The Anonymous hacker group claimed Sunday that it had stolen a small number of internal passwords and user names from an Apple server.
Apple has added extra security features in iOS 5 that will make it much harder for hackers to safely jailbreak their iPhones, according to the high-profile jailbreakers at Dev-Team Blog. Apple’s changes will make it harder to roll back to an older version of iOS if jailbreaking goes bad.
Just as suddenly as the hacker collective LulzSec appeared, dominating headlines with its attacks, the group has bid the world farewell.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories published by VentureBeat in the last seven days:
BioWare, the game development studio behind triple-A titles like Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, said hackers were able to crack into the forums for one of its old video games and might have stolen sensitive information about the site’s users on Friday.
A Brazilian component of hacker group LulzSec has taken down several Brazilian government websites as part of a massive hacking campaign led by LulzSec against government agencies.
Members of hacker group LulzSec, which was recently able to break into Sony’s network and steal information about 1 million users, said it has cracked into the network of game development studio Bethesda Softworks.
Spanish police on Friday said they have arrested three suspected members of the high-profile hacker group Anonymous. The group has been connected to cyber attacks against governments and corporations around the world, including the recent high-profile shut down of Sony’s PlayStation Network for nearly a month.
Nintendo acknowledged today that hackers broke into one of the servers for its U.S. business, but the company said there was no loss of sensitive company or user data.
White House staffers were among those targeted by Chinese hackers that recently tried to break into hundreds of Gmail accounts, according to the Wall Street Journal. The hackers were hoping that senior administration employees would be using their private email accounts for official business.
Hacker group LulzSec, which claimed responsibility for breaking into PBS’ news website NewsHour, said it has broken into Sony’s movie site SonyPictures.com and compromised information about 1 million users.
The Pentagon has decided that computer-based attacks from a foreign country can be considered acts of war, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The report comes only a few days after top U.S. defense supplier Lockheed Martin was hit by a cyber attack.
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An unknown cyber incident hit Lockheed Martin — the world’s largest aerospace manufacturer and the top supplier to the Pentagon — sometime last week but was successfully neutralized by the company, the defense contractor said.
Microsoft has chosen to “nurture” the talents of a 14-year-old boy who attempted to hack into the company’s online gaming network, Xbox Live, rather than slap the kid with lawsuits. The lawsuit approach to hackers is presumed to have led to Sony’s online game network being crippled for nearly a month.
Sony brought its online gaming network, the PlayStation Network (PSN), offline today — though this time it was just for some scheduled maintenance. But the downtime was a frustrating reminder for many PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable owners, as well as developers, over how the company handled the PSN’s downtime.
Sony is offering two free games and a host of other goodies to PlayStation Network (PSN) users to compensate for bringing its online gaming network and store down for nearly a month after hackers broke in and stole sensitive information.
Parts of Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) have finally come back online in certain areas around the world — including the U.S. and Europe — after hackers were able to break into the network, forcing the company to bring it offline for nearly a month.
The hackers that cracked into Sony’s online gaming network, the Playstation Network (PSN), are plotting another attack against the gaming giant this weekend and plan to publicize information stolen from PSN users, said a reader who viewed the hackers’ online discussions.
Sony said in a blog post today that it will offer free enrollment in an identity theft protection program for all U.S. members of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services as compensation for the loss of their personal records.
Sony has entered the final stages of internal testing to bring its beleaguered online gaming network, the Playstation Network (PSN), back online after a massive hacker intrusion forced the company to bring it down.
When hackers cracked the Playstation network and stole sensitive information from more than 100 milli users, Sony on was running the network on older versions of the Apache Web server software, a security expert said in a testimony to Congress Wednesday.
Sony sent a letter to Congress today that describes the details of the hacker attack on its PlayStation Network and The Station online gaming services.
File this one under “things not to do when dealing with massive network outages.” Sony has kicked the hornet’s nest today by blaming Anonymous, a massive network of hackers that regularly takes up activist causes, for indirectly causing a breach of security in its PlayStation Network (PSN) online gaming network that led to the attack that brought PSN down.
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Sony’s second-in-command, Kazuo Hirai, will hold a press conference tomorrow in the first public address by a Sony executive since its Playstation Network (PSN) online gaming network crashed.
Sony said today that the malicious attack against the PlayStation Network did not result in the loss of customers’ game data.
Hackers are saying on underground internet chat rooms that they are in possession of the credit card numbers of Sony’s PlayStation Network customers, the New York Times said today.
Sony hasn’t yet recovered from the PlayStation Network outage, but it has already been hit with a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of an angry user. The suit comes a day after Sony admitted that personal information, including credit card data, had been compromised when hackers broke into its online entertainment service.
Sensitive information about Playstation Network (PSN) users was stolen by hackers during an extensive attack and intrusion on the online gaming network, according to service provider Sony.
Sony shut down its Playstation Network after a new custom firmware version for the console let users download games and content with a fake credit card number, according to a moderator from Playstation fan-site PSX-Scene.
Sony acknowledged today that its PlayStation Network online entertainment service has been brought down by an external intrusion, according to a blog post this evening.
Epsilon, the largest email marketing company, is reeling from a huge breach of its clients’ personal email data. At least 19 major brands (and as many as 50) have been affected by the cyber attack, where hackers broke into the company’s systems and stole names and email addresses of lots of people.
Antivirus vendor Symantec detected more than 286 million malware threats last year, signaling a big jump in the volume of automated cyber threats.
Epsilon, the world’s largest provider of permission-based email marketing, has suffered a huge data breach. That means hackers may have swiped customer data belonging to the world’s biggest brands.
Malware of all kinds keeps spreading on computing platforms. But mobile malware grew at a particularly fast clip in 2010, according to McAfee.
Hackers have penetrated the computer network of the Nasdaq Stock Market during the past year, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. Federal investigators are trying to figure out who did it and why.
The WikiLeaks news continued today. First, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was ordered released on bail by a judge in England today. But Assange remained in jail as Swedish authorities decided to fight the judge’s decision to grant bail.
If you were disappointed by the lack of apps in the new $99 Apple TV, now you have another option: The iPhone Dev team, a group known for its timely iPhone operating system hacks, has confirmed that it can jailbreak the new Apple TV — opening the door for apps and other tweaks on the device.
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