Month: December 2014

Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox Live Network Restored, Yet Some Gamers Face Access Issues

It must have been a dull Christmas for those who got a brand new Sony PlayStation 4 or Microsoft’s Xbox Live, but did not get to enjoy the real fun of owing it. They must have planned to spend their holidays in playing online games on Sony PlayStation and Xbox Live, but it all just disappeared. It is so as the computer networks for Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation 4 video game consoles were off line for the entire Christmas, due to an attack by a group of hackers called Lizard Squad. However, the recent and the current updates on the same is that services for both – Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox Live have been restored. The network issues that prevented users from logging in to the networks have been resolved. As for now, some gamers are able to gain access to the network and connect with their friends and play online games.  However, some gamers even took to the site to complain about the continuing network issues. The hacker group that disrupted these two gaming networks took the responsibility in open for bringing down the both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network in early December and August of this year. Notably, Sony has been the victim of some prominent security breaches, including the one where Sony Picture’s computer system was hacked in protest of the film ‘The...

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Staples Breaks Silence on Data Breach; Affects 1.16 Million Shoppers’ Credit Cards and Debit Cards

After maintaining silence for two months – Staples finally broke their silence and announced that hackers broke into their computers and stole the data on 1.16 million shopper’s credit cards and debit cards. The decision to announce the details of the data breach came as the holiday season comes to a close.  Around 115 out of 1400 office supply stores of the company in United States have been affected by this act. Staples Incorporation is a retail company for office supplies in Northeastern United States. The data breach has affected those who shopped at the small retails of Staples across the nationwide between July 20 and September 16 of this year. The worst over here – criminals are now fully aware of the shopper’s name and card details, including card number, its expiry date and verification code. The damages for the victimized customers of the company are expected to be minimal as the banks provide them shield from such frauds. Though, Staples has offered its apology to the affected customers along with free identity protection, identity theft insurance and a free credit report. The apology statement by Staples: “Staples is committed to protecting customer data and… has taken steps to enhance the security of its point-of-sale systems, including the use of new encryption tools.” But, such statement and security steps by Staples should have been taken before, as for...

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From Sony Pictures to Sony PlayStation – Here’s the Latest Cyber Attack

Sony, the Japanese multinational corporation, has recently been victimized by cyber attacks; the latest one to have come upon the brand is the suspected attack on their PlayStation Network and store. Visitors trying to access the site were greeted with a message reading “Page Not Found! It’s not you. It’s the Internet’s fault.” Though no sign of data seem to have been stolen through this cyber attack, the cause for the attack is yet under investigation.  The Full Details: Sony Pictures Entertainment’s security was hacked recently and unreleased movies were released all over the Internet through file-sharing sites. Many other business documents and personal information of Sony employees and customers were also hacked. North Korea was under FBI suspicion because of the malware that was used in the cyber crime. Apparently, the malware had been coded in Korean language. Prior to this, North Korea had issued an open threat to Sony for its upcoming film “The Interview”. Some threatening e-mails were also issued to Sony Pictures Entertainment employees and the FBI is still investigating the matter. The cyber attackers had identified themselves as “Guardians of Peace”.  Through the new wave of cyber attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network and store, a group of hackers have emerged, calling themselves “Lizard Squad” and taking full responsibility for the attack in a tweet. During this attack, Sony’s PlayStation Network went offline for around...

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Cyber attack on Sony Pictures, North Korea under FBI suspicion

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. is a renowned name in the entertainment industry. It’s the American entertainment subsidiary of the Japanese multinational corporation Sony. The computer security of the entertainment giant was recently breached and the attack exposed five feature films, produced by this company, releasing them on sites that are meant for sharing files. The films released on the sites are unreleased films like “Mr. Turner”, “Still Alice”, “To Write Love on Her Arms”, the remake of “Annie” and the already released Brad Pitt Starrer “Fury”.   The studio co-chiefs of Sony Pictures, Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, approved that “…a large amount of confidential Sony Pictures Entertainment data has been stolen by the cyber attackers, including personnel information and business documents.”   The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the cyber attack on Sony Pictures. They have released an alert to all the business houses in the U.S. about the malware that was used by cyber criminals as the best possible weapon used in this crime. According to the FBI, the malware that has been used as a weapon in the cyber attack is capable of overriding data present in the hard drives of the infected computers.   The cyber attackers have identified themselves as “Guardians of Peace” and the FBI are taking into consideration that North Korea could be behind this attack, along with alliance from others....

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