Russia has long been known as a hotbed for black hat hackers due to their “untouchable” status within the Russian government. There are essentially three rules when it comes to being a Russian hacker that gives you this “untouchable” status:
1) You are not allowed to hack anything within the sovereign boundary.
2) If you find anything of interest to the regime, you share it.
3) When called upon for “Patriotic Activities”, you answer the call.
Hackers breach some White House computers – The Washington Post.
Today on the front page of USA Today, the main article showed that 500 million records have been stolen in the last 12 months. To put that in perspective, there are 310 million people in the United States, 35 million people in Canada, and 120 million people in Mexico. So more records were stolen in the last 12 months than for each individual living in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
And now Staples is investigating a possible breach of credit/debit card data:
If you’re a Linux fan, like myself, chances are you have Linux installed somewhere whether on a stand-alone server, dual boot, or through virtualization. If you haven’t heard about the Shellshock vulnerability, please read instances in which this vulnerability may affect your Linux installation:
“The Shellshock vulnerability can be exploited on systems that are running Services or applications that allow unauthorized remote users to assign Bash environment variables. Examples of exploitable systems include the following:
- Apache HTTP Servers that use CGI scripts (via
mod_cgid) that are written in Bash or launch to Bash subshells
- Certain DHCP clients
- OpenSSH servers that use the
- Various network-exposed services that use Bash”
Read more, including how to patch your affected system, by following the link below…
How to Protect your Server Against the Shellshock Bash Vulnerability | DigitalOcean.
Scary stuff considering the population of the United States stands at around 310 million people. More in the article below.
Home Depot breach bigger than Target at 56 million cards | Reuters.