It seems that the number of high profile websites being hit by hackers lately has gone through the roof – or at least the media has started to make it a more frequent news item.
Below is the latest round up of hacking related activity:
Sega loses 1.29 million users information
Sega has confirmed that the personal data of 1.29 million of its customers was stolen in an attack on its systems.
It comes after the computer games firm said on Friday that e-mail addresses and dates of birth stored on the Sega Pass database were accessed by hackers.
However, Sega continues to say that payment information, such as credit card numbers, remained safe.
Sega spokeswoman Yoko Nagasawa said: “We are deeply sorry for causing trouble to our customers.”
She added: “We want to work on strengthening security.”
Ms Nagasawa added that it was not yet known when the Sega Pass online network could be restarted.
UK Serious Organised Crime agency offline
The UK Serious Organised Crime agency has taken its website offline after it appeared to be a victim of an attack by hacking group Lulz Security.
Soca said it had taken its website offline to limit the impact attack on clients hosted by its service provider.
Soca.gov.uk had been unavailable for much of Monday afternoon, with an intermittent service restored later.
Lulz Security has said it was behind the denial of service attack which had taken the website offline.
Earlier on Monday, as the agency launched an investigation, LulzSec tweeted: “Tango down – in the name of #AntiSec”.
The group has hit a number of high-profile websites in recent weeks, including the CIA and US Senate.
An interesting aside
Hackers are secretive, but they are also social. Many spend their spare time in chat rooms and forums discussing their latest targets, techniques and conquests. Eavesdropping on those conversations offers a fascinating insight into their motives.Say hacker to someone and they are likely to trot out the usual aged clichés – geek, loner, bedroom-bound teenager.Philosopher is unlikely to feature high on the list. But it seems the modern-day hacker spends a lot of time contemplating the meaning of life.“Each has a philosophy and they want to discuss it,” says Noa Bar Yosef.She ought to know. Her job with security firm Imperva involves hanging around in hacker forums trying to work out what motivates them.It is a murky, idiosyncratic world where Ms Yosef admits she spends far too much time.In one group she visits, members discuss the best reading matter for would-be thinkers.“Start with Kierkegaard, then Nietzsche and after you’ve read Nietzsche, Sartre is the most logical choice”.
So, is this a new hacking trend or is the media making a new enemy for its own ends? Let me know your view in the comments.