December 2014 Cyber Attacks – It’s All One Big Game for the Cyber Attackers – [Infographics]
The pace of cyber attacks continued unabated even as the industry focused its attention on the after-effects of the Sony hack in November.
As is common, the majority of the victims of financially motivated attacks were in fact notified by external parties after customers’ credit card data was found for sale on black sites.
Of note in December was an attack that resulted in physical damage (where the compromise of the control systems of a blast furnace at a steel works resulted in a damaging emergency shutdown), as well as a denial of service to the online game systems for XBOX and PlayStation. In the latter, the attackers were seeking retweets as a form or ransom in exchange for restoring gamers’ access to affected systems shortly after the Christmas Holidays.