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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

5 Unhackable Websites That Got Hacked

These sites were some of the most secure in the world, but they were still hacked by cyber gangs. Attacks like this just help show how important cyber security is in the modern world for keeping citizens safe.

Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and JP Morgan Chase

Three large banks were hacked in September, 2012 by the group Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters. These hackers were upset by a recent film that was released that had an anti-Muslim plot. These were denial of service-based attacks: the sites were overwhelmed with fake traffic that prevented real customers from using the banks’ websites for legitimate needs. None of the banks released any information about whether user data was compromised, but several of the banks sent customers new credit cards and bank cards to protect their identity.


In December, 2010, MasterCard’s website was hacked by a group of people who were displeased that the company was no longer accepting donations for the Wiki Leaks organization. The hacking group known as Anonymous was responsible for the attack, which flooded the site with fake traffic and blocked it for regular users. No user data or personal information was compromised from this attack.


You would think that the Pentagon was the most secure network in the world, but yet in 2008, the Pentagon was hacked to the point that it took 14 months to recover from the damage. This attack was called “the most significant breach” of military data in history. The hack started in the Middle East, when someone placed an infected flash drive into a computer. The hacked code quickly spread through the entire network of computers, revealing classified data. Luckily enough, the Department of Defense was able to use this experience to install additional cyber safety features that keep modern data safe.


In June 2011, the CIA was hacked by a cyber gang called “Lulz Security.” This cyber gang hacked into the CIA’s public website, but were unable to gather any sensitive or classified data. The public website was offline for a few hours, but the CIA was able to quickly recover the damage.

The U.S. Senate

Just before Lulz Security hacked into the CIA’s website, the gang hacked into the U.S. Senate. Like in the case of the CIA site, the hackers were not able to uncover any sensitive or classified data, or locate any personal information about each senator. Since then, the Senate has reviewed and improved their website security at the public and classified level.
As you can see, no industry or organization is completely safe from hacking. As long as there are hackers out there, there will be security breaches. It is the job of security companies to keep up with the latest hacking trends to keep user data and personal information safe from cyber warfare.
This is a guest post by Kate Simmons, occasional blogger and fresh graduate currently working on