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Did a Hacker Really Commandeer a Plane?

There's not much to support claim in FBI document

(Newser) - Can a passenger with a laptop really electronically hijack a plane via its in-flight entertainment system? That's what security researcher Chris Roberts has confessed to doing, according to an FBI search warrant application, but there's little to indicate that such a thing is possible. A senior law enforcement... More »

FBI: Guy Hacked Plane's In-Flight Network, Made It Fly Sideways

Chris Roberts says he's been warning of vulnerabilities for years

(Newser) - The FBI's new best friend is Chris Roberts , a man variously described as a computer security expert and hacker, who made headlines last month after United Airlines booted him from a flight over a tweet. Roberts, the founder of One World Labs, has been interviewed by the FBI at... More »

Russian Hackers Got a Look at Obama’s Emails

His account appears safe, but not those with whom he communicated

(Newser) - Russian hackers got a peek at a bit more than President Obama's schedule when they hacked the White House's unclassified network late last year: They got a look at his emails, sources tell the New York Times . While Obama's email account, which is linked to his BlackBerry... More »

Snowden's Password Idea: Strange, but Not Terribly Secure

Cryptography expert says 'MargaretThatcheris110%SEXY' just wouldn't cut it

(Newser) - Edward Snowden recommended last week that people use longer "passphrases" instead of passwords for extra security. One of his suggestions: something unusual and counterintuitive like "MargaretThatcheris110%SEXY." But cryptography expert Joseph Bonneau tells Andy Greenberg, writing for Wired , why Snowden's approach leaves much to be desired. To... More »

Russia Hackers Had Access to Obama's Schedule

President's whereabouts not classified, but not public knowledge, either

(Newser) - Russian hackers' apparent infiltration of the White House computer network in October wasn't exactly confidence-inspiring, even though it was the unclassified portion of the system that was breached. Now US officials say some of the unclassified information that made its way onto hackers' screens was related to President Obama'... More »

Obama Exec Order Opens Up Sanctions for Hackers

US now has power to freeze assets of overseas hackers

(Newser) - President Obama today signed an executive order that creates the first-ever sanctions program to penalize overseas hackers who engage in cyber spying—and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of that espionage. Though no specific penalties were announced, in a post on Medium , Obama broadly writes that "from... More »

US Offers Record Bounty for a Hacker

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev accused of leading Zeus gang

(Newser) - The FBI is offering a record-breaking $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest of a Russian hacker accused of infecting up to a million computers with software that stole passwords and sucked at least $100 million out of bank accounts. Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, whose online aliases include "... More »

After 3 Months, Hackers Still Plaguing State Dept.

Malware keeps getting tweaked, insiders say

(Newser) - The hackers that got into the State Department's unclassified email system three months ago are still there, and they seem to be harder to get rid of than bedbugs, insiders say. Investigators believe the hackers first got into the network through an infected link in an email that spread... More »

Hackers Rob Up to $1B in 'World's Biggest Bank Raid'

Thieves allegedly infiltrate more than 100 banks worldwide

(Newser) - A hacking ring has allegedly stolen up to $1 billion from banks around the world in what appears to be one of the biggest banking breaches known; the Telegraph calls it the "world's biggest bank raid." The hackers have been active since at least the end of... More »

Email Scam Targets Anthem Hack Victims

Phishing campaign looks to gather yet more info

(Newser) - Victims of the Anthem hack were warned by the health insurer yesterday to watch out for an email scam targeting them. The "phishing" emails to current and former Anthem members claim to come from Anthem and advise recipients to click on a link so they can get credit monitoring,... More »

The Most Worrisome Part of the Anthem Hack

Thieves could rack up charges, alter medical records

(Newser) - Health insurer Anthem says medical data and credit card details were not taken in a huge data breach , but analysts warn that the stolen medical ID numbers could be an even bigger headache for customers. Identity thieves could use the numbers to rack up their own medical charges—and in... More »

Anthem Hack Bears China's 'Fingerprints'

Chinese hackers appear to be trying to assemble vast data trove

(Newser) - The Anthem hack that exposed 80 million Americans' data bears "fingerprints" of a nation-state, and investigators are chasing evidence that that nation-state is China, reports Bloomberg . And the attackers aren't necessarily after a credit-card shopping spree: Rather, security experts and government officials say that it appears to be... More »

No. 2 Health Insurer Anthem Suffers Historic Hack

'10s of millions' of Anthem customers have details stolen

(Newser) - In what is believed to be the biggest-ever health care data breach and one of the biggest data breaches anywhere, Anthem says hackers may have stolen the details of tens of millions of customers. The company—America's second-biggest health insurer—says hackers broke into a database that held the... More »

Taylor Swift: Good Luck Finding Nude Pics, Hackers

Singer's Twitter account gets hacked

(Newser) - Apparently there is at least one celebrity who doesn't take nude pictures: Taylor Swift. Her social media accounts were hacked yesterday by the Lizard Squad, a group that's claimed responsibility for a number of other recent cyberattacks . The group threatened to release nude photos of Swift, but she... More »

Hackers Hit Malaysia Air: '404 - Plane Not Found'

'Lizard Squad' says it swiped passenger data, 'ISIS will prevail'

(Newser) - A hacker group that's claimed responsibility for PlayStation and Xbox network outages in recent months has hit a new target. Hackers claiming to be from "cyber caliphate" Lizard Squad took over Malaysia Airlines' website for at least seven hours today, replacing the homepage with an image of a... More »

Hackers: We Brought Down Xbox, PlayStation Services

Gamers frustrated by Christmas outages

(Newser) - Thousands of people who got new Xboxes or PlayStations for Christmas were left frustrated yesterday as both networks suffered major disruptions. The problems began Christmas Eve and persisted through the next day, with Microsoft and Sony telling users they were aware of the issues and were doing their best to... More »

Obama: Hack Was 'Cyber Vandalism,' Not 'Act of War'

Says US reviewing whether N. Korea should be returned to state terror list

(Newser) - With the FBI confirming that North Korea was behind the Sony hack , President Obama tells CNN in an interview airing today that "it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive," not "an act of war." Nevertheless, he says that the US... More »

Sony Hack Suspects Send FBI a Video: 'You Are an Idiot'

Studio says it's looking at alternatives for releasing The Interview

(Newser) - The hackers allegedly behind the hack of Sony Pictures are congratulating the FBI on its work and offering the bureau a "Christmas gift." "The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eyes," a... More »

North Korea Demands Joint Hack Inquiry With US

... or else

(Newser) - North Korea swears it had nothing to do with the hack of Sony no matter what President Obama or the FBI thinks, and it has now called for a joint investigation with the US, reports Reuters . But it did so in typical North Korean fashion: "Without resorting to such... More »

Sony CEO: 'We Have Not Backed Down'

Michael Lynton suggests Obama isn't clear on what happened

(Newser) - Sony is bristling at President Obama's view that the company "made a mistake" in canceling next week's release of a movie after hackers' threats. "We have not backed down," CEO Michael Lynton tells Fareed Zakaria of CNN . "The president, the press, and the public... More »

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