Anonymous resistance: hackers, lulz and whistle-blowers

This week’s topic was super interesting to me. It was interesting to look into a topic that I hadn’t really done much research on before and that I didn’t know heaps about. Hacking and whilst-blowing are terms that are becoming more prevalent in society, especially as technology grows. Hacking refers to an attempt to access or control a computer network system for data collecting or attacking. This week’s topic got me thinking about some of media’s most talked about hacking scandals and I think chatting about 3 major ones in this piece would be really helpful in the understanding of the topic.


Date: October 2013
Impact: 153 million user records
Details: As reported in early October of 2013 by security blogger Brian Krebs, Adobe originally reported that hackers had stolen nearly 3 million encrypted customer credit card records, plus login data for an undetermined number of user accounts.


Date:  May 2019
Impact: 137 million user accounts
Details: In May 2019 Australian graphic design tool website Canva suffered an attack that exposed email addresses, usernames, names, cities of residence, and salted and hashed with bcrypt passwords (for users not using social logins — around 61 million) of 137 million users. Canva says the hackers managed to view, but not steal, files with partial credit card and payment data.


Date:  December 2018
Impact: 162 million user accounts
Details: In December 2018, New York-based video messaging service Dubsmash had 162 million email addresses, usernames, PBKDF2 password hashes, and other personal data such as dates of birth stolen, all of which was then put up for sale on the Dream Market dark web market the following December. The information was being sold as part of a collected dump also including the likes of MyFitnessPal (more on that below), MyHeritage (92 million), ShareThis, Armor Games, and dating app CoffeeMeetsBagel.

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