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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Hackers Keep Breaching Security, Companies Helpless

Hackers Keep Breaching Security, Companies Helpless

Hackers Keep Breaching Security, Companies Helpless

Added: Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
After the numerous hacks related to Sony, people thought that it was clearly an isolated case of the company which simply was negligent about security and wasn’t going to change such behavior, while all the rest were supposed to be smarter. However, within the past weeks, the reports have been circulating, revealing that security issues were not just exclusive to Sony.

The examples are numerous. For instance, the National Health Services of the United Kingdom had their administration passwords obtained by the hacker group LulzSec just a few days ago, but failed to notify its users as well. Then, the Conservative Party of Canada found out their website to be hacked, with a donor list subsequently leaking. Finally, the American Senate was also hacked in a fortnight after the government of the United States declared that a hack was an “act of war”. The list is close to endless, including Bethesda, Minecraft, servers for EVE Online, and the Escapist League of Legends.

What comes to mind after learning all these facts is that it really is easy to hack all those services. That’s what one hacker group called LulzSec thinks, too, as it is responsible for many of those incidents. How easy it can be is illustrated by a recently disclosed hack described below.

Daily Mail has reported that Citigoup, one of the largest banking institutions worldwide, was hacked, with 200,000 accounts being compromised. The hack was accomplished by a simple act of changing numbers in a URL. Can you imagine that? You don’t even need to know any special DOS command or have any hacking utilities. All you need is a browser and an Internet connection, all you need to do is to change some numbers in the URL to get access to many people’s banking details. However, the worst part of all that is that the company’s investigators claimed it would have been hard to prepare for such vulnerability.

For industry observers it turned out to be hard to understand in what way changing a URL in a browser to steal 200,000 people’s personal data is considered so sophisticated that it can’t be stopped?

This seems to be a point where a security breach moves from a malicious attack to negligence on the company’s part. The question is why do 200,000 bank clients have to worry about finding themselves among people suddenly discovering that they owe thousands of dollars in countries they don’t even reside in?

June 23rd,2011

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Date:  Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-06-23 13:35:30)
DEMONLORD avatarUnited States declared that a hack was an “act of war”. What a bunch of morons that reside in the us senate. are they seriously that dumb. there are times when i am ashamed to even live in this country

posted by (2011-06-23 17:39:06)
No avatarif that hack was against power utility and took down all the power grids that is the kind of stuff the u.s is claiming would be an act of war.

posted by Blocked (2011-06-23 17:53:02)
4uckAuthority avatarlol demonlord...i shook my head when i read that part too

posted by Sun (2011-06-24 00:39:26)
menace13 avatarPersonally I think that these security (so called) companies should keep up with the times and new tech. allot of them think that what was "secure" a year or so ago is fine now. Tech evolves almost every day and so do hackers. Mabey the should get the stick out and hire "white hat hackers"

posted by (2011-06-24 01:48:42)
JG420 avatari agree with menace13....its a little known fact... BUT Microsoft employs HACKERS!!! ever wonder why xbox live has never been hacked (EVER)??!! its because microsoft has former 'bad' hackers now on their payroll making sure other, lets call them "black hat hackers" cant get into their systems! lol bill gates isnt worth 50+ billion US for no reason!

posted by (2011-06-24 03:46:40)
uax4it avatarI Feel You demonlord this country is going to sh!t! Obama sucks they all bunch of crooks! The Russians also said quote Its not going to be Keyboard vs keyboard they sending a Missal..America helps all other country's but its own .Why ohio told them go fuk yourself soon California and Texas will join Ohio

posted by (2011-06-24 09:21:37)
WCKicksAss avatarhacking is an act of war. However, i think its very stupid to announce this after Sony and possibly the CIA have been hacked.<-- Depending on when he said this. But, for those who think Hacking isn't an act of war..are morons. Hacking is stealing, breaking, and just straight up wrong. Also, alot of hackers brag about the take down.. Hacking Is A Act oF War But Announcing it to hackers just so they can be more pissed is straight up retarded!

posted by Blocked (2011-06-24 09:35:24)
menahunie avatarHacking is an act of war when the Hacking is done with state sponsorship. Case in point allot of this is coming from North Korea and other nut countries that don't have the resources for an actual standing military.. It is allot cheaper to wage cyber warfare then physical warfare; BUT you piss off a country that does have the resources Military or intelligence wise ( Men In Black ) and they will kill you.. Posters are making noises the CIA was hacked - NOT. Nothing of real was accessed and besides there are Honey Pots out there deliberately setup by Government and Companies to allow these systems to be hacked to watch what is being done and back trace where it is coming from. I have seen it.
The two main named groups LulzSec and Anonymous are now getting the attention they wanted by arrests and other actions.
Think about this in regards to LulzSec? Why would they make themselves known and a target of governments? Also if they are as good as implied indicates these individuals are not some snot nose xbox freaks; but maybe state sponsored?
The one thing screwed with that never should have been - THE BANKS. You never ever mess with the money - you can disappear because of that..

posted by (2011-06-25 15:42:48)
No avatarhumm, funny "Hacking an act of war", well the USA government uses hacking all the time, and are responsible form some internet worms, that are geared towards specific nations, ie Stuxnet worm which was a join venture between Israel and USA. not to mention when it comes to international hacking Israel is ranked usually number one and has being since early 2000. ( see Norton database on known origin of security breaches by country of origin). china perhaps has gained more notoriety of later but it still Israel that is number one for state sponsored use of "hacking" with a lot of help from the US..

so I say before the US (pot) calls the calls the kettle black- it is equally guilty of Committing acts of war against nation every day via the use of hacking.. therefore when someone blows up some building with in an act of "terrorism" on US soil there usually some outstanding cause for it and it usually involve the US government committing acts of war or suppression towards another group of people to gain access to their resources that the US wants..

posted by Blocked (2011-06-25 21:33:58)
menahunie avatarI see so the Government is bringing down Sony PSN and others? Really?
I am well aware there are hacks all over; but this current situation is only to create chaos among private citizens..
The two prominent groups talked about what have they done in regards to Constructive Hacks? None... Now they have all the attention they want and it will be either prison or ??? Now you are getting allot of wannabe's playing a stupid game and getting caught..
This stupid kid in UK? I really doubt he's one of them. LutzSec is running their web domain through the Bahamas - Haven for offshore accounts. and I am really curious that ICE of what ever Gov. Agency hasn't taken down their web site and stomped on them making them squeal? You will hear these squeals when the money train - Assistance is cut off... Or think of the extreme? They get invaded by a really pissed off government...

posted by (2011-06-26 00:19:02)
No avatarhummm , not what I was saying that the government hacked sony, I was just pointing out that the US calling hacking an "act of war". But it is equally guilty of committing these same acts of war everyday. - IE stuxnet worm, several other backdoor virus and Trojans they have released

these groups such as lutzsec to a certain degree are providing service showing how weak certain companies security is.... they could of easily just keep quite and sold all the information they gathered from sony and others on the blackmarket.. and people/consumers would not know what happened until at some point they start finding out their identity was stolen and/or thier credit card being used in some city 2000 miles away from them..

releasing the data publicly - force people too one check if their account have being compromised and two hopefully forced companies to be more diligent in their security..

this is but the reincarnation of earlier time when similar groups were pointing out very publicly how insecure websites were about 10 years ago.. heck you could just backspace a couple line and be into the root of their web-system and gain access to everything on their sites

posted by Blocked (2011-06-26 21:51:08)
menahunie avatarYep they helped allot - NOT.
Now they are crying mommy and running like cockroaches for the darkness.

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