The world of information security keeps getting more and more interesting by the minute. However, over the past week, there have been some events that stood out.
First of all, we’ve heard a lot of things about vulnerabilities that affect routers. It all started in January when security firm DefenseCode identified a root access flaw in the Linksys WRT54GL router developed by Cisco.
Cisco admitted that the model was affected by the security hole, but they said other products were not susceptible to the attacks described by DefenseCode.
DefenseCode has published a partial list of the affected products.
After hacking the US Sentencing Commission and various other government websites, the hacktivists leaked the details of over 4,000 bank executives, which they stole from the Emergency Communication System (ECS) website of the US Federal Reserve.
Representatives of the Fed admitted that their systems were hacked and called in the FBI to investigate. However, they tried to downplay the incident by saying that Anonymous’ claims were overstated and by arguing that no critical operations had been impacted.
In response, the hackers have published a 9 MB file which contains the names of thousands of files and folders from the servers of the Fed, which they claim to have “owned.”
Another interesting hack from this week is the one as a result of which the private photos and emails of several members of the Bush family have been exposed. Other noteworthy breaches are the ones that have affected Bit9 and online advertiser NetSeer.
Here are some other interesting stories from this week, in case you’ve missed them: