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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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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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Hackers capitalising on future launch of Facebook’s “dislike” button

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Following the recent announcement by social media giant Facebook that it is planning on offering a “dislike” button, hackers and internet fraudsters have been quick to jump on the bandwagon. Facebook has not yet made this setting live, but cyber criminals are hard at work and already offering malware-laced versions… Read more »

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Hola accused of selling bandwidth to hackers

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The virtual private network service “Hola” has been accused of selling its users’ internet bandwidth to cyber criminals. This bandwidth is then used in botnets by the criminals to launch cyber attacks. Hola has millions of users, making the network rich pickings for cyber terrorists. The founder of the anonymous… Read more »

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Cyber extortion going nowhere but up

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Obtaining money by threatening to reveal information is a not a new phenomenon. Take, for example, the extortion demand issued against the Duke of Wellington in 1824 which gave rise to the famous phrase “publish and be damned”. Today, extortion is alive and well in the cyber world whether by… Read more »

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Target to pay out $10m following 2013 breach

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Following the large data breach it suffered in 2013, American department store Target has agreed to pay out $10m in damages to consumers. Pending court approval of the deal, each claimant will get up to $10,000. Part of the settlement also requires the company to improve its data security and… Read more »

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Fake executive emails cost companies millions

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The spoofing of business executive email accounts is a lucrative business for hackers and an increasingly common practice, reports Brian Krebs. He tells the story of “Judy” who came dangerously close to losing her company $315,000 in cash after receiving an email from her boss asking her to wire the… Read more »

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UK cybercrime raids result in 56 arrests

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Dozens of cyber criminals have been detained after the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) launched a “strike week” across the country. The raids were coordinated between the NCA, Metropolitan police, and regional organised crime squads. The arrests targeted a variety of cyber criminals, from hackers and fraudsters to virus-writers and… Read more »

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Healthcare industry new favourite of hackers

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It’s becoming increasingly clear that no industry is immune to cyber attacks, and lately, it seems that healthcare providers are the hackers’ new favourite. Attacks on these organisations have been ramping up in the last few months and a recent report on email trustworthiness found that emails appearing to come… Read more »

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Minister stresses need for cyber security in development of driverless vehicles

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Transport Minister Claire Perry has warned that “smart” motorways and driverless cars may attract hackers looking to cause harm and chaos on Britain’s roads. She told the Commons transport committee, “The more we move to technologically assisted forms of transport, whether it’s smart motorways or driver assisted vehicles, there is… Read more »

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