Note: Each week we bring you the latest hacking news on the internet. Read on to find out who and what was hacked this week.
Hotel Computer System Hacked in Austria
While some reports will tell you that an Austrian hotel was held ransom, locking guests in rooms, this isn’t entirely true.
The Seehotel Jaegerwirt in Austria had its computer system hacked. Initial reports said the hackers had locked guests in rooms, demanding a Bitcoin ransom to let them out. The hotel’s managing director, however, says that the only problem was that the hotel could not program keycards for guests. No doors were locked.
The hackers compromised hotel computers, encrypting data to stop access. The company that handles the hotel’s IT system had to pay a Bitcoin ransom.
This is the fourth time the hotel has been targeted in such an attack. It is an increasing problem for the industry. Jaegerwirt will be switching to old-fashioned keys to avoid the problem moving forward.
Washington DC CCTVs Were Hacked Before Inauguration
Over 70 percent of storage devices that record data from fed surveillance cameras in Washington D.C. were hacked during a ransomware attack prior to the inauguration.
Ransomware was planted in 123 of 187 network video recorders which each controlled up to four CCTVs used in public spaces around Washington D.C. These cameras were unable to record between January 12-15.
Officials are investigating the source of the hacking. In the meantime, storage devices were taken offline, infections were removed, and systems were rebooted. The devices are successfully working.
2.5 Million Xbox and PlayStation Gamer Details Stolen
The Xbox 360 and PSP ISOs, which host game download files, were hacked in September 2015, exposing the account details of 2.5 million users, potentially opening up their other online accounts to attack by hackers.
Hackers Are Bribing Company Employees for Sensitive Info
According to a new report from RedOwl and IntSights, internal company secrets are being sold on the Dark Web Marketplace by staff of the companies.
Company employees are accepting cash for information, and in some cases are even working with hackers. As it stands, hackers are offering up to one Bitcoin (about $950) for vetted and accurate information.
Employee aide is a serious problem with cyberattacks. It is suggested that corporations make use of IT security systems to monitor employees without violating privacy rights.
Czech Ministry Suffers Cyberattack
Hackers have breached the e-mail accounts of dozens of employees of the Czech Foreign Ministry.
According to the Ministry, no classified data was stolen during the attacks. Servers containing sensitive communications are physically separate from those that were breached.
The hack was detected this month and security measures have been taken. It is believed that some of the correspondence had to do with the Czach Republic’s relations with Nato and EU allies.
According to The Guardian, a foreign ministry official speaking anonymously confirmed that Russia is suspected of carrying out the attack.
Radio Stations Hacked to Play “F— Donald Trump”
Hackers have exposed a flaw in low power FM radio transmitters to play the song “F— Donald Trump” by YG and Nipsey Hussle. Radio stations in South Carolina, Indiana, Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky were affected.
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