1-15 January 2014 Cyber Attacks Timeline

It’s time for the Cyber Attacks Timeline for the first half of January 2014. I wish we had a better start for this Infosec year. Not even a month has passed (actually this timeline covers the first two weeks) and we have already seen several massive breaches (Snapchat) and other resounding events, maybe less relevant from a mere numeric perspective, but equally meaningful for the high profile of the victims involved (Microsoft).

Besides Snapchat, other important organizations have been targeted by Cyber crooks with very bad consequences: World Poker Tour (175,333), Staysure (93,000 individuals involved) and OpenSUSE (79,500 victims) are the most noticeable examples. On the cyber crime front other meaningful events include a wave of attacks against Video Games industries, and the hacking of Yahoo advertise network, infecting, potentially 27,000 users per hour.

Hacktivists of the Syrian Electronic Army are back with the result that even Microsoft is now part of the list of their victims (however their web site was also hacked in the same period). Other hacktivists very active in the same period include the infamous RedHack collective.

Last but not least, the control room of the Nuclear Plant of Monju in Japan was found infected with a malware capable of allegedly exfiltrate 42,000 emails.

As usual, if you want to have an idea of how fragile our data are inside the cyberspace, have a look at the timelines of the main Cyber Attacks in 2011, 2012 and now 2013 (regularly updated). You may also want to have a look at the Cyber Attack Statistics, and follow @paulsparrows on Twitter for the latest updates.

Also, feel free to submit remarkable incidents that in your opinion deserve to be included in the timelines (and charts).

1-15 Jan 2014 Cyber Attacks Timeline

  1. http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2014/01/01/skypes-twitter-account-blog-get-hacked-sea-demanding-end-spying/#!t7toD
  2. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Pakistani-Hackers-Leak-Data-from-Financial-Services-Online-Australia-413191.shtml
  3. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Hackers-Post-Happy-New-Year-Message-on-Site-of-Malaysia-s-Ministry-of-Education-413138.shtml
  4. http://enformable.com/2014/01/computer-control-room-monju-fast-breeder-reactor-infected-virus/
  5. http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/01/greyhats-expose-4-5-million-snapchat-phone-numbers-using-theoretical-hack/
  6. http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/01/world-of-warcraft-users-hit-by-account-hijacking-malware-attack/
  7. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2014/01/02/mmmooo-hacked-86369-user-credentials-leaked/
  8. http://datalossdb.org/incidents/11548-4-748-user-accounts-with-partial-email-addresses-user-names-and-clear-text-passwords-dumped-on-the-internet
  9. http://www.scmagazine.com//card-data-among-info-accessed-in-malware-attack-on-medical-supplier/article/329707/
  10. http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/01/multiple-gaming-platforms-hit-with-apparent-ddos-attacks/
  11. http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/01/malware-attacks-thousands-of-yahoo-com-visitors-through-java-exploit/
  12. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2014/01/05/the-directors-guild-of-canada-hacked-2000-credentials-leaked/
  13. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Anonymous-Hackers-Take-Down-Angola-Government-Websites-Amid-Protests-406000.shtml
  14. http://torrentfreak.com/ddos-attacks-take-down-what-cd-btn-and-ptp-bittorrent-trackers-140106/
  15. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/guccifer-archive-687543
  16. http://www.shanghaidaily.com/Business/it/Exemployee-of-Alipay-among-3-suspected-of-stealing-customer-data-since-2010/shdaily.shtml
  17. http://www.scmagazineuk.com/uk-insurer-hacked-loses-100k-customer-details/article/328015/
  18. http://www.esecurityplanet.com/hackers/hackers-steal-donor-information-from-u.s.-fund-for-unicef.html
  19. http://thehackernews.com/2014/01/Tajikistan-Google-Twitter-hacked-Domain-Registrar.html
  20. http://thehackernews.com/2014/01/openSUSE-Forum-Hacked-by-Pakistani-hacker.html#
  21. http://news.softpedia.com/news/The-Straight-Dope-Forum-Hacked-User-Passwords-Stolen-415094.shtml
  22. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Hackers-Launch-DDOS-Attack-on-Namibian-Government-Portal-in-OpFunKill-414769.shtml
  23. http://datalossdb.org/incidents/11536-1-234-accounts-with-user-names-and-clear-text-passwords-dumped-on-the-internet
  24. http://www.zdnet.com/au/iinet-investigates-transact-network-attack-7000025005/
  25. http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/01/neiman-marcus-suffers-breach-endangering-customer-credit-card-data/
  26. http://news.softpedia.com/news/RedHack-Hacks-Turkish-Contractors-Association-and-State-Railways-415876.shtml
  27. http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/31/3845178/barry-university-to-notify-patients.html
  28. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57617085-71/microsofts-twitter-account-dont-use-our-e-mail/
  29. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/syrian-electronic-army-hacks-xbox-twitter-account/1100-6417097/
  30. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57617306-83/microsoft-employee-e-mail-also-hit-by-syrian-electronic-army/
  31. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2014/01/11/mit-breached-on-aaron-swartz-passing-anniversary/
  32. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/12/us-target-databreach-retailers-idUSBREA0B01720140112
  33. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Hackers-Hijack-3-500-Domains-After-Breaching-Systems-of-Montenegro-Registrar-416194.shtml
  34. http://www.scmagazine.com/server-storing-6000-emergency-medical-response-calls-breached/article/329321/
  35. http://grahamcluley.com/2014/01/syrian-electronic-army-website-hacked/
  36. http://news.softpedia.com/news/16-Saudi-Arabian-Government-Websites-Hacked-by-Syrian-Electronic-Army-417751.shtml
  37. http://hackread.com/avg-antivirus-19-domains-hacked-by-indo-pak-hackers/
  38. http://datalossdb.org/organizations/10700-assam-e-district
  39. http://news.softpedia.com/news/RedHack-Exposes-Wrongdoings-of-Ankara-Mayor-After-Hacking-Transport-Department-417104.shtml
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