03 Jun 2020

Hackers and hucksters reinvigorate ‘Anonymous’ brand amid protests

Anonymous is well known for its effective hacktivism through Denial of Service DDoS attacks that make strong statements and temporarily shut down sites and payment processors. The group has been off the grid for roughly three years but has since been accredited for cyberattacks against the Minneapolis police department and

Read More
17 Apr 2020

Could Return of Ghost Squad Hackers Signal Rise in COVID-19-Related Hactivism?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of hackers called the Ghost Squad Hackers (GSH) have been active again after a fairly quiet few years. The group is an offshoot of the hacktivist group Anonymous. A blog post by Vigilante, a cyberthreat intelligence firm, stated that the recent hacks conducted by

Read More
21 Nov 2019

Phineas Fisher Offers $100,000 Bounty to Hack Banks and Oil Companies

Phineas Fisher, notorious hacktivist, is launching a new kind of bug bounty incentivizing crime. Fisher announced on Friday that he would pay hackers up to $100,000 to reward hackers for public interest hacks and leaks. Fisher aims to encourage hacktivists to carry out politically motivated attacks and leak documents in

Read More
17 May 2019

Hacktivist attacks dropped by 95% since 2015

A new report by IBM X-Force sheds light on the dramatic decline of hacktivism over the last few years. Since 2015, the number of hacktivism-related security breaches has dropped by a whopping 95%. In 2017 there were only five such incidents, down from 35 in 2015. The number dropped further

Read More
04 Jan 2019

Hackers Hijack Thousands of Smart TVs to Promote PewDiePie, Device Insecurity

Following a campaign targeting hundreds of thousands of printers, a hacking duo has claimed responsibility for hacking over 4,000 Chromecast and Google Home devices in order to display a message on the compromised TVs. Like the printer campaign, the messages urge viewers to subscribe to PewDiePie’s YouTube channel, the website’s

Read More
18 Dec 2018

PewDiePie Hackers Say They Launched Second Printer Siege – 250,000 printers hit

A month after their attack last month hit 50,000 printers, hackers have again caused as many as 250,000 to print out messages supporting PewDiePie, the most-subscribed-to channel on Youtube. One of the hackers claims that the attack is meant to promote awareness about printer vulnerabilities, writing “Again – the point

Read More