Though Vulnerable, Need is for resilience, bid adieu 2014!!!

An year to reckon, financial loss, patents theft, cyber warfare, personal data expose, leaked photos, we had enough. All these makes an even great greater pitch for better, predictable & smarter security. Top breaches of 2014 1. Sony Pictures: SonyÔö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬úÔö£├®Ôö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬úÔö¼ÔòæÔö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬ú├ö├▓├╣s systems were compromised and unknown assailants hijacked the system. Attacker stole huge number of confidential data, which are available in open file sharing sites 2. JPMorgan Chase: Morgan credit card breach has led to exposing of nearly 83 million account holders personal information 3. Apple iCloud: Celebrities dataÔö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬úÔö£├®Ôö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬úÔö¼ÔòæÔö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬ú├ö├▓├╣s were leaked on targeted iCloud accounts. Very Targeted attack was used to break into personal dataÔö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬úÔö£├®Ôö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬úÔö¼ÔòæÔö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬ú├ö├▓├╣s of celebrities. 4. Home Depot: This large DIY retailerÔö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬úÔö£├®Ôö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬úÔö¼ÔòæÔö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬ú├ö├▓├╣s point of sale terminals was compromised. Massive 109 million records leaked, including 56 million credit cards and 53 million email addresses. 5. Snapchat backup hack: 13 GB of data, viz., photos and videos were hacked and pilfered by hackers. Snapchat cautioned hundred million of its users to stay away from unauthorized services 6. EBay hack: eBay was hit by a massive 145 million user data breach. Attacks compromised the personal information including email, postal address and login credentials. 7. European Central Bank: Data breach in European Central bank has led to theft of personal data. 8. Michaels Stores: POS systems at 54 Michaels were hacked by criminals using sophisticated malwareÔö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬úÔö£├®Ôö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬úÔö¼ÔòæÔö£├ÂÔö£├éÔö¼├║├ö├Â┬ú├ö├Â├ë and about 2.6 Million payment card numbers compromised. 9. Community Health Services leak: 4.5 Million patient records were stolen. 10. Twitter Hacked: 250,000 accounts of Twitter is believed to be compromised Even lots more dangerous bugs, viz., Heartbleed, Shellshock, POODLE, Gotofail, BadUSD etc., were exposed in 2014. Summing it up, we are in an era of uncertainty. It is imperative for us to be secure and in case of inevitability let us be resilient.

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