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Manhunt for the Creator of a Malware 'Masterpiece'

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev is known as Russia's 'most notorious hacker'

(Newser) - Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, once described by a cybersecurity expert as the "most prolific bank robber in the world," ended up on a different list altogether in December: as one of the individuals noted in then-President Obama's sanctions against Russia for trying to influence the election. As Garrett... More »

North Korea May Have Ordered $81M Theft at NY Fed

Investigators find links to 2014 Sony hack: report

(Newser) - Investigators initially suspected the hackers who stole $81 million from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last year while posing as Bangladeshi bankers weren't actually from Bangladesh. Now, they're apparently pointing the finger at North Korea. While investigators believe Chinese individuals or businesses carried out the attack,... More »

Hackers Threaten to Wipe 559M Apple Accounts

A video reportedly shows them accessing one

(Newser) - Hackers identifying themselves as "Turkish Crime Family" are threatening to wipe hundreds of millions of Apple users' devices, including files backed up on the iCloud, if Apple doesn't pay a ransom of at least $75,000, reports Motherboard . The hackers say they have access to as many as... More »

Hacker Tries, Fails to Extort $100K From E-Sports Site

Information for 1.5M Esports Entertainment Association users leaked

(Newser) - A hacker has released the information of more than 1.5 million e-sports players and fans following a failed extortion attempt, Mashable reports. According to PC Gamer , the Esports Entertainment Association was hacked sometime over Christmas. The hacker then threatened to release users' information unless ESEA paid them $100,000.... More »

Yahoo Says Hackers Stole Info From Over 1B Accounts

It's believed to be largest data breach ever at an email provider

(Newser) - Yahoo says it believes hackers stole data from more than 1 billion user accounts in August 2013, in what is thought to be the largest data breach at an email provider, the AP reports. The company was also home to what's now most likely the second largest hack in... More »

CIA Bombshell: Russia Acted to Give Trump the White House

Meanwhile, Russia also hacked GOP, but leaked nothing damning

(Newser) - Reversing months of vague muttering about Russian influence, the CIA secretly told "key senators" that Russian hackers actively tried to put Donald Trump in the Oval Office, reports the Washington Post in one of a pair of damning reports Saturday on Russia's efforts at influencing an American election.... More »

Hackers Holding College's Computers for Ransom

They want $28,500 to call off the ransomware attack

(Newser) - Hackers attempted to hold computers at one Canadian university hostage for $28,500 on Tuesday, the Register reports. According to the CBC , Carleton University was hit with a ransomware attack from an unknown source. "Any system accessible from the main network, that is Windows based, may have been compromised,... More »

Podesta Got Hacked Because Clinton IT Team Was Fooled

Probably

(Newser) - It appears we now know how John Podesta's email account got hacked, and it seems Russia was behind it. CNN reports a new batch of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman released Friday includes one from March with the subject line "Someone has your password."... More »

Hackers Hijack 'Smart Devices' for Huge Cyberattack

Prompting concerns about the 'Internet of Things'

(Newser) - Several "massive" cyberattacks were launched last week, with an "army" of security cameras and DVRs being hijacked by hackers, the Wall Street Journal reports. Even famed security researcher Brian Krebs was affected, and saw his website temporarily disabled. The hackers hijacked up to a million cameras, DVRs, and... More »

Guy Busted in Hack of Pippa Middleton's Photos

Tried to sell 3K pictures from hacked iCloud account

(Newser) - British cops have charged a 35-year-old man with hacking the iCloud account of Pippa Middleton—complete with some 3,000 images—then promptly trying to sell its contents to two UK tabloids for about $65,000, reports the BBC . The thief contacted the Sun and the Daily Mail under the... More »

What Yahoo Users Should Do After Biggest Hack Ever

Might be time for 2-step authentication if not in place already

(Newser) - Yahoo broke the news to half-a-billion users Thursday that hackers breached its system and thus might know their passwords, security questions, phone numbers, and dates of birth. Yes, that's a "b" as in billion, making this the largest data breach ever, notes CNET . The company is blaming "... More »

Yahoo: Actually, 500M Accounts Got Hacked

Breach is described as 'widespread and serious'

(Newser) - Yahoo is confirming what Recode describes as a "widespread and serious" data breach affecting 500 million users. Yahoo blames "state-sponsored actors" for the personal data that was stolen in 2014 but only recently discovered to have been stolen, the AP reports. Yahoo had previously been expected to confirm... More »

Accused British Hacker Can Be Extradited to US

Lauri Love says he'll die in the US prison system

(Newser) - A 31-year-old British man can be extradited to the US for allegedly hacking into the FBI, NASA, Federal Reserve, and Department of Defense, a judge in Britain ruled Friday. Wired reports Lauri Love allegedly hacked the agencies and did millions of dollars worth of damage as a form of protest... More »

Rio Revenge? Russian Hackers Hit Medical Info of US Athletes

'What we're seeing here is a digital temper tantrum,'

(Newser) - In what one analyst calls a "digital temper tantrum," hackers linked to the Russian government have hacked into the World Anti-Doping Agency's Olympic database and released information on star American athletes, including Serena and Venus Williams. WADA has confirmed the security breach, and the hacking group "... More »

FBI: Election Systems Hacked in 2 States

FBI warning state officials to boost election security

(Newser) - The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers breached related data systems in two states, the AP reports. In a confidential "flash" alert from its cyber division, first reported by Yahoo News and posted online by others, the FBI said... More »

The Online Attacks on Leslie Jones Just Got Much Worse

Hacker leaks her personal info and nude photos

(Newser) - Comedian and actress Leslie Jones continues to be the victim of horrific online abuse for the crime of appearing in a Ghostbusters reboot. On Wednesday, Jones' website was hacked, with someone posting nude photos of the Saturday Night Live star, as well as images of her driver's license and... More »

Hack of Democratic Emails Worse Than Thought

New York Times says investigation is widening

(Newser) - The high-profile hacking of Democratic emails already has caused much trouble for the party—including the resignation of Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But as the New York Times reports, things might soon get worse for Democrats, because the hack has turned out to be much bigger than... More »

A Teen Taught Herself to Hack, Then She Escaped a Cult

Shyama Rose says hacking is her 'reason for carrying on'

(Newser) - "There’s nothing that pisses me off more than someone doing something bad to someone who can’t protect themselves," Shyama Rose says. "That obviously stems from seeing children harmed." Glamour has a fascinating profile on Rose, a woman who taught herself to hack, then used... More »

Hackers Hit Service Used by Clinton Campaign

Campaign says its own systems weren't breached

(Newser) - A computer service used by the Clinton campaign was hit as part of the Democratic National Committee hack, the campaign has confirmed. Campaign officials say the hackers had access to a voter database program for around five days, but there is no sign that the campaign's own systems were... More »

Delegate Accuses Rivals of Leaking Racy Home Video

Democratic Rep. Stacey Plaskett calls computer hack 'shockingly disgusting'

(Newser) - The Virgin Islands' non-voting delegate to Congress says she was the victim of a "shockingly disgusting" computer hack at the hands of her political rivals: Personal files were posted online Wednesday, including a topless selfie and a video of her husband naked, reports Politico . They were later removed. Democratic... More »

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