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Ashley Madison cheating website hacked

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The security of the well-known dating website Ashley Madison for married people has been breached with hackers stating they will reveal the details of thousands of customers who are registered with the site. The hacker or hackers call themselves The Impact Team and posted their intentions by way of an… 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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Canadian anti-terrorism law prompts hactivist action

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On June 17th, several Canadian government websites fell victim to hackers, with hacker group Anonymous claiming responsibility. The denial of service attack lasted for two hours, but Steven Blaney, Canadian Minister for Public Safety, has reported to the media that no personal data was taken during the attack. The perpetrators… Read more »

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Bundestag malware infection deep-rooted

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A reported malware infestation at the German national parliament, the Bundestag, is much more serious and invasive than first thought. It is suspected that the attack last month originated from Russian hackers who gained access via a sophisticated trojan; similarities between this malware and others emanating from Russia have led… Read more »

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Russian hackers thought to be culprit in TV5 Monde attack

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A recent cyber attack on the French television network TV5 Monde is thought to have been the work of Russian cyber hackers. The perpetrators also published messages on the TV station’s Facebook page. French media reports indicate that propaganda-type posts appeared on the television station’s website by individuals claiming to… Read more »

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US Army website hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

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A US Army website has reportedly been hacked by activists claiming to support the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Access to the official webpage of the US forces was temporarily denied and pop ups appeared exhorting the US Government to refrain from training Syrian rebel militia. Responsibility has been… Read more »

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Hola accused of selling bandwidth to hackers

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The virtual private network service “Hola” has been accused of selling its users’ internet bandwidth to cyber criminals. This bandwidth is then used in botnets by the criminals to launch cyber attacks. Hola has millions of users, making the network rich pickings for cyber terrorists. The founder of the anonymous… Read more »

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Islamic State cyber threat grows

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The group Islamic state is being supported in its mission to spread its message by security savvy hackers, reports the BBC. So far, media groups and news outlets have proved popular targets but these supporters of IS have also used their technical abilities to compromise sites as a way of… Read more »

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Vatican denies Turkish hacking claims

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The Vatican has officially denied claims of interruption of service to two key websites by a Turkish hacker angry at Pope Francis’ comments about the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule. The hacker, who posted a screenshot of access failures to the Vatican’s website, claimed that he interrupted the… 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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