Today the world is supposed to end but we don’t care. We have listed 10 cyber attacks that have happened in the year 2012. These attacks were widely reported in the news and have taught us a couple of lessons we won’t forget soon.
1 Zeus phishing campaign targets military
In the month of January some military installations were attacked by an aggressive Zeus phishing campaign. The attacks faked the USAA a financial services company that serves military members, their families and veterans.
Last week U.S. defense secretary Leon Panetta warned that critical infrastructure such as power grids or chemical plants could be inactivated or destroyed by a cyber attack, and he pledged that the U.S. would "defend the nation in cyberspace" as it does on land and sea, in air and space.
Iran’s offshore oil and gas platforms were the targets of the cyber attacks aimed at crippling the country. All threats were repelled and Israel was behind them, according to head of IT at the Iranian Offshore Oil Company, Mohammad Reza Golshani.
Golshani told Reuters that the attack happened over the past couple of weeks, was routed through China, and affected only the communications systems of the network.
WASHINGTON -- The cyber attacks on the websites of major U.S. banks are backed by the leaders of Iran, a key U.S. senator believes.
Senate Homeland Security committee chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Iran has targeted the American financial system in response to U.S. sanctions placed on the country because of its nuclear program.
The Quds Force, a secretive Iran military unit blamed for terrorist activity, probably executed the cyber-attacks, he said.
Iran is prepared to defend itself in case of a "cyber war" which could cause more harm than a physical confrontation, a commander in the country's Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday.
The Islamic Republic has tightened cyber security since its uranium enrichment centrifuges were hit in 2010 by the Stuxnet computer worm, which it believes came from Israel or the United States.
A revolution is occurring in the way people communicate, driven by the use of social media. Although the revolution has been coming for some time, it has taken many in business, government and the general populace by surprise.
U.S. and Middle Eastern analysts say Iran is rapidly gaining new capabilities to strike at U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, amassing an arsenal of sophisticated anti-ship missiles while expanding its fleet of fast-attack boats and submarines, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.
The new systems are giving Iran’s commanders new confidence that they could quickly damage or destroy U.S. ships if hostilities erupt, the analysts say.
Iran’s advances have fueled concerns about U.S. vulnerabilities during the opening hours of a conflict in the Persian Gulf.
Many a CIO has warned employees about malicious links in e-mail that potentially give hackers an entry into corporate networks. Increasingly, sophisticated cyber attacks are using so-called privileged accounts, typically used by system and database administrators. Powerful cyberweapons like Flame and Stuxnet rely on these accounts to gain power within a network and access intellectual property, source code and other confidential information.
Bonner takes on "zombies" in the social security system, health care and now the Department of Defense. A new computer virus, allegedly developed by the US and Israel, has him worried about what might happen if it falls into the wrong hands.
What’s the latest? We don’t know. We spent the last couple of days in Florida. Nobody knows anything in Florida. They’re all retired down there. They don’t have to think anymore.