BitFloor Suspends Service After Virtual Currency Heist

The founder of the largest U.S.-based BitCoin exchange has suspended operations after attackers broke into a server and stole $250,000 worth of the virtual currency.BitFloor founder Roman Shtylman announced yesterday that he had halted operations while evaluating future steps following the breach that amounted to some 24,000 stolen Bitcoins, which amounted to the vast majority of coins BitFloor had on hand. The heist happened while Shtylman was doing a backup that left a copy of wallet keys in an unencrypted area of the server’s hard drive.

Anonymous Leaks Apple UDIDs Following Alleged Hack of FBI

UPDATE–The Antisec arm of hacktivist group Anonymous published one million unique device identifier numbers, or UDIDs, for Apple devices, including iPhones and iPads, on Monday night. The group alleges the slew of information was swiped from a laptop belonging to the FBI earlier this year.

A Tempe, Arizona man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly taking part in the June 2011 attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.’s network, in which passwords and other personal data was stolen from one million user accounts.Raynaldo Rivera, 20, was charged with conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer, which could earn him up to 15 years in prison if he is found guilty. He was ordered to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Sept. 14.

Officials at oil giant Saudi Aramco have confirmed that about 30,000 of the company’s workstations were hit by a malware attack on August 15, a number that lines up with claims made in posts on Pastebin by a group taking credit for the attack. The company said that while tens of thousands of machines were infected, its core oil production capabilities were not affected by the attack.

A Nigerian woman this week was sentenced to 2 years, six months in a U.S. prison for taking part in “one of the most sophisticated and organized computer hacking and ATM cashout schemes ever perpetrated,” according to the FBI.

Sonya Martin, 45, was part of a hacking cell that used sophisticated techniques to break the encryption used by payment processor WorldPay US to protect some 1.5 million worldwide customers’ payroll debit card accounts. Employers used the debit cards to pay workers instead of issuing paper checks.

Attackers are threatening to launch a second assault on Saudi Aramco on Saturday in order to prove its abilities and the fact that it’s not relying on help from an Aramco insider. The first attack on the oil company occurred last week and resulted in the company taking its Web sites offline, saying that it had been hit by a malware infection on some of its workstations.

A more than three-month old intrusion into networks at the University of South Carolina may have compromised the personal information of some 34,000 individuals associated with the school’s College of Education.

While researchers continue to dig into the Shamoon malware, looking for its origins and a complete understanding of its capabilities, a group calling itself the Cutting Sword of Justice is claiming responsibility for an attack on the massive Saudi oil company Aramco, which some experts believe employed Shamoon to destroy data on thousands of machines. 

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