Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

Nokia Developer Site Hacked

E-mail addresses, user names, and other personally identifying information compromised in possible AntiSec breach.

10 Massive Security Breaches
(click image for larger view)
Slideshow: 10 Massive Security Breaches
Smartphone maker Nokia, which is on the verge of porting its entire U.S. product line to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform, suffered an embarrassing security breach over the weekend that exposed personal information belonging to members of its development community.

As of Monday morning, forums on developer.nokia.com were offline, replaced with a message from the company about the attack. Nokia said the hack was perpetrated through a SQL injection into a database linked to the website.

The company did not say how many members had their information compromised, but admitted that the number is higher than first thought. "Initially we believed that only a small number of these forum member records had been accessed, but further investigation has identified that the number is significantly larger," Nokia said on a message posted to the site.

Nokia said most members of its development community only had their e-mail addresses compromised because that's the only information they provided to the site. But those who provided further details, such as birth dates, IM user names, and homepage URLs, may also have had that information stolen as well. Nokia estimates that the latter category of users represents less than 7% of the total number of members affected.

Prior to Nokia's shutting down of the site, visitors to the developer forums were greeted with an image of Homer Simpson shouting, "D'oh!" Above Homer's head was a caption that read, "Owned by pr0tect0r AKA mrNRG."

Users were redirected to a mirror page that bore a message mocking Nokia for weak security. "LOL, world's number 1 mobile company but not spending a dime for server security! ... patch your security holes otherwise you will be just another antisec victim." Antisec is a hackers' movement that targets corporate and government computer systems.

The company said that, so far at least, it has not received any reports of fraud, identity theft, or other criminal misuse of the stolen information. "We are not aware of any misuses of the accessed data, but we are communicating with affected forum members, though we believe the only potential impact to them may be unsolicited e-mail." Nokia added that it "apologizes for this incident."

Nokia said it has taken its developer forums offline "as a precaution" and that it it's further investigating the breach. It did not state when access to the forums might be restored.

The incident comes at a crucial time for Nokia. The Finnish company remains the world's largest manufacturer of mobile phone handsets, but is quickly losing market share to Apple's iPhone and to companies that manufacture smartphones that use Google's Android OS. Nokia is hoping to significantly boost its share of the U.S. market through a partnership with Microsoft. Under the deal, Nokia will introduce a new line of Windows Phone 7-powered phones later this year or early in 2012.

High-profile security breaches, however, could hinder its ability to lure privacy-conscious consumers and business users to its offerings.

The vendors, contractors, and other outside parties with which you do business can create a serious security risk. Here's how to keep this threat in check. Also in the new, all-digital issue of Dark Reading: Why focusing solely on your own company's security ignores the bigger picture. Download it now. (Free registration required.)

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Why Vulnerable Code Is Shipped Knowingly
Chris Eng, Chief Research Officer, Veracode,  11/30/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win an Amazon Gift Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: I think the boss is bing watching '70s TV shows again!
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-6017
PUBLISHED: 2020-12-03
Valve's Game Networking Sockets prior to version v1.2.0 improperly handles long unreliable segments in function SNP_ReceiveUnreliableSegment() when configured to support plain-text messages, leading to a Heap-Based Buffer Overflow and resulting in a memory corruption and possibly even a remote code ...
CVE-2020-6021
PUBLISHED: 2020-12-03
Check Point Endpoint Security Client for Windows before version E84.20 allows write access to the directory from which the installation repair takes place. Since the MS Installer allows regular users to run the repair, an attacker can initiate the installation repair and place a specially crafted DL...
CVE-2020-6111
PUBLISHED: 2020-12-03
An exploitable denial-of-service vulnerability exists in the IPv4 functionality of Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1100 Programmable Logic Controller Systems Series B FRN 16.000, Series B FRN 15.002, Series B FRN 15.000, Series B FRN 14.000, Series B FRN 13.000, Series B FRN 12.000, Series B FRN 11.000 and...
CVE-2020-5680
PUBLISHED: 2020-12-03
Improper input validation vulnerability in EC-CUBE versions from 3.0.5 to 3.0.18 allows a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service (DoS) condition via unspecified vector.
CVE-2020-5638
PUBLISHED: 2020-12-03
Cross-site scripting vulnerability in desknet's NEO (desknet's NEO Small License V5.5 R1.5 and earlier, and desknet's NEO Enterprise License V5.5 R1.5 and earlier) allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary script via unspecified vectors.