Attacks/Breaches
5/30/2013
07:30 AM
Dark Reading
Dark Reading
Quick Hits
50%
50%

Recent Data Breaches: A Look Back

Hactivists, cybercriminals take center stage in latest spate of data breaches

[The following is excerpted from "A Data Breach Bonanza," a new Alert issued this week on Dark Reading's Attacks and Breaches Tech Center.]

Recent data breaches have ranged from hacktivism to data theft to cyberespionage. Today, Dark Reading offers a look back at its coverage of the latest breaches, and some analysis of why they happened. Among the stories in this new Dark Reading Alert:

* The Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report provides an in-depth look at a wide range of breaches, including hacktivist attacks and criminal data theft. Breaches via physical attack and social network attack are up, the report says.

* The Pushdo Botnet is back, this time in a form that can morph, making it more difficult for botnet hunters to find.

* Attackers from the hacktivist group LulzSec were sentenced to prison time in the U.K. for their penetration of major government and business sites.

* Eight New Yorkers have been indicted in the breakup of a crime ring that may have stolen as much as $45 million in prepaid debit cards.

* A breach at the U.S. Department of Labor shows weaknesses in the vulnerability scanning process and exposes new vulnerabilities in Microsoft applications.

To read more about these recent breaches -- and others covered in this compendium of news -- download the free report.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Add a Comment" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading Tech Digest, Dec. 19, 2014
Software-defined networking can be a net plus for security. The key: Work with the network team to implement gradually, test as you go, and take the opportunity to overhaul your security strategy.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-8142
Published: 2014-12-20
Use-after-free vulnerability in the process_nested_data function in ext/standard/var_unserializer.re in PHP before 5.4.36, 5.5.x before 5.5.20, and 5.6.x before 5.6.4 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted unserialize call that leverages improper handling of duplicate keys w...

CVE-2013-4440
Published: 2014-12-19
Password Generator (aka Pwgen) before 2.07 generates weak non-tty passwords, which makes it easier for context-dependent attackers to guess the password via a brute-force attack.

CVE-2013-4442
Published: 2014-12-19
Password Generator (aka Pwgen) before 2.07 uses weak pseudo generated numbers when /dev/urandom is unavailable, which makes it easier for context-dependent attackers to guess the numbers.

CVE-2013-7401
Published: 2014-12-19
The parse_request function in request.c in c-icap 0.2.x allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) via a URI without a " " or "?" character in an ICAP request, as demonstrated by use of the OPTIONS method.

CVE-2014-2026
Published: 2014-12-19
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the search functionality in United Planet Intrexx Professional before 5.2 Online Update 0905 and 6.x before 6.0 Online Update 10 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the request parameter.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Join us Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to hear what employers are really looking for in a chief information security officer -- it may not be what you think.