US is Number One! In sales register hacking attacks, at least

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Hacking attacks against sales terminals have risen by nearly a third last year, and the US is still leading the way in being insecure. Incidents affecting sales tills and payment systems increased to 31 per cent in 2016, according to research by security firm Trustwave, while incidents affecting e-commerce environments…


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Qatar: QNA hacking linked to countries boycotting Doha

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Qatar says it has proof that the recent hacking of its state-run news agency and government social media accounts, which set into motion a major diplomatic crisis in the region, is linked to countries that have recently cut ties with it. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt…


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HACKERS TAKE OVER THE MOUSE OF A POWER-GRID COMPUTER

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THE BEST WORK of hackers tends to remain invisible. But when sophisticated intruders broke into the computer networks of regional energy firms in Ukraine in 2015 and cut power to roughly a quarter million people, their tampering didn’t go unnoticed. In this rare instance, the staff of one of those…


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“Cyber Sabotage” Could Be the Next Big Crime Wave

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A new report by security researchers is sending chills down the spines of power industry executives. While investigating a power outage in Ukraine from last December, they found a new type of malware that appears to have been custom-made for infecting electric utilities. The malware, called CrashOverride, is fairly significant…


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The Microsoft security hole at the heart of Russian election hacking

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Russian hacking of the 2016 election went deeper than breaking into the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign — the Russians also hacked their way into getting information about election-related hardware and software shortly before voting began. The Intercept published a top-secret National Security Agency document that shows exactly…


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Italy investigates foreign ministry hacking attempt

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Italy’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday it was investigating a hacking attempt, after a group calling itself Anonymous published what it said was stolen ministry data. A site called cyberguerrilla.org carried a blog post titled “Foreign Affairs Ministry You Have Been Hacked” addressed to Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano and the…


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Top Dem wants election systems hacking attempts made public

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The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee is pushing for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to make public any attempts by foreign powers to hack elections databases, networks and other systems. “While I am not aware of evidence that the 2016 voting process itself was subjected to manipulation,…


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How Hollywood Got Hacked: Studio at Center of Netflix Leak Breaks Silence

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Larson Studios president Rick Larson and his wife and business partner, Jill Larson, didn’t recognize the number that sent them these two short text messages via their personal cell phones two days before Christmas last year, so they simply ignored them. “We didn’t really think much of them,” said Jill…


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Hidden Cobra hackers target U.S. with DeltaCharlie malware

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A new alert from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team warns that the North Korean hacking team Hidden Cobra is targeting U.S. media, aerospace, financial and critical infrastructure sectors with botnet-related malware. The US-CERT warning comes from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, and it describes Hidden…


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How To Protect Your Router From Hackers

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According to recently leaked documents, the CIA has been hacking numerous Wi-Fi routers to monitor a wide range of users for years. The files point to the CIA’s hacking body called Engineering Development Group, whose members have been allegedly targeting home, office, and public devices. Notably, one part of the documents (PDF)…


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It’s Possible (and Fairly Easy) to Hack a PC With a Vape Pen

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E-cigarette smokers consider yourself warned: that vape pen you love to puff on could expose your computer to malware. According to a report from Sky News, security researcher Ross Bevington recently demonstrated how to hack a PC with a vape pen during a presentation at BSides London. Bevington showed how…


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Korean web host hands over 1 billion won to ransomware crooks

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Korean web hosting firm Internet Nayana has agreed to pay hackers 1.3 billion won ($1.14 million) worth of bitcoins to a hacker following a ransomware attack. Nayana was attacked on June 10, and notified the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA), the nation’s online watchdog. Security firm Trend Micro said…


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Argentina army says its website hacked with images supporting Islamic State

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Argentina’s army said on Monday that its website was hacked and images purported to be of members of the Islamic State militant group were posted on it. “This is a threat. ISIS is in Argentina and you will hear from us soon,” said the page, which was seen by Reuters….


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Hackers are hiding viruses in Kodi, Popcorn Time and other pirated movie subtitles

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Security research firm Check Point revealed a new exploit on Tuesday that affects several media players. The vulnerability allows a hacker to infect your device and gain full control through through subtitles. The exploit, which puts 200 million users at risk, impacts video players and streamers like Popcorn Time, Kodi,…


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Anyone can be a target of hacking

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When one of Australia’s richest people, mining billionaire Andrew Forrest, went public in 2015 with the admission that he had been cyber-hacked, it was a stark reminder that no one is safe, Despite the tycoon presumably having state-of-the-art cyber-security measures in place, hackers managed to rip off $615,000 as it…


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Florida voting machines were not hacking during the 2016 elections

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The chief operating officer of a Florida-based elections-software company says its computer systems were never hacked despite phishing attempts. VR Systems COO Ben Martin told Florida election supervisors during a presentation Monday that his company’s systems were never compromised. A leaked National Security Agency report suggested that hackers stole information…


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Israeli Spyware Firm Embroiled in Mexico Mobile Hacking Scandal. Flynn Was Its Adviser

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An Israeli company’s software has been used to infiltrate mobile devices held by human rights lawyers, journalists and activists fighting government corruption in Mexico, according to a report published in the New York Times on Monday. The highly-advanced software, known as Pegasus, is only sold to governments by the Israeli…


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For $28, you can hack into a stranger’s internet-enabled webcam

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If you have an web-connected camera, you should change your password ASAP. For just 188 yuan ($28), you can buy software that would allow you to hack into connected cameras, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV warns. Such software can easily scan for and access vulnerable devices, which are commonly used as…


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Hackers May Have Access to Your Baby Camera, Says Government

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Parents who set up a camera in their child’s room might enjoy the peace of mind of being able to check in on them at any time using their smartphones, but hackers might be watching, too, warns China’s quality inspection bureau. On Sunday, the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and…


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Blockchain an inspiring tech for enterprises, but it’s attracting hackers too

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As blockchain and Bitcoin rocket in value and becomes mainstream across the world, both ISACA and Proofpoint have published advisories about the technology and the security risks behind it. Global tech organisation ISACA released a blockchain research report this week, which touts the technology as having ‘the potential to transform…


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