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January 2012 Cyber Attacks Timeline (Part 2)


Click here for part 1.

The second half of January is gone, and it is undoubtely clear that this month has been characterized by hacktivism and will be remembered for the Mega Upload shutdown. Its direct and indirect aftermaths led to an unprecedented wave of cyber attacks in terms of LOIC-Based DDoS (with a brand new self service approach we will need to get used to), defacements and more hacking initiatives against several Governments and the EU Parliament, all perpetrated under the common umbrella of the opposition to SOPA, PIPA and ACTA. These attacks overshadowed another important Cyber Event: the Middle East Cyberwar (which for the sake of clarity deserved a dedicated series of posts, here Part I and Part II) and several other major breaches (above all Dreamhost and New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas & Electric).

Chronicles also reports a cyber attack to railways, several cyber attacks to universities, a preferred target, and also of a bank robbery in South Africa which allowed the attackers to steal $6.7 million.

Do you think that cyber attacks in this month crossed the line and the Cyber Chessboard will not be the same anymore? It may be, meanwhile do not forget to follow @paulsparrows to get the latest timelines and feel free to support and improve my work with suggeastions and other meaningful events I eventually forgot to mention.

  1. http://tucsoncitizen.com/arizona-news/2012/01/19/asu-shuts-down-online-access-after-security-breach/
  2. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/18/21000-accounts-dumped-from-videogamesplus-ca-by-b4lc4nh4ck/
  3. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/17/nepal-telecommunications-authority-hacked-again-by-d35m0nd142/
  4. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/17/oksportsandfitness-com-database-leaked/
  5. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/17/20-more-hacked-sites-by-stk/
  6. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/26/2-more-large-data-dumps-and-27-sites-hacked-by-stk
  7. http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=12230
  8. http://pastebin.com/NXBUhZHS
  9. http://www.databreaches.net/?p=23051
  10. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/18/opfreepalestine-still-attacking-sites-bnsl-indias-biggest-telecom-hacked/
  11. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/20/two-schools-hacked-and-information-leaked-by-anonymous/
  12. http://www.zone-h.com/archive/notifier=Pak%20Cyber%20Combat%20Squad
  13. http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=85147
  14. http://lifehacker.com/5878025/dreamhost-hacked-change-your-passwords-now
  15. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/23/us-euronetworldwide-idUSTRE80M2ET20120123
  16. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Hackers-Prove-EA-IGN-ImageShack-NY-Times-Verizon-Vulnerable-247952.shtml
  17. http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/01/20/grindr-hack/
  18. https://twitter.com/#!/soulpowernow/status/160634287899676672
  19. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jGNOfn8Ij_BmP_UTSE83cFq_bMDA?docId=CNG.ed2a687c0642d8185d1e4e7ccab9f2c3.6e1
  20. http://pastebin.com/AtedM7Lj
  21. http://pastebin.com/Qawqs5UE
  22. http://en.trend.az/capital/it/1982514.html
  23. http://pastebin.com/wyDvALW1
  24. http://pastebin.com/WEydcBVV
  25. http://pastebin.com/mvLYNdWB
  26. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/weekend-anonymous-attacks-bring-down-major-websites/1944
  27. https://twitter.com/#!/Havittaja
  28. https://twitter.com/#!/theevilc0de
  29. http://pastebin.com/H4NpqCDC
  30. http://pastebin.com/KeV7hnht
  31. http://thehackernews.com/2012/01/for-protest-against-sopa-68-website.html
  32. http://pastebin.com/QMiszN6z
  33. http://pastebin.com/GpEd0ssP
  34. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16686265
  35. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/22/rpghry-cz-hacked-and-5000-accounts/
  36. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/22/sexyono-com-hacked-and-thousands-of-accounts-leaked/
  37. http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/01/23/ufc-website-gets-hacked-due-to-its-support-for-sopa/
  38. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/23/the-daily-show-colbert-report-twitter-hacked_n_1223267.html
  39. http://news.softpedia.com/news/NY-Public-Service-Commission-Alerts-2-Million-Customers-of-Data-Breach-248509.shtml
  40. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Anonymous-Hacks-Romanian-Child-Protection-Agency-Naming-it-Corrupt-247966.shtml
  41. http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20120123_3491.php?oref=topstory
  42. http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/01/24/anonymous-has-just-hacked-into-the-ftcs-online-guardian-site/
  43. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/23/websoftdownload-com-hacked-and-2242-accounts-leaked-by-alsa7rx/
  44. http://thehackernews.com/2012/01/panasonic-china-websites-hacked-and.html
  45. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/27/34000-accounts-leaked-from-xboxliveclans-com-by-alsa7rx/
  46. http://www.techcentral.ie/article.aspx?id=18173
  47. https://twitter.com/#!/LulzSecITALY/status/161928273130029057
  48. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/25/senate-of-michigan-hacked-by-anonymous/
  49. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/25/gente-com-ar-hacked-and-509-accounts-dumped/
  50. http://datalossdb.org/incidents/5566-392-e-mail-addresses-and-md5-passwords-dumped-on-internet
  51. http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/248787/european_parliament_says_its_website_taken_offline_by_attackers.html
  52. http://www.mid-day.com/news/2012/jan/280112-Indo-Pak-cyber-war-on-Jan-26.htm
  53. https://twitter.com/#!/LulzSecITALY/statuses/162578545347006464
  54. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/27/ninewinds-ftp-server-hacked-by-psykonx-of-netbashers/
  55. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/27/just10time-com-hacked-and-thousands-of-accounts-leaked-by-psykonx-of-netbashers/
  56. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/27/wikispaces-hacked-and-data-leaked-by-psykonx-of-netbashers/
  57. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/26/harvard-hacked-and-dataleaked-by-b4lc4nh4ck/
  58. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/26/sellpal-co-uk-hacked-and-9000-accounts-leaked-by-b4lc4nh4ck/
  59. http://www.symantec.com/connect/fr/blogs/insight-sykipot-operations-0
  60. http://pastebin.com/4vw6SCaV
  61. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/27/horia-hulubei-national-institute-of-physics-and-nuclear-engineering-hacked-and-loads-of-data-by-anonymous/
  62. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/28/bmw-motorcycle-owners-of-america-hacked-and-thousands-of-accounts-leaked-by-xdev-b4lc4nh4ck/
  63. http://www.cyberwarnews.info/2012/01/29/universal-music-portugal-hacked-and-accounts-leaked/
  64. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/01/pro-government-hactivists-deface-al-jazeera-coverage-of-syrian-violence.ars
  65. https://twitter.com/#!/pastebin/status/163606474495496193
  66. http://pastebin.com/6yxB78F5
  67. http://pastebin.com/CkqXdbwv
  68. http://pastebin.com/u/sepo
  69. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/hackers-attack-large-brazilian-bank-15480657
  70. http://thehackernews.com/2012/01/embassy-of-kazakhstan-hacked-by.html
  71. http://labs.m86security.com/2012/01/massive-compromise-of-wordpress-based-sites-but-%E2%80%98everything-will-be-fine%E2%80%99/
  72. http://pastebin.com/tpit8bD3
  73. https://twitter.com/#!/pastebin/status/164477415966507008
  74. http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/ongoing-targeted-attack-campaign-going-after-defense-aerospace-industries-013112
  75. http://datalossdb.org/incidents/5568-12-374-job-applicants-and-fewer-than-500-patients-notified-that-their-names-addresses-social-security-numbers-and-insurance-info-may-have-been-accessed-after-virus-was-discovered-on-system
  76. http://pastebin.com/W2K3pTyX
  77. http://pastebin.com/hKZMPHWr
  78. http://pastebin.com/wPGNUJsb
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