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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 »

Not a False Alarm: eBay Hacked

Site will ask users to change their password later today

(Newser) - It's not a false alarm after all: eBay really has been hacked, the company confirmed this morning following a confusing rescinded announcement. At about 1:30am, eBay's PayPal unit posted a message headlined "eBay Inc. to Ask All eBay Users to Change Passwords," Reuters reports, but... More »

Canada Arrests Teen in Heartbleed Hack

Ontario suspect, 19, accused of stealing data from Canada's revenue agency

(Newser) - A 19-year-old computer whiz in Canada has been charged with taking advantage of the Heartbleed Internet breach to hack into the nation's version of the IRS, reports the BBC . Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes of London, Ontario, is accused of exploiting the flaw to steal 900 social insurance numbers from the... More »

Target Got Warnings About Hack—and Ignored Them

It even turned off program to delete malware, says Businessweek

(Newser) - If only Target had top-notch security software in place to prevent last year's disastrous hack . Oh wait, it did. In fact, a report by Businessweek/Bloomberg says the software was essentially screaming that something was amiss well in advance of any actual theft of customers' credit card data. Target had... More »

Hackers Claim Mt. Gox Sat on 'Stolen' Bitcoin

Stolen file reportedly reveals 951K-bitcoin balance

(Newser) - Hackers say the now-bankrupt Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has been less than honest about money lost in a major security lapse . Yesterday, they hacked into CEO Mark Karpeles' blog and Reddit account, announcing that the company had kept currency it claimed was stolen, Forbes reports. They said they'd hacked... More »

Sophisticated Hack Strikes U. of Maryland

Names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth stolen

(Newser) - If you were issued a University of Maryland ID any time since 1998, your personal records at the university may have been stolen: During a computer security breach at 4am Tuesday, a hacker gained access to 309,079 such records belonging to faculty, staff, and students. Officials think the information—... More »

The Dangerous Life of a Cybercrime Blogger

Brian Krebs revealed Target hack

(Newser) - Brian Krebs, a Washington Post reporter turned private blogger, has made a name for himself in the world of cybersecurity—in particular through his revelation of the enormous Target hacks . But such security success doesn't come without a price: Hackers know who Krebs is, writes Nicole Perlroth in the... More »

Kickstarter: We Got Hacked, Change Your Password

Breach detected Wednesday, 'immediately closed'

(Newser) - Kickstarter was the victim of a hack last week, and its CEO is advising users to re-set their passwords as a result, reports CNN . "(W)e strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password," Yancey Strickler said... More »

Target Hack Began With ... Refrigeration Contractor?

Hackers may have gained access through Pittsburgh company's computers

(Newser) - It's beginning to look like the hackers who got into Target's computer network did so by first hijacking the computers of an unlikely source—a company near Pittsburgh that provides refrigeration, heating, and A/C service to the chain, reports KrebsOnSecurity . Once hackers gained access to Fazio Mechanical Service'... More »

Snowden Leak: UK Hacked Anonymous

...And may have shut down law-abiding websites in the process

(Newser) - UK intelligence once gave Anonymous and LulzSec a taste of its own medicine, hitting them with the exact kind of cyber attack they're infamous for employing, according to a new leak from Edward Snowden obtained by NBC News . A secret British intelligence outfit known as JTRIG (the Joint Threat... More »

Pair Busted at Mexico Border May Be Tied to Target Hack

Mexican couple had 90-some bogus credit cards

(Newser) - When two people with some 90 fake credit cards were arrested trying to enter the US, authorities reported a link to the hack of Target stores —but the story has gotten more muddled. A South Texas police chief said the two Mexicans, Daniel Dominguez Guardiola and Mary Carmen Vaquera... More »

Report Shows Just How Innovative Target Hack Was

Virus is impervious to antivirus software, uses method 'new to eCrime'

(Newser) - It looks like the hackers that hit Target had lots of other, well, targets. The Department of Homeland Security recently sent retailers and financial service companies a secret memo warning that the Target hit appeared to be part of a larger international campaign, the Wall Street Journal reports, an insight... More »

HealthCare.gov Still 'Dangerous': Security Experts

But site's operators say no attacks have yet succeeded

(Newser) - More than three months into its disastrous rollout, HealthCare.gov is still wide open to hackers despite pleas that date back to October to fix more than 20 vulnerabilities, a group of security experts says. Users' personal information and computers could be commandeered, they tell Reuters , and hackers could damage... More »

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