The 6 most famous security attacks of 2014

The 6 most famous security attacks of 2014

December 18, 2014

Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, presented a summary of the most notorious attacks and reminds Internet users: reinforce the security of your access codes and avoid using them on all media.

1. eBay and PayPal, the first affected

In May, eBay caught us by asking users of PayPal, their online payment website, to change their access passwords.

It appears that the company had confirmed that cybercriminals had accessed the accounts of some employees a couple of months earlier.

This would have given them access to the company’s internal network and, from there, to the database with usernames, phone numbers, email addresses, and passwords.

They did ensure that neither the bank details nor the credit cards of their clients had been compromised.

2. Hollywood images on the web

In September, the most talked about attack in 2014 took place: the CelebGate.

The leak of intimate images of 2013 Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, as well as other models and actresses via 4Chan’s / b / forum, gave a lot to talk about.

Apple, assured that the accounts of these celebrities “were compromised by a very specific attack on user names, passwords and security questions.” A practice “that has become very common on the Internet.”

In this way, Apple denied that the hacking of these accounts was caused by a vulnerability in services such as iCloud or ‘Find my iPhone’.

3. Theft of 5 million Gmail passwords

A Russian cybersecurity forum published an archive with more than 5 million Gmail accounts in September.

According to various experts, more than 60% of the username and password combinations were valid. However, Google claimed that this information was “out of date”, meaning that these accounts either did not exist or their users did not access them. Like Apple, it claimed to have no evidence that its systems were compromised.

4. Viator and the bank details of its users

Also in September, Viator suffered a security attack in which cybercriminals gained access to its users’ bank details. According to the company, the attack occurred between September 2 and 3.

It appears that Viator was aware of the hack due to customer complaints about unauthorized charges on the cards used in its service.

As always and, to avoid as much as possible the theft of more data, Viator asked them to change their password to access the account and to pay attention to the movements of the credit cards.

5. 200,000 Snapchat photos

After the Hollywood models and actresses, in October it was the people registered on Snapchat who saw the security of their files compromised.

Snapchat is a mobile application with which you can send photos and messages that are deleted between one and ten seconds after they have been read.

Although Snapchat does not save the images of its users, another application, Snapsave, available for Android and iOS, does, which allowed the theft of 200,000 photos.

6. Attack on Dropbox

A user of the Pastebin website, a meeting point for hackers and computer security specialists, claimed to have the passwords of 7 million Dropbox users and, to prove it, shared a part of them.

Through its official blog, Dropbox soon announced that its services were not hacked, but that these data were stolen from other services and would be the same as those used to access its platform.

Dropbox recommendations? Do not use the same password for all services and activate two-step verification.

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