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Are Hackers Going to Be This Year’s Top News Item?

September 5th, 2011 by Agent Smith (0) Data Theft & Loss,Identity Theft,security breach

We have recently written quite a few pieces on hacking, hacker-caused data breaches, and other such incidents. As we kick off the week and this first month of fall, more pieces of news along the same line come to our attention.

Two students hacked into the Birdville Independent School District’s servers and ran across a file containing 14,500 student names, ID numbers as well as social security numbers.

Borlas.net was also the playground of hackers. After managing to access their files, the hackers responsible for the security breach also leaked names, passwords, emails and phone numbers of nearly 15,000 registered users.

Another school district, El Paso, was also targeted by hackers. The accessed names, birth dates, social security numbers and addresses of both students and district employees.

Fans of the Star War Galaxies MMORPG game were targeted by hackers. The ObSec group hacked into a fan site and leaked 21,000 email addresses and 23,000 passwords.

The Texas Police Chiefs Association (an organization related to law enforcement could not have missed this list of incidents) was also hacked into and those responsible leaked 25 email accounts of members, along with contents.

If this keeps up, hacking will become the main cause for data loss this year. And as bigger and smaller such groups keep making the news and few are ever caught, they really have no reason to stop.

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