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BlackBerry Bonus 1: Hack Attacks, The NSA, Spying... And Other Related Topics

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In BlackBerry Demystified 6, I provided a list of high-profile security hacks. This InstaBlog is an extension of my work from D6. In future, I intend to provide "extra" information in the form of unpaid InstaBlog posts such as this one, a "BlackBerry Bonus."

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High Profile Hack Attacks.. and Their Consequences

[Last Updated August 18, 2014]


  • Sept 1. Apple iCloud hacked to steal Jennifer Lawrence nude photos.
  • Aug 18. Hospital hacked and 4.5 million records stolen.
  • Aug 18. Nuclear Regulatory Commission hacked by foreigners who covered their tracks by destroying ISP records.
  • Aug 5. Russian criminals steal 1.2 billion passwords. This is a new record.
  • July 29. Android Fake ID bug exposes smartphones and tablets and allows hackers to access a user's credit card data and take control of the device settings.
  • July 25. Apple admits to collecting more data than necessary and this data can be used by hackers, law enforcement, and NSA.
  • July 23. Hackers breach security at 34 banks.
  • July 21. Forensic scientist details back doors running on every iOS device.
  • June 11. Hackers in Moscow are revealed to be behind the Apple Ransomware. But it is uncertain if they are only responsible for attacks inside Russia and not the ones in Australia.
  • June 9. Bank of Montreal ATM in Winnipeg hacked by 14-year-olds who found an online manual.
  • May 30. Dot electronic billboards in North Carolina were hacked on a Friday morning.
  • May 29. China retaliates against US businesses and counter the US accusations of spying. Orders were made to stop using Windows 8 on May 20th. This was followed by orders to cut ties with US consulting firms on the 25th, then a push for Chinese banks to remove IBM servers, and the smearing of Cisco Systems.
  • May 28. While Apple confirms that iCloud is unaffected, the Oleg Pliss attack on iPhones, iPads, and Macs has now spread from Australia to New Zealand, the US, and Canada.
  • May 27. While only one user's data was accessed, Spotify is rolling out an update to all Android users in response to unauthorized access to their system and internal data.
  • May 27. Australians awoke to find their iPhones, iPads, an Macs hacked by Oleg Pliss.
  • May 26. Hacking Windows XP's registry can let you trick Windows Update into thinking your system is a Point of Sale XP unit and you will be able to receive updates for another five years.
  • May 22. 12,412 iPhones were hacked in 5 minutes.
  • May 21. Dutch and Moroccan hackers bypass Apple's iCloud activation lock and successfully unlock stolen iPhones.
  • May 21. EBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) asks an estimated 150 million users to change passwords as database compromise between late February and early March just comes to light.
  • May 20. Of the 89,000 cars broken into in London last year, nearly half were hacked with electronic gadgets. Frequently, the target is a higher end vehicle, which has over 50 low-powered computers.
  • May 8. France's Orange (NYSE:ORAN) hit for a 2nd time this year and data on 1.3 million customers stolen.
  • May 8. The US navy is hacked by a former sys admin.
  • May 7. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) users tricked into hacking themselves.
  • May 7. Ransomware hits Android devices.
  • May 5. Target's (NYSE:TGT) CEO ousted 5 months after data breach.
  • April 29. A baby monitor was hacked and a stranger first shouts and screams at the baby, and when the couple shows up, he yells obscenities.
  • April 28. An Internet Explorer bug lets hacker control your PC. The consumer is most vulnerable as they may still be using Windows XP.
  • April 28. AOL releases details regarding the hack earlier in the month, saying that email addresses, contacts, encrypted passwords and answers, as well as employee information was compromised.
  • April 24. Wired publishes an article about the vulnerabilities of hospital equipment. Because the FDA regulates for reliability, effectiveness, and safety, but not security, most products are not vetted for security before being put to market. With simple passwords like "admin" and "1234" hard coded into the devices, it is easy for hackers to gain access and change dosages, modify records, or shut down equipment.
  • April 18. AOL Mail is hacked and Twitter hashtag #aolhacked is filled with accounts of spam emails and spoofs.
  • April 17. Michaels stores reports 3 million credit card numbers stolen.
  • April 14. Canada Revenue Agency reports 900 social insurance numbers stolen in Heartbleed breach.
  • April 9. Canada Revenue Agency shuts down website during busy tax season as Heartbleed bug exposes online vulnerability.
  • April 6. Bloomberg releases more details on Russian hackers that are responsible for the pillaging of 100 companies across a 7 year timespan.
  • February 28. Las Vegas Sands reports damage wider than initially thought and customer information stolen.
  • February 26. Treasure trove for sale on the black market: 360 million account credentials and 1.25 billion emails without passwords.
  • February 12. Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) hacked, website defaced.
  • February 12. Tim Hortons security loophole when using Android or iOS versions of the app could lead to theft in mobile payments. BlackBerry's use of NFC is not prone to theft.
  • February 5. It is confirmed for The Register that personal data on 800,000 Orange customers were siphoned from the hack in January.
  • February 5. A cheap $20 device called the CAN Hacking Tool or CHT can inject malicious commands into a car and affect everything from windows and headlights to steering and breaks.
  • January 25. Michaels CEO wrote a letter on a Saturday announcing their investigation into an attack on their retail system.
  • January 23. Neiman Marcus reports 1.1 million cards hacked from July 16 to October 30, 2013.
  • January 16. France's Orange hacked and customer records stolen.
  • January 16. Proofpoint uncovers the vulnerability of our home appliances as hackers use a fridge and televisions to spam businesses for the first time.


  • December 26. Adobe's woes from the compromise of anywhere from 38 million to 150 million accounts causes a ripple effect and Facebook and Evernote asks its users to change passwords.
  • December 19. Target hit by a hack job that compromises over 40 million credit and debit cards used by customers.
  • December 18. The Washington Post reports the third hacking in three years. Employee user names and passwords were stolen.
  • October 29. It is revealed that the Adobe hack affects many more users. While initial reports were that 2.9 million were affected, numbers now sit at 38 million.
  • October 3. Hackers accessed data for 2.9 million customers at Adobe, a company with a history of being hacked every year since 2007.
  • July 25. A scheme run by five men from 2005 to 2012 is revealed to have caused 160 million credit cards to be stolen. Nasdaq, J. C. Penney, and Visa Jordan Card Services were among the affected. More than $300 million were stolen.
  • July 24. Hackers given an $80,000 grant by Pentagon's DARPA root out security vulnerabilities in cars and demonstrate to the author of this article the vulnerability of brakes by putting him behind the wheel.

Disclosure: The author is long BBRY.