Worst hacks of the year
Worst hacks of the year
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Worst hacks of the year

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(Music) It wasn't just you. 2017 seemed like a real trash fire. Part of that flaming pile of garbage. Was thanks to hacks, leaks and ransom ware. These are worst attacks of 2017. At least the ones we found out. First up, Uber. The ridesharing company had its fair share of controversy this year, but one of its most cringe worthy moments was in November of 2017. The company admitted not only had data for 57 million users and drivers been stolen, but that it also paid 100,000 bucks to the hackers to delete the information. Come on, Uber. Rule number one, don't negotiate with Terrorist. Also, how does anyone know they didn't just take the money and then not delete the data? One company that didn't pay ransom, HBO. It was hit with a $6 million ransom demand after, then unaired, episodes and scripts of its original shows were posted online. The hacker claimed to have over one and half terabytes of data and threatened to post closely guarded spoilers for shows like Game of Thrones. Shortly after the initial info dump, a month's worth of emails from an HBO executive were published. And then a couple weeks after that, HBO's Twitter and the Twitter accounts of a couple of its shows were all hacked by white-hat group OurMine in an unrelated breach. Yikes. Equally as well protected as Game of Throne secrets? The NSA. Or was it? Back in October 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported Russian hackers had stolen information from an NSA contractor running Kaspersky computer on their home computer. If that wasn't bad enough, another embarrassing incident, November of 2017 saw over a 100 gigs of data from an army intelligence project codename [UNKNOWN] completely exposed on a public Amazon web services storage service. What? Oddly enough, hackers stealing NSA secrets led to the next info sec disaster, WannaCry. What started as a vulnerability discovered by the NSA was stolen and weaponized into one of the largest cyber attacks in history. Over 300,000 computers across 150 countries were affected and caused all kinds of mayhem, including hospitals going offline and a Honda factory shutting down. The Ransomware, encrypted data on infected computers and then demanded payment to restore access. Fortunately, even though a massive number of machines were infected, it looks like only 338 victims paid up. There's only only one hack left, to discuss And it was a complete and utter disaster from start to finish. That's right, Equifax wins our worst attack of 2017 by a landslide. In early September the credit reporting company announced as many as 143 million people were victims of a massive theft. That included names, social security numbers, birthdays, and addresses. If that wasn't horrible enough for you, the company spent the next month tripping over itself to try to paper over the disaster. Multiple tweets directing to a support page that was phony, actual support page ending up vulnerable to hacking, admitting it waited over a month to reveal the breach after it found out, admitting it hadn't Patch the key computer system and so on. Was the hacking equivalent of the trash route the side of Canada. So that's it, our picks for worst hacks of 2017. Was there something you think should have made the list. Leave your thoughts down on the comments. For more on these and all the other major hacks we saw this year hit up cnet.com. I'm Ashley Esqueda, be good humans.

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