Student accused of hacking into computer to change grade

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A student at the University of Central Florida is in trouble with the law. Authorities say he hacked into his professor’s computer to change a failing grade into a passing one. UCF police says it has video that shows two students, just after midnight on May 5th, walking a hallway…


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Florida concealed weapons permit holders exposed in computer hack

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More than 16,000 concealed weapons permit holders in Florida may have had their names accidently made public because of a data breach at the The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Agency officials released a statement saying concealed weapons licensees who renewed online may have had their names accessed….


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IT engineer hacks his own computer to avoid working, blames Ransomware

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While most of the Indian software experts are claiming that India is relatively safer from ransomware, a Bangalore based engineer, Raghav, working in an antivirus company had complained about his laptop being attacked by ransomeware virus. Investigation revealed that software engineer himself hacked his computer to avoid work. The case…


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Small Indiana Nonprofit Falls Victim To Ransom Cyberattack

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Everything was missing. Client files, financial data — all gone one Wednesday morning from the servers of Cancer Services of East Central Indiana. The small, Muncie-based nonprofit’s good work hadn’t prevented them from falling victim to a cyberattack like those that locked computers around the world last week. The organization,…


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Staying one step ahead of hackers

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Decades ago, when the dream of a digitally connected world emerged, it was likened to extending the human nervous system in the form of a global embrace, as author Marshall McLuhan put it. The digital humanism he spoke of in 1964 might now appear quixotic as the world confronts the…


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Hacker’s paradise: Secrets of the “dark web”

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Make no mistake, there really is a “dark web” out there. And while you probably don’t want to go there, your personal information may already be on it. Many Americans either knew little or nothing about the dark web prior to last weekend, when WannaCry, the biggest cyberattack in history,…


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SHADOW BROKERS HAVE NORTH KOREAN, RUSSIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM DATA, HACKERS SAY IN BLOG

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The hacker group that is believed to have leaked National Security Agency spying software last month, which in turn led to Friday’s global ransomware hacking effort, offered to sell code that could be used to hack into phones, computers and software around the world, Reuters reported. On top of the…


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In Computer Attacks, Clues Point to Frequent Culprit: North Korea

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Intelligence officials and private security experts say that new digital clues point to North Korean-linked hackers as likely suspects in the sweeping ransomware attacks that have crippled computer systems around the world. The indicators are far from conclusive, the researchers warned, and it could be weeks, if not months, before…


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Personal home computers, laptops are just as prone to get hacked by ransomware

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Just because the recent cyber attack is focusing on big corporations, tech companies say your home computer is just as prone to these attacks. “Without calling dooms day, this is the one that’s does make a large-scale impact,” Timothy Harris with Modern Technology in Cape Girardeau, Missouri said. Harris is…


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If You Still Use Windows XP, Prepare For the Worst

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AS A VICIOUS new strain of ransomware swept the UK’s National Health Service yesterday, shutting off services at hospitals and clinics throughout the region, experts cautioned that the best protection was to download a patch Microsoft had issued in March. The only problem? A reported 90 percent of NHS trusts…


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Web Defenders Detect Russian Hand in Iranians’ Hacking Attempt

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For 18 days last month, a team of computer security experts found themselves engaged in a digital version of hand-to-hand combat with a group of hackers determined to break into the network of a military contractor. Every time the hackers, believed to be Iranian, gained a toehold in one server,…


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So Far, That Enormous Ransomware Attack Has Only Netted About $55,000 for the Hackers

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On this side of the Atlantic, reaction to the the WannaCry ransomware attack that affected at least 150 countries and crippled Britain’s National Health Service has been fairly muted. Homeland Security officials reportedly met over the attack on Friday and Saturday, and U.S. officials said Monday that only a handful…


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Monday morning blues as ‘WannaCry’ hits at workweek’s start

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The worldwide “ransomware” cyberattack spread to thousands of more computers on Monday as people logged in at work, disrupting business, schools, hospitals and daily life, though no new large-scale breakdowns were reported. In Britain, whose health service was among the first high-profile targets of the attack Friday, some hospitals and…


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Hackers aligned with Vietnam government are attacking foreign companies, says report

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Hackers have been carrying out cyberattacks on multinational companies operating in Vietnam for several years now, seeking types of information that suggest a possible connection to the Vietnamese government, according to a Monday report. In the report, American cybersecurity company FireEye said the same group — labeled APT32 — had…


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Ransomware hits ‘hundreds of thousands’ of China PCs: Cyber security firm

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“Hundreds of thousands” of Chinese computers at nearly 30,000 institutions including government agencies have been hit by the global ransomware attack, a leading Chinese security-software provider has said, though the Asian impact has otherwise been relatively muted. The enterprise-security division of Qihoo 360, one of the country’s leading suppliers of…


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How to avoid attack that has crippled 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries

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The cyber attack that began capturing the world’s attention Friday has crippled about 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries, the security agency Europol said Sunday. It has become the most widespread hacking incident in history, experts said. Here are some essential facts for you the consumer, including information on…


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Trump signs executive order to prevent computer hacking

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President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at modernizing and improving the nation’s computer networks. Trump’s homeland security adviser Tom Bossert says the order will help keep the U.S. safer from cybersecurity risks. Among the new requirements is that agency heads must be accountable for implementing risk management…


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Brits Want More Visible Multi-Factor Authentication

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One in five British adults have had their email or social media account hacked, but it is bank details that most fear losing and the vast majority want at least three security steps to protect their accounts, according to Equifax. The credit reporting company polled over 2000 British adults in…


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How hackers can hijack brainwaves to capture your passwords

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Researchers have demonstrated how a headset which uses your brain power to control other devices can be turned against you to grab passwords and PIN numbers. According to MIT Technology Review, the $800 Epoc+ headset, designed by Emotiv, was designed to translate your brain’s EEG (electroencephalography) signals into commands for…


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IDF Blames Ten Percent of Computer Glitches on Hacking

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Senior IDF officials have said that ten percent of the failures in the IDF’s computerized systems over the past year was the result of cyber attacks, emanating mostly from Arab countries, Iran and Eastern Europe. The estimate was released by the Cyber-Communications and Defense Division (CCDD) of the Israeli military….


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