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Millions of usernames and numbers stolen from Snapchat

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January 1st 2014 saw an unidentified hacker unveiled a database of 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and numbers. The database has since been taken down and users have been reassured that there aren’t many malicious threats posed by someone accessing your Snapchat details. However, this case does highlight the vulnerability of… Read more »

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University of Pennsylvania Health System compromises patient privacy

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The University of Pennsylvania Health System revealed Monday that some patients’ privacy was accidentally breached because of misprinted bills – the mistake was made on behalf their billing vendor, Revspring of Wixom. The company had a malfunction in its printing operation. As a result, some patients received bills containing both… Read more »

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BBC hacked during the Christmas period

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A Russian hacker took over the BBC server and tried to sell the server and its contents to other hackers during the festive season. The BBC’s security team believes it managed to secure the site on Saturday 28 December. It had been broken into via a server usually used for… Read more »

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USB sticks used to rob from cash machines

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Researchers have revealed how cyber criminals cut holes into cash machines in order to plug in USB drives that installed their code onto the ATMs. Details of the attacks on an unnamed European bank’s cash dispensers were presented at the hacker-themed Chaos Computing Congress in Hamburg, Germany. The thefts came to… Read more »

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Loss of mobile phones increasing data loss risk

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More than 15,000 mobile phones were lost on the London Underground in 2013, according to data released, says a v3 report. Raj Samani, security expert at McAfee, said the figures underlined the importance of ensuring adequate device security, because mobiles, tablets and laptops can go missing very easily, as the… Read more »

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Xbox One users warned about Internet prank message

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Xbox One owners are being warned about an Internet prank message that could wreck their console. BBC News reports that the message, which originated on the 4Chan website – a site known for playing pranks on tech users – falsely claims to enable the new console to play games made… Read more »

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Met’s cybercrime team arrest four people in London in connection with £1m bank theft

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The Metropolitan police cybercrime unit have arrested four people in the London area in connection with a £1m bank loss. Two houses were raided uncovering £80k in cash and a live hand grenade. Detectives from the force’s new cybercrime unit (MPCCU) which was launched in October, carried out the operation after… Read more »

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US state to tighten laws against cyber harassment

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Cyber harassment could soon be considered a crime in the state of New Jersey. The crackdown on cybercrime could land offenders in jail for up to 18 months or issue them with a hefty fine of up to $10k. State senator, Donald Norcross wants to cover the ‘cyber loophole’ under current law… Read more »

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Bitcoin value halved thanks to China’s restriction on exchanges

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After hitting an all-time high in November 2013, digital currency bitcoin has fallen to less than half the value it was recently trading for. This drop in value comes after reports that China has attempted to restrict trade in the virtual currency. BTC China has said that local payment companies… Read more »

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Swedish man fined £400,000 for sharing film online

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An unnamed Swedish man has been handed a 4.3m Swedish Krona fine – equivalent to £400k – for uploading one film to a toerrent sharing website. He has also been given a suspended jail setence and 160 hours of community service. He is thought to have uploaded up to 500… Read more »

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