8 incredible hacker incidents
1. Hacker incident related to the American company Sony Pictures Entertainment: Hackers warned that a potential release of the film could greatly harm the world's largest film studio
It should be noted that in the case related to the hacker attack on the American company Sony Pictures Entertainment, new details still continue to appear, but US officials have already announced that North Korea is directly involved in this incident.
And North Korea does have a motive. According to widespread rumors, the representatives of this country were furious when they learned that Sony Pictures Entertainment was going to release the comedy Interview, in which actors Seth Rogen and James Franco play the roles of heroes preparing an assassination attempt against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. In their message, the hackers demanded from the company "to immediately stop showing a film about terrorism, which could disrupt peace in the region and lead to war."
What we know at the moment:
- On Monday, November 24, 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment employees discovered that their corporate network was hacked.The hackers stole terabytes of personal data, deleted all original copies of documents from the company's computers and left a message threatening to make public the extracted information if Sony failed to fulfill their requirements.
- Confidential company information has become available to the general public. It included employee salary data (sixteen of the seventeen highest-paid positions in the corporation are men), private emails about Hollywood stars (film producer Scott Rudin, in a correspondence with a colleague, called Angelina Jolie a "spoiled child and worthless actress", and the comedian Kevin Hart - “a corrupt whore” because he asked for a lot of money for promoting one of his films), and copies of films, including “Annie”, “William Turner”, “Still Alice”, “Write love on her hands” other.
“The hackers, who call themselves the“ Guardians of the World, ”promised to publish“ even more information, ”which would put Sony Pictures Entertainment in an awkward position, and also threatened to repeat the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
North Korea has officially declared its innocence to the hacker attack.The company "Sony Pictures Entertainment", in turn, was forced to cancel the release of the film "Interview".
2. The Max Hedrum Incident: Hacking the WTTW-11 Channel
On November 22, 1987, an unknown hacker made a crack at the Chicago television channel WTTW-11, replacing the evening broadcast of the film “Doctor Who” with a show of a mounted video with the participation of a man in a mask of Max Hedrum, who made very strange statements on the camera. The criminals, who must not only have expert knowledge in the field of broadcasting technology, but also had access to sophisticated and expensive television equipment, turned out to be teenagers. They were never found, despite the fact that FBI agents participated in their search.
3. WANK Worm virus: Hackers attacking NASA's computer network
On October 16, 1989, scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Greenbelt, Maryland), after loading their computers before work, saw a message stating that the system was “officially hacked by WANK”.
It was believed that the attack by the WANK virus (Worms Against Nuclear Killers) was a part of the protest against the launch into space of a probe with a plutoniumgenerator for the study of the planet Jupiter.
Once inside the NASA system, the worm penetrated a network of interconnected computers. The virus attack failed to stop the launch of the probe. Those less, to restore computers to work, the leadership of the National Aeronautical Administration and the study of outer space had to spend a lot of money and effort. Many believe that the hackers from Melbourne, Electron and Phoenix, hacked, but their guilt was never proven.
4. Leaked photos of nude celebrities: Hacker attack on iCloud
Who is OriginalGuy and how did he manage to get access to a huge number of private photos of the rich and famous? When shocked Internet users in underground forums tracked down the man who was thought to be behind the leak of intimate photos of stars, his explanations were amazingly simple: iCloud.
OriginalGuy is considered a famous figure in the world of illegal porn forums and is a regular contributor to posts on AnonIB and 4Chan imageboards. However, his real identity has not yet been established. It is rumored that at the moment he is on the run, hiding from the FBI, and threatens to post more scandalous photos if he is not stopped pursuing.
Some argue that OriginalGuy is a group of hackers who work separately to later create a complete collection of private photos of celebrities and get an N-amount of money for it.
5. Hacker attack on Malaysia Airlines after the disappearance of a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft that made flight 370
After the disappearance of Boeing 777-200ER, which made flight 370, a hacker attack was made on the computer system of Malaysia Airlines. The attackers managed to get access to data on the case of the investigation of the tragedy that occurred on March 8, 2014.
Thirty computers belonging to government officials hosting the Boeing 777-200ER international search were infected with malware. Malaysian authorities reported that hackers disguised the virus as news related to the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines aircraft.
At the moment, Interpol is looking for intruders, but so far to no avail.
6. Climategate: The hacker attack, which resulted in the network leaked important information related to climate change on planet Earth
In 2012, because of the lack of evidence and evidence, the Norfolk police was forced to curtail the investigation and close the case on the fact of unauthorized publication in the network of private electronic correspondence of scientistsstudying the climate on the planet at the University of East Anglia.
The authorities considered the hacker attack to be “sophisticated and carefully planned.”
This incident occurred in 2009 and was named “Climategate” (eng. Climategate). He received a wide resonance in scientific circles. Some e-mails contained provocative statements about those researchers who questioned the fact that global climate change is caused by the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities.
A police officer in Norfolk, Julian Gregory, said that in two and a half years the investigation had not moved from the dead point.
7. Hacker attack on US energy and utility companies
In 2014, the electricity system and other vital infrastructure of the United States of America 79 times were subjected to hacker attacks.
In May, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported that hackers attacked and compromised the management system of one of the utility companies.
Representatives of the US Department of Homeland Security suggested that in order to gain access to the system, the attackers decided to use the password guessing method.Such attacks happen a lot every year, but so far none of them have caused any significant damage to the utility companies of the country.
8. Hacker attack on Craigslist site
On November 24, 2014, the Craigslist e-classifieds site was down for several hours after a hacker attack on a DNS server.
Programmer Jim Buckmaster explained in his blog that as a result of the attack, Internet users were redirected to DigitalGangster.com when they tried to access Craigslist, and then via the link to the unfinished short cartoon "Introducing Neals" on YouTube. The domain username and organization name have been changed to "steven wynhoff [at] LulzClerk".
Many immediately became suspicious of Wynhoff, a regular at the Bitcoin forums; some Internet users called him a "sociopath", others blamed hacker attacks not only on Craigslist.
Also in the commission of this crime was suspected YTCracker, rapper, who created the short cartoon "Introducing Neals". He also related to the site DigitalGangster.com. Fifteen years ago, a seventeen-year-old YTCracker broke into the Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA) and began to smash everything around. He himself denies any involvement in a hacker attack on Craigslist and says that someone from the Center could have done it to get revenge.