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Reddit undermined by SMS vulnerability

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US online forum and news digest website Reddit has fallen victim to a hack, due to the inadequacy of its two-factor Short Message Service (SMS) security system. The hack took place in June and has compromised a relatively small number of accounts; exposing usernames, email addresses and passwords – some… Read more »

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Bank reluctant to compensate cyberfraud victims

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As the result of an email hacking scam targeting UK law firms, an Essex couple were tricked by fraudsters into transferring £120,000 into a bogus bank account – which they believed was their solicitor’s. Neither their bank, the police nor Action Fraud have so far shown much interest in helping… Read more »

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SamSam ransomware an increasing threat

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Since its inception in late 2015, the SamSam hacking group has racked up $6 million from its ransomware activities. A new report from Sophos estimates that the threat actor’s profits are currently running at about $300,000 per month, paid into a variety of Bitcoin accounts. Its headcount of victims currently… Read more »

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Hacked Alaskan civil servants revert to old technology

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A local government department in the state of Alaska has been crippled by a ransomware infestation. The attack encrypted 500 desktop computers and 120 servers; encrypting internal systems, emails and back-up data, and also the door entry and telecoms systems. While the borough’s antivirus software succeeded in spotting one part… Read more »

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US indicts twelve Russian spooks

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Despite President Trump’s assurances that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 presidential election, the US Justice Department has launched criminal proceedings against twelve Russian military intelligence officers – three days before the recent Trump/Putin summit in Helsinki. The Russian officers stand accused of hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s… Read more »

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Hackers 1 Adidas 0

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German sportswear giant Adidas has admitted to being the victim of a hack that has compromised the personal data of millions of customers who have made purchases via its US website. It doesn’t appear that any financial or fitness information has been taken, however; and hackers would need to unencrypt… Read more »

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Diner’s customers hit by offensive tweets

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Hackers recently hijacked the Twitter account of US diner and sports bar operator Buffalo Wild Wings and used it to post insulting tweets. The restaurant’s 700,000 followers were bombarded with racist and scatological tweets over a twenty-minute period before the company spotted the incursion and took them down. The chicken… Read more »

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Memory sticks chopped at IBM

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IBM’s security chief has placed a ban on staff using USB sticks and other memory devices, as she considers them to be a security risk. The fear is that they are vulnerable to hacking, malware, loss or misuse. While some external observers consider this to be a prudent safety measure,… Read more »

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Hackers penetrated Alaska’s election website

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It now appears that, along with Illinois and Arizona, the state of Alaska was also a victim of hackers during the 2016 presidential election. While the hacktivists succeeded in accessing Alaska’s main election website and claimed to have penetrated its online tabulation ballot, they failed to tamper with any content…. Read more »

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Hackers target US energy pipeline network

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Much has been made of the threat to the US critical infrastructure from a cyberattack – with particular emphasis on the energy sector. The recent hacking of Energy Transfer Partners, a leading supplier of pipelines for crude oil and natural gas, has therefore set alarm bells ringing. It appears that… Read more »

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