Hackers target jobseekers

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Khawar Latif suspected fraud from the start. In May, the 25-year-old founder of a domain registration business, who lives in Pakistan, received an invitation to chat about a job with someone claiming to represent the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. “See your website and like to discuss with you about our…


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How a suspected nation state cyber campaign turned out to be a lone hacker in Nigeria

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A hacker in his mid-20’s who used the motto “get rich or die trying” on social media has been linked to a series of cyberattacks against global companies in the energy, construction, mining, oil and infrastructure sectors that were initially believed to be state-sponsored operations. That’s according to Check Point,…


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Legendary hacker Kevin Mitnick shows bank hacking at summit

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It seems like even the largest Internet companies cannot prevent security breeches on its own anymore, as experts around the world gather in Beijing to call for deeper and wider cooperation against hacking attempts like the WannaCry incident. The experts are attending the two-day Cyber Security Summit 2017 at the…


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ANN7 and TNA websites taken down as rhino hackers up their game

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Earlier this week the presidency and national government websites were both victims of the hacking. Hackers have continued their assault on the rhino horn auction, now due to start in four days, this time by taking down the ANN7 and The New Age (TNA) websites. The sites were down for…


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Scottish parliament hit by cyber-attack similar to Westminster assault

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Hackers have mounted a “brute force” cyber-attack on the Scottish parliament’s computer systems, weeks after a similar attack on email accounts at Westminster. MSPs and Holyrood staff were warned on Tuesday that hackers were attempting to access numerous email accounts by systematically and repeatedly trying to crack their passwords. Holyrood…


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Companies are buying bitcoin to pay off hackers, says top cybersecurity CEO

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The HBO hack is just one recent example of how cyberattackers are now targeting corporations, and CyberArk chief Udi Mokady said that bitcoin is often used to pay them off. “That’s the requirement of most of these hackers,” the founder, chairman and CEO told “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer on…


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USB devices may ‘leak’ information to hackers, explains study

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USB connections – the most common interface used globally to connect external devices to computers – are vulnerable to information ‘leakage’, making them even less secure than thought, a study has found. Researchers from University of Adelaide in Australia tested more than 50 different computers and external USB hubs and…


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‘You’ll pay in blood’ Anonymous hackers threaten white nationalists after Charlottesville

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The group threatened well-known white nationalists including Richard Spencer, Jason Kessler and David Duke. Addressing the men directly, the video narrator said: “You are not safe. The blood of Heather is on your hands, and you will pay for it in blood.” The announcement comes after Heather Heyer, 32, died…


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As Trump promises ‘fire and fury,’ North Korean hackers target U.S. defense contractors

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Hackers linked to a North Korean cyber-espionage group — best known for the global ransomware attack dubbed WannaCry — are now actively targeting U.S. defense contractors as part of an apparent, ongoing intelligence gathering operation, according to new research published by U.S. cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks. The findings come…


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Researchers claim that most WhatsApp and Viber users are exposed to fraud and hacking

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Do you know that despite the end-to-end encryption provided by popular messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber, your sensitive information is vulnerable to hacking? A new research has highlighted the importance of what is called an ‘authentication ceremony’ to help mitigate the risk. Researchers from Brigham Young University…


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Hackers Are Threatening the Way That Hollywood Does Business

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Sony. Netflix. And now, HBO. While the 2014 hacking at Sony Pictures pushed entertainment giants to take computer security more seriously, recent incidents have exposed weaknesses throughout Hollywood’s food chain. Last week, as HBO investigated a cyberattack on its own systems, an unaired episode of its hit show “Game of…


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Hackers could gain access to passwords through USB sticks, cyber experts warn

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Using a USB stick that’s been left lying around is something many, if not most, of us have done — probably without thinking twice about it. But cybersecurity experts are warning against the practice after showing hackers can access personal information through malicious USB sticks which then transmit that information…


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British cybersecurity expert pleads not guilty to US charges

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A British cybersecurity researcher credited with helping curb a recent worldwide ransomware attack pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges accusing him of creating malicious software to steal banking information three years ago. Marcus Hutchins entered his plea in Wisconsin federal court, where prosecutors charged him and an unnamed co-defendant…


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Ex-NSA Analyst Raises $10 Million To Stop Hackers Destroying Power Grids

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In 2013, a U.S. dam was targeted by digital mercenaries working on behalf of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, forming part of an espionage mission to infect and disrupt the nation’s critical services. Or, at least, that was the fear-inducing narrative at the time. The Bowman Avenue Dam was, in reality,…


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Hackers’ Little Helpers: Employees With Bad ‘Cyber-Hygiene’

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On this year’s list of top 10 policy and technology priorities, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) named cybersecurity No. 1. When people think about cybersecurity, they often focus on the vulnerabilities of hardware and software systems. For example, as Governing reported in late July, “several local…


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Will IBM India’s impenetrable encryption tech stop Anonymous hacker?

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The days of Anonymous hacker could be numbered as IBM India releases an encryption technology which claims to be hacker-proof. Is this really the solution to stop all the hacking and stealing of online data? Recently, the news of leaked Game of Thrones’ unaired episodes made the headlines. A group…


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Ultimately we’re all hackable, but should we worry?

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If you’re a fan of Game Of Thrones (GOT), you might have got a little more GOT than you expected this past week: series producer and satellite TV network HBO was hacked, with the hackers claiming they stole 1.5 terabytes of data. That’s even more data than was stolen at…


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How long can the U.S. keep hackers at bay and the lights on?

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After it came to light this summer that hackers had infiltrated the computer networks of two U.S. power companies – at a time the country was still reeling from Russian cyberattacks aimed at influencing the 2016 election – the possibility of hackers taking down the U.S. power grid and sending…


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HBO hackers release ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Insecure’ episodes

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Hackers haven’t curbed their enthusiasm for HBO. On Sunday, hackers reportedly released several episodes of the upcoming season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The leak came just two months ahead of the comedy’s widely anticipated return to television. The hackers also reportedly leaked an episode of “Insecure,” a popular comedy starring…


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Russian hackers use NSA exploits to target high-profile hotel guests

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The Russian hacking group believed to be involved in hacking attempts during the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now alleged to be using National Security Agency exploits to target “high-profile” hotel guests in Europe and the Middle East. Security experts say the group, known as “Fancy Bear” or APT28, is…


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