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117M LinkedIn Users Just Had Passwords Leaked

They were stolen way back in 2012

(Newser) - In 2012, hackers posted 6.5 million stolen LinkedIn passwords to a Russian forum, TechCrunch reports. It turns out, that security breach was much bigger and much worse than possibly anyone realized. According to Motherboard , 117 million LinkedIn emails and passwords taken as part of the same breach were just... More »

Hacker 'Guccifer' Claims He Got Inside Clinton Server

'Guccifer' is now in US custody

(Newser) - The Romanian hacker who shared George W. Bush's paintings with the world is now in American custody, and he's turned out to be pretty chatty. Marcel Lehel Lazar, better known as "Guccifer," says he broke into Hillary Clinton's "completely unsecured" server and it was... More »

10-Year-Old Computer Whiz Hacks Instagram

He's the youngest-ever 'bug bounty' recipient

(Newser) - Next time the FBI needs somebody to break into an iPhone, there's a 10-year-old whiz kid in Finland who might be able to help them out. Jani, a schoolboy who started coding when he was 8, has been awarded $10,000 under Facebook's "bug bounty" scheme after... More »

FBI Director Suggests It Cost $1M+ to Crack iPhone

That's more than James Comey will make in 7 years, 4 months

(Newser) - FBI Director James Comey won't say exactly how much the agency paid hackers to break into a locked iPhone —but it's definitely more than he makes. Speaking at a security conference in London, Comey said it was "a lot," and "more than I will... More »

Massive Hack Hits Verizon Business Unit

Cyber thieves are trying to sell the data

(Newser) - If you're a Verizon business customer, beware: The contact information for 1.5 million Verizon Enterprise customers has been stolen, according to cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs. Sources tell KrebsOnSecurity that "a prominent member of a closely guarded underground cybercrime forum" offered all 1.5 million records for sale... More »

Apple Doesn't Pay Hackers, So Hackers Help FBI: Experts

The black market is doing just fine, though

(Newser) - Hack into Google, Facebook, or Microsoft products and one can reap "bug bounties" that those companies pay to unearth their own flaws. But Apple doesn't pony up for such detective work, which is why security experts say they're not shocked an outside party— Reuters notes an Israeli... More »

ISIS Hackers Have 'Kill List' of Dozens of Minn. Cops

The list includes names, addresses, and phone numbers

(Newser) - An ISIS-affiliated group of hackers released a "kill list" that includes the names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three dozen Minnesota police officers, KMSP reports. The list was found on the encrypted messaging app Telegram by web analysts at Vocativ on Monday. It was created by a... More »

Google Really Wants Someone to Hack Chromebook

Not a single person has been able to, so the company has doubled the reward to $100K

(Newser) - For six years Google has been leaning on some of the world's best hackers to find problems in a wide range of its products through its bug bounty program, paying $2 million to hundreds of winners last year alone. But after announcing a $50,000 reward for the persistent... More »

$1B Bank Heist Thwarted by ... a Typo

Hackers still made off with $81M, say officials

(Newser) - Hackers helped themselves to $81 million from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last month—but the massive theft could have been far worse if not for a typo, reports Reuters . Investigators say the heist began when the hackers breached the security systems of Bangladesh Bank and then, posing... More »

Guy Figures Out How to Hack Any Facebook Account

He got $15K for his trouble

(Newser) - He could have posted hilarious status updates for millions at the very least. Instead, after discovering a days-old flaw in Facebook's login system that allowed him to hack any account, Anand Prakash took the high road. The Indian security engineer reported the bug—which allowed hackers to test unlimited... More »

The Pentagon Wants You to Hack Its Websites

You'll have to pass a background check first

(Newser) - Get ready for "the first cyber bug bounty program in the history of the federal government." Beginning in April, American hackers who pass a background check will be able to access predetermined Web pages and networks of the Department of Defense in the hope that they'll find... More »

FBI: Hacker Who Targeted CIA Director Is Just 16

'Cracka' reportedly arrested in England

(Newser) - Remember the hacker who broke into CIA Director John Brennan's personal email as well as the accounts of other high-ranking US security officials? Turns out he's just 16—or so police believe. British authorities and the FBI say they arrested alleged hacker "cracka" in England on Tuesday... More »

Iranians Hacked NY Dam: Officials

And that's only beginning of stream of hacks against US infrastructure

(Newser) - Iranian hackers who targeted American financial institutions two years ago were also apparently curious about a small dam in upstate New York—and officials are worried what this means for the security of US industrial infrastructure overall, the Wall Street Journal reports. The hackers reportedly infiltrated the controls for the... More »

Anonymous Hacks European Space Agency—for Laughs

And it was insanely simple for them to break in

(Newser) - Anonymous has had a busy week. First the hacktivists spent Friday mocking ISIS , then they took down the Trump Tower website . And before the weekend was out, the group infiltrated the European Space Agency's database, apparently just to keep their skills on point, reports Inverse . "Because Xmas is... More »

Anonymous' New Target: Trump

Hacktivists warn him over Muslim ban idea

(Newser) - Hacktivist group Anonymous has set its sights on a new target: Donald Trump, The Hill reports. "Donald Trump, it has come to our attention that you want to ban all Muslims to enter the United States. This policy is going to have a huge impact," says someone in... More »

New Security Flaws in Wi-Fi Barbie May Be Hackers' Delight

Kids' recordings could be vulnerable, says tech group

(Newser) - One of the hot toys this holiday season is sure to be Orwellian Dystopia Barbie—sorry, we mean Hello Barbie. The $75 Internet-connected doll uses an app to record kids and talk back to them. But Slate reports hackers can turn the Hello Barbie's Wi-Fi connection into "spying... More »

A Stolen Netflix Account Can Be Yours for Only 50 Cents

No one should be able to pay that little to watch Frasier

(Newser) - Digital moochers are using Netflix and HBO Go accounts that don't belong to them without even having the decency to suck up to their family and friends to do so. Business Insider reports hackers are selling accounts to digital streaming services—everything from Netflix to Spotify to Marvel Unlimited—... More »

Rogue Hackers May Hurt ISIS More Than Anonymous

Ghost Security Group's Aim: Spying for Intelligence Instead of Forced Shutdowns

(Newser) - Anonymous is making good on its threats to launch a "cyber war" on ISIS , hacking into the group's sites and accounts and warning people about possible attacks . But there's a smaller group that says Anonymous is going about it the wrong way—and claims that its own... More »

Hackers Earn $1M 'Bounty' for Exposing iOS 9 Fault

Now head of firm that awarded prize decides who to sell the info to

(Newser) - In September, Zerodium announced its "Million Dollar iOS Bug Bounty" contest, offering a cool mil to anyone who could hack Apple's iOS 9 and expose its security flaws. On Monday the cybersecurity startup tweeted it has a winner—an anonymous team, Digital Tech reports, that was able to... More »

15-Year-Old Boy Arrested in British Telecom Cyberattack

Data breach put 4 million customers of TalkTalk at risk

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a hack that put the 4 million customers of British telecommunications company TalkTalk at risk, the Guardian reports. British police arrested the teen on suspicion of violating the Computer Misuse Act Monday in Northern Ireland and searched his home, according to... More »

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