Most of the topics we’ve covered this week have been related to hacks. Several major companies, high-profile Twitter accounts, and government organizations fell victim to cybercriminals.
It’s uncertain how Microsoft’s computers became infected with malware, but in the case of Facebook and Apple, the culprit was the iPhone Dev SDK developer forum, whose representatives admitted that their site was compromised.
Zendesk, the popular customer service, was also hacked. The breach affected three of the company’s customers: Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest.
Anonymous continued OpLastResort by breaching the systems of the US Department of State (state.gov) and investment firm George K. Baum and Company. They also breached the website of the National Association of Federal Agents.
China has once again taken center stage this week. The country has been accused on numerous occasions of conducting cyber espionage operations, but the report released on Monday by Mandiant provides some evidence to support such claims.
The study details a campaign dubbed APT1, believed to be run by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
In the meantime, another US-based organization reported being hacked by Chinese hackers. The Aspen Institute was notified by the FBI that its email communications had been monitored for a period of two months.
Here are other interesting stories, in case you’ve missed them: