Kazakh-Canadian Charged In Massive Hacking Scheme Appeals Ruling

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A Canadian charged with working with Russian intelligence agents in a scheme to hack a half billion Yahoo accounts said on May 26 that he is appealing a decision to hold him in custody pending a hearing on a U.S. extradition request. U.S. prosecutors have indicted Karim Baratov, 22, a…


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Microsoft Sues Chinese Company for Hacking Xbox Accounts

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Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against a Chinese company that operates an online service that sells virtual gaming currencies, accusing the company of hacking into Xbox accounts and illegally purchasing game coins via the account owners’ credit card. According to court documents obtained by Bleeping Computer, Microsoft discovered the scheme…


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Can Medical Devices Be Hacked? Study Finds Manufacturers Fear Attack But Aren’t Prepared

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A new survey found 67 percent of medical device manufacturers and 56 percent of healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) believe their devices are likely to be the target of a cyberattack within the next 12 months. While many companies are concerned about the possibility of an imminent attack, most manufacturers remain…


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Hacked 3DS Units Being Banned by Nintendo

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Console hacking is a pretty common activity, but it’s not the wisest choice on systems that are still being heavily supported. Nintendo has taken strong note of folks who have loaded their 3DS systems with custom firmware by means of hacking, and as a result, these systems are being banned…


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US Cybersecurity Consultant Claims WannaCry Hackers From Southern China

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A new analysis of the ransom note included with the global WannaCry Microsoft Windows malware hack earlier this month suggests that it may have originated in southern China. As reported by the South China Morning Post (SCMP), Flashpoint, a for-profit internet consultancy, claimed that a proprietary analysis of the language…


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Ethical hackers complain their efforts in finding ‘exploits’ are largely ignored in India

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Kanishk Sajnani did not receive so much as a thank you from a major Indian airline when he contacted them with alarming news — he had hacked their website and could book flights anywhere in the world for free. It was a familiar tale for India’s army of “ethical hackers”,…


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The need for internet security on your mobile

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Cybercriminals are constantly making advancements and finding new ways to compromise us. While they still target computers, hackers are also beginning to attack mobile devices. We are starting to see more threats such as ransomware attacks on smartphones. As hackers target mobile devices, it’s imperative to ensure that you are…


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Why the web has become the new ‘scene of the crime’

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THEY say that when your luck is out, bad things come in threes. I’ll explain this ‘Rule of Three’ in a second. A revolution is currently taking place in the world of financial planning, and the number of ways to lose our money is increasing. In this day and age,…


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McAllen ISD Warns Employees After Information Released

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McAllen ISD is providing some of its employees with resources to protect against identity theft. McAllen ISD spokesperson Mark May said a document with approximately 160 employee names and social security numbers was inadvertently shared with staff members at several campuses. May said the district immediately took action to delete…


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Cyber-security experts warn of another WannaCry like attack

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A newly found flaw in widely used networking software leaves tens of thousands of computers potentially vulnerable to an attack similar to that caused by the recent WannaCry malware, cyber-security researchers warned on Thursday. Rebekah Brown of Rapid7, a cyber-security firm, told Reuters that there were no signs yet of…


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Don’t bury head in sand on cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity is not always top of mind for companies. Sometimes it takes a heavy-hitting news story with details about a massive breach for leaders to stop and assess their internal controls. Sometimes it takes an employee opening a hacker’s phishing expedition and a system getting corrupted to move the cybersecurity…


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Consuming Cyber-security: The Beginning of a New Area

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Can you imagine anyone buying a car without airbags and without seat belts? I bet you can’t! So why is it that we buy computers without Antivirus software already installed, home routers without a firewall already installed or connected devices (IoT) that are lacking proper security controls? I believe there…


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Is your small business prepared for a cyber security attack or data breach?

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When data breaches make headlines, the victims are usually large companies. But there is increasing evidence that small businesses are at even greater risk for cyberattacks that put the business and its customer and employees at risk: 62% of data breaches occur in small to mid-sized businesses Over the last…


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Front Range Identity Theft Ring Busted

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A grand jury indicted 11 people on Wednesday, accused in an elaborate identity theft ring. Prosecutors say the suspects stole mail from victims’ homes along the front range, gathering any personal information they could find. They allegedly used that information to make counterfeit checks, then traded the blank checks for…


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Credit card skimmers discovered locally

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A new method of stealing credit card information was recently discovered at two local convenience stores, only adding the ways electronic thieves can take advantage of unsuspecting citizens. According to Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer, credit card skimmers were identified inside gas pumps at two separate stores by a delivery…


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SF man who stole identities of fellow inmates gets 7-year sentence

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A San Francisco man was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday, four months after a jury found him guilty of stealing the identities of men he’d met in prison and using them to commit tax fraud, prosecutors said. From June 2010 to January 2012, 52-year-old Howard Webber, who was…


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Online Fraud: Keeping Your Finances and Identity Safe on the World Wide Web

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In today’s modern age of digital currency and intangible possession, identity theft can occur swiftly and silently, thousands of miles away from your location. Gone are the days of fending off thieves with a well-placed kick and a baseball bat, as crimes in the digital age, including online fraud, occur…


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Kremlin critics targeted in hacking attack

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Operation aimed at Russian audience carries hallmarks of interference in Macron campaign Hackers are stepping up efforts to steal and manipulate emails from critics of the Russian government, security researchers say, using techniques that were hallmarks of a cyber attack on Emmanuel Macron’s campaign on the eve of France’s presidential…


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Rep releases draft ‘hacking back’ legislation

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Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) released updated legislation Thursday to allow victims of cyber crimes to hack their attackers back. The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC) would exempt victims from hacking laws when the aim is to identify the assailant, cut off attacks or retrieve stolen files. The updated draft…


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Qatar hacking row fuels Gulf tensions

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Four Arab countries have blocked Qatari news websites following controversial comments attributed to the Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The website of the influential Al Jazeera network is among those now blocked by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain. Qatar says the comments attributed to…


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