The dangers of unsecured connected devices were made all too clear in 2015 when the personal data of more than 3 million Hello Kitty clients, stored on an open MongoDB database, was leaked to the public. Today, companies continue to suffer from major data leaks caused by inadequate security, as seen in the Ghostshell affair.
American financial planning company Ameriprise has experienced a major data leak, after information on investment portfolios worth millions of dollars was exposed on the Internet. Chris Vickery, a security expert at MacKeeper, detected this leak on 5 December using the Shodan connected device database.
CybelAngel represented La French Tech at Slush, one of Europe’s leading tech events along with the Web Summit in Lisbon. In Helsinki, CybelAngel defeated 99 other startups to win the Slush 100 Pitching Competition.
In late November, San Francisco’s public transport network was hit by a ransomware attack taking all ticket machines offline. Instead of shutting the transport system down, the Municipal Transport Agency decided to let users ride for free.
In September 2016, 800,000 users of the pornographic website Brazzers had their details leaked online. CybelAngel accessed and analysed this data.
On 7 November, the English supermarket giant Tesco released an official press release announcing its online banking system had been compromised. Experts consider this attack to be one of the most severe to target the UK banking sector to date – but its origins are unknown.
On Friday 21 October, a major DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack hit DNS servers belonging to the US company Dyn. The attack took down a large number of websites on America’s East Coast, including Twitter, Spotify and Netflix.