A massive memory leak which has been linked to a tiny bug in Cloudflare’s code may have exposed user data, including passwords, personal information, messages, cookies, and more for thousands of sites. Time to change your passwords, this vulnerability is pretty scary.
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Russian researchers Kaspersky Lab has uncovered surveillance platforms that hide in the firmware of hard drives. The hard drives of more than a dozen manufacturers are compromised, according to TechSpot.com. 500 computers in more than 30 countries have been affected by the malware.
One of the largest banking hacks to date has been uncovered recently. Since 2013, a hacker ring based in Russia has stolen nearly $1 billion from 100 banks in 30 countries, including some in the US, according to the Huffington Post.
Around 80 million individuals have had their names, birthdays, medical IDs, addresses, social security numbers, and employment information stolen in what may be the largest healthcare hack to date. The hackers stole enough data to perform identity theft and possibly open a credit card in victims’ names.
According to ArsTechnica, now that gas pumps are connected to the internet through an Automatic Tank Gauge or ATG, hackers could access the pumps via the internet, causing the pumps to shut down or to slow down fueling. Nearly 5,300 fueling stations could be affected.
A Russian computer virus, called SoakSoak, has infected 100,000 WordPress websites. The purpose of the attack is unknown at this time. The malware changes the site into an attack platform that will target visitors to the site, according to Entrepreneur.
In the wake of the recent Sony hacks, which was the biggest attack of its kind on an American company, businesses are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats. Large corporations aren’t the only businesses at risk. Around 20 percent of cyber attacks are on small businesses with fewer than 250 employees, according to Chris Collins (R-NY), Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology. Hackers often target small businesses because they are the least likely to be protected by proper security.
The situation worsens for Sony Pictures, who has been hacked several times in the past two weeks. The salary information, social security numbers, and home addresses of 47,000 employees, including celebrities, has been leaked to the internet by a group of hackers called the Guardians of Peace (GOP), according to CNET.
Dozens of Fortune 500 companies have been hacked by a group of cyberspies hoping to acquire insider information about those companies and increase financial gain. Among the companies compromised, over two-thirds were in the pharmaceutical and health-care industry. Other industries affected include financial service firms and related sectors such as investment bankers, investor relations, and attorneys, according to slashdot.com.