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New Hacking Attack To Pose A Threat To The Nation?

Dan

Contributor
Just when we thought we were safe from our personal information being leaked to the public, hackers throughout Europe and China have collaborated over the past year and a half to getting information from companies, and clearly have succeeded. The attack has breached roughly 2,500 major corporate companies approximately, according to a anti-hacking company who discovered it, NetWitness. The companies affected were that of a Credit Card/personal information firm.

The attack so far has not been compromised, and government official don't know when it will be stopped, or compromised. Four companies that were infiltrated, pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. and Cardinal Health Incorporated, said they had isolated and contained the problem. Paramount Pictures and Juniper Networks had also been breached.

The attack started in late 2008, from an operating command centre in Germany, in which employees were told to click on contaminated websites, email attachments or adverts claiming to speed up their pc, or rid it of virus'.

They also gained access to government agencies; by doing so they gained the user-name and password of a military email account. At one company, the hackers gained access to a corporate server used for processing online credit-card payments. At others, stolen passwords provided access to computers used to store and swap proprietary corporate documents, presentations, contracts and even upcoming versions of software products.

Amit Yoran, Chief Executive of NetWitness stated, "The spyware used in this attack allows hackers to control computers remotely."

The attack was discovered January 26th by NetWitness engineer Alex Cox, who was currently installing software for a large company that fights cyber attacks.

Google stated that itself and 20 other companies were breached due to the hackers, and other companies over in Egypt, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the U.S. had the highest concentration.

So yeah, be wary. Twitter don't half come in useful.
 

NeilR

eXo Admin
Enforcer Team

MiKeY188

S For So Not Mature
you got a link to the source m8?

Is the exploit which hackers found in IE which was used to hack Google, Adobe etc??
 

NoEffex

Seth's On A Boat.
It's not, I've never heard of something like this, on this kind of scale before.
There's been plenty AFAIK. Plus, it could be a military recruits email (Likely is), they do use computers like everyone else, and as such, pose no threat. Look up major botnet attacks and things like SQL slammer.

2,500 really isn't much, and that's just how many they've launched attacks against, not necessarily how many have succeeded.
 

Joey

New Member
There's been plenty AFAIK. Plus, it could be a military recruits email (Likely is), they do use computers like everyone else, and as such, pose no threat. Look up major botnet attacks and things like SQL slammer.

2,500 really isn't much, and that's just how many they've launched attacks against, not necessarily how many have succeeded.
Fair enough, I just hadn't heard of it :/
 
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