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Articles tagged with: cyber-attack

Skype Vulnerability Allows Intruders, Fix Coming Soon

The popular Voice Over IP service, Skype, has a serious security issue that can allow a hacker to gain access into a contact’s account. The guy who discovered the serious flaw is Levent Kayan, and he claims that the vulnerability can even make the computer itself prone to a cyber attack.

The problem is based off a cross-site scripting vulnerability that enables hackers to embed JavaScript in the mobile phone field of the victims profile description.

Anonymous Plans Largest Attack In Four Years

And just when we thought we were done with the Anonymous hacks, at least when they posted an official “letter of resignation” we had thought so, yet the hacks continue on. This time, Anonymous has threatened to attack the UK judiciary system and Metropolitan Police.

The rogue group calls its planned attack the “biggest day ever”. According to various sources, the attack will occur tomorrow, on Tuesday and will be massive.

Microsoft Retires Office XP And Vista SP1

Well, wadya know. Microsoft is finally going to retire it’s 2001 Office XP and first service pack for Windows Vista next week, according to the company’s own calendar. Both platforms will end on July 12th, and will no longer have updates supporting the antiquated software.

Since Microsoft supports its business products for ten years, this change shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone. Vista users will still be able to get security updates by upgrading to service pack 2, that is, if they are still using SP1.

Former CEO / CTO Pleads Guilty To Cyber Attack

Now here’s an interesting bit of news, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) has just announced that a man by the name of Khalid Shaikh (a former CEO of YouSendIt.com) has pleaded guilty to launching a cyber attack against his former employer.

Shaikh has just been released on a $100,000 bail and will be sentenced on September 29th. Now, this is not to say that all CEOs are angels with golden wings, but it goes to show you that hackers come in all shapes and sizes.

Chinese Hackers Spoof Gmail To Target Gov’t Officials

Google has recently caught a series of phishing attempts targeted at United States and South Korean government officials. The attacks originated from Jinan, China and attempted to gain access to Gmail accounts of hundreds of users by tricking them into sharing their passwords. Chinese political activists, military personnel, and journalists were also victimized.

The attackers were seeking to monitor their victims’ e-mail accounts by changing the account settings to automatically forward messages. The attempts actually started in February and have been since ongoing.

NASA Vulnerable To Multiple Network Breaches

It has been discovered that NASA’s network has unpatched vulnerabilities that could be exploited over the Internet. This is the same network that is used to control the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope. The report was filed by NASA’s inspector general. While there haven’t yet been traces of hacking with the current holes in the system, it is important to note the 22GB of data that was stolen back in 2009 from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory systems.

The network was so unprotected that thousands of…