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Man arrested for attempted cyber jailbreak

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A man from Michigan has hacked into the computer system of his local prison to alter the records of a friend in order to secure his early release. After his early spear-phishing attempts failed to fool staff into giving him access to court records, he succeeded in persuading a handful… Read more »

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WikiLeaks suffers DNS hijack

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In a classic case of the biter bit, the WikiLeaks website has fallen victim to a Domain Name System (DNS) hijacking – a technique that effectively allows hackers to raid the Internet phonebook. They can then use malicious software to seize control of a website by annexing its human or… Read more »

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Intel forced to reveal ME kill switch

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For many years users have been complaining about Intel’s Management Engine feature, claiming that it was insecure and demanding that it should be permanently disabled. While it is a crucial component of Intel hardware, handling data streams between processor and external devices, the concern has always been that an attacker… Read more »

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Exploit broker ups its payout rates for tip offs

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Zerodium is an American information security company that buys premium zero-day vulnerabilities from security researchers and then reports the research, along with protective measures and security recommendations, to its corporate and government clients. As part of its newly-published menu of rewards, Zerodium has recently announced that it will be paying… Read more »

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Restaurants face backdoor cyber threat

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A formidable new Trojan is threatening to eat up the hospitality sector. It’s the brainchild of infamous hackers Carbanak (aka FIN7), who have previously cut lucrative swathes through the financial community. Using Bateleur, a sophisticated new JScript backdoor Trojan, the hacking team is launching phishing attacks on restaurants to harvest… Read more »

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Ransomware made easy

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To coincide with Def Con and Black Hat, cybersecurity’s two biggest events, the BBC has been scrutinising the world of internet crime – in particular how easy it is to become a cyber criminal. The dramatic growth in ransomware is attributed to the ready availability, from a run-of-the-mill search engine,… Read more »

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Gordon Ramsay was hacked… by his father-in-law

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Mothers-in-law often receive the bulk of bad press but in the case of irascible celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, it’s his father-in-law who is the villain of the piece. As the conclusion of a rather public family feud, Chris Hutcheson has been given a six month jail sentence for hacking into… Read more »

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Stealing cars like candy from a baby

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Hotwiring cars could soon become just a quaint feature of period crime thrillers, as researchers have devised ways of hacking into a vehicle owner’s smartphone car key app. Because Hyundai’s Blue Link app (which is available on iOS and Android) was storing key user data in clear-text format, hackers could… Read more »

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Leaked CIA hacking tools used around the world

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Cyber security firm Symantec has used the latest Vault 7 revelations from WikiLeaks, which reveal some of the CIA’s tools and modus operandi, to deduce that forty hacks in sixteen different countries are attributable to the US intelligence agency. Symantec believes that a group they refer to as Longhorn is… Read more »

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The siren call of infrastructure hacking

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Alarm bells are ringing in Dallas over a recent hack – literally. Infrastructure hacks are becoming more common in the US and can take many forms, but in this case hackers, whose identity and motivation remains unknown, set off all 156 Dallas emergency sirens late one recent night – a… Read more »

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