Hackers are having a field day while corporations and media outlets are having panic attacks, figuratively speaking.
As I write this, Sony has reportedly suffered yet another security breach. Names and passwords belonging to 120 users of Sony Europe’s website were stolen by a hacker who then published them on the Internet.
It’s getting to be a challenge keeping up with all the hack attacks on Sony. The electronics company can’t catch a breath, with a string of security breaches over the past two months. One recent hacking compromised passwords, email addresses, birth dates, all Sony opt-in account data, music codes and music coupons.
Hacker group LulzSecurity, also known as LulzSec, posted on Twitter that it had found a vulnerability in SonyPictures.com, leaving unprotected 3.5 million Sony Music coupons, as well as data on more than one million of its website users and customers. The group stole what data that it could, then left the rest clearly marked for others to loot.
Adding insult to injury, hacker group LulzSec also boasted about it on its website.
The Associated Press via The Daily Caller reported on another cyber attack that “didn’t go after people playing war games on their PlayStations. It targeted a company that helps the U.S. military do the real thing.”
More: Claims PBS, FBI sites hacked too
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, LulzSec also recently claimed credit for hacking the websites of PBS and an FBI-affiliated website.
“The group posted a claim on the website Pastebin that it had hacked the Atlanta chapter of Infragard, a partnership between the FBI and the private sector dedicated to preventing terrorism and criminal acts against the U.S.,” the paper reported. “It also claimed to have posted nearly 200 user names, saying ‘all of them are affiliated with the FBI in some way.’”
And LulzSec attempted to extort data and money from a botnet tracking firm.
Media companies are especially worried, because now hackers who don’t agree with content are accessing their websites for vindication. As mentioned above, PBS news program websites “Frontline” and “PBS NewsHour” were crippled by hackers who said they were angered by coverage of WikiLeaks.
Chinese hackers targeted White House G-mail accounts
Senior administration officials at the White House were snagged in an attack by China-based hackers who broke into Google Inc.’s G-mail accounts. It is suspected the hackers were hoping to find sensitive government info on hundreds of staffers’ personal email accounts.
The U.S. government hasn’t proven that the Chinese government is behind this and is treading it lightly. But it is curious that so many of these hacks emanate from Chinese IP accounts.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weighed in on the matter.
Your move? The Chinese military not treading as lightly, accusing the U.S. of launching an Internet global war to bring down the Arab world. True?
And last weekend, a group calling itself Random Hacks of Kindness, founded by the World Bank, gathered to “leverage Internet data to address world problems. Among the collaborators: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA and the World Bank.
Brits hack al-Qaida magazine, replace bomb recipe with recipe for cupcakes
Cupcake, anyone? British spy agents turned the tables on Islamic extremists, hacking into their extremist magazine to replace its bomb-making instructions with a recipe for mojito cupcakes — exploding with good taste.
Can’t afford that new iPad 2? Solution: sell your kidney!
The cyberworld got a little weirder this week. And here’s why. There are hackers, colluders, desperate politicians, lying politicians (but then, I repeat myself) and a teen willing to sell a body part for an iPad.
We’ve all heard the expression, “I’d give my right arm to have … (fill in the blank).”
This story is about a 17-year old Chinese teen who took it a step further, selling his right kidney to raise money for an iPad 2.
“I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it,” said Zheng, quoted in the Chinese-language Global Times. “A broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan [equivalent to about $3,100].”
So how did that work out for him? Stitched up, he returned home less a kidney but one laptop and an iPad 2 richer.
Meanwhile a blast at Foxconn, the Chinese factory that assembles iPads, has created longer delivery times for the popular tablet, kidney or not.
FCC, left-wing group collude on Net Neutrality
More governmental coziness with the left. The Washington Examiner reported that documents made public by Judicial Watch “describe extensive collusion by Federal Communications Commission officials with a left-wing advocacy group in a campaign to expand government regulation of the Internet.”
Are we surprised? Favoritism abounds with this administration, with Facebook “groups” being locked out, access provided upon approval. Which groups are being locked out? Let’s ask Obama’s new pal, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
California assembly moves to tax all online purchases; Amazon biggest target
Desperate for cash, California is dealing itself into the same game as Illinois, scavenging revenue wherever it can to feed the bureaucratic beast. What will it gorge on next?
Weinergate – Twitter: things to consider
What can we say? It was the joke of the week, with every possible way the name “Weiner” could be used as a euphemism for … well, wieners. But here’s the lesson – the downside and upside of Tweeting on Twitter.
Twitter plans its own “photo sharing” service. No comment from Weiner –LOL
Move over, Twitpics and Yfrog, Twitter could be launching its own photo-sharing service, expected to use the URL Twimg.com. Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo is expected to make the announcement at the D9 conference in California, according to AllThingsD reported.
Shaq uses Twitter without creating controversy, announces NBA retirement
In what has become more commonplace, major announcements are being made on Facebook and Twitter. The most recent: Shaquille O’Neal used his @Shaq Twitter account to tell his more than 3.8 million followers he was retiring from the National Basketball Association. The Los Angeles Lakers center, whose career spanned nearly two decades and included playing for the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and the Bosotn Celtics, tweeted: im retiring Video: #ShaqRetires
Syria shuts down Internet during Friday uprising
Prof. Walter Williams makes the distinction between a right and a wish.
Bits & bytes
- Preview Microsoft’s Windows 8
- Is the mouse about to die?
- Apple Cloud – streaming recorded music over the Internet.
- Hate going to school? Why this man will pay you to drop out.
- Loyal3 partners with NASDAQ, bringing stock trading to Facebook.
- Embed a YouTube, go to jail.
The time capsule
“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” ~ Pearl Buck
Now playing at the Princess Theater in Urbana, Ill.
Congratulations to WND readers Sam Whitley of Houston, Texas, and Tim Kerlin of Watervliet, Mich., who were among the first to correctly guess actor Harve Presnell in his portrayal of U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall in the 1998 film “Saving Private Ryan.” Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film also starred Matt Damon and Tom Sizemore and depicted a mission to find the surviving brother of three men who were killed in action during WWII. The film opens with a realistic and gruesome depiction of the Allied invasion of Normandy June 6, 1944.
The film won 5 Oscars, another 52 wins and 53 nominations.
The quote was: “I have a letter here, written a long time ago, to a Mrs. Bixby in Boston. So bear with me. ‘Dear Madam: I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. Yours very sincerely and respectfully, Abraham Lincoln.”
This week’s quote: “You remember it. Remember every bit of it, ’cause we are on the eve of a day that people are going to talk about long after we are dead and gone.”
Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the email address below. Good luck!