Sony remains high atop the hit list of the Anonymous hacktivist gang. The group said Friday that it is responsible for temporarily defacing the website and Facebook account belonging to Sony Pictures. Last last month, the collective posted a YouTube video warning it would retaliate against Sony for its support of the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which critics say amounts to an internet censorship bill. Last June, Anonymous hijacked SonyPictures.com to steal the personal information on one million people.
North Korean hackers have stolen $630 million in cryptocurrency assets in 2022, the highest on record, reports Reuters. Sophisticated techniques have been leveraged by North Korean threat actors to facilitate the record-high theft of virtual assets, which are being allocated toward its nuclear weapons programs, according to a United Nations report. Such a figure comes after a cybersecurity firm earlier reported that more than $1 billion in cryptocurrency have been stolen by North Koreans last year. "The variation in USD value of cryptocurrency in recent months is likely to have affected these estimates, but both show that 2022 was a record-breaking year for DPRK (North Korea) virtual asset theft," said the U.N. report.
Several financial institutions in Brazil have been targeted by the novel Android banking trojan PixPirate that exploits the PIX payments platform for fraudulent activities, according to The Hacker News.