This year was noteworthy for cyber attacks ― from ransomware, botnets, data breaches and more ― name a type of hack and it happened. Even the most trusted brands and companies were left vulnerable on many occasions in 2017. If the whirlwind of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday has left you with a hangover and blurred memories of of cybercrimes past, then let’s pause and reflect on some of the top cyberattacks from this year.
A 20-year-old Florida man who lives with his mother was responsible for a breach of 57 million Uber users’ details last year, according to a new report.
Three people familiar with the incident told Reuters that the controversial ride hailing service made the $100,000 payment to hush up the breach through its bug bounty program, run by HackerOne.
However, that sum is at least 10-times greater than the usual payments that would be made through the program.
Uber is said to have made the payment in order to confirm the identity of the hacker — which is still unknown — and remarkably have him sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to prevent future raids.
The hacker’s PC was apparently also analyzed by Uber to confirm all the data had been deleted. However, there will still be question marks over the validity of an NDA struck with a cyber-criminal, and whether or not the individual
Lines between government-backed hackers and cyber criminals are getting fuzzier, top officials told lawmakers Thursday.
That’s one message the FBI wanted to send when it indicted two Russian intelligence officers and two criminal co-defendants for a major breach of the Yahoo email service in March, Director Christopher Wray said.
“We are seeing an emergence of that kind of collaboration which used to be two separate things—nation-state actors and criminal hackers,” Wray told the House Homeland Security Committee. “Now there’s this collusion, if you will.”
The Homeland Security Department is also following the trend, acting Secretary Elaine Duke told the committee.
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“What we’re having to do is really understand, as the director said earlier, the difference between state actors, people [who are] maybe just looking for financial gain and those hybrid actors and that’s become more difficult,” she said.