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Abu Dhabi Jails Woman for Facebook Picture of Car

Jodi Magi has 'zero idea' why she's in trouble for post about parking

(Newser) - They could have just washed her mouth out with soap, but instead Abu Dhabi officials threw Australian Jodi Magi in jail for posting a picture of a parked car online, Australia's ABC News reports. It started in February when Magi, annoyed at a driver who took up two handicap-parking... More »

IRS to 104K Taxpayers: Thieves Stole Your Data on Our Site

Agency shuts down 'Get Transcript' service temporarily

(Newser) - More than 100,000 people are about to get an unpleasant letter from the IRS, but it doesn't involve the word "audit." Instead, think cyber-theft. The agency said today that online criminals tapped into the information of 104,000 people though the IRS' popular "Get Transcript"... 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 »

'Almost Peerless' New Malware in Use Since 2008

Source of Regin is unclear, says Symantec

(Newser) - The same Symantec researchers who tracked down the Stuxnet worm four years ago have discovered another potent piece of malware, Re/code reports. The Trojan program is called Regin, and it offers "a powerful framework for mass surveillance," Symantec says in a blog post that calls out "a... More »

Mystery 'Interceptors' Capture Our Calls: Experts

And they don't appear to be NSA installations

(Newser) - Security experts have been spotting so-called "fake cellphone towers" of unknown origin that could be spying on us. The "interceptors," as they're called, trick our phones into thinking they're regular cell towers; then, according to VentureBeat , they can listen to our calls or pave the... More »

Did Russian Cyberattackers Raid Big US Banks?

Feds suspect attacks could be payback for sanctions, sources say

(Newser) - The big banks are staying tight-lipped about it, but multiple sources say several major US financial firms were hit by hackers who made off with gigabytes of data earlier this month. The banks included JPMorgan Chase and at least four others, according to New York Times sources, who say the... More »

Hackers Hit 1K StubHub Accounts, Bought Tickets

Online ticket reseller says it gave out refunds, arrests coming

(Newser) - Last year, StubHub officials noticed a slew of unauthorized transactions, quietly refunded affected customers, and brought in law-enforcement officials. Authorities are today expected to make arrests involving a huge cyberfraud ring in which thieves hacked into more than 1,000 StubHub accounts, reports the AP . The StubHub site itself wasn’... More »

Software Is Hopelessly Bad and No Data Is Safe

Security expert Quinn Norton explains why we're all screwed

(Newser) - The computer you're reading this on right now is compromised. There's simply no way it's not, Quinn Norton explains in a fairly terrifying column at Medium . "Computers, and computing, are broken," Norton writes. "Most software gets shipped the moment it works well enough to... More »

US Charges 5 in China's Military With Cyber Spying

It's the first such charge against a state actor

(Newser) - The US government has filed criminal charges against five Chinese military officers, accusing them of spying on American businesses, NBC News and USA Today report. It's the first time the US has leveled such charges against a state actor. The Justice Department is alleging that the officers used military... More »

'Loverspy' Guy Joins Most-Wanted Cybercrime List

Spyware was designed for jealous lovers

(Newser) - It's not just the federal government intercepting your communications. It could be a nosy relative or jealous partner. Among the five people added this week to the FBI's list of "most wanted" cybercriminals is a former San Diego college student who developed an $89 program called "... More »

Adobe: Hackers Snagged 3M Users' Credit Card Data

Attackers got customer IDs, passwords

(Newser) - Adobe Systems says a cyberattack on its systems has exposed credit-card information of 2.9 million customers. The maker of Photoshop and other software says the attacker accessed Adobe customer IDs and passwords on its systems. Through that access, they were able to remove customer names, encrypted credit and debit... More »

Cops: Cyberthieves Planned To Rob Bank Remotely

Allegedly tried to install device to take control of London branch computer

(Newser) - Four men appeared in a London court today, charged with attempting to rob a bank by taking control of its computer system. Police say the suspects were arrested after a bogus maintenance engineer tried to install a keyboard-video-mouse—a device typically used to control several computers at once—on a... More »

Cops: Cyberthieves Stole $45M From ATMs in Hours

Seven arrests made in US as part of global investigation

(Newser) - A gang of cyber-criminals stole $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards and then draining cash machines around the globe, federal prosecutors said today. Seven people are under arrest in the US in connection with the case, which prosecutors... More »

China Hackers Have Hit Majority of Washington: Experts

Rare to find 'network that hasn't been breached'

(Newser) - Just how widespread is Chinese hacking against the US? Well, it's hit pretty much every Washington institution, experts tell the Washington Post . "The dark secret is there is no such thing as a secure unclassified network," says one. "Law firms, think tanks, newspapers—if there’s... More »

At Heart of Vast US Hacking Campaign: China Army

Report tracks prolific attacks to army's Unit 61398

(Newser) - A Shanghai-based unit of China's People's Liberation Army has liberated vast amounts of data from the US and other countries in a huge cyber-spying effort over the last seven years, according to a report from computer security firm Mandiant. PLA Unit 61398—known to some victims as the... More »

Pentagon on Cybersecurity Force: Quintuple It

900-member Cyber Command will soon be 5 times larger

(Newser) - Last year, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned of a " cyber Pearl Harbor "; now, the Pentagon is preparing for a digital battlefield. It's ballooning its Cyber Command from 900 people to a 4,900-strong combination of troops and civilians, the Washington Post reports—even as the government plans... More »

Ex-Spy Chief: Get Ready for 'Cyber 9/11'

Mike McConnell says we've had our warning

(Newser) - First, it was defense secretary Leon Panetta warning of a " cyber Pearl Harbor ." Now, the former director of national intelligence says it's time to prepare for "the cyber equivalent of the World Trade Center attack," the Financial Times reports. Recent attacks on big banks like... More »

China Tech Giants Threaten US Security: Lawmakers

Huawei, ZTE secretly work for Communist Party: report

(Newser) - A House intelligence committee report gives a stern warning about two Chinese telecommunications giants that have been trying to expand their business in the US, and cautions that China could use their devices to spy on Americans. Huawei Technologies Inc. and ZTE Inc. say the claims are "baseless" and... More »

Top US Banks Hit By Middle East Hackers

Group claiming credit blames anti-Islam video

(Newser) - Customers of Wells Fargo, JPMorgan, Bank of America, and other institutions briefly lost access to their online accounts amid an attack by a Middle East-based hacker group—even after the group warned banks of the impending attack, the Los Angeles Times reports. Account information wasn't compromised, the banks say,... More »

Riskiest Celeb to Google? Emma Watson

Her name is a magnet for malicious sites

(Newser) - Harry Potter fans, beware: Emma Watson may pose a threat to your computer. One in eight sites that appear in a search for the actress are malicious, pushing malware or stealing personal data, according to McAfee. That makes her the "most dangerous" celeb on the Internet. Also watch out... More »

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