These days barely a day goes by where there isnundefinedt some sort of network security breach or hack or malfunction of some sort. This year too we had the rise of groups such as Anonymous and Lulz that sought out attention for their activities. Here we take a look at the year in pictures of some of the key security problems that grabbed our attention.
Here we have a picture of FBI Cyber Supervisor Agent Cameron Malin (left) describing the anatomy of a computer hack as US Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. (centre) and Assistant Director in Charge of FBI's Los Angeles Field Office Steven Martinez (right) look on. The scene played out after the arrest of Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Florida, in operation "Hackerazzi" for targeting celebrities with computer intrusion, wiretapping and identity theft.
Japanese video game developer Sega Corp said in June that information belonging to 1.3 million customers has been stolen from its database, making a mockery of the security at the video game company.
Here we see a message from the Lulz Security hacking group regarding the hack of the Senate website in a screen grab from the Lulzsecurity.com website taken June 14, 2011. The US Sergeant at Arms Office confirmed that the Senate's website had been hacked by Lulz Security and that it has ordered a review of all Senate computer sites.
This may go down as the year of the hack, with Sony and Amazon among the targets. But the compromising of information on almost 40 million RSA security tokens, which protect sensitive military and financial networks, may turn out to be the most serious hit.
Department of Homeland Security researchers use advanced modeling and simulation equipment as they work on the DHS Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) in this April photo from the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho. At the time the Pentagon was detailing its expanded effort to safeguard contractors from hackers and said it was building a virtual firing range in cyberspace to test new technologies.
Sony's Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai sits in front of a screen showing how their data was hacked at a news conference to apologise for a massive security breach of its PlayStation Network in May. Hirai apologised for a security breach that allowed hackers to gain access to personal information on 77 million accounts for its PlayStation Network service.
Richard "Dickie" George, technical director of NSA's Information Assurance Directorate, is pictured in his office in Fort Meade, Maryland. The NSA issued a challenge for hackers who think they're hot stuff: prove it by working on the "hardest problems on Earth." Computer hacker skills are in great demand in the US government to fight the cyber wars that pose a growing national security threat - and they are in short supply.
Here we see in June an employee walk past the logo of Google in front of its former headquarters. Hackers who broke into Google's Gmail system had access to some accounts for many months and could have been planning a more serious attack, said the cybersecurity expert who first publicly revealed the incident.
In January hackers attacked North Korea's official Youtube and Twitter accounts, posting a cartoon showing Kim Jong-il's heir apparent (his son Kim Jong-un) driving a sports car into a crowd of starving countrymen. Several people on a South Korean internet forum, Dcinside, claimed responsibility for the attack.
A protester uses a mobile phone during a demonstration at the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Civic Center Station in San Francisco in August. Protesters demonstrated against the subway system after BART turned off cell phone service in stations to foil a protest over a police shooting, adding to the security mess.
Ryan Cleary, who was arrested in June as part of a joint investigation between Metropolitan Police and the FBI into recent attacks on high-profile websites, leaves after being freed on bail in London.
A sign at security vendor HBGary's RSA Conference booth in San Francisco. HBGary pulled out of the conference after the company was hacked and then threatened by members of Anonymous.
Pwned by CarShark at 140 mph. Researchers were able to hack into the dashboard and add their own text. They could also make the system give false speedometer readings.
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