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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 »

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 »

Miss Teen USA Tangled in 'Sextortion' Case

Suspect charged with extortion, hacked up to 40 computers: police

(Newser) - A 19-year-old man was charged yesterday with hacking webcams at the home of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and other women to extort nude photos and videos from them, with authorities contending he forced several women to strip. Jared James Abrahams of Temecula surrendered to FBI agents to face an... More »

LinkedIn Sued for 'Hacking' Users' Email Accounts

One woman says site emailed 3K contacts in her name

(Newser) - You know those LinkedIn invites from random people in your past that are always clogging up your inbox? They might be more sinister than they appear. A group of LinkedIn users is suing the professional networking site, claiming it hacked their email accounts and harvested the addresses of their contacts... More »

'Syrian' Hackers Strike Again: Deface Marine Corps Site

Call Obama 'traitor'; implore Marines to 'refuse orders'

(Newser) - Fresh from taking down the New York Times website last week, the pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army has apparently hit another target: the US Marine Corps. The Marines' recruiting website, Marines.com, was attacked earlier today, replaced with a page calling Obama a "traitor" and arguing that the Syrian government... More »

'Syrian' Hackers Force NYT to Use Alternate Website

Group says it's loyal to Bashar al-Assad

(Newser) - A group of hackers that claims loyalty to Syria's Bashar al-Assad seems to have hacked the New York Times, reports PCMag . The newspaper's website went down completely this afternoon, and a Times VP says a "malicious external attack" is likely to blame. Some visitors are seeing a... More »

Syrian Group Hacks Washington Post Website

The Syrian Electronic Army may be sending political message

(Newser) - Hackers who support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hacked into the Washington Post today, redirecting its readers to the hackers' website, PC Mag reports. The Post and the Syrian Electronic Army disagreed about how the group accessed the site, but regardless it's up and running now. The upshot: After hacking... More »

Guy Hacks Baby Monitor, Says Awful Things

Parents heard lewd comments, cursing coming from room

(Newser) - A Houston couple was disturbed to hear a stranger in their 2-year-old daughter's room Saturday. The man, who had a European-sounding accent, was making lewd comments ("wake up, you little slut") and called both the toddler and the parents names including "effing moron" and "bitch.... More »

5 Charged in Biggest Financial Hacking Case

Data on 160M credit cards stolen

(Newser) - Four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a sophisticated hacking organization that penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen major American and international corporations over seven years, stealing and selling at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers. Indictments were announced today in Newark,... More »

Hackers Target Universities Millions of Times Each Week

Personal details, intellectual property at risk

(Newser) - College campuses are becoming increasingly less safe, but the threat is not physical. Universities are under attack from hackers, with America's institutions of higher learning facing millions of attempted cyberattacks, mostly from China, every week, the New York Times reports. At stake is far more than a bunch of... More »

On Korea War Anniversary, Hackers Hit Both Sides

Anonymous group involved

(Newser) - Today is the 63rd anniversary of the Korean War, and both Koreas found themselves under attack once more—cyberattack, in this case. Key North and South Korean government and media websites mysteriously went down for hours, the AP reports. Hackers from Anonymous had announced plans to attack North Korea, and... More »

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