Popular daily deals site LivingSocial has been hacked and 50 million users are asked to reset their passwords.
Internal e-mail sent to LivingSocial employees:
The information accessed includes names, email addresses, date of birth for some users, and encrypted passwords — technically ‘hashed’ and ‘salted’ passwords. We never store passwords in plain text.
Two things you should know:
1. * The database that stores customer credit card information was not affected or accessed.
2. * The database that stores merchants’ financial and banking information was not affected or accessed.
Twitter has faced the biggest hack ever with 250,000 active user passwords stolen by hackers. Security experts warned that the hackers had possession of a potentially valuable cache of information, as many people’s Twitter passwords are identical with their financial passwords.
Twitter has reset the passwords and revoked session tokens for the affected accounts. Those affected will receive an email from Twitter notifying them that they will have to reset their password.
The Playstation Network has 77 million users around the world and the system has been hacked by criminals who have stolen users’ personal information, possibly including credit card details. Stolen data include names, addresses, dates of birth, email addresses, and passwords to the network.
Sony shut down the PSN system since last Wednesday. The first person suing Sony is Alabama resident Kristopher Jones, who has been a PlayStation user since 2009.
Security researcher, Barnaby Jack, amazed attendees at the Black Hat security conference by hacking ATM machines by just using the internet. The two exploits are physical access to the ATM machine using a master key available online and the other dialing in remotely to gain access. Apparently Jack boasted that he can hacked into any ATM machines easily.
Jack said: This is the first time anyone has taken the approach of trying to attack the underlying software. It is time to find software defenses rather than hardware defenses. They have a flaw that lets me bypass all authentication on the device on the Internet, and I am the ATM at that stage.
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Sony PS3 has been ‘unhackable’ for over three years but the notorious iPhone hacker, American George Hotz, 20, claims that he has jailbroken the game console. He (aka Geohot) also claimed that Sony would not be able to fix the hack.