In these modern times when people are increasingly relying upon internet technologies for storing their personal data has also led criminals (hackers) commit more severe cyber hacks this year. Shockingly, they have managed to gain unauthorized access into our deeper and intimate information such as fingerprints and pictures.
Behold the scariest and deadliest cyber hacks of 2015:
Fingerprints stolen from the US Office of Personnel Management:
Hackers have managed to hack into the US Office of Personnel Management from where they had stolen names, home addresses and social security numbers of 20 million individuals, including fingerprints of 5.6 million! To make matter worse, further 1 million people did not get notified by the government about their personal information being compromised due to the changes they made in their personal information.
Hackers can now remotely manipulate your Jeep Cherokee:
The UConnect feature embedded in Jeep Cherokee for phone calls and initiating Wi-Fi hotspots has been compromised by hackers now by taking control of the car’s IP address remotely from anywhere within the boundary of a country. Hackers are able to edit the car’s firmware and setup their own code; as a result, they can remotely control the engine and breaks of the car.
Loophole found in a billion Android devices:
Stagefright has proven itself to be a self-made pathway for hackers to gain unauthorized access into the operating system of your Android smartphone without you even realizing it. After affecting a billion users of android, the android researchers called Zimperium, have finally figured out this major security loophole that existed within the software. There is a high possibility that still there are billions of Android users who are exposed to this vulnerability.
Cheaters exposed due to hacking in Ashley Madison website:
The sole purpose of Ashley Madison website is to help married individuals find partners for them who are seeking. In July, this website was compromised as hackers managed to reveal all the vital information such as their names on Ashley Madison’s website; hence causing a lot of damages not only to the website but also to 32 million users whose information was leaked.
Dell computers were vulnerable to Hacking:
The security researchers have discovered a huge security flaw in Dell’s software that enabled hackers to change or manipulate exchange of information between two parties without their knowledge. As a result, hackers could only show fabricated versions of websites where real users unknowingly put their vital information which was later exploited by hackers. Since then Dell has also shared knowledge about various ways their users can check if they are affected by any external parties that may harm them.
These are the ultimate cyber hacks of 2015 that have revolutionized the concept of hacking while making people also aware of the extent to which they can get affected.