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Hotel chain loses credit card data to hackers

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Luxury hotel chain Mandarin Oriental has recently confirmed that 45 of its hotels in Europe and the US have been hit by point-of-sale malware. This has resulted in the loss of credit card data, the extent of which is not yet confirmed. A spokesperson for the chain explained, “While the… Read more »

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US Government to launch cyber intelligence agency

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With the threat of cyber attacks increasing daily, the US Government is set to launch a new centralized agency for cyber threat intelligence. According to Advisen, homeland security advisor Lisa Monaco said, “It has become clear that we can do more as a government to quickly consolidate, analyze and provide… Read more »

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North Korea does not deny Sony Pictures hack

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Sony Pictures is working to get back on track after its systems were hacked last week, followed by the online leak of a number of its unreleased movies. Many people believe that the perpetrator could be North Korea, but a spokesman for the the country only replied, “Wait and see,”… Read more »

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Ruling Raises Stakes for Cyberheist Victims

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A Missouri firm that unsuccessfully sued its bank to recover $440,000 stolen in a 2010 cyber heist may now be on the hook to cover the financial institution’s legal fees, an appeals court has ruled. Legal experts say the decision is likely to discourage future victims from pursuing such cases. Choice Escrow… Read more »

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US cyber-thief gets 20-year jail term

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A twenty-two-year-old man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his role in what authorities say is an unprecedented criminal case involving an international cybercrime syndicate with hundreds of thousands of U.S. victims. In addition, he has been ordered to pay $20m (£11.9m) in damages. A federal judge… Read more »

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Kentucky 47th state to enacts Data Breach

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On April 10, 2014, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed H.B.232 into law, making Kentucky the 47th state to enact data breach notification legislation. Prior to H.B. 232, Kentucky was one of only four states—including Alabama, New Mexico, and South Dakota—that had not adopted data breach notification legislation. H.B. 232 also includes… Read more »

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Queensland Police arrest man for allegedly hacking US gaming site

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A 21-year-old man alleged to have hacked a United States-based online gaming developer’s computer network has been arrested in Poona, Queensland by the Queensland Police Fraud and Cyber Crime Group. The alleged offences include hacking the US company’s computer network and accessing databases. The man is also said to be… Read more »

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Charges in US web-link sharing case lowered

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The US government has applied to drop some charges against a journalist who shared web links to stolen documents. In 2012, US citizen Barrett Brown shared links to documents stolen by Anonymous hackers from intelligence firm Stratfor. Sharing the links led to charges of identity theft because the documents listed, among… Read more »

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Pupils hack teachers’ computers to alter grades

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Corona Del Mar High School, in Newport Beach is at the centre of a hacking scandal after eleven students have been expelled for allegedly hacking teachers’ computers and changing their grades. Newport Beach police believe a private tutor 28-year-old Timothy Lai assisted the students in compromising school computers and manipulating grades…. Read more »

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US Craft Store Michaels latest large retailer to be hacked

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Another major US retailer may have been the victim of a data breach aimed at customers’ debit and credit cards. After major US retailer Target found themselves under fire for compromising 40m payment cards in December, as well as the subsequent revelation in mid-January that the personal information of 70m customers… Read more »

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