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News site’s security breach walk-through

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Online tech newshound Wired.com spends much of its time reporting on other people’s hacks. In a reversal of roles, it recently received a tip-off that its own security might be compromised. Eager to practice what it preaches, Wired immediately put a fix in place, cleared the data from the affected… Read more »

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Three Mobile hack larger than thought

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Three Mobile, Britain’s fourth largest mobile telecoms provider, has now revealed that nearly a quarter of a million of its customers were affected by its data breach in November 2016 – over 76,000 more than they first reported. The scam’s apparent master plan was to hijack a Three Mobile system… Read more »

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Sports Direct employees get a cyber kicking

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As if being paid below the minimum wage and working in Dickensian conditions isn’t enough, a hushed-up cyber attack on Sports Direct in September last year has resulted in employees’ sensitive personal data being filched. The data breach includes names, addresses, email and telephone numbers. You know, just the basics… Read more »

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Gamers suffer data breach

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If you have have teenage children – or heck, if you like a bit of gaming yourself – you may want to take note. It has been reported that, back in September 2015, an unidentified hacker exposed the account passwords, email and IP addresses of over 2.5m Xbox 360 and… Read more »

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Google suffers record hack

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Security firm Check Point has found that more than a million Android users have been put at risk by malware that allows hackers to root their devices remotely – and the number is rising at a rate of 13,000 each day. The Gooligan malware has been affecting Google’s Android devices… Read more »

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Users relaxed about being hacked

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New research from the RAND Corporation suggests that consumers whose security data has been compromised by hackers generally stick with the same service provider, with only half of them even bothering to change their passwords. As long as the company keeps them informed and seems to be taking remedial action,… Read more »

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Intelligence agency stumped – or was it?

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Was the FBI being a bit disingenuous in its dispute with Apple over the San Bernardino shootings? A Cambridge University security researcher suggests that they could have used equipment costing less than $100 to bypass the PIN code security measures on the terrorist’s iPhone 5c. It seems improbable that its… Read more »

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Rethinking two-factor authentication

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When it comes to account security it seems that the long-touted 2-factor authentication via SMS code is no longer up to the job. Two-factor authentication, in the form of a password and a temporary code sent to phones by SMS text message, is no longer viewed as adequately secure, following… Read more »

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ICloud hack sees nude celebrity photos leaked

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More than twenty celebrities, including the US actress Jennifer Lawrence and reality TV star Kim Kardashian, have had intimate images of themselves leaked over the Internet. It is understood some of the images were obtained from services such as Apple iCloud that back up content from devices on to the internet…. Read more »

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Russia gang hacks 1.2 billion usernames and passwords

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A Russian group has hacked 1.2 billion usernames and passwords belonging to more than 500 million email addresses, according to Hold Security – a US firm specializing in discovering breaches. Hold Security described the hack as the “largest data breach known to date”. It claimed the stolen information came from… Read more »

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