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Anonymous and Operation Icarus

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Earlier this month, infamous hacking collective Anonymous published a video threatening a sustained 30-day onslaught on global financial institutions, naming the operation Icarus. As always, YouTube served as the platform for the announcement, which singled out the likes of MasterCard, PayPal, Visa and NASDAQ as targets of the imminent attack…. Read more »

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Beautifulpeople.com got hacked

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Personal details from over one million users of the website beautifulpeople.com have turned up on the black market after a successful assault by hackers on one of their servers. Beautifulpeople.com is a dating site where members vote on would-be new members based on their looks. The site’s breach was discovered… Read more »

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Even Switzerland isn’t safe

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*gasp* Posterchild of everything, including reliable railway systems and state regulation, Switzerland, has become the latest victim of a cyber attack. Hackers have recently targeted the websites of the Swiss Federal Railways and the Swiss People’s Party. Apparently, over fifty thousand email addresses were stolen from the latter. Private organisations… Read more »

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Utilities aren’t safe from hacks

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Public services as a potential target for hackers has always been a cause for concern, and the possibility of a cyber attack disrupting water or electricity provision has been becoming increasingly likely with more integrated automated systems being used to control these processes. Now, a group of hackers has shown that this… Read more »

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The hack attack on Ukraine’s national power grid continues

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In December, the computers at a power station in western Ukraine took on a life of their own. Operators watched in complete bemusement as cursors began to operate seemingly of their own free will and took offline a substation – meaning thousands of people were left without heat or light…. Read more »

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Macs vulnerable to new malware

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Apple Macs may be at risk from a malware which has originated from a company called HackingTeam who, amongst other products, produce surveillance software for governments. Ironically, HackingTeam was itself the subject of an attack in July last year where a large quantity of sensitive data was revealed, including the… 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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Cyber attack on IRS system

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The US government’s tax collection office, the Inland Revenue Service, has uncovered a cyber attack which affected thousands of US citizens. Hackers were able to manipulate computer systems to file several thousand applications for tax return pin codes. The Agency stated that the criminals had apparently used individual social security… Read more »

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Large-scale DDoS attacks hit Saudi government sites

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Government websites in Saudi Arabia have fallen victim to a distributed denial of service attack, responsibility for which has been claimed by the hacker group Anonymous through Twitter. Different government departments in the country have been targeted allegedly because of the recent execution of a leading Shia cleric, Sheikh al-Nimr…. Read more »

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Website building service Moonfruit taken down by DDoS attack

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Moonfruit, a website that helps users design and build their own websites, has been the victim of an attack on its main servers by a group called the Armada Collective. The Armada Collective overloaded Moonfruit’s servers with illegal traffic on December 10th, effectively creating a distributed denial of service (DDoS)… Read more »

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