Harry hack A hacker named Gabriel claimed to have breached the networks of the UKs Bloomsbury Publishing, uncovering the ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows prior to its release. Experts contended that the claim, posted on hacker websites, was likely a sham, saying that if accurate more evidence would otherwise have been offered.
Clothing retailer Gap Inc. revealed that a laptop containing the Social Security numbers of 800,000 job applicants was stolen from a third-party vendor. The laptop contained info of job applicants who applied to the company's Old Navy, Banana Republic, Gap and Outlet stores. The vendor, not identified by Gap, contacted law enforcement authorities about the breach. The data was not encrypted.
The Colorado Rockies baseball club blamed a cyberattack for downing its online ticket sales operation before the World Series in October. The Rockies lost to the Boston Red Sox in four games, but their website was back up and running before the event. Both home games in Denver sold out. Experts said the incident resembled a distributed denial-of-service attack.