2014 the Year of the Hacker?

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Here we go again, same problem different day. The Internet has become the Wild West and the Hackers are the outlaws. We desperately need some Sheriffs to saddle up,round them up, then hang em high! We need to use our Government Spy networks to catch them and we need to re-write our laws to bring them up to date with the reality of the Internet.

2014 appears to be the year of the Hacker as they move from targeting individuals that they have a grudge against to targeting corporations. Hacking is no longer just about stealing information to hand to the Media to embarrass or damage an individual or company. It is now used to blackmail. Hacking is also now about disrupting and closing internet services with cyber attacks. Hackers have moved from cyber burglary to cyber terrorism. This is a worrying trend.

Who will be next?

Xbox and PlayStation online services have crashed amid claims a hacking group has disabled their services.

Microsoft and Sony, the companies which make the gaming consoles, have told customers they are aware of connection failures after being hit by a suspected cyber attack.

Users are having difficulty signing into their online accounts and haven’t been able to download games, BBC reports.

The hacking group Lizard Squad is claiming responsibility.

The group, which took credit for an attack on Sony earlier this year, said on its Twitter account that it was behind the attacks and said it would “stop hitting” the services if users called attention to the hack by retweeting its statements.

The hackers had warned that they intended to target the companies on Christmas Day, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

PlayStation posted on their Twitter account: “We are still looking into the PSN (PlayStation Network) issues reported earlier. Thanks again for your continued patience today.”

A similar message on Xbox’s website says: “We’re aware that some of you are experiencing trouble signing in to Xbox Live, and we want you to know we’re working to address this as quickly as we possibly can.”

The incidents are part of a series of orchestrated attacks against Sony. This month, Sony was forced to cancel the US theatre release of The Interview after being hacked.

Instead, Sony released the comedy movie via the internet, taking the risk of provoking hacking attacks.

-One News

I just love how the writer uses the word ‘provoking’ thereby blaming the victim of the attack. How can doing business as usual and not kowtowing to blackmail ever be called provocation?


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  • 1951

    One gets the sense there is more going on out there than just a few kids pushing the boundaries.

  • Mark

    This site is absolutely mesmerizing to watch cyber war in action

    • Barnacles2

      That’s really interesting, I wonder what is at Kirksville USA that is currently drawing some unwanted attention?

    • taurangaruru

      Interesting – by far the majority of attacks are from China. Telnet is by far & away the targeted port – why is it even open on the targets?

  • Lord Evans

    The public perception of a pimply faced school kid hacker who manages to defeat Big Brother security systems is a total fantasy. Hackers are criminals, vandals and thieves, plain and simple. Unfortunately, the free for all nature of the internet makes it difficult to catch and punish these crims who often work in gangs. It’s ironically more common for the best hackers to be offered lucrative jobs with top companies in lieu of fines or jail. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/ps3-hacker-gets-a-top-security-job-at-google/1100-6421157/ Not much of a deterrent.

  • cows4me

    Maybe governments don’t wish to chase the hackers. Rounding some of these ratbags up could raise bigger questions as to privacy issues and signaling to some the capabilities that organisations like the NSA have. Many of these large tech compaines like google allow back door access for the NSA to spy on their users. I’m sure much cyber crime could be jumped on but many governments don’t wish to play their hands.

  • It’s the new battleground…and like all battles, the first victim is truth, the second is usually “the plan”

    …and with that in mind, it reminds me of Hager throwing a hand grenade pin in here as he claims KDC will reveal all at the “Moment of Farce”

  • mike

    Bloody hackers disrupting my day off. Just wanted to jump online and game with some mates but no…

  • Pharmachick

    Be careful what you wish for with internet “sheriffs” as Anonymous tries it occasionally, with very mixed results.