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WikiLeaks exposes hacks by spies

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The latest revelations from WikiLeaks suggest that the CIA has been using its hacking tools to compromise hard and software products made by tech majors such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and Samsung. The report also claims the spy agency has developed an automated multi-platform malware attack and control system for… Read more »

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What you can learn from US election hacks

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The recent well-publicised hacking incursions into sensitive US election material have highlighted the need for more thorough cyber security protocols across the board. Wired magazine has come up with its own easy-to-do recommendations on ways in which everyone can tighten up their online security – including adopting better passwords, two-tier… Read more »

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State sanctioned hacking?

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The US Supreme Court has announced a procedural change which will allow magistrates to issue search warrants to access and investigate computers which are outside their immediate jurisdiction. The reasoning behind this is to enable the judiciary to pursue those who perpetrate crime across different states, exploiting legal border restrictions…. Read more »

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Ransomware affecting hospital

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Attacks using ransomware is a growing trend amongst cyber criminals, and as such an increasing cyber security risk. In its simplest form, it is the practice of disabling a network or preventing access to it and demanding money in exchange for restored access. This can be devastating for commercial organisations… Read more »

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Obama’s Cybersecurity plan receives lukewarm response

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President Obama’s new Cybersecurity National Action Plan, or CNAP, has received a lukewarm response from industry commentators. The criticism focuses on the relatively basic information included within the plan, as well as the common sense proposals made, which many argue should already be in place. Overall, the plan is said… Read more »

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Personal data leaked from Department of Homeland Security

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An unidentified individual hacker has leaked a quantity of data relating to employees of the US government all located within the Department of Homeland Security, with a stark warning that the FBI is the next target on the list. The data was first sent to Motherboard, the well known technology… Read more »

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2013 attack on New York dam was the work of Iranian hackers says report

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A recent report has revealed that Iranian hackers were behind the 2013 attack on a dam near New York. The BBC reports that although it did no damage, it revealed a lot about how the flood control system worked and other significant information. Bowman Avenue dam in Rye, New York,… Read more »

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Family allows website visitors to remotely control Christmas lights

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A family in Alaska have put their festively decorated home online where visitors are able to remotely control the Christmas lights on the exterior of the house, creating their own light show spectacular. One of the residents of this property in Fairbanks, Alaska, is an IT expert and set up… Read more »

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Charges brought in massive US financial hacking

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US prosecutors have brought charges against three men following a sustained hack attack, probably the largest in US history, over a three year period spanning 2012 to 2015. One of the alleged culprits is American Joshua Aaron and the remaining two are Israeli, Gery Shalon and Ziv Orenstein. A fourth… Read more »

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200,000 Comcast passwords reset after breach

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Comcast, an American company that provides internet and cable services, has revealed that nearly 600,000 customer email addresses and passwords associated with Comcast accounts were posted on the dark web. A Twitter user discovered the breach and notified IT security magazine CSO, but it seems that, when informed, Comcast were… Read more »

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