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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 »

Hacker Wreaks Havoc on Sacramento Transit Site

Agency opts not to pay bitcoin ransom, and website is back online

(Newser) - Riders and officials of the Sacramento Regional Transit system got a surprise over the weekend when the agency's website displayed a message: “I’m sorry to modify the home page, i’m good hacker, i I just want to help you fix these vulnerability," it read in... More »

Federal Government Notifies 21 States of Election Hacking

Most systems weren't breached ahead of 2016 election

(Newser) - The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached, the AP reports. The government said last year that more than 20 states were targeted by hackers believed to be Russian agents before... More »

Equifax Could Have Fixed Bug Exploited by Hackers. It Didn't

Patch for web application vulnerability was released 2 months before data breach

(Newser) - Remember that massive Equifax data breach that exposed the names, security numbers, and more of 143 million US consumers? It now appears Equifax had "clear and simple instructions" on how to avoid it and more than two months to follow them. The credit reporting company announced Thursday that hackers... More »

465K People With Pacemakers Need Security Update

The FDA announces what is basically a recall

(Newser) - Is it a recall? Is it a software update? Well, it's actually both. Abbott, the medical device company that produces implantable cardiac pacemakers under the St. Jude’s Medical brand, has issued a "corrective action," per the Food and Drug Administration , to mitigate what it calls the... More »

Tiger Woods Among Celebs Hit by Latest Nude Photo Hack

Lindsey Vonn, Miley Cyrus also affected

(Newser) - Another nude photo scandal has hit Hollywood. This time, naked pictures allegedly featuring celebrities including Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn, Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, Stella Maxwell, and Katharine McPhee have surfaced on the Celeb Jihad website. Per two reports from TMZ , Woods, McPhee, Stewart, and Maxwell have already sicced lawyers on... More »

HBO Hackers Leak Curb Your Enthusiasm Episodes

HBO says it's not going to comment every time something gets leaked

(Newser) - The latest leak from the HBO hackers: several Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes. The upcoming season of the comedy series won't be airing on HBO until October, Variety reports. The hackers have already released episodes of other HBO series including Insecure, Ballers, Barry, and The Deuce, plus reportedly some draft... More »

Guy Who Wrote the Book on Passwords: I Was Wrong

Bill Burr says using special characters, plus frequent changes, was off base

(Newser) - The security expert who wrote widely accepted advice in 2003 about online passwords—use special characters and change the passwords regularly—now acknowledges that he misfired. "Much of what I did I now regret," Bill Burr, who is 72 and retired from the National Institute of Standards and... More »

FBI Arrests 23-Year-Old Who Stopped Global Cyberattack

Marcus Hutchins had traveled to US for security conference

(Newser) - The British security researcher called an "accidental hero" for helping stop the WannaCry global cyberattack has been arrested after traveling to the US for a cybersecurity conference. According to an indictment released by the Department of Justice, 23-year-old Marcus Hutchins is accused of creating and spreading Kronos malware in... More »

HBO Hack Worse Than Thought

Could be on par with the 2014 Sony hack

(Newser) - The HBO cyberattack appears to be worse than originally thought. A security company hired by the network tells Google that the hackers stole "thousands of ... internal company documents" belonging to HBO as well as "masses of copyrighted items including documents, images, videos and sound," Variety reports. The... More »

WikiLeaks Brings New Attention to President's Campaign Emails

But no new 'bombshells' so far in Macron campaign emails posted on site

(Newser) - Roughly 20,000 emails allegedly stolen from French President Emmanuel Macron's campaign have been digitally verified and published to WikiLeaks, the group said Monday. The emails caused a stir when they were initially published just two days before France's May 7 presidential runoff. But unlike the leaks that... More »

China Announces Quantum Leap in Encryption

Soon-to-launch communications network said to be 'unhackable'

(Newser) - Communications just got tighter between Alice and Bob, leaving Eve out in the cold. These aren't real people, but rather the names commonly used in scenarios describing quantum cryptography , a type of technology surpassing traditional encryption in terms of keeping communications networks safe from hackers. It's a technology... More »

Feds: Hackers Have Hit US Nuclear Plants

Their methods include fake resumes

(Newser) - Hackers have made their way into the systems of American nuclear power plants with methods including malware hidden in fake resumes sent to engineers who control critical systems, federal authorities warn in a report seen by the New York Times . The report from the FBI and the Department of Homeland... More »

Putin: Maybe Some 'Patriotic' Russian Hackers Were at Work

But he insists that Moscow did not sanction any state meddling in US election

(Newser) - US intelligence agencies have accused Russia of hacking into Democratic Party emails, helping to seal President Trump's election victory, but Vladimir Putin insisted Thursday that the Russian state has never engaged in hacking—and scoffed at allegations that hackers could influence the outcome of US elections. Speaking at a... More »

Chipotle Customers: Examine Your Credit Card Statements

Chain says hackers breached system in March and April

(Newser) - More trouble for Chipotle: The chain said Friday that customer data including credit card information has been breached in a hack affecting most of its stores. According to UPI , the company found malware tracking credit card numbers, expiration dates, and verification codes between March 24 through April 18. Among other... More »

Hack Exposes Florida Owners of Concealed Guns

About 16K of those with permits may have been compromised

(Newser) - Thousands of people who carry concealed weapons in Florida just got some bad news: Hackers broke into the state registry and may have gotten information about them, reports WBBH . The news is worst for 469 of those affected: They received notices that their Social Security numbers may now be vulnerable.... More »

Hackers Could Have a Field Day at Mar-a-Lago

ProPublica and Gizmodo do some cyber-sleuthing

(Newser) - Some cyber-sleuths from ProPublica and Gizmodo poked around President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida and other Trump locales and came to an inescapable conclusion: They're easy pickins for hackers. The investigators detected vulnerable WiFi networks, software, printers, servers, and the like, all of which leave open the potential... More »

Experts Issue Warning on Facebook Concert Craze

Listing concerts you've attended could compromise online security

(Newser) - An alluring game on Facebook is coming under intense scrutiny—even though its original intent seems pretty harmless. People are posting lists of the top 10 concerts they've ever attended, including one that they actually didn't attend, to compare and see who can spot the lie. But Facebook... More »

Hacker Punishes Netflix for Refusing to Pay Ransom

New season of 'Orange Is the New Black' released early by hacker

(Newser) - A hacker going by The Dark Overlord claims to have stolen and released 10 episodes of the new season of Orange Is the New Black more than a month before its official release on Netflix. Variety reports the hacker was demanding an unspecified ransom from Netflix, uploading the first episode... More »

Report: DNC Hackers Targeted French Candidate, Too

Phishing scheme was unsuccessful, officials say

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton says she lost the 2016 election due in part to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee. Emmanuel Macron, on the other hand, looks poised to become France's next president despite a seemingly similar effort to derail his campaign. According to cybersecurity firm Trend Micro, Macron—who... More »

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