As usual, here is the list of the main cyber attacks for April 2012. A first half of the month which has been characterized by hacktivism, although the time of the resounding attacks seems so far away. Also because, after the arrest of Sabu, the law enforcement agencies (which also were targeted during this month, most of all in UK), made two further arrests of alleged hackers affiliated to the Anonymous Collective: W0rmer, member of CabinCr3w, and two possible members of the infamous collective @TeaMp0isoN.
The second part of this post covers the cyber attacks carried on by Indian hackers against Bangladesh. Apparently their number is smaller but a deeper analysis shows a sharper strategy focused on paralyzing the financial system of Bangladesh.
The first half of March is gone, and here it is the Timeline of the main Cyber Attacks for this period, a timeline which shows, once again, a month characterized by Hacktivism, and in particular by cyber attacks carried on in retaliation for the arrests of the LulzSec members, among which, particularly meaningful, is the one perpetrated against a Security Firm: Panda Security.
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).
Today many Italian newspapers devoted their front page to an interesting article issued by Civiltà Cattolica (Catholic Civilization), the regular fortnightly published by “La Compagnia di Gesù (Society of Jesus), the religious order of jesuits, entitled “Etica Hacker e Visione Cristiana” (Hacker Ethic and Christian Vision). In this Article, Antonio Spadaro, Jesuit, Italian theologian, writer, and a specialist in new technologies for the Holy See, analyzes the world of hackers looking for points in common with the Christian philosophy. The article is quite complex and fascinating, but there are some real interesting hints.
Il 2010 verrà ricordato tra gli annali della sicurezza informatica soprattutto per due eventi: Operation Aurora e Stuxnet. Sebbene estremamente diversi tra loro per natura e origine (nel primo caso si parla di un attacco perpetrato dalla Cina per rubare informazioni di dissidenti e nel secondo caso di un malware progettato da USA e Israele con lo scopo di sabotare le centrali nucleari iraniane), i due eventi sono accomunati da un minimo comune denominatore: la matrice politica, ovvero il fatto che la minaccia informatica sia stata creata a tavolino per azioni di spionaggio nel primo caso e
guerra sabotaggio nel secondo.