computer security world is becoming as vulnerable as it is trying to become more secure!!!

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Source: Information security breaches survey 2012

Everyday a new virus or hacker makes up our news, from the confidential information of different nations to the private information of the people around. Nowadays a normal humans privacy is beginning to get questioned, its like the world might be knowing what he is doing without his knowledge. As we know that technology is providing us more easier lifestyle yet what is the point when your privacy is under question??

Facebook:

The social network giant Facebook has introduce features which allows user to lock down their facebook acounts and clean the system from malware if they find their systems infected with them. To protect users from malicious messages, Facebook already has internal scanners which identify spam and prevent user accounts from being hijacked by malware.

When spam are identified, Facebook blocks such accounts for the time being and asked its owners to follow the instructions available on the site which include downloading and running a malware scanner called McAfee Scan and Repair.

The recently launched “malware checkpoints” feature will enable users to recover their infected systems through the lockdown procedure and execute an antivirus scan for free.

User can scan their computers either from McAfee Scan and Repair or with Microsoft Security Essentials, but before that they need to download and install them on their systems.

For those users who will use McAfee Scan and Repair checkpoint they won’t be able to access their account until the malware scan is done. For users’ ease, the scan progress will be displayed on Facebook’s website.

On the other hand, if users go for Microsoft Security Essentials option they need to manually certify that they have downloaded, installed and carried out a scan with the antivirus program before their account is unlocked.

For Mac OS X users, a link will be placed on Apple’s support website, so they can download security updates and all the related tools which help in removing malware.

According to Facebook security team, the initiative is taken to help its users to secure their data and devices.

Yahoo hacked: Yahoo confirms theft of 4.5 lakh passwords

On july 14,2012 yahoo confirmed the massive theft, wherein about 400k accounts were hacked incuding the mail id, addresses and passwords. The company said in a statement that an “old file” from the Yahoo Contributor Network was compromised Wednesday.  Among the stolen emails and passwords were many from Yahoo’s own email service along with those of other companies. The Yahoo Contributor Network is a content-sharing platform. The company said that it is trying to fix the vulnerablities which lead to the attack

“We apologise to all affected users,” the company statement said.

TrustedSec.com said the method for the compromise was apparently an SQL Injection attack to extract the sensitive data from the database.

A separate article on CNET said the hackers claimed the data dump was intended to be a “wake-up call.”
“We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat,” it quoted the hackers as saying..
These are only a few stories among the millions. Inspite of all the security measures we take it keeps happening, rather increasing as day goes by..
Now lets see a few motivation of these hackers:
1. Money
Most crackers get into online crime simply for monetary gain. Whether it is by fraudulently obtaining money, stealing other’s bank account information or stealing property by modifying computer data, money is a major motivation behind cybercrimes.Albert Gonzalez was once an informant for the US Intelligence operations who helped the government officials in hunting evil hackers. That is, until they found out that he was also dealing with criminals and feeding them critical information on ongoing probes. Gonzalez was the genius behind the major credit card thefts and subsequent illegal transactions of nearly 175 million ATM and credit cards numbers since 2005, the most notorious computer fraud in history. Other than card numbers- he was also involved in counterfeiting passports, Social Security numbers, drivers’ licenses, college student identification cards, health insurance cards, and birth certificates.
2. Freedom
Many hackers feel that the cyberspace should be completely free and that all networks should be entirely accessible. They might also have a social or political agenda where their goal is to vandalize high-profile systems to deliver a statement. Those hackers are often called as hacktivists. Generally, hacktivism involves in denial-of-service attacks or website defacement. In a few extreme cases, hacktivism can be used to facilitate cyberterrorism.
Gary Mckinnon, a British citizen, was undetected for years while hacking NASA, US Navy, Department of Defense, the US Air Force, and the US Army. Considered the worst military security breach ever, Mckinnon was searching evidences of anti-gravity technology, suppression of free energy and UFOs. US officials claimed that he erased critical files from networks, which immobilized the US Army network in Washington DC for one day. He was also accused for deleting US Navy Weapons records, rendering a naval base’s system of 300 workstations inoperable.
4. Fun and Curiosity
In hacking world, a skiddie or script kiddie is often assumed to be a teen who uses scripts developed by more experienced hackers to attack networks and computer systems either to impress friends, have fun, learn the basics of hacking or gain recognition in computer-enthusiast groups.
Jeffrey Lee Parson, an 18 years old student was accused for spreading a modified version of the notorious Blaster computer worm. He only slightly changed Blaster using a simple hex editor to add his nickname to the original executable, and also attached a backdoor, called Lithium, and spread it from his site. By making these small modifications, authorities can easily trace the worm back to him. His modified Blaster was part of DoS attacks against Windows-based networks. The attacks used SYN floods which caused only minor damages. He was sentenced to eighteen months in prison.
the list goes on.. nowadays even small kids knows a great deal of hacking others accounts probably their friends. Whatever might the cause be the world doesn’t seem to be aware of the injustice they are performing might put them behind bars..
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