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How many large tech companies have been hacked this week?

by TonyBerkman (editor), Costa Rica, February 22, 2013

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Apple, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Facbook, Zendesk and now Microsoft.

It's difficult to keep track. The most sophisticated technogod's in the world were infiltrated this past week. A random guess and you're almost certain to pick a company that announced that it was hacked.

Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr are all figuring out how to deal with security breaches after being hacked and email addresses and other information was stolen.

Zendesk the customer support social platform just announed it too was hacked. The company says it detected the hack early this week, closed the vulnerability, and notified customers if information had been stolen.

The list keeps growing. Just hours ago Microsoft revealed that "a small number" of its computers, which includes its Mac business unit, were hacked using malware and a similar technique to the attacks on Apple and Facebook, earlier this week. Microsoft reports that there is no evidence that any customer data has been affected by the hack.

Is this a pandemic or what?

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By Uttam Gill on February 23, 2013 at 01:10 am

As I gather such hacking has pattern and to benefit somebody. To me that somebody can be a government of any country. As of now it is generally believed with almost surety that Chinese Hackers are behind such attack.

In the absence of International laws, treaties and pacts the hackers are having a ball of time in borderless environment...Though we have embraced the technology but at the international level we have not able to mobilize enough of opinion to consider such cyber nuisance as alarming sign, which may turn into Pandemic...

Let me quote from Time World:

"While Chinese hackers boast about their exploits online, it’s rare to hear one articulate why he chose to hack for nationalist reasons. The story of Wan Tao, now 41, and his China Eagle Union—which at its height boasted hundreds of members who attacked foreign computer systems with the government’s tacit approval—gives an inside glimpse into the underground world of Chinese hackers: their motivation, exploitation and, in some cases, redemption"

Tony, we just cannot close our eyes...

Worth Reading this:"China’s Red Hackers: The Tale of One Patriotic Cyberwarrior" Check this link:

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By TonyBerkman on February 23, 2013 at 01:31 am

that's fascinating information, Uttam.

I will read it. Thanks for the link. We live in fascinating times. When is the net going down?

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By melanie jean juneau on February 23, 2013 at 01:43 am

really.. How can they think like that Uttam- it does not make sense

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By Credo on March 21, 2013 at 08:26 am

The breach in the system is unfortunate, particularly when so much is riding on the Internet, global businesses and its ability to dispense a verbiage of freedom of speech. Perhaps that is why it`s under such heavy attack, who knows.

An idea worth investigating.


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