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Health record hackers encrypt and hold data for ransom

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We usually think of hack attacks for financial gains taking the form of copying credit card and other financial information from companies’ servers and selling it on the black market. But new tactics are coming about – tactics which cyber criminals are using with increasing frequency. Hackers are now beginning… Read more »

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GoDaddy suffers possible hack attack

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GoDaddy, the world’s largest internet domain name registrar and web host, saw thousands of its websites go down on Monday most likely due to a hack attack. GoDaddy was quick to get the sites back online and have assured customers that no customer data was compromised. The BBC reports that… Read more »

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Two New York utilities companies suffer large privacy breach

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Two utility companies in New York have suffered a privacy breach after an employee at an independent software development consulting firm they were both under contract with allowed unauthorised access to the companies’ customer information databases. New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas and Electric, subsidiaries of Iberdrola… Read more »

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Fan site operator agrees to pay £1m civil penalty

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Artist Arena will pay a £1m civil penalty to settle charges that it illegally gathered the personal information of children on four fan sites it operates – those for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, and Demi Lovato. The Federal Trade Commission claims that the company collected information like the names,… Read more »

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Cambridge University hacked by Assange supporters

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What seems to be the usernames and passwords of 17 academics at one of Britain’s most prestigious universities have been posted online by NullCrew, a group linked with the large hacking network Anonymous. NullCrew said that it hacked the system in support of Julian Assange. NullCrew claims that if the… Read more »

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Private data on 50k applicants exposed in Wall Street IT recruiting firm hack

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According to a member of hacking group TeamGhostShell, recruiting firm ITWallStreet.com has recently had private data belonging to tens of thousands of its users published online. The company supplies Wall Street businesses with IT professionals to work in development, infrastructure and database and process management. The data was allegedly stolen… Read more »

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Iran nuclear plants unamused by AC/DC-playing virus

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For heavy metal fans, a computer virus playing AC/DC on full volume in the middle of the night might be music to the ears. But for those working at Iran’s nuclear power plants, the hard rock tunage has left them less than impressed. A virus whose primary function was to… Read more »

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Reuters Twitter account hacked by pro-Syrian government group

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Reuters has seen one of its Twitter accounts compromised just 48 hours after it discovered that Syrian cybercriminals had allegedly hacked its blogging platform. The culprits, presumably the same group in both instances, are President Bashar al-Assad loyalists and have been using Reuters’ credibility to get anti-rebel messages out. According… Read more »

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2.4m voter records go missing from Ontario elections warehouse

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It’s hard to believe that a USB stick the size of a thumb can hold as much information as a computer the size of a car could thirty years ago. However, whilst convenient, that little USB is also a lot easier to lose, making it far more likely that private… Read more »

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LinkedIn loses 6.5m users’ passwords to hackers

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Last week, LinkedIn became the latest social media company to endure a major security breach after more than six million of its users’ passwords were stolen and posted by hackers on a Russian web forum, inviting other hackers to help decrypt them. All of the 6.5 million leaked passwords were… Read more »

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