Just when you thought hacking attacks were over comes a new batch carried out by different groups. Paypal, Symantec, and ImageShack all fell victim to hacking attacks recently, as did a few other websites. The group known as HTP claimed responsibility for compromising MySQL databases, Web servers, routers, and management servers used by ImageShack and yfrog. ImageShack was tested to apparently see if the website had beefed up security since a 2009 attack, but according to HTP the site was "completely owned." HTP also takes responsibility for hacking into Symantec and taking names, email addresses, and hashed passwords of hundreds of users. The email addresses are believed to be @symantec.com domains.
Hackers associated with Anonymous claim to have broken into several NBC websites, some Australian ones, and a Lady Gaga fansite called Gaga Daily. That group also claims to have hacked and taken user information from Paypal, but the website it was posted on has since had it removed. However, a Paypal representative says the company is investigating but cannot find any validation for these claims. Likewise, a Symantec rep said that company is also investigating but has no information at this time. More attacks were promised to occur yesterday to coincide with Guy Fawkes Day. We'll keep you updated with any new information.