More than 18,700 University of Virginia students’ Social Security numbers were compromised in July, and University of Maryland was victim of a sophisticated computer security attack in February. Now, Johns Hopkins University has informed students that its servers were breached.
The names, email addresses and phone numbers of approximately 1,300 Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students – both past and present – were published online Thursday by someone claiming to be a member of arguably the most recognizable hacker group nowadays: Anonymous.
No need to fret, though. According to university spokesman Dennis O’Shea, identity theft is not a concern. (more…)
A UK abortion advice service has been whacked with a £200,000 fine after an inquiry found that it failed to sufficiently protect patient data that was hacked by Anonymous.
Data watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) deemed that the British Pregnancy Advice Service (BPAS) did not take adequate measures to safeguard highly sensitive information such as the names, home addresses, dates of birth, and telephone numbers of women consulting the provider.
The breach occurred back in March 2012, at which time the BPAS contended that no medical or personal information had been compromised as a result of the attack. (more…)
After the collapse of Mt. Gox, now Canada-based virtual currency exchange Flexcoin has been forced to close down.
Flexcoin said flaws in its software code enabled hackers to make off with bitcoins worth around 440,000 euros.
“As Flexcoin does not have the resources, assets, or otherwise to come back from this loss, we are closing our doors immediately,” it said in a statement.
A message posted on its website explained that the attack had exploited a flaw in its code on transfers between users and involved inundating the system with simultaneous requests to move coins between accounts. (more…)
Bitcoin storage site Flexcoin announced Tuesday that it has closed after hackers robbed it of some $600,000 worth of digital currency.
“On March 2nd 2014 Flexcoin was attacked and robbed of all coins in the hot wallet. The attacker made off with 896 BTC,” the bitcoin bank said on its website. “As Flexcoin does not have the resources, assets, or otherwise to come back from this loss, we are closing our doors immediately.”
The stolen 896 bitcoins come to a loss of around US$600,000, depending on current bitcoin trading value. Bitcoin is not backed by deposit insurance since it is a cryptocurrency. (more…)
Last Friday afternoon, “Anonymous” hacker took control of the official website of the “Nationalist Movement,” a white supremacist organization.
The Mississippi white power group was brought to media attention over the years when they held multiple marches on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to protest the federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader.
Friday, the group found their homepage, http://nationalist.org defaced, declaring an anti-fascist message: (more…)