The website of Malaysia Airlines was commandeered for several hours by hackers who referenced the Islamic State jihadists and threatened to expose data taken from the carrier's servers.
The attack, whose motivation remained unclear, was claimed by the "Lizard Squad", a group that has taken credit previously for denial-of-service attacks around the world.
It is not clear why the troubled airline was targeted, but the Lizard Squad said on its Twitter feed that it was: "Going to dump some loot found on malaysiaairlines.com servers soon."
Adobe released an important Flash Player patch to fix a vulnerability over the weekend affecting those who have the Flash Player plugin installed.
The vulnerability, labeled CVE-2015-0311, was featured in the “Angler Exploit Kit,” a toolkit used by hackers. The Angler Exploit Kit is a toolkit that helps hackers initiate mass drive-by-download attacks. Drive-by-download attacks quietly put malware on your computer when you view malicious ads or visit unsecured websites.
Apple will allow China’s State Internet Information Office to run security audits on products the company sells in China in an effort to counter concerns that other governments are using its devices for surveillance, according to news reports.
Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed to the security inspections during a December meeting in the US with information office director Lu Wei, according to a story in the Beijing News.
The so-called "Thunderstrike" hardware exploit was publicized late last year, but the hack takes advantage of a flaw in the Thunderbolt Option ROM first disclosed in 2012. Until now, that flaw hasn't been patched, but according to iMore, the latest beta of Apple's OS X 10.10.2 update fixes the problem.
Citing people familiar with the software, it was said that OS X 10.10.2 prevents the Mac's EFI boot ROM from being replaced, and also makes it impossible to roll it back to a previous state.
Following lukewarm quarterly financial results last week, reports claim IBM is set to cut over a quarter of its workforce this week.
IBM has currently a workforce of 431,000 people, but Sky News claims that Forbes’ reporter Robert X Cringely is forecasting the job cuts.
According to Cringely, around 26 percent of IBM will get calls from their managers telling them their jobs are surplus to Big Blue’s requirements. IBM has neither confirmed nor denied the rumours.