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Russian Hackers Swiped DNC's Opposition Research on Trump

And they eavesdropped on chats, emails for a year

(Newser) - Two groups of Russian government hackers—codenamed Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear—pulled a 21st-century Watergate and hacked the Democratic National Committee, eavesdropping on staffers and stealing a huge amount of it opposition research on Donald Trump, the Washington Post reports. According to NBC News , that could include legal documents,... More »

Zuckerberg's Twitter, Pinterest Hacked

Group says they found his password in LinkedIn leak

(Newser) - Hackers have managed to embarrass Mark Zuckerberg, but not Facebook: A group calling itself OurMine Team claimed responsibility after the Facebook founder's Pinterest and Twitter accounts were hacked on Sunday, reports the New York Daily News . The hackers said they had found Zuckerberg's details in last month's... More »

Twitter's Most Popular User Got Hacked

Katy Perry is the latest victim

(Newser) - Katy Perry fans were probably surprised when she tweeted a "miss u baby" in the direction of Taylor Swift on Monday. As it turns out, that wasn't Perry making up with her rival pop star—Perry's account was hacked, reports US Weekly . That's quite a feat... More »

'Guccifer' to Plead Guilty to Hacking Bush Family

He says he also hacked Clinton's server

(Newser) - A judge is expected to take a guilty plea from the Romanian hacker known as Guccifer, who's charged with breaking into computer accounts of the Bush family and others. A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled Wednesday morning at federal court in Alexandria, Va., for 44-year-old Marcel Lazar, reports the AP... More »

Dating Site That Rejects 'Ugly' People Gets Hacked

Beautifulpeople.com hack hits 1.1M users

(Newser) - Go ahead, enjoy the schadenfreude: A dating website that excludes unattractive people has been hacked, and the private information of more than a million of its attractive users is now for sale on the dark web. Beautifulpeople.com allows existing users to rate prospective users before they are allowed to... More »

How Did FBI Crack That Phone? They Paid Hackers

'Gray hats' discovered iPhone security hole

(Newser) - To get into the locked iPhone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, the FBI apparently did something Apple never does : give money to hackers. Sources tell the Washington Post that the agency avoided a legal battle with Apple by paying a group of so-called "gray hat" hackers who... More »

Google Really Wants Someone to Hack Chromebook

Not a single person has been able to, so the company has doubled the reward to $100K

(Newser) - For six years Google has been leaning on some of the world's best hackers to find problems in a wide range of its products through its bug bounty program, paying $2 million to hundreds of winners last year alone. But after announcing a $50,000 reward for the persistent... More »

Man Pleads Guilty in Celeb Nude Photo Hack

Prosecutors will recommend 18-month sentence

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into email and online accounts of several female celebrities and stealing private information including nude photos and videos, the AP reports. The US Attorney's Office in Los Angeles announced Tuesday that Ryan Collins of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has agreed to... More »

$1B Bank Heist Thwarted by ... a Typo

Hackers still made off with $81M, say officials

(Newser) - Hackers helped themselves to $81 million from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last month—but the massive theft could have been far worse if not for a typo, reports Reuters . Investigators say the heist began when the hackers breached the security systems of Bangladesh Bank and then, posing... More »

Guy Figures Out How to Hack Any Facebook Account

He got $15K for his trouble

(Newser) - He could have posted hilarious status updates for millions at the very least. Instead, after discovering a days-old flaw in Facebook's login system that allowed him to hack any account, Anand Prakash took the high road. The Indian security engineer reported the bug—which allowed hackers to test unlimited... More »

The Pentagon Wants You to Hack Its Websites

You'll have to pass a background check first

(Newser) - Get ready for "the first cyber bug bounty program in the history of the federal government." Beginning in April, American hackers who pass a background check will be able to access predetermined Web pages and networks of the Department of Defense in the hope that they'll find... More »

FBI: Hacker Who Targeted CIA Director Is Just 16

'Cracka' reportedly arrested in England

(Newser) - Remember the hacker who broke into CIA Director John Brennan's personal email as well as the accounts of other high-ranking US security officials? Turns out he's just 16—or so police believe. British authorities and the FBI say they arrested alleged hacker "cracka" in England on Tuesday... More »

Stayed at a Hyatt? Check Your Credit Card Statement

Malicious software found on hotel's payment system

(Newser) - Hyatt Hotels Corp. says it found malicious software on the computer system that processes customer payments, raising the possibility that hackers may have obtained credit card numbers or other sensitive information. The resort chain is advising customers to review their credit card statements, although it has not said if any... More »

Feds: Guy Hacked 130 Celebs' Scripts, Sex Tapes

Alonzo Knowles had a treasure trove of hacked information: prosecutors

(Newser) - A Bahamian man hacked into celebrities' email accounts to steal unreleased movie and TV scripts and private sex tapes and sought to peddle some of the scripts, boasting to an undercover agent that he had dossiers on at least 130 accounts of bigshots in entertainment, sports, and media, federal prosecutors... More »

Anonymous Hacks European Space Agency—for Laughs

And it was insanely simple for them to break in

(Newser) - Anonymous has had a busy week. First the hacktivists spent Friday mocking ISIS , then they took down the Trump Tower website . And before the weekend was out, the group infiltrated the European Space Agency's database, apparently just to keep their skills on point, reports Inverse . "Because Xmas is... More »

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 »

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 »

Journo Who Gave Hackers Password Could Get 25 Years

Ex-Reuters journalist gave Anonymous his Tribune Company password

(Newser) - Matthew Keys was described as a "disgruntled journalist" after he leaked his Tribune Company password to hackers in 2010, and he's likely to be even more disgruntled now: He was found guilty on Wednesday of charges including conspiracy to hack and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years... More »

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