»The loosely affiliated hacker collective known as Anonymous defaced the website of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, known for its extreme anti-gay stance, amid an ongoing feud. The site was defaced during a radio interview between Westboro spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper and an Anonymous member. Anonymous said it infiltrated the website via an unnamed zero-day vulnerability.
»Chinese hackers that attacked systems at Google and Adobe also infiltrated global financial services firm Morgan Stanley, according to internal emails stolen from HBGary, a security firm that was working with the bank. The financial institution was one of those targeted in a series of coordinated attacks that have been dubbed Operation Aurora.»A new banking trojan can keep online account sessions open after customers believe they have logged off, enabling criminals to surreptitiously steal money, researchers at security firm Trusteer warned. Eastern European cybercrooks are using the trojan, dubbed OddJob, to attack banking customers in the United States, Poland and Denmark. The malware hijacks victim's online banking sessions using their session ID tokens – unique identifiers assigned to a user who has logged into a website. OddJob is not as prevalent as other banking trojans like Zeus or SpyEye, but researchers believe it will become a greater threat as crooks refine it.
»Less than a month after the dating site PlentyOfFish sustained a breach of customer data, rival eHarmonySQL injection confirmed that a hacker gained access to its users' information. The intruder leveraged an vulnerability on a secondary eHarmony advice site to obtain a file containing usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords. The advice site uses separate databases and web servers than the main eHarmony dating site, which was not affected. eHarmony said it closed the vulnerability and notified affected customers.
» Errata Owing to a production error, on the Opinion page of the March issue (page 18), we spelled Jeff Nielsen's name incorrectly. Our apologies.