Warning: PayPal And Symantec Possibly Attacked In Anonymous November 5 Attack Spree [Updates]

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Guy Fawkes day is on the fifth of November, and in honor of that, Anonymous has allegedly been busy launching some attacks. It looks like PayPal and Symantec have been victims of the attacks, although neither company has confirmed that these attacks have happened. In fact, PayPal has denied that anything has been compromised, but Anonymous has posted, and since removed, a document listing information from 27,935 accounts.

At this point, the whole situation is murky at best. Account information may have been compromised, or it may not have. Either way, it would be in your best interest to change your passwords and account information for any PayPal and Symantec accounts, just to be on the safe side. The last thing you want is to have your private information stolen, especially when it only takes a few seconds to make the changes required to protect yourself.

Besides the possible hacks of PayPal and Symantec accounts, it appears that Saturday Night Live and Australian government websites were defaced in alleged attacks.

It’s been a busy day for the group, and this means we all need to be careful with our private information, especially on a site like PayPal, which is directly linked to finances. Many people receive large sums of money through PayPal, so having that information stolen could be devastating. We recommend keeping an eye on your accounts and changing your password.

Hopefully, the companies involved will soon issue a statement regarding the alleged attacks, and what they plan to do about it, if they did indeed occur at all.

Source: ZDNet

Image Credit: Guy Fawkes Mask via Shutterstock

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Comments (35)
  • Just

    Well Paypall deserved it. Time to move on to other payment method. Good thing that other sites going to adapt different payment than Paypal.
    I’ve read other articles that users lost their money by Paypal and all the posts I’ve read seems they’re very angry about it. Well at the moment, this has not happend to me, but if it does I feel the same way as they.
    So…
    Skrill or Moneybookers seems legit as an alternative perhaps.

  • Robert Backlund

    There is a log in feature of Pay Pal that everyone should be using. After the initial user name and password that most sites require you can sign up to have a random pin texed to your cell phone that is only valid for 5 minutes to complete the final step in logging in to your account. I have been using this feature for the past year or so and it only adds a couple of minutes to the log in time. I have gotten to where I only shop online vendors that accept paypal as a payment method because of this log in feature. Someone may get your user name and password either by getting a keystroke logger installed on your system or by hacking a web server somewhere but they will not have access to your cell phone that you need to complete the log in to PayPal. I only wish that every vendor and especially banking and credit card sites offered this form of log in.

  • Shmuel Mendelsohn

    Who would have thunk it?

  • Debra Beshears

    Thanks for letting us know. I will be sharing this via social networking!

  • druv vb

    Thanks for the info Dave LeClair.
    Although its not clear why Anonymous attacked PayPal and Symantec, it clear that the hacking group is moving to harms way. I doubt Anonymous will ever reveal all that information for public misuse. But this action will surely make people fear and hate the Anonymous group. Its not that they are good or bad. Maybe the group wanted to test the security of those sites to make it more secure. Maybe just for fun. Or maybe it really happened. Everything is possible in the virtual world.

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