In 2021, a number of companies have been hacked. Some of the more notable companies that have been hacked include:
– Sony Pictures: In November 2014, Sony Pictures was hacked by a group called “Guardians of Peace.” The hackers stole a large amount of data, including employee information and confidential financial documents.
– JPMorgan Chase: In July 2014, JPMorgan Chase was hacked and nearly 76 million customer accounts were compromised. The hackers gained access to account numbers, addresses, and phone numbers.
– Target: In December 2013, Target was hacked and the personal information of over 70 million customers was stolen. The hackers gained access to credit and debit card information as well as email addresses and phone numbers.
– Yahoo!: In September 2016, Yahoo! Was hacked suffered two major data breaches. The first breach affected over 500 million user accounts while the second affected over 1 billion user accounts.
The FBI has blamed the attack on a criminal group called DarkSide, which is believed to be based in Russia. DarkSide is said to be behind several other high-profile ransom ware attacks, including one on meatpacking giant JBS USA last month.
It’s not yet clear how DarkSide was able to gain access to Colonial Pipeline’s computer network. However, security experts say it’s likely that they used a technique known as “phishing” to trick someone at the company into clicking on a malicious link or opening an attachment that allowed them to install malware on to the system.
Once inside, the attackers would have had free re in to move around Colonial Pipeline’s network and encrypt important files with their ransom ware. This would have made it impossible for the company to access its own data unless it paid a ransom (usually in Bitcoin) to get the decrypt key from DarkSide.
Fortunately for Colonial Pipeline, it appears that the company had recently invested in cybersecurity insurance, which will help cover some of the costs associated with this incident. However, it’s still unclear how much money was paid or whether any data was stolen during this attack.
“If your company has been hacked, it’s time to step up your security game.” -Unknown
In 2019, Kaseya was once again the target of a major hack. This time, hackers gained access to customer data including names, email addresses, hashed passwords, IP addresses, and contact information. The hackers also gained access to Kaseya’s internal network and servers. In response to the breach, Kaseya took steps to improve its security posture by hiring a new Chief Information Security Officer and implementing multi-factor authentication for all accounts.”
The hack was discovered on March 19 t h and an investigation is ongoing. It is not yet known how the attackers gained access to Twitch’s systems or how long they had been there for. Twitch has advised all users to change their passwords and enable two-factor authentication if they have not already done so.
This is not the first time that Twitch has been targeted by hackers. In 2016, a similar attack took place which resulted in the personal information of around 1.5 million users being compromised. This highlights the importance of using strong security measures, such as two-factor authentication, to protect online accounts from being hacked.
Microsoft Exchange Hacking
In early 2021, a group of hackers exploited a flaw in Microsoft’s Exchange Server software to gain access to email accounts belonging to businesses and government agencies around the world. The hackers, who are believed to be based in China, used the access to steal sensitive information from the compromised organizations.
The hacking campaign was first discovered by security researchers at FireEye, who dubbed it “HAFNIUM”. FireEye said that the attackers used a previously unknown technique to exploit a flaw in Microsoft Exchange Server, which is software that helps organizations manage their email communications. The hackers then installed malware on the servers that allowed them to steal data from the compromised organizations.
Microsoft has acknowledged the attacks and released patches for the flaws that were exploited. However, it is believed that many organizations have not yet installed the patches, leaving them vulnerable to attack. In addition, it is possible that other groups of hackers may have also discovered and exploited the same vulnerabilities.
The HAFFIUM attacks are just one example of a growing trend of state-sponsored hacking campaigns targeting businesses and governments around the world. These types of attacks are often difficult to defend against because they usually involve sophisticated techniques that can bypass traditional security measures. As such, it is important for organizations to be aware of these threats and take steps to protect their systems and data.
Hacking With NSO Group Tools
In early 2021, it was revealed that several companies had been hacked using NSO Group tools. NSO Group is a company that produces spyware and other surveillance tools. The hacks were first discovered by Lookout, a mobile security firm. The hackers used a technique known as “peer-to-peer” (P2P) networking to gain access to the companies’ systems. This type of hack is particularly difficult to detect because it does not leave any traces on the companies’ servers.
The hackers were able to gain access to the companies’ email systems, chat applications, and even financial information. In some cases, they were also able to eavesdrop on phone calls and read text messages. Lookout believes that the hackers are part of a group called “Dark Caracal” which has been linked to previous hacking incidents involving P2P networking.
So far, it is not clear how the hackers were able to gain initial access to the companies’ systems. However, once they had gained access, they were able to exploit vulnerabilities in order to install NSO Group’s spyware on to victims’ devices. The spyware allowed the hackers to remotely monitor everything that was happening on the devices, including recording audio and video footage, stealing data such as photos and contacts, and tracking victims’ locations via GPS.
The hacks are believed to have affected hundreds of thousands of people across at least 45 countries. The majority of those affected appear to be in Mexico, although there are also victims in Europe and the Middle East. NSO Group has said that it is investigating the reports but denies any involvement in or responsibility for the hacks.
JBS is one of the world’s largest meatpacking companies, with operations in Brazil, Australia, Canada, and the United States. In the United States, JBS operates slaughterhouses in Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah. The company also has beef packing plants in Arizona and Nebraska.
The hack occurred just days after a ransom ware attack forced another major meatpacking company, Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (PPC), to shut down its chicken processing operations in the United States. Like JBS USA, Pilgrim’s Pride is owned by a Brazilian conglomerate (J&F Investimentos).
It is not yet clear how the hackers gained access to JBS’ systems or what their motivations were. However; given the timing of the attack and its similarities to the Pilgrim’s Pride incident; it is possible that both companies were targeted by the same group of hackers using similar methods.
The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) has classified JBS as a “critical infrastructure” provider; meaning that its products are essential to national security and food safety. As such; any prolonged disruption to JBS’ operations could have serious implications for America’s food supply chain..
This is not the first time that Accellion has been hacked. In 2013, the company’s website was hacked and customer information was stolen. However, this is the first time that customer data has been stolen through Accellion’s servers.
The cyber attack on Accellion highlights the importance of cybersecurity for companies that store sensitive data on their servers. Even though Accellion provides security solutions, its systems were still breached by hackers. This incident highlights how even well-protected systems can be vulnerable to attack if they are not properly configured or updated.
Accellion has advised its customers to update their software and change their passwords as a precautionary measure. It is also recommended that companies review their security protocols in order to prevent similar attacks from happening in the future.
It was a dark and stormy night. The perfect night for hackers to strike. And that’s exactly what they did. Within minutes, dozens of major companies were hacked. Customer information, financial records, trade secrets – all of it was exposed.
The damage was severe. Many companies lost millions of dollars in the wake of the attacks. Some had to completely shut down their operations. It was a catastrophe on a global scale.
For months, investigators worked to track down the responsible parties. But they never found them. The hackers had covered their tracks too well. They disappeared into the shadows, leaving behind only chaos and destruction in their wake