Latest developments in the ongoing Sony Pictures hack investigation
North Korea has verbally fired back at allegations that it is behind the Sony Pictures attack. Calling the recent FBI statement identifying the country as the culprit "groundless slander," the country is demanding a joint investigation into the hack, with the country's experts and US law enforcement working side-by-side. If the US should refuse, North Korea's foreign ministry promised "grave consequences," presumably to US interests. The government of North Korea continues to deny that they hack, which has caused an estimated $100 million of damage to Sony Pictures, not including less tangible problems, can on the country.
Continued data leaks, attacks threatened if movie release halted
Hackers behind the Sony Pictures intrusion have made a more public demand for the company to stop the release of an upcoming film. The demand from the "Guardians of Peace" is accompanied by another large release of internal data, with information about aliases used by celebrities, as well as more contact information for the stars and their assistants.
Alleged 'Guardians of Peace' leader sent email demanding Sony 'behave wisely'
The Sony Pictures hack attack has taken a dark turn. A mass email in broken English went out to employees whose data was stolen by the so-called "Guardians of Peace," demanding that recipients return the email, or "not only you but your family will be in danger." In the email, the attackers are demanding that employees "make your company behave wisely" in order to stop future incidents by the hack group.
Personal data belonging to Sylvester Stallone, Rebel Wilson leaked in hack
The Sony Pictures data breach may be bigger than originally believed, as reports claim a lot more people than the 6,000 employees have been affected. Personal data including Social Security numbers for more than 47,000 current and former employees were apparently involved in the leak, including information relating to famous celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone and Rebel Wilson.
Anti-North Korea comedy "The Interview" scheduled to be released December 25
Despite previously calling a movie soon to be released by Sony Pictures an "act of war," North Korea has denied any involvement in the seemingly-ongoing studio hack. An anonymous diplomat from the country has refuted state involvement in the data theft, and claims that North Korea has "publicly declared that it would follow international norms banning hacking and piracy."
FBI gives guidance to major US corporations, including who to notify during attack
While not specifically naming any names, the FBI has warned that a major cyberattack has taken place against US businesses in the last two weeks. The advisory, likely given in the wake of the enormous Sony breach, gives some details about the tools used in the assault, and provides advice to the businesses on how to respond to the package, which includes informing the FBI.
'Activity of concern' detected in same period as White House attack, security updates underway
In late October, the White House was the target of "unusual activity" on unclassified networks, leading to the sweep of internal systems for malware and other nefarious infiltrations. As it turns out, the White House wasn't the only high-profile network hit, as the US State Department detected "activity of concern" around the same time period.
Misconfiguration of Apache server to blame, Snapsaved says only 500MB of images taken
After news broke last week that thousands of photos from Snapchat leaked after a third-party service was hacked, a company stepped forward up to take the blame. The developers behindSnapsaved, an app developed to save photos from Snapchat, said that its servers were hacked as a result of a misconfigured Apache server. The company also refused the claims made in the "snappening" document that says an administrator provided the directory and content of the site.
Free games, subscriptions offered as compensation for PSN intrusion
Sony has agreed to a preliminary settlement worth $15 million in a hacking class-action lawsuit in the United States. The agreement, which still requires approval from a judge, will see Sony handing out free games to console owners affected by the April 2011 PlayStation Network hack, which saw the shutdown of the service and Qriocity for several weeks, as well as compromising personal data and credit card information from over 77 million users.
Georgia Tech students hack single phrase messaging service, help team fix issues
The new messaging app of the moment Yo, which sends out only the phrase "Yo" to contacts, was hacked last Thursday by a group of students allegedly from Georgia Tech, according to TechCrunch. The hack allowed the students to spam users of the messaging program, as well as send push notifications with custom text. Yo confirmed through Twitter that it was working on security issues that had been brought to the team's attention.
Filing claims cheat devalues game, developers commit copyright infringement
An article from Torrentfreak outlines a legal battle between Starcraft II creators Blizzard and a number of unnamed defendants over the creation of a maphack cheat said to alter the online experience. The lawsuit, filed in California federal court, levies three different charges of copyright infringement, trafficking in circumvention devices, breach of contract and interference with contractual relations.
Will work with all devices capable of running iOS 6
A jailbreak for iOS 6 including the latest release iOS 6.1 has been given a confirmed released date by the hacker team developing it. After hinting that the hack would be released to the public on Super Bowl Sunday, tweets from team members now say that it will actually be released on Monday. Reports from team members suggest that work is finished on the hack but that it was felt to be too late in the day for a release on Sunday, suggesting that the jailbreak could come early (by US time-zone standards) on Monday.
Windows Phone 7 one step closer to full jailbreak
An enterprising hacker @Jaxbot has developed WindowBreak, an interop-unlock for Samsung Windows Phone 7 mobile phones. While not a full jailbreak, the new code [video embedded below] is the first major step towards allowing users the ability to install and run homebrew apps on the WP7 devices. Currently, the WindowBreak hack does not work on all WP7 devices, but should work with further tweaking from other hackers within the developer community.
Alleged hacker could face 15 years in prison
An alleged LulzSec hacker has pleaded not guilty to charges that he took part in a Sony network intrusion. Reuters reports that Cody Kretsinger, 23, has entered not guilty pleas to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer at a hearing in the US District Court in Los Angeles. Judge Victor Kenton set a December 13 trial date for Kretsinger, who also ordered that Kretsinger be defended by a court-appointed public defender.
10-year old girl uncovers smartphone vulnerability
A ten-year old hacker known as @CyFi has uncovered a zero-day exploit in iOS and Android games. The hack has been verified by independent researchers and has been classed as new vulnerability. The ten-year old girl who hales from California presented her findings at the DefCon 19 convention. She explained that she uncovered the hack in January this year as a workaround for farm-based games that took too long to progress.
14-year-old hacker repurposed for good by MS
Microsoft has caught a 14-year-old Dublin teenager who hacked into its Xbox online systems. The story came to light this week when Microsoft’s Ireland General Manager revealed the events during a keynote speech at the Bank of Ireland Business Week. The 14-year-old was directly responsible for millions of users who were alerted after successfully hacking into Modern Warfare 2 on the Xbox 360 platform.
Mac Pro overclockable
ZDNet has announced what it says is the first tool for overclocking the Mac Pro. Windows options for overclocking are prevalent, but none have been available for the Mac Pro, according to ZDNet. It claims that the new software, called ZDNet Clock, is capable of speed increases of 15 to 20 percent, and most computers with 2.8GHz chips should be able to meet or exceed 3.2 GHz. The version 1.0 software supports Intel processors on a Mac Pro or Xserve and requires Max OS X 10.5; it is available for download now, free of charge.