Latest Hacktivism Stories

2011-06-12 07:00:00

Less than a month after the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) managing director was arrested in New York, the agency was hit by what computer experts are calling a large and sophisticated cyber attack. The IMF, which manages financial emergencies around the world and is a warehouse of highly confidential information for many nations, told its staff and board of directors about the attack on Wednesday, but stopped short of making a public announcement. IMF spokesman David Hawley told...

2011-06-10 13:45:00

Spanish police arrested three suspected computer hackers who belonged to a loose-knit international hactivist group that has attacked corporate and government websites around the world. Spain's National Police said the three were part of the Spanish section of the famous hacker group called "Anonymous."  Manuel Vazquez, chief of the police's high-tech crime unit, said all three are Spaniards between the ages 30 and 32. Vazquez said a computer server in one of their homes was used to...

2011-06-03 09:40:00

Entertainment giant Sony has been slammed again with a second data breach, according to numerous media reports. Sony was still attempting to restore its image from a similar hacking in April when it reported the loss of millions of credit card numbers from its PlayStation Network. A loose-knit "hacktivist" group known as Anonymous allegedly began focused attacks on Sony's online services in April in retribution for its legal action against PlayStation 3 owners who cracked the game console...

2011-05-06 05:35:00

The Internet activist group Anonymous denied any involvement in a cyber-attack on Sony Corp.'s networks that exposed the personal data of more than 100 million PlayStation and Online Entertainment network accounts. "Let's be clear, we are legion, but it wasn't us. You are incompetent Sony," wrote Anonymous on its blog (anonops.blogspot.com) on Thursday. Sony had claimed that its video game network was breached at the same time it was defending itself against a major denial of service (DoS)...

2011-02-15 04:30:00

MAHWAH, N.J.; Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the latest measures that enterprises, core government operations and the public safety sector have taken to defend against potential network attacks, Radware (Nasdaq: RDWR), a leading provider of integrated application delivery and network security solutions for business-smart networking, cautions that these entities have become prime targets for cyber criminals. Radware's Security Emergency Response Team (ERT) has identified the...

2011-01-01 05:55:33

Federal investigators have seized servers that they believe launched a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against PayPal earlier in December. An affidavit posted by the Smoking Gun contains testimony by federal agents convinced that systems at Texas hosting firm Tailor Made Services are likely to contain clues in the hunt for hacktivists who launched a DDoS attack against PayPal in response to its decision to freeze an account used by WikiLeaks. Volunteers were encouraged by...

2010-11-29 14:30:00

A computer hacker temporarily took down the Wikileaks website on Sunday as 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables were released on the site. "Jester," which is the name the hacker goes by, calls himself a "hacktivist for good" and is taking credit for the take down of Wikileaks. The site came under a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Saturday shortly after it began releasing the first batch of leaked documents. Jester has targeted extremist websites in the past and claimed...

2009-01-14 14:37:53

The Internet has become a major tool for propaganda during the current Israeli and Palestinian conflict in the Gaza Strip. Computer users are being warned to be on the lookout for phishing emails and webmasters must be extra careful to ensure their servers are secure, as activists have turned to defacing websites, taking over computers, and shutting down Facebook groups. So far, several U.S. Military sites, NATO and an Israeli Bank have all been targeted. So-called "hacktivism" -- the hacking...

2008-08-27 12:00:47

A group of University of Toronto researchers who call themselves "hacktivists" is studying how criminals and governments are staging cyber attacks. The 7-year-old Citizen's Lab was opened by Ronald Deibert with funding from the Ford Foundation, initially to try to help people living in countries that censor online content, the Washington Post reported. Since then, the team has been noticing a rise in political attacks, most recently during Russia's and Georgia's ground war, Deibert said....

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