In the technology world, even the most valuable and most successful companies are still vulnerable to security flaws and hack attacks. This is true in the case of Apple Inc. and Microsoft Inc, two brand names synonymous with the technological innovation now being experienced by the world.
Last year’s news
2014 saw major technical security breaches being done, according to a report from www.information-management.com. Amongst them was a hack attack between July 2014 and October 2014 on the JPMorgan Chase & Co systems which affected millions of households and businesses. There was also that data breach in the Home Depot systems, where the retailer confirmed that nearly 56 million credit cards in their system may have been compromised. ?Amongst the largest ones was the data breach on HealthCare.gov, where the attack was pointed at test server to support the website but according to the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, no personal data was misused or breached. The most infamous attack was the one made on the corporate email accounts of Sony Pictures. Here, aside from sensitive information, comments, opinions and other nasty ideas surfaced, resulting in a fall out of unquantifiable proportions.
The current issues for companies
Apple, for its part, was not immune to this hacking spree. In September 2014, a number of nude pictures of stars were hacked and leaked online after an attack was made on iCloud servers.? While the issue was easily resolved, the leak?s effects showed the vulnerability of these systems, especially in the storage and holding of sensitive personal information.? Now, in the latest report by databreachtoday.com, a new vulnerability is affecting Apple?s vaunted OS X and iOS operating systems. ?Called the ?Darwin Nuke?, this was found in the kernel of Darwin, one of the open source components of the operating systems. This makes devices using these operating systems vulnerable to remotely activated denial-of-service attacks that may damage the device and even the network where the device is attached.
Microsoft, for its part, recently uncovered a new variant of the old MS operating system flaw which can allow hackers to siphon off log in credentials from many PCs using the defective MS OS. As reported in ibnlive.in.com, the bug is called ?Redirect to SMB? which can affect a user by tricking them to click on a bad link or email on a website, allowing them to steal vital information such as log ins once the computer has logged on into the hacker?s server.
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