Value of Bitcoin drops due to technical issues

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Bitcoin’s value has dropped sharply after one of the largest trading exchanges said there was a flaw in the virtual currency’s underlying software. MtGox said it had halted transfers to external Bitcoin addresses on Friday after detecting “unusual activity”. It said an investigation had revealed it was possible for thieves to… Read more »

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Medical devices manufacturer’s network hacked

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Hackers have penetrated the computer networks of a top US medical device makers. The attacks struck manufacturer, Medtronic, the world’s largest medical device maker, Boston Scientific and St. Jude Medical sometime during the first half of 2013 and it is thought that the hack might have lasted as long as… Read more »

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Pupils hack teachers’ computers to alter grades

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Corona Del Mar High School, in Newport Beach is at the centre of a hacking scandal after eleven students have been expelled for allegedly hacking teachers’ computers and changing their grades. Newport Beach police believe a private tutor 28-year-old Timothy Lai assisted the students in compromising school computers and manipulating grades…. Read more »

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Orange hacked: 800,000 customer details stolen

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Hackers have managed to breach the security of Orange and have reportedly stolen details of 800,000 users of the telecoms company’s website. Orange’s website was targeted on January 16 and details of 3 percent of customers stolen including customers’ names, email addresses, mailing address, land line and mobile phone numbers…. Read more »

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Hotel franchise sparks investigation into spate of fraud

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White Lodging, a company that maintains hotel franchises under nationwide brands including Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin appears to have suffered a data breach that exposed credit and debit card information of thousands of guests throughout much of 2013. White Lodging is now investigating a potential security breach involoving customers’ payment information. Security blogger, Brian Krebs… Read more »

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NHS website exposes users to malware

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More than 800 pages on the NHS offcial website experienced a coding error which redirected users to harmful websites. In a statement, the NHS said its site had not been maliciously attacked and that it had fixed the problem. The NHS explained in their statement, “an internal coding error has… Read more »

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SpyEye bank hacking ‘mastermind’ pleads guilty

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A Russian programmer accused of creating one of the most widely used bank account hacking tool kits has pleaded guilty to a related charge in the US. It is alleged that Aleksandr Panin developed SpyEye, Trojan malware that uses a variety of techniques to siphon off victims’ savings. Panin has pleaded guilty… Read more »

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Patients notified after paper records stolen from US hospital

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A Hospital and Medical centre in Hartford, Connecticut, has notified 858 patients of a data breach after their paper records were stolen from the car of a member of staff. The theft took place on December 27th 2013. In a statement, the hospital identified the physician as Bindu Vanapalli, M.D.,… Read more »

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US and Brit spies gain access to personal data from Angry Birds app

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US and British spy agencies routinely try to gain access to personal data from Angry Birds and other mobile applications, a report says. The popular mobile app has been downloaded 1.7 millions times. A National Security Agency (NSA) document shows location, websites visited and contacts are among the data targeted… Read more »

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US Craft Store Michaels latest large retailer to be hacked

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Another major US retailer may have been the victim of a data breach aimed at customers’ debit and credit cards. After major US retailer Target found themselves under fire for compromising 40m payment cards in December, as well as the subsequent revelation in mid-January that the personal information of 70m customers… Read more »

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