Scammers Stealing Down Payments By Hacking Real Estate Agents’ Email Accounts

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Buying a home is the biggest purchase most Americans will make during their lifetime. But now hackers have figured out how to steal the down payment, leaving the buyer without a new home and often wiping out their life savings. “The timing was impeccable, actually,” said Kristina Soloviena, a real…


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Hackers reveal leading enterprise security blind spots

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Human error is often a factor when cybersecurity barriers fall, but according to hackers, password protection, facial recognition, and access controls are blind spots in corporate network security. According to Bitglass’ Data Games: Security Blind Spots report, both black and white self-labeled hackers said that these security measures are the…


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NEW GROUP OF IRANIAN HACKERS LINKED TO DESTRUCTIVE MALWARE

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FOR MORE THAN five years, Iran has maintained a reputation as one of the most aggressive nations in the global arena of state-sponsored hacking, stealing data from corporate and government networks around the world, bombarding US banks with cyberattacks, and most brazen of all, unleashing multiple waves of computer-crippling malware that hit tens of…


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Hackers used Avast’s CCleaner breach to attack technology companies

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The hackers who broke into widely used computer utility software in August also tried to infect machines at Microsoft, Intel and other top technology companies, according to research by Cisco Systems released late on Wednesday. That suggests the breach, disclosed on Monday, was far more serious than initially described by…


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Hackers could open your front door using infrared light in home security cameras

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Security cameras that have been infected with malware can be hacked using infrared light to leak sensitive information or break into homes, a team of university researchers has found. Cybersecurity experts from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel released an academic paper this week (19 September) detailing how…


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$400 Lighter: Ridgewood Man Falls For ‘Hacked Computer’ Scam

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A Ridgewood man lost $400 to scam artists who claimed his computer had been hacked, authorities said. The William Street resident said a purported member of the fraud department at Apple contacted him saying his iMac was hacked, Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke said Wednesday. “The victim provided access to his…


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How hackers are using ‘lost’ USB drives to steal your information

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It’s never been a good idea to plug random USB drives into your personal computer, but now the threat is even more severe. “It’s gotten even more dangerous to use these devices if you don’t know where they came from,” Ken Colburn, founder and CEO of Data Doctors, said. Some…


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The Financial Cost of Computer Hacking

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The increasing incidents of cyber attacks all over the world have compelled everyone to know about their financial affects. The financial costs of computer hacking can be interpreted not only in terms of monetary loss but also as the loss of employment opportunities. Though it is not easy to calculate…


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Underground Hacking Forum Admins Having Second Thoughts About Selling Ransomware

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Administrators of various underground hacking forums hosted on both the public Internet and Dark Web are having serious discussions about the “good idea” of allowing the sale of ransomware via their platforms. According to research by threat intelligence firms Anomali and Flashpoint, shared with Bleeping Computer before publication, several such…


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WHY THE U.S. AND RUSSIA ARE FIGHTING OVER A SUSPECTED CYBERCRIMINAL FROM GREECE

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As if there wasn’t enough tension in the relationship between the United States and Russia, the two countries are now battling over the extradition of a Russian national accused of various crimes from Greece. The U.S. Department of Justice indicted Alexander Vinnik, 37, in July, accusing him of masterminding a…


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How a CIA officer got stuck with heading the Russian hacking investigation

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It was CIA officer Steve Penn who was given the dubious honor of heading the investigation into the hacking of U.S. elections by Russian President Kozlov. (Another excerpt from my novel, “Deep Strike”.) Early in 2016, after a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Penn, is abruptly recalled to CIA headquarters…


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Perth woman loses $557,000 after hackers intercept property emails

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An 83-year-old Perth woman has lost $557,000 in life savings after hackers intercepted emails about a property purchase settlement. It is one of three recent property-related frauds believed to have been perpetrated by overseas criminals, but it is not known if they are linked, Consumer Protection says. The scammers intercepted…


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Hackers could use light to burglarize you through your security camera

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Researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have demonstrated in a new paper how hacked security cameras with night vision capabilities can be used to secretly transmit to and receive data even from networks that are not connected to the internet. Night vision cameras use infrared (IR) light to…


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Hacking into medical devices: How your medical records could be at risk

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Hackers gaining access to your credit card information could be the least of your problems. And those hackers are constantly finding new ways to hack into evolving technology, and now they can even get access to your medical records. Some medical devices like MRI scanners and pulse monitors are now…


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Bitcoin users are opening their wallets to hackers through mobile networks

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Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin make a big deal of their security; theoretically, they are almost impossible to hack. Every transaction is stored in a ‘digital ledger’, shared across multiple machines; an attacker would need to compromise every computer in the chain to successfully hack the system. However, the digital wallets that…


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Hack to the future: HopHacks challenges students to solve problems using technology

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In rooms around Hodson Hall on Saturday night, clusters of students tapped away at their laptops amid a scattering of snack bags, soda cans, book bags, and belongings. Some took time out from their teamwork to study for a test. A few napped using balled up sweatshirts as pillows. It…


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Hacking fears take small businesses offline

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After Ken Taylor’s personal computer was hacked he is concerned about the impact hacking would have on his restaurant Templestowe Living Room. “I went into a website which was a bogus site and it basically took a hold of my computer,” Taylor says. “I got a phone call wanting to…


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Hackers Hid Backdoor In CCleaner Security App With 2 Billion Downloads — 2.3 Million Infected

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Users of Avast-owned security application CCleaner for Windows have been advised to update their software immediately, after researchers discovered criminal hackers had installed a backdoor in the tool. The tainted application allows for download of further malware, be it ransomware or keyloggers, with fears millions are affected. According to Avast’s…


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Hackers targeted Equifax months before a massive breach that affected 143 million Americans

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Hackers accessed Equifax systems months before the credit-reporting agency publicly announced a massive breach that potentially exposed the personal financial data of 143 million Americans, Bloomberg reported Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. The breach, which Bloomberg said Equifax had not previously disclosed publicly, took place in March. The…


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Inside the Shadowy World of Revenge Hackers

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The plan was to hack the hackers. Cybercriminals had targeted a global bank’s customers with phishing emails to break into their accounts. The legal option—waiting for law enforcement to investigate and perhaps apprehend the hackers—would have taken too long. So the bank was willing to try something else, and a team…


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