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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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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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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CLAREGALWAY MAN GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR HACKING UK NEWSPAPER WEBSITE

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A Claregalway teenager who hacked the Sun newspaper’s website has been given a suspended prison sentence. 25 year old, Darren Martyn with an address at Cloonbigeen was 19 years old when he and others hacked into the News International website 6 years ago. They redirected users to a fake news…


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The leaked NSA hacking tool that will wreak havoc for years to come

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A powerful hacking tool original used by the National Security Agency and subsequently leaked in April by the Shadow Brokers will give defenders problems for years to come as hackers continue to adopt and repurpose the malicious computer code, experts and former U.S. intelligence officials tell CyberScoop. The tool, codenamed…


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Better Call Behnken: FBI reports 10 new real estate email hacking cases in 2 months in Tampa Bay area

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The FBI tells 8 On Your Side they have seen ten new real estate email hacking cases in the past two months in the Tampa Bay area alone. The fraud happens as a result of real estate agents using unsecure email accounts that get hacked by scammers, who are usually…


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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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Disney CEO Bob Iger: We weren’t actually hacked

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Disney CEO Bob Iger says a threat that hackers had stolen a Disney movie was probably false. “To our knowledge we were not hacked,” he told Yahoo. “We had a threat of a hack of a movie being stolen. We decided to take it seriously but not react in the…


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Russian hackers were planning to hit Europe with fake Android banking apps

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Hackers in Russia, after infecting over a million Android devices with malware to siphon money using fake banking apps, were planning a major attack on European bank customers. The group, known as ‘Cron’ after their malware, is in custody now. The hacking group tricked Android users into downloading malware via…


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Chester County First Responders and Citizens Are Vulnerable to Hackers Due to Cyber Security Gaps

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If you’ve ever been pulled over by police or had an ambulance rush to your home, laptop computers offer a way for first responders to check some of your most personal information. Former Chester County Technical Communications Specialist David Cucchi insists however that the laptops in his county also offered…


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Microsoft Accuses ‘Gaming Site’ of Hacking Xbox Accounts and Selling Proceeds

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A complaint filed by Microsoft in federal court earlier today accuses Chinese gaming website iGSKY of hacking Xbox accounts and using stolen credit card information to purchase rare items (via The Verge). According to Microsoft, iGSKY then sells puts those items up for sale to anyone who wants them. Consumers…


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UN experts hacked while investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea

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United Nations experts investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea have suffered a “sustained” cyber-attack by unknown hackers with “very detailed insight” into their work, according to an email warning seen by Reuters. The hackers eventually breached the computer of one of the experts on 8 May, the chair of…


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Ukranian who pleaded guilty in hacking scheme gets 30 months in prison

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Ukrainian sentenced in hacking scheme A Ukrainian hacker involved in an international scheme that used stolen unpublished news releases to make about $30 million in profits was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison. Vadym Iermolovych, 29, must also pay slightly more than $3 million in restitution. He had pleaded…


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Zomato working with ‘ethical hacker’ to improve security

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Restaurant and food delivery app Zomato has confirmed that it has been communicating with the hacker responsible for stealing the data of around 17 million of its customers. The company, which claims to boast over 120 million users, confirmed that information including email address and hashed passwords had been compromised,…


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APA Last Day: IRS speaks about identity theft

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“Payroll is a key player in the IRS’ ongoing fight against identity theft,” said Tamara Powell, acting director for Return Integrity Operations at the IRS’ Small Business/Self-Employed Division. Powell addressed attendees at the APA Congress’ general session about the evils of identity theft and the steps the IRS and its…


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How New Visa Rules Will Affect the Cybersecurity Industry

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For many years, the American cybersecurity industry has been able to bridge the ever-expanding skill gap through global recruiting, seeking out talented professionals wherever they may live. However, the recent “Buy American and Hire American” executive order that puts new restrictions on the H-1B visa program has companies that rely…


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