The Biggest Hacks in History
Security experts stress password strength. And, for good reason! The collective digital landscape is as dangerous as it is vast. Malware, spyware, phishing scams, DDoS attacks … the hackers of the world will stop at nothing to pry your data loose. As such, internet security is very, very big business. But if history has taught us anything it’s that even the safest, most expensive virus protection software has its faults.
Today on FilthyRich, we explore the most devastating hacks in digital history. Though the instances on this list may vary in approach, victim, motive, and resolution, they all share the same cautionary overtone. If you aren’t careful, internet hackers will take advantage of you. And sometimes being careful isn’t nearly enough.
The Conficker Worm
The Conficker Worm (often referred to as Downadup or Kido) surfaced back in 2009 and has been doing significant damage ever since. Once your computer is infected with the virus, the Conficker Worm can deactivate your antivirus software, convert your computer into a mindless, spamming zombie, and even read and transmit sensitive information like credit card numbers and passwords. To this day, the Conficker Worm is doing damage to computers all over the world.
In April of 2011, a group calling themselves Lulzsec breached the Sony database, compromised the Playstation Network, and made off with the contact information, logins, and passwords of roughly 24.6 million gamers. Sony was forced to take their network offline for just under a month to repair the damage and up their security.
Although the attack was successful, the group would eventually be taken down following an ill-advised assault on an FBI-affiliated website. It’s quite an incredible story that you can read about more right here.
More recently (March – April 2017), Chipotle was the target of a malicious malware attack. The attack compromised the credit card information of millions of Chipotle customers across all of their locations nationwide.
Chipotle has since cleared the malware and partnered with a security firm to ensure the problem doesn’t arise again. As it stands, the assailants are still unknown.