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The biggest security snafus of 2013 (so far)

Ellen Messmer | July 2, 2013
Late last December ended with a hacker leaking data on 300,000 Verizon FIOS customers which was apparently stolen via a marketing partner of Verizon.

JUNE 2013
- Back in May, CBS newswoman Sharyl Attkinsson revealed that her computer had been compromised, and in June, a cyber security expert hired by CBS News determined her computer had been accessed by "an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012," and that the "intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data." The intruder also sought to remove traces of unauthorized activity and altered system times to cause further confusion, CBS said.

- Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was sentenced to two years in prison by a district court in Sweden for multiple data intrusions, attempted aggravated fraud and aggravated fraud. The data-intrusion charge is related to the hacking of a mainframe belonging to Logica, now CGI, an IT firm that provided tax services to the Swedish government, and a mainframe of Nordea banks. The fraud charges stem from a number of attempted money transfers from accounts at Nordea, of which one was successful. Warg and his co-defendant in the case never disputed the intrusions were carried out from their computers but denied involvement, saying the computers were either remotely controlled or other people used them.

- A bug on Facebook leaked email addresses and phone numbers provided by some 6 million people on the site to certain other users, Facebook revealed, adding it had no information that this flaw had been exploited maliciously. The bug had been live for a year before it was discovered by Facebook's security team, which fixed the problem.

- Southwest Airlines had a major glitch in its computer systems that forced the grounding of more than 60 flights for almost two days but did say it had straightened out its computer systems.

- The French government's accounts payable system, based on SAP, finally was brought back online after a four-day outage, the French State Financial Computing Agency said on June 24. The difficulty was blamed on an error at a data center operated by services company Bull where a sub-contractor accidentally triggered the server room's fire-extinguishing system. It wasn't possible to recover all the data, the agency said.

- State regulators are warning virtual-currency exchanges and companies that deal with bitcoin that they could be closed down if their activities run afoul of state money-transmission laws, according to a Wall St. Journal article.

- Opera Software acknowledged that hackers stole from its internal systems at least one code-signing certificate that was used to sign malicious software. The Oslo-based company, which makes a mobile and desktop web browser, said it believes a few thousand Windows users may have automatically installed malicious software on June 19, the day the attack was detected and halted.


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