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Websites hit by supposed Islamic State hack attacks

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Someone claiming to be affiliated with Islamic State has hacked into several American and European websites. The Huffington Post reports that the attacker changed the homepages of the various websites to show the words “Hacked by ISIS, we are everywhere” along with a black ISIS flag. Although the investigation is… Read more »

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Femsplain blog attacked on International Women’s Day

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Femsplain, a community-style blog which encourages female contributors to write about their experiences, was hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on International Women’s Day. It’s not yet clear who was behind the attack on March 8th. DDoS attacks involve using many computers to flood a website or… Read more »

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Hotel chain loses credit card data to hackers

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Luxury hotel chain Mandarin Oriental has recently confirmed that 45 of its hotels in Europe and the US have been hit by point-of-sale malware. This has resulted in the loss of credit card data, the extent of which is not yet confirmed. A spokesperson for the chain explained, “While the… Read more »

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Non profits hit by Washington think tank’s security breach

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The Urban Institute, a prominent think tank in Washington D.C., has recently announced that its National Center for Charitable Statistics had been hacked, compromising the email addresses, passwords, IP address and other account data belonging to hundred of thousands of charitable organisations. The Huffington Post reports that the activity was… Read more »

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Up to 18.8m non-customers of hacked insurer could be affected by breach

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Earlier this month, health insurance company Anthem, the second-largest in the US, announced that its systems had been hit by a massive data breach affecting nearly 80m individuals. Not all were Anthem customers, however. Upon further investigation, the company recently found that between 8.8m and 18.8m members of other plans… Read more »

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Hack attack causes ‘massive damage’ at steel works

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A cyber attack on a steel mill’s plant network led to massive damage to one of the blast furnaces. Details emerged in the annual report of the German Federal Office for Information Security. Hackers used booby-trapped emails in order to steal logins that gave them access to the mill’s control… Read more »

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North Korea comes closer to denial of Sony Pictures hack

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Following a North Korean spokesman’s “wait and see” reply to recent allegations that the country was involved in November’s hack attack on Sony Entertainment, the country has now denied involvement. Nonetheless, they have called it a “righteous deed” due to hard feelings against the company. In June this year, North… Read more »

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Sony’s hacking saga continues

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A series of recent hack attacks on Sony continues, this time shutting down the company’s online PlayStation store. Upon visiting the site, users are greeted with the message: “Page Not Found! It’s not you. It’s the internet’s fault.” While the culprits of the recent attack on Sony Entertainment and the… Read more »

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Microsoft Word under hack attack from bogus .rtf files

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On Monday [24/03] Microsoft Corp.issued an emergency security warning saying that hackers have found a way to hack certain common Word files with the .rtf extension. Microsoft says it’s aware of attacks going on now, but there’s no fix yet to stop the hackers. The only way to be sure your… Read more »

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