Most talked cyber attacks in history

Digital fighting is by all accounts commanding features starting late. Be it a secret gathering hacking PCs ‘for no particular reason’ or claimed government offices endeavoring to take characterized data, the Internet scene has been changed into a parallel front line,cyber attacks have been a threat since years.

Who needs a weapon when you have a console?

With a significant number of us far-fetched to participate on the activity, ARN has collected a rundown the most famous cyber attacks ever.

1. The 15-year-old “Mafiaboy”

Year- 2000

The cyberspace was in havoc by the mischief of a then 15-year-old boy, named Michael Calce, who is famous with the name of MAFIA BOY. Back in the year 2000 when he was a school going kid, he decided to unchain a DDoS Attack on a number of eminent websites of commercial nature like Amazon, CNN, eBay, Dell, E-Trade, and Yahoo. In those years Yahoo was a ‘big hit’ search engine of the world. With this news also the New York Stock Exchange freaked out as they invested a lot these e-commerce websites. According to an expert in this industry, this cyber attacksresulted in a loss of approximately US1.2Billion dollars.

He was still a juvenile and so he was later pulled in. Calce was sentenced to 8 months of open custody in the year 2001, which meant that his actions would be circumscribed and that his access to the online world was also narrowed.

2. The Morris Worm

Year 1988

On November 2, 1988, there was a noteworthy change in how PC experts also, the general population saw the security of the Internet. The occasion was known as the Morris Worm Incident or the Internet Worm. The worm is named after its maker and releaser, Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. At the time he was a graduate understudy in software engineering at Cornell University. Robert, at that point a graduate understudy at Cornell, wasn’t attempting to “attack” different PCs when he released the primary extraordinary frequency of malware, referred to from that point as the Morris Worm, on the Internet, which changed everything.

The worm had no ‘payload,’ as we would state today. Its point was basically to spread. A contemporaneously-composed specialized depiction of the worm clarifies that Morris went to some inconvenience to get his program running on other individuals’ systems, that it endeavored to do as such with stealth and that it utilized the then-novel system of a stack buffer overflow to make them run.

Things went pear-formed when the worm experienced a basic blunder and transformed into a virus which recreated quickly and started contaminating different PCs bringing about forswearing of administration. The harm? 6000 PCs were purportedly influenced causing an expected $10-$100 million dollars in repair bills. While this occasion could be stuck just like a sad mishap, it no uncertainty had an impact in rousing the catastrophic distributed denial of service (DDoS) kind of attacks we see today.

3. China cyber attacks on Google

Year 2009

The attack on Google included endeavors to get to the Gmail records of Chinese human rights activists, however just two records were gotten to and the substance of messages was not uncovered – just record data like the date the record was made, Google said.

Independently, Google found that records of many Gmail clients in the U.S., China, and Europe who are human rights advocates seem to host been routinely gotten to by the third party, not through a security break at Google, but rather in all likelihood because of phishing tricks or malware set on the clients’ PCs, the organization said.

In a different blog entry, Google said it trusted that Google Apps and related client information were not influenced by the cyber attacks. “The course the attackers utilized was noxious programming used to contaminate PCs,” the post said.

Specialists who have explored these cyber attacks said they were followed to China a few ways and that they share qualities with past attacks connected to the Chinese government. The attacks utilized command-and-control servers situated in Taiwan that are usually utilized by or for the sake of the Chinese government, as indicated by i-Defence

Google entered the Chinese market with in 2006 and surrendered to China’s strict Internet censorship administration. The digital attacks in December 2009 brought about the organization’s re-assessment of its business in the nation. In March 2010, Google migrated its servers for to Hong Kong so as to get away from China’s content filtering policy.

4. Blocking of phone lines to win a Porsche

Year 1995

Kevin Poulsen is well known for his work in hacking into the Los Angeles telephone framework in an offer to win a Ferrari on a radio competition.

LA radio station KIIS FM was putting forth a Porsche 944 S2 to the 102nd guest. Poulsen ensured his prosperity as he exploited the telephone network and adequately blocked approaching calls to the radio station’s telephone number which denied services to the other users calling (DDoS). He won the Porsche yet the law made up for lost time to him and he was condemned to five years in jail. Poulsen later turned into the senior editorial manager for IT security distribution, Wired News.

6. Virus- Melissa

Year 1999

It was an exceptionally straightforward virus which wound up costing $80 million in harms. The Melissa virus would taint Microsoft Word records and naturally scatters itself as a connection through email. It would mail out to the initial 50 names recorded in a tainted PC’s Outlook email address box. The maker of Melissa, David Smith, said he didn’t expect for the virus to hurt PCs yet was still captured and condemned to 20 months in jail. Unexpectedly, against virus programming deals went gangbusters that year.


When opening a document infected with the ‘Melissa.A’, the virus creates an e-mail with the following features:

  • Subject: Important Message From “sender name”
  • Text: Here is that document you asked for … do not show anyone else
  • Attachments: a file with a DOC.

The recipients of this message were the first 50 addresses ‘Melissa.A’ found in the address book in Outlook.

‘Melissa.A’ utilized social engineering strategies, since it accompanied the message “Here is the report you approached me for… don’t indicate it to anybody”. In only a couple of days, it featured in a standout amongst the essential instances of huge contamination ever, making harm of in excess of 80 million dollars to the American organizations. Organizations like Microsoft, Intel, and Lucent Technologies needed to hinder their Internet associations because of its activity.