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Hackers Exploit Security Flaw Bigger Than Heartbleed

Old (but newly discovered) 'Shellshock' bug makes common software vulnerable

(Newser) - Remember the Heartbleed bug that made the Internet a sitting duck for hackers? We're now experiencing another security breach that's as bad or worse, reports CNET . One weird aspect, at least to laymen: The flaw has been around for 22 years but went unnoticed until this week. Known... More »

Key Redditor in Celeb Leak: My Privacy's Being Invaded

Vents frustration in Reddit chat

(Newser) - A central figure in the emergence of hacked celebrity nude photos is facing media scrutiny, and he's not particularly enjoying it. Following a Washington Post story on him, Reddit user Johnsmcjohn expressed frustration. "Why is my being on an asexuality website or an Aspergers board relevant" to his... More »

Confirmed: Hackers Breached Home Depot

Home-improvement company doesn't divulge many details

(Newser) - Home Depot admitted today that hackers really did breach the company's payment systems in US and Canadian stores and may have been breaking in since April, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Atlanta-based home-improvement chain said it investigated the hack with banks, law enforcement, and tech security companies like... More »

Feds: Hackers Hit ObamaCare Server

Malware installed but no data stolen

(Newser) - Hackers managed to breach the ObamaCare website this summer, federal authorities say, but it doesn't sound like they were very ambitious ones: Officials say no data was stolen and servers containing personal information were not accessed, CNN reports. Instead, what appeared to be fairly standard malware was uploaded but... More »

Hackers Used Police Tool to Steal Celeb Photos

'Wired' reports on software that's easy to obtain

(Newser) - Hackers who stole nude photos of female celebs used software intended for police and spies to parse data from iPhones, reports Wired . "What this demonstrates is that even without explicit backdoors, law enforcement has powerful tools that might not always stay in law enforcement," a forensic tech expert... More »

Clicking on Stolen Celeb Photos Is Not Sexual Assault

'Time' columnist: Labeling it so dilutes the real meaning of the term

(Newser) - What has happened to Jennifer Lawrence, McKayla Maroney , and other celebrities who have had their nude photos splashed across the Internet is both criminal and despicable, writes Charlotte Alter at Time . And while it "is an enormous violation of personal privacy and sexual autonomy," it is not "... More »

Some of Those Celeb Nude Photos Are Child Porn

McKayla Maroney: I'm underage in stolen photos

(Newser) - Some Internet users who started out gleeful about the leak of celebrities' nude photos are now busy trying to scrub their hard drives of child porn. Lawyers for McKayla Maroney, who turned 18 in December, say the Olympic gymnast was under 18 when the photos of her were taken and... More »

Home Depot Breach May Be Bigger Than Target's

Chain looks into 'unusual activity' of credit card data

(Newser) - If you shrugged off the recent celebrity hack of private photos, along with the massive Target breach last year, here's one more punch: Home Depot is investigating a potential breach of customer data from credit and debit cards, reports Reuters . The scoop originally came from Brian Krebs of Krebs... More »

Apple: Celebrity Hack Wasn't iCloud's Fault

It finds no breach in the system, calls attack 'targeted' on individuals' passwords

(Newser) - Apple has wrapped up a 40-hour investigation that began when news broke about leaked celeb photos , and it insists that iCloud is safe, reports the Verge . Hackers did indeed get access to the photos of Jennifer Lawrence and others, but those "accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack... More »

On Hunt for Nude-Photo Hackers: FBI, Apple, Reddit

'Find My iPhone' bug may be source of leak

(Newser) - Who is behind the huge leak of celebrities' nude photos ? The FBI says it is "addressing" the photo dump, Apple says it is "actively investigating" reports that its iCloud service was breached, the Los Angeles Times reports—and Reddit users are also on the case. Redditors have... More »

Jennifer Lawrence Among Dozens in Nude Photo Hack

Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst among those hit in possible iCloud breach

(Newser) - A huge number of nude photos of celebrities were leaked online over the weekend, but it's not clear just how big the leak is. Some celebs say the photos are fakes, while at least one has confirmed their authenticity and threatened legal action, TMZ reports. "This is a... More »

Did Russian Cyberattackers Raid Big US Banks?

Feds suspect attacks could be payback for sanctions, sources say

(Newser) - The big banks are staying tight-lipped about it, but multiple sources say several major US financial firms were hit by hackers who made off with gigabytes of data earlier this month. The banks included JPMorgan Chase and at least four others, according to New York Times sources, who say the... More »

PlayStation, XBox Services Hacked; Tweet Points to ISIS

Sony exec's plane diverted over threat

(Newser) - Multiple major gaming networks faced technical trouble this weekend, and reports suggest hackers are to blame. Sony's PlayStation Network was down yesterday; Microsoft's Xbox Live and Blizzard's Battle.net were among other services apparently affected, the BBC reports. Meanwhile, a Sony executive was threatened in the air:... More »

Hackers Hit Hospital Network, 4.5M Patients' Data

Community Health Systems runs 206 hospitals

(Newser) - Hackers hit Community Health Systems, a company that operates 206 hospitals across the United States, accessing the records of some 4.5 million patients, reports CNN . What they got, as per the AP : patient names, addresses, birthdates, and phone and Social Security numbers. That affects anyone treated at any location... More »

Why You Shouldn't Panic Over That Russian Hack

Skeptics think threat is overblown, for a variety of reasons

(Newser) - The New York Times struck fear into Internet users everywhere yesterday with its report that Russian hackers had gotten hold of a staggering 1.2 billion username and password combinations. But is the threat exaggerated? At Forbes , Kashmir Hill finds it a little fishy that Hold Security, the Wisconsin security... More »

Russian Hackers Might Have Your Password

Small group has stolen about 1.2B, biggest known collection: NY Times

(Newser) - If all the previous reports about Internet security breaches and stolen passwords weren't enough to scare you into changing your info, this one might: The New York Times reports that a small group of Russian hackers has collected 1.2 billion username and password combos, along with about half... More »

Chinese Hack Data of Feds With Top-Secret Clearance

'NYT': Office of Personnel Management was hit in March

(Newser) - Hackers gained access to the Office of Personnel Management, which houses the personal data of all federal employees, and an official tells the New York Times that the hit was traced to China—though it's not clear whether Beijing sanctioned it. The March breach appeared to target the files... More »

Hackers Turn Construction Sign Into Obscene Message

Florida drivers exposed to latest meme

(Newser) - The construction sign on Boyette Road in Ruskin, Fla., was supposed to alert motorists about lanes being closed. Instead, reports WFTS-TV , its lights spelled out an obscene phrase that we'll list only by acronym: FHRITP. (Click the link to see the sign in full, or almost full.) For... More »

'Energetic Bear' Is Attacking Our Energy Sector

'The potential for sabotage is there,' says Symantec director

(Newser) - "Energetic Bear" has roared its way into the Western oil and gas sector: Over the past year and a half, more than 1,000 companies in 84 countries have been hit by the malware, which was first uncovered in August 2012 and further described in a report released yesterday... More »

FBI Boss: Time to Hire Weed-Smoking Hackers?

Agency needs to recruit the best: director

(Newser) - The FBI needs top hackers to combat cybercrime, and many of those hackers are into marijuana, says the bureau's director. Right now, the FBI won't hire anyone who's smoked weed in the past three years, but it may be time for that to change, says James Comey,... More »

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