The Worst Security Mishaps of 2012

Bangalore: Every year security breaches have been of great annoyance to corporate and enterprises. And this year, there was not much of a difference. The year 2012 was of total mayhem. From hacker exploits to bad corporate behavior, 2012 was simply a plethora of security breaches. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the worst mishaps that marked in the year 2012.


The year started off with FBI invading file-sharing storage site, Megaupload. The company was based in Hong Kong with founder Kim Dotcom, a New Zealand resident, at the lead. Later that month, Dotcom was arrested for fraudulent on piracy of $175 million. But later the story ran into a major twist, as it was revealed that most of the DDoS attack was done by hackers from different areas. Dotcom who know is free on bail, is still subjected to electronic monitoring.

The month of January also saw Zappos declaring that their website has been hacked and customer information such as name, address, billing and shipping address, phone number and the last four digits of credit-card numbers and cryptographically scrambled passwords stored in hash form are being compromised.

Researchers from Seculert discovered a botnet command and a control server that held over 45,000 login details of Facebook users. Ramnit, the worm used for this technique was a perfect design in stealing sensitive user information, reported researchers.

Next in row is the exploitation of older source codes in security suites such as Symantec enterprise security products, Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 and Symantec AntiVirus 10.2, as well as older versions of pcAnywhere and Norton Internet Security. The gang named themselves ‘the Lord of Dharmaraja’ with their leader Yama Tough from Mumbai. Later Symantec with the help of law enforcement played a extensive cat and mouse game with the hackers, which rather turned out to be in vain.


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