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Teen Hackers Expose Flaw in Today's Education

Pair in Michigan might have been nurtured as tech whizzes; instead, a criminal investigation

(Newser) - Education Week has picked the two latest students to profile for its "Faces of the Future" series, but they're seemingly odd honorees on the surface: Jeremy Currier and Seth Stephens have been expelled from their high school and face possible criminal prosecution. So what gives? It turns... More »

Pentagon to Hackers: Go Ahead, Access Russia's Cyber Systems

It's reportedly part of DOD plan in preparation for cyberattack if Russia interferes with midterms

(Newser) - What may soon become a more "regular currency of war": cyberattacks, per the Center for Public Integrity , and it notes that the US Department of Defense may start cashing in as early as next week. Current and former senior US officials reveal to the investigative journalism nonprofit that the... More »

New Facebook Breach: 50M Users Affected

It involves the 'View As' feature

(Newser) - About half of Americans in 2016 didn't trust social media sites to keep safe tabs on their data. The Pew Research Center reposted that fact Friday with the latest Facebook news: The site has discovered a breach that affected about 50 million users, reports the New York Times . The... More »

Hacker Proclaims He'll Go Up Against Facebook on Sunday

Chang Chi-yuan says he'll try to delete Mark Zuckerberg's page

(Newser) - If you're kind of down on Facebook these days, you may want to be up on Chang Chi-yuan. He's a Taiwanese hacker who says he plans to try to wipe out Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page at 6pm local time (6am EDT) Sunday and will livestream the attempt... More »

'Hack' of DNC Was Actually a Test

Democratic National Committee says recent breach wasn't a breach after all

(Newser) - This week, the Democratic National Committee raised the alarm to the FBI about an attempt to hack its system through a phishing scheme. On Thursday, however, the DNC said it has since learned that the hack wasn't a hack after all—it was a security test, reports the Wall ... More »

FBI Warns New 'ATM Cash-Out' Scheme May Be Imminent

An alert was sent to banks on Friday

(Newser) - "ATM cash-out." It's a phrase that has the ring of a game show but the reality of a nightmare, at least according to the FBI, which has issued a warning about the scheme. Per Krebs on Security , the FBI has been on the receiving end of "... More »

600 Gallons of Gas Stolen in an Apparent Hack

Police looking for two suspects in Detroit who may have used remote device

(Newser) - Thieves were somehow able to hack into a gas pump in Detroit last month and steal 600 gallons of gas over a period of about 90 minutes right in the middle of the day. It's not clear exactly what happened at the Marathon station on June 23, but clerk... More »

Reboot Your Internet Router ASAP, Warns FBI

The US government is warning of powerful Russian malware

(Newser) - Reboot your internet router now. That's what the FBI is telling the users of some 500,000 devices believed to be infected with powerful Russian malware capable of intelligence-collecting, software monitoring, and disabling routers, according to the New York Times . Network technology company Cisco Systems and antivirus company Symantec... More »

Russians Posed as ISIS Hackers to Threaten US Military Wives

'Bloody Valentine's Day!' they wrote

(Newser) - Army wife Angela Ricketts was soaking in a bubble bath in her Colorado home, leafing through a memoir, when a message appeared on her iPhone from hackers threatening to slaughter her family. "Dear Angela!" the Facebook message read. "Bloody Valentine's Day!" Ricketts was one of... More »

Atlanta's Computers Held Hostage, With a $50K Ransom

'This really is an attack on our government,' Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says of major hack

(Newser) - Atlanta is being held hostage, by computer hackers who want more than $50,000 in bitcoin to stop their siege. "This is much bigger than a ransomware attack, this really is an attack on our government," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a Monday presser about the e-attack,... More »

New in US' 'Name and Shame' Game: Indictment of 9 Iranians

Hackers hit US colleges, agencies, and corporations in huge breach

(Newser) - The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions Friday against nine Iranians accused in a government-sponsored hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive info from hundreds of universities, private firms, and US government agencies. The defendants, accused of working at the behest of the Iranian government-tied Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, hacked the... More »

Hacker Who Told Feds About Chelsea Manning Dead at 37

Adrian Lamo was found dead in Wichita on Wednesday

(Newser) - Julian Assange didn't shy away from speaking ill of the dead on Friday. The BBC reports he called hacker Adrian Lamo, who has died at age 37, a "petty conman and betrayer of basic human decency." The bad blood traces back to Lamo's central role in... More »

Warning About Russia: They Can 'Shut the Power Off'

US says hackers have gained entry to power plants, including nuclear facilities

(Newser) - A US security alert on Thursday contained a jarring warning: Russia has infiltrated the US energy grid and could wreak havoc if it chose to do so. "They have the ability to shut the power off," an exec with the digital security firm Symantec tells the New York ... More »

He Was a Hacker Sent to China to Make Money for the North

A look at the 'foot soldiers' in North Korea's hacker army

(Newser) - If the phrase "North Korean hacker" conjures up the image of someone sowing viruses or stealing secrets, Bloomberg Businessweek introduces a different type, a "foot soldier" given one very specific task: make money, and lots of it. With the country stifled by sanctions, the prevailing assumption is that... More »

Hacking Suspect Won't Be Sent to US Over Suicide Fears

Lauri Love wins his appeal

(Newser) - A 33-year-old British man who allegedly hacked into the FBI, NASA, and Federal Reserve and did millions of dollars worth of damage as a form of protest in 2012 and 2013 won't be stepping foot on US soil anytime soon. The High Court of London decided against extradition... More »

'Jackpotting' Thieves Hit US ATMs for First Time

Sophisticated cybercrime lets criminals steal cash with the press of a button

(Newser) - With just the press of a button, "cash out crews" have been attacking ATMs around the world, and now apparently in the US. Reuters reports that two big ATM makers, Diebold Nixdorf and NCR Corp., have issued warnings about the so-called "jackpotting" scheme, which has made its way... More »

Very Bad News for Almost All Computers

Meltdown, Spectre will be hard to fix, researchers say

(Newser) - Security experts worldwide are melting down over Meltdown and feeling haunted by Spectre. Those are the names security researchers have given two massive, newly discovered security flaws that affect central processing units at the chip level, meaning nearly all computers are at risk no matter what kind of operating system... More »

65% of DC Cameras Hacked Before Inauguration

Computers used to distribute ransomware; 2 Romanians charged

(Newser) - Romanian hackers infiltrated 65% of outdoor surveillance cameras in Washington, DC, ahead of President Trump's inauguration as part of an extortion scheme only now being made public, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint, filed in DC and unsealed Thursday, accuses Romanians Mihai Alexandru Isvanca, 25, and Eveline Cismaru,... More »

20 Passwords Other Than '123456' You Should Avoid

'Tigger' is not iron-clad

(Newser) - As Time points out, it's been a banner year for hacks, from Equifax's totally avoidable breach to Yahoo's eventual admission that all 3 billion accounts were compromised. SplashData ran an analysis of some 5 million leaked passwords to come up with its list of the 100 most... More »

Uber Got Hacked, Then Made Things Worse

Company paid hackers $100K to keep last year's breach of 57M accounts secret

(Newser) - The bad news: Uber suffered a major hack one year ago that exposed the accounts of 57 million customers and drivers. The worse news: The company decided to keep the breach a secret instead of informing victims, and it paid the hackers $100,000 to keep it under wraps, reports... More »

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