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Computer glitch delays tens of thousands of US visa applications

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A computer glitch within the US visa application system has radically impeded travel to the US by foreign nationals. This is having a big impact on industry across the US, especially farms which rely heavily on temporary foreign workers. For example, fruit growers in Washington State need approximately fifteen thousand… Read more »

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St. Louis Cardinals accused of hacking rival team

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Allegations have been made that the well-known US baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals, has hacked into the computer systems of a rival club in order to access player data. With the hack now under investigation by the FBI, neither the Cardinals nor the Houston Astros, the rival club in… Read more »

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200k IRS accounts hacked through “Get Transcript” app

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The FBI is investigating a security breach within the US Internal Revenue Service which has resulted in personal data being stolen from US taxpayers. 200,000 accounts were targeted and reportedly data has been taken from at least half of these. Access was gained via the application “Get Transcript” which allows… Read more »

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Beacon Health reveals 2013 hack

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Beacon Health Systems, a US-based health agency, has revealed that it was the target of cyber attacks as far back as late 2013. Beacon has claimed that there is no evidence that personal data accessed in these attacks has been misused by the hackers. Access was gained via employee email… 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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Penn State computers compromised by Chinese hackers

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The President of Penn State University, Eric Barron, has announced in a letter to academic staff and students that Chinese hackers have had access to the computer systems within the University’s Department of Engineering for two years. The University is taking the security breach very seriously, disconnecting the whole network… Read more »

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Washington Post mobile site hacked by pro-Syrian group

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Hackers sympathetic to the Syrian government have hacked into the mobile site for the Washington Post newspaper. It is unclear as to the precise identity of the perpetrators although they are known collectively as Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Electronic Army. Media organisations have been a popular target for this group, which… Read more »

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Security experts investigate in-flight hacking claims

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An FBI search warrant states that a man has claimed he was able to hack into the on-board computer system on a passenger jet and control the plane from his seat. Chris Roberts, a cybersecurity professional and industry expert in airline security systems, said that he took this action to… Read more »

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Cyber security consultant comes forward as Hacker’s List creator

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Charles Tendell has revealed himself as the man behind Hacker’s List, a site which enables people to anonymously hire computer hackers. Tendell runs his own cyber security firm and gave the impression that Hacker’s List’s popularity had surprised him. Today, it is known as the Craigslist for hackers. The spotlight… Read more »

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Baltimore police officer details posted online

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Hackers connected with the group Anonymous have published details of police officers from the City of Baltimore Police Department. The hackers claim that these details are the email addresses and passwords for seven serving employees within the Baltimore Police Department and one city official. The disclosure occurred after the death… Read more »

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