Cyber Security

Anonymous Hacks US Government Sites With ‘Asteroids’ Game

Cyber Security
Hacktivist group Anonymous took over the U.S. Sentencing Commission website this weekend, turning ussc.gov into the classic arcade game "Asteroids," complete with Nyan Cat shooter. The initial hack on Saturday embedded a video on the site issuing a statement in response to the death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz. The video details "Operation Last Resort," promising revenge and demanding reform in the U.S. justice system. source

SA govt websites ‘defaced’ and ‘not hacked’, say officials

Cyber Security
Three South African government websites were ‘defaced’ by hackers and ‘not hacked’, says the State Information Technology Agency (Sita), which hosts the sites. On Sunday morning, the department of social development’s website opened to a black page with a window containing an animated graphic saying “Website hacked by H4ksniper” and another image depicting a heart rate monitor. more

How cyber-criminals are planning to attack in 2013

Cyber Security
CAPE TOWN - Software vulnerabilities will be the main target of cyber-criminals next year. This is according to a list, compiled by PandaLabs, Panda Security’s malware laboratory, of the security trends that will predominate in 2013. According to Jeremy Matthews, Panda Security’ country manager, “It is undoubtedly the preferred method of infection for compromising systems transparently, used by both cyber-criminals and intelligence agencies in countries around the world. more

EU set to fight Internet tax and ‘spying’ at global summit

Cyber Security
European Union member states are preparing to fight as a bloc alongside the United States to prevent a move by Russia and countries in Africa to impose a levy on internet traffic and make it easier to track users' activities. The showdown over the policing and administration of the internet will take place at a meeting of the International Telecommunications Union in Dubai from December 3-14, when the ITU's 193 member countries will meet to debate new net rules. More