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Cyber sleuthing tracks hackers

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2014’s cyber attack against Sony made headlines around the world and caused considerably damage to the company in both reputation and financial accounts; it’s reputed to have cost Sony in excess of $30 million to deal with the immediate aftermath of the attack as well as long-term increase in security… Read more »

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Anonymous launches campaign against IS

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Although hacker group Anonymous occasionally provides light relief in the world of internet security, it has recently taken up a more serious and combative tone. Following the recent terrorist atrocity in Paris, the group now has ISIS very firmly in its sights, launching a retribution campaign called Operation Paris. Anonymous… Read more »

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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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WhatsApp web service under attack by malware

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A security flaw in the messaging service WhatsApp has been discovered. The bug is able to spread malware and ransomware so that victims end up having to pay to restore their own accounts. The breach apparently only affects the web-based service and as soon as it was discovered, a patch… 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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Warning tweet posted before ISIS-linked attack in Texas

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On May 3rd, two men from Phoenix, Arizona shot a security guard outside a convention centre in which a contest was being held to draw cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. The event, which was ostensibly organised in pursuance of the principle of free speech, was called the “Muhammed Art Exhibition… Read more »

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Researchers doubt Islamic State involvement in Tesla hack

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It seems likely that it was not Islamic State (IS) behind the recent cyberattack on Tesla motors, the famous American manufacturer of electric cars, but the prolific hacking group, Lizard Squad. The attack also breached Tesla’s Twitter account. On 25th April, all traffic to Tesla’s dot com website was redirected… Read more »

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Pro-ISIS hackers take over French TV network in “unprecedented attack”

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French television network TV5Monde says that it was unable to broadcast any of its channels after pro-ISIS hackers took control of its systems, including its websites and social media sites. The hack caused a three-hour blackout and “severely damaged” the Paris-based company’s systems, according to the network’s director general, Yves… Read more »

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UK children quizzed over social media abuse

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Almost 2,000 children have been investigated over allegations of online bullying and harassment. A Freedom of investigation act revealed that 1,200 children were then either charged with an offence, given a caution or fined. The figures showed that 20,000 adults were also investigated in that time. Of those, 11,292 were subject to… Read more »

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