“Widely believed to be political in motivation”
Guccifer 2.0, the hacker who claims responsibility for the Democratic National Committee leaks that aimed to expose corruption within its ranks, claims to have breached the servers of the Clinton Foundation and attained documents that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, despite denial from the Clinton Foundation itself. The hacker posted screenshots of spreadsheets online, claiming that they were documents from the institution and that: ‘… her staff don’t even bother about the information security.”
The political motivations of the cyber-attack remain obvious, as the hacker made clear favorable reference to Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks and outspoken opponent of Hillary Clinton.
“Raises questions of why Yahoo did not fight the order”
A program developed by Yahoo Inc. last year reportedly allows the U.S. Federal government to search through email databases for certain phrases. Anonymous former employees narrowed government agencies involved to either or both the National Security Agency or the Federal Bureau of Intelligence.
The news is surprising, given the typical resistance to government mandates to enter customer accounts that tech firms generally uphold. However, Yahoo not only complied with the order, but dedicated its own resources and staff to assist with the operation.
“Actions first taken to clear its reputation of highly hacked service”
After the personal data theft of over 155,000 customers Telecom firm TalkTalk has been fined £400,000 for its security vulnerabilities in 2015. Well over 15,000 of those affected had bank information stolen and suffered serious ramifications for what Information Commissioner Elizabeth Dunham reported that even the most basic of security measures failed to be acted upon and “…(the company) could have done more to safeguard its customer information.”
“Free version of service seems to open malicious sites”
Malware seems to have worked its way into the Spotify servers and is continuously serving itself to the users who use the Spotify free product to stream music. The ads have been reported to open infected sites, causing potential harm to those that travel to them.