to March 31, highlighted several major
security incidents, including the malicious apps that were found on the Android
Market and the successful attack against HBGary Federal by the Anonymous
surge in malware activity in the first three months of 2011 was driven mainly
by new threats in circulation, PandaLabs researchers found. Cyber-attackers
created 26 percent more new threats in this quarter than they did during the
first quarter of 2010, and 16 percent more than the fourth quarter of 2010. The
laboratory received an average of 73,190 new samples of malware every day, of
which 70 percent were Trojans.