Chinese hackers ‘targeted US aircraft carrier patrolling in South China Sea’ as legal battle raged over who should control the waters

Chinese hackers tried to steal information from a US aircraft carrier patrolling in the South China Sea when the country was under pressure to withdraw its claim over the waters. USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was on patrol in July when a Chinese-based group launched the cyber-attack. A…

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Apple iMessage users hit by hackers

Hackers have perpetrated numerous attacks on iMessage users, bombarding unsuspecting Apple desktop and iPhone owners with messages in Chinese in a supposed attempt to steal personal information. The attack begins as a text message in Chinese from an unknown foreign number, which is followed by a ‘pop up’ dialogue box…

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Why your phone number is valuable to hackers

Cell phone numbers are particularly valuable, as they have become the modern-day equivalent of your wallet. Your mobile device contains valuable information like your contacts list (a great way to get a list of your friends—future identity theft targets), affinity account and reward numbers (frequent flyer miles have value that…

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Is an FBI hack a Fourth Amendment search?

(You may not know this but) law enforcement has the capability to hack into computers using software (malware for you privacy advocates) called a Network Investigative Technique, or NIT. Several cases have recently come before federal judges arising from the use of NIT to track thousands of computers accessing one…

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