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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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US Government likely to increase surveillance activity

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Government surveillance looks set to increase in the US as legislation permitting the sharing of data on cyber security threats between the government and the private sector is certain to win the approval of the US Senate. Some political commentators maintain the wording is unlikely to be accepted in its… Read more »

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CIA director allegedly hacked by high schooler

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The FBI is currently investigating claims that a high school student managed to hack into the private email account of the director of the CIA, John Brennan. Reputedly, the teenager was able to access sensitive documentation which Mr Brennan had forwarded to his private account, a move which in itself… Read more »

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Chinese allegedly hack US firms following cyber truce

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Despite an agreement between the US and the Chinese governments to respect each others’ cyber security, it has been reported that several US companies have fallen victim to Chinese attacks in recent weeks following that official statement made on September 25th. Whilst one might suggest that these are rogue attempts… Read more »

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Sony agrees to pay $8m for 2014 breach

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Media giant Sony has agreed to pay millions of dollars in compensation to their employees whose personal data was taken during a hack attack in 2014. The breach took place just before Sony’s release of the controversial film “The Interview” parodying the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and his fictional… Read more »

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Security gap reveals Uber driver info

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Taxi service Uber has revealed that the personal data of some of its drivers has been compromised, a leak which was actually discovered by one of the drivers rather than a concerted attack by hackers. The driver was in the process of uploading documents and was able to see sensitive… Read more »

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Cyber security concerns over new “Hello Barbie” doll

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A toy fair in New York has unveiled a Barbie doll which can chat and interact with people using an internet connection and speech recognition software. But the challenge for Mattel, the makers of this iconic product, is how they can prevent “Hello Barbie” from invasion by hackers, bearing in… Read more »

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Healthcare sector over three times more likely to be targeted by hackers

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A recent study has found that the healthcare industry is 340% more likely to be targeted by hackers than other sectors. The reason for this seems simply to be both the range and sensitivity of the information that may be kept about individuals in a healthcare context; information on health… Read more »

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Experian data breach affects 15 million T-Mobile customers

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Credit checking company Experian has revealed that its North American operation has been the target of a data attack. This attack centers around people who have applied for finance from the mobile phone operator, T-Mobile; names, addresses, dates of birth and driver license numbers belonging to fifteen million people are… Read more »

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