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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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Sophisticated hacking operation steals millions through insider trading

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US authorities have disclosed that an international hacking group has been able to obtain sensitive financial information which was then used for insider trading, netting the hackers millions of dollars in illegal profits. Nine people have already been charged in connection with the theft. The activity was not confined solely… Read more »

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Sophisticated hacking group detected, but identity still unknown

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Information has come to light about a highly sophisticated group of hackers who seem to have been operating for many years in the shadows. This group is nameless and has been christened by different organisations variously as “Morpho” and “Wild Neutron”. Attacks against high profile organisations across many countries over… Read more »

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Surveillance firm loses powerful code to hackers

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Data leaked from the Italian surveillance firm Hacking Team has been snatched by cyber criminals and put to work in several exploit kits. The leak from the company, which it internally declared “the most beautiful Flash bug for the last four years”, contained key surveillance software code which hackers have… Read more »

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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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Sony assures users information is safe after hack attack

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Hackers hit the Sony Corporation’s huge PlayStation network. This comes in the same week a bomb threat was made to a flight carrying a top Sony executive in US. Sony issued a statement on their PlayStation blog explaining that the network was taken down by a denial of service attack,… 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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World’s biggest cybercrime gang steals millions with botnet

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Evgeniy Bogachev, said to be known as “lucky12345” and “slavik”, is accused of being involved in attacks on more than a million computers and is now wanted by the FBI. The charges came as authorities seized control of a botnet used to steal personal and financial data. Millions of users have… Read more »

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Oil company hacked via online lunch menu

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Unable to breach the computer network at a big oil company, hackers infected the online menu of a Chinese restaurant that was popular with employees. When the workers browsed the menu, they inadvertently downloaded code that gave the attackers a foothold in the business’s vast computer network. So are hackers… Read more »

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Smartphones prime target for hackers

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Cybersecurity analysts say nefarious forces are increasingly turning their attention to the most personal computer you own, the one you carry everywhere and trust with some of your most sensitive secrets – your smartphone. “Over the last two years or so, we have seen a huge influx” in the number… Read more »

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