MOSCOW, December 26 (Sputnik) – A brazen cyberattack on Sony Pictures has been making headlines for over a month. It may well go down in history as the biggest hack of our times, but this year has been rife with other big hacks and data breaches. Sputnik offers you a list of top five biggest cyberattacks of 2014.
1. The Sony Hack
On November 24, hackers calling themselves "Guardians of Peace" launched an attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, stealing terabytes of sensitive data. Soon Social Security numbers, emails and salaries of both celebrities and Sony employees, as well copies of unreleased movies became available online.
On December 19, the FBI officially placed the blame for the attack on North Korea, although Pyongyang repeatedly denied it was behind the hack.
"The Interview" has since been released to mixed reviews ranging from praise to criticism.
2. Russian Prime Minister’s Twitter
No group or individual took the responsibility for the hack.
3. Nude celebrity photos
In late August and September, several hundred photos of celebrities, including "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence and socialite Kim Kardashian, were released online after Apple's online backup service, iCloud, was hacked. The pictures, some of them nudes, were uploaded from 100 accounts to a forum, known as 4chan.
In response to the incident, referred to as the Fappening, Apple tightened iCloud’s security, the Wired reported. The technological giant introduced a two-factor authentication and installed an alert system, which sends an email once an account is accessed from a new device.
4. CyberBerkut hacktivists
Throughout the year, the group has been involved in several high-profile leaks. They are believed to have released the infamous conversation between Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to Ukraine, shortly before a military coup in Ukraine.
They also blocked phones of members of the Ukrainian Parliament, as well as hacked websites of Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko and the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
5. eBay data breach
Following the attack, the eBay claimed that financial information was safe, since it is stored on other servers. However, the company urged users to change their passwords.
Although, cyberattacks do not make headlines daily, they happen a lot more often than you might think. Russian security giant, Kaspersky Lab, estimated that over 21 million cyberattacks took place globally in 2014 so far.
The company also created an interactive map, showing attacks happening in real time. A frightening, but captivating view, isn’t it?