Posted February 10, 2015
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- Health insurer Anthem Inc. has suffered a massive data breach after hackers gained access to a corporate database reportedly containing personal information on as many as 80 million of the health insurer’s current and former U.S. customers and employees.
- A US security firm claimed it has evidence that Russian hackers have been silently siphoning off information from a major Japanese-owned Hollywood film company for the last few months, and that they may be the ones responsible for the catastrophic attacks in November, which the US blamed on North Korea. The firm also claimed that it’s highly likely that the Russians still have access to the company’s network.
Legal and Regulations
- Following a four-week trial, a California man was found guilty in New York on all seven counts in connection with his operation and ownership of Silk Road, a hidden website designed to enable its users to buy and sell illegal drugs and other unlawful goods and services anonymously and beyond the reach of law enforcement.
- The Chinese government recently implemented regulations that would require backdoors in foreign hardware and software. It would mandate that foreign companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to disclose source code, submit to audits, and build backdoors into both hardware and software.
- Democratic senators on Friday called on federal regulators to investigate Verizon Wireless, the country’s biggest mobile provider, for secretly inserting unique tracking codes into the web traffic of its some 100 million customers. Data privacy experts have accused Verizon of violating consumers’ privacy by using “supercookies,” an identifying string of letters and numbers attached to each site visited on a person’s mobile device.
- An extensive and sophisticated cyber espionage operation targeting mainly Western military, government, defense industry firms, and the media, now has a new weapon: a spyware app for Apple iPhones and iPads. Operation Pawn Storm, which has been tied to Russia by at least one security research firm, is using a specially crafted iOS app to surreptitiously steal from the mobile device text messages, contact lists, pictures, geo-location information, WiFi status of the device, lists of installed apps and processes — and to record voice conversations, according to new Trend Micro research.
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