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Kmart Payment Data Breached in Latest Hack

Customer credit card information at risk: company

(Newser) - If you've shopped at a Kmart store in recent weeks, it may be time to check your credit card records: The company is the latest retailer to fall victim to hackers, it says. Hackers apparently got into Kmart's systems in early September; some credit and debit card numbers... More »

JPMorgan Attack Hit 10 Financial Firms

Hackers likely working from Russia: report

(Newser) - The hacking of JPMorgan Chase—which was on par, size-wise, with the attack on Target —affected about nine other financial companies, too, the New York Times reports. Exactly which banks and brokerages those were isn't clear, nor is it certain if those breaches were as extensive as JPMorgan'... More »

No, Jennifer Lawrence Shouldn't 'Laugh It Off'

And don't tell her she should have expected it either, say columnists

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence is getting all kinds of advice from strangers on how to handle the leak of her private photos , and two unfortunate themes have emerged, observes Amanda Hess at Slate . Lawrence should "laugh it off," and she should stop taking nude photos of herself because what did... More »

Celeb Photo 'Hack' Really a Sex Crime

Blaming the celebs is like blaming any sex-crime victim

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence and the other celebrities who had their personal nude photos dumped online have not merely been "scrutinized" or "hacked"—they've been sexually violated for the whole world to see, writes Van Badham at the Guardian . As a sex crime, "it deserves the same... More »

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 »

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 »

'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 »

Iran Spies Built Fake News Site to Trick US Targets

Hackers also used bogus Facebook accounts, says security firm

(Newser) - Iranian hackers savvy with social media created a fake news site and false Facebook credentials to spy on top-ranking officials in the US and elsewhere, the Wall Street Journal reports. Cybersecurity firm iSight Partners uncovered what it says is the most elaborate such scheme it has ever seen, reports Reuters... 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 »

Target CEO Exits After Giant Hack

CFO temporarily takes over for Gregg Steinhafel

(Newser) - Target's CEO is leaving his post after a hack of its systems saw 70 million customers' personal information stolen over the holidays. Gregg Steinhafel, who has been with the company for 35 years, is resigning immediately. He will be replaced, for the time being, by chief financial officer John... More »

Iran's US Navy Hack Lasted 4 Months

Head responder poised for scrutiny as NSA nominee

(Newser) - A cyberattack last year saw Iran infiltrate the US Navy's unclassified intranet—and it took US officials some four months to "eliminate the bad guys from our networks," a top US official tells the Wall Street Journal . The hack, initially reported last year, was far larger than... 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 »

FBI: More Target-Style Hacks on Way

20 other cases used similar malware in past year

(Newser) - A warning to shoppers: More cyber attacks like this one and this one are coming, according to a three-page confidential FBI report seen by Reuters , a determination the FBI made after finding some 20 hacking cases in the last year used the same type of malware as in the Target... More »

17-Year-Old Wrote Target Hack Malware: Report

Boy wasn't involved in attack: intelligence firm

(Newser) - The malware behind the Target breach —and possibly one at Neiman Marcus —was written by a Russian boy about 17 years old, according to an intelligence firm's report. As noted by Gawker , the boy isn't thought to have been directly involved in the hack on the... More »

Most Web Traffic Isn't Human

Bots now account for 61.5% of traffic

(Newser) - If you're an Internet user with blood in your veins and air in your lungs, you're now part of a shrinking minority, according to startling new research. Some 61% of web traffic is now non-human, made up of a motley assortments of bots generated by search engines, scrapers,... More »

Microsoft Attacks 'Army of Zombie Computers'

Cut connections of botnet netting criminals $2.7M per month

(Newser) - A major hacking operation involving a worldwide "army of zombie computers" hit a snag yesterday when the FBI, Europol, and Microsoft teamed up to shut it down. A months-long investigation by Microsoft found the ZeroAccess botnet infecting some 2 million computers with malware that generated bogus clicks on ads,... More »

Hackers Post 2M Facebook, Google, Yahoo Passwords

Most common one? '123456'

(Newser) - Some 2 million user credentials for Facebook and other top services have appeared on a Russian-language website, likely thanks to malware installed on users' computers, experts tell the BBC . They believe a crime ring was probably behind the dump, which claimed to include 318,121 Facebook usernames and passwords, along... More »

Journo Asks Hackers to Spy on Him—With Scary Results

Took control of his wife's computer, got into his bank account, cracked all his passwords

(Newser) - Some 14 years ago, journalist Adam Penenberg wrote an article for Forbes in which he paid a private detective to investigate him, starting with nothing but his name. This year, he decided to repeat the experiment for the 21st Century, asking an "ethical hacking team" to do the same... More »

NSA Hacked 2 Mexican Presidents' Emails

New Snowden leaks reveal NSA expolited key government mail server

(Newser) - Last month, it was revealed that the NSA had spied on the emails of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto before he was elected. Turns out, US snooping on Mexico's government runs way deeper. According to a new documents leaked by Edward Snowden to Der Spiegel , the NSA ran a... More »

Kids, Hack Your School iPads

We should want students to master tech, Katherine Mangu-Ward argues

(Newser) - Last year, some previously technologically illiterate Ethiopian children taught themselves to hack tablet computers provided by the One Laptop Per Child program. So it shouldn't have been surprising when, more recently, tech-savvy LA high school kids swiftly circumvented the controls on their school-issued iPads—controls that had prevented them... More »

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