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Rogue Hackers May Hurt ISIS More Than Anonymous

Ghost Security Group's Aim: Spying for Intelligence Instead of Forced Shutdowns

(Newser) - Anonymous is making good on its threats to launch a "cyber war" on ISIS , hacking into the group's sites and accounts and warning people about possible attacks . But there's a smaller group that says Anonymous is going about it the wrong way—and claims that its own... More »

Hackers Earn $1M 'Bounty' for Exposing iOS 9 Fault

Now head of firm that awarded prize decides who to sell the info to

(Newser) - In September, Zerodium announced its "Million Dollar iOS Bug Bounty" contest, offering a cool mil to anyone who could hack Apple's iOS 9 and expose its security flaws. On Monday the cybersecurity startup tweeted it has a winner—an anonymous team, Digital Tech reports, that was able to... More »

15-Year-Old Boy Arrested in British Telecom Cyberattack

Data breach put 4 million customers of TalkTalk at risk

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a hack that put the 4 million customers of British telecommunications company TalkTalk at risk, the Guardian reports. British police arrested the teen on suspicion of violating the Computer Misuse Act Monday in Northern Ireland and searched his home, according to... More »

Cops: Teens Hack School to Change Grades, Schedules

They're facing years in prison

(Newser) - Three 17-year-old friends are facing years in prison for allegedly hacking into their New York high school's computer system to change grades and schedules, CBS News reports. Police say Daniel Soares installed a device on a Commack High School computer to swipe passwords and user names from staff last... More »

Hacker: I Breached CIA Director's Personal Email

And found official docs there, he says

(Newser) - An anonymous hacker claims to have breached CIA Director John Brennan's personal email account and has posted documents online, including a list of email addresses purportedly from Brennan's contact file. The hacker, who didn't reveal his name or where he lived, spoke to the New York Post... More »

Facebook Will Let You Know If Kim Jong Un Hacks Your Page

Site says users will be warned if it suspects hacking by a nation-state

(Newser) - Chances are slim that North Korea's operatives are trying to hack a peek into your Facebook photos, but if they were, the site would let you know ASAP, Ars Technica reports. "Starting today, we will notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by... More »

Using Siri, Google Now, Hackers Can Nab Your Data

Attackers could open malicious websites, send phishing emails, and more

(Newser) - Using radio waves, hackers at the French government agency ANSSI say they've been able to silently trigger voice commands on any smartphone thanks to access via Google Now and Siri. Reporting in the journal IEEE , they say it's possible to operate the voice-activated command tools to do things... More »

Report: Russians Hacked Dow Jones for Stock Tips

Dow Jones denies any knowledge of such a hack

(Newser) - Citing interviews with four anonymous sources, Bloomberg reports Russian hackers broke into Dow Jones & Co. servers a year or so ago and stole stock information before it was public. Dow Jones, which is part of News Corp and owns the Wall Street Journal, claims it's unaware of any... More »

Apple Suffers First Major Attack on App Store

Something called XcodeGhost is to blame

(Newser) - Apple has suffered its first major attack on the App Store and yesterday confirmed that it had removed the offending apps. Apple says hackers modified the tool, called Xcode, that developers use to create iOS apps. Developers who mistakenly used the counterfeit XcodeGhost created apps that had the malicious code... More »

Cop May Have Killed Himself Over Ashley Madison Leak

Toronto police reveal what's happening in investigation

(Newser) - The Ashley Madison leak is kinda funny, right? Well it's now led to extortion threats, online scams, and possible suicides. "This ain’t a funny game anymore," says Toronto police officer Bryce Evans, per the Globe & Mail . The release of some 33 million users' data from... More »

New Ashley Madison Dump Includes CEO's Emails

This latest one is twice as big as the first

(Newser) - The Ashley Madison hackers may have just leaked CEO Noel Biderman's emails as part of a much larger data dump today, Gizmodo reports. The majority of this newest leak, which is twice the size of the previous 10-gigabyte leak , appears to be the business and corporate emails of the... More »

Gloating Over Duggar Doesn't Make Madison Leak Right

Salon writer says redirect ire to hackers sifting 'through our most intimate data'

(Newser) - Addressing what she calls the "cesspool story" of the Ashley Madison data leak , Mary Elizabeth Williams acknowledges in Salon the schadenfreude that's taken hold after revelations came to light of Josh Duggar possibly being among the exposed cheaters. "On the spectrum of individuals whose glass houses seem... More »

In Ashley Madison Dump: 15K Government Emails

Data stolen from infidelity website could spawn 'blackmail archive'

(Newser) - Data stolen in last month's hack of cheating website AshleyMadison.com and released yesterday has revealed approximately 15,000 government email addresses, creating what CSO calls a massive "blackmail archive." Email addresses found within the nearly 37 million records made public are registered to the White House,... More »

Ashley Madison Hackers Post Stolen Data of 'Dirtbags'

This could get embarrassing for a lot of people very quickly

(Newser) - The hackers behind last month's data breach of AshleyMadison.com , one of the foremost websites for "married individuals seeking partners for affairs," have posted the stolen data online, Wired reports. The 9.7 gigabytes of information posted on the "dark web" seem to include account details,... More »

Feds: Hackers' Simple Scheme Earned Them $100M

They peeked at press releases before they went public

(Newser) - It was surprisingly simple and surprisingly lucrative: Feds say a group of hackers made $100 million by getting a look at corporate press releases before they went public. The hackers tapped into three big companies that distribute such releases—Marketwire, PR Newswire, and Business Wire—and were able to make... More »

China Snooping in Top US Officials' Emails Since 2010: NSA

And the intrusion is still happening, senior US intelligence official says

(Newser) - For those who've been wondering why such a big deal has been made about Hillary Clinton's private email server, this could add some context. A senior US intelligence official, as well as a "top-secret" NSA document from 2014, indicates that China has been reading the private emails... More »

Russian Hackers Suspected in Cyberattack on Pentagon

Emails of 4K Joint Chiefs of Staff employees affected

(Newser) - Officials believe Russian hackers are behind a cyberattack on the Pentagon's unclassified email system that has left approximately 4,000 employees of the Joint Chiefs of Staff without email for nearly two weeks, NBC News reports. The attack happened sometime in the last week of July, and while officials... More »

Hackers Hijack a Jeep —From 10 Miles Away

Downside of cars that resemble smartphones? Control can be grabbed

(Newser) - In a stunt arranged by Wired , two "security researchers" hacked their way into a Jeep Cherokee carrying writer Andy Greenberg in St. Louis and, from a basement 10 miles away, took over the vehicle and steered it into a ditch. And it's not a one-off. Charlie Miller and... More »

Hackers: We Have Files on 37M Cheating Spouses

Ashley Madison says hack was an inside job

(Newser) - The 37 million members of infidelity hookup site Ashley Madison are going to have a very bad day unless the site is taken offline permanently, hackers warn. The hackers say they've compromised the entire database of parent company Avid Life Media, whose chief executive has confirmed the hack to... More »

Hack at UCLA Health Exposes Medical Records

Nearly 5M are at risk

(Newser) - Bad news for nearly 5 million people who are patients or employees of UCLA's sprawling health care system: Hackers might have your private medical records. The health system said today that the sophisticated hack tapped into the network that contains personal and medical information, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

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