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Hack Exposes 412M Accounts at Adult Sites

Most are at AdultFriendFinder

(Newser) - Popular "sex and swingers community" AdultFriendFinder has been the victim of a massive hacking attack involving a total of 412 million accounts, ZDNet reports. LeakedSource , a watchdog group, disclosed the data breach, calling it the "largest hack of 2016." LeakedSource says the hack occurred in October and... More »

This Experiment Proves Just How Vulnerable the IoT Is

Unsecured devices with default passwords are easy prey for malicious botnets

(Newser) - After last Friday's massive cyberattack utilized a botnet of infected devices like webcams, printers, and DVRs, the general public now knows what security researchers have been saying for years: these devices are extremely vulnerable to attack. And it turns out, they're under attack a lot more often than... More »

Internet Attack Was Strongest of Its Kind by Far

Experts suspect amateur hackers were responsible

(Newser) - The distributed denial of service attack that sent Internet users into a tailspin Friday was the most powerful of its kind by far, say cybersecurity researchers, and they're especially alarmed because it looks to be the work of amateur hackers. Twitter, Netflix, Reddit, and other sites went down as... More »

NSA Contractor May Have Taken Hacking Tools

Which would explain how they turned up for sale online

(Newser) - Officials initially suggested the NSA contractor accused of stealing piles of state secrets, dubbed the "second Snowden," may have simply kept the files for himself . Now, they might be changing their tune. Investigators say there are "forensic clues" that Harold Thomas Martin III is the source of... More »

Clinton Campaign Chief Sends Pro-Trump Tweet

John Podesta has 'switched teams.' Or he's very unlucky

(Newser) - Either John Podesta is very unlucky or he has been using "password" as his password. The Hillary Clinton campaign chairman, whose hacked Gmail emails are being released in batches by WikiLeaks, had his Twitter account hacked on Wednesday and used to send out a pro-Trump tweet, Politico reports. More »

US Officially Accuses Russia of Trying to Influence Election

'This is a huge deal'

(Newser) - The US bluntly accused Russia on Friday of hacking American political sites and email accounts in an effort to interfere with the upcoming presidential election, the AP reports. Moscow dismissed the accusations, which significantly worsen US-Russia relations that already had deteriorated to the lowest point in years. The White House... More »

Feds May Have Busted Another Snowden at NSA

51-year-old contractor was arrested on suspicion of stealing classified computer codes

(Newser) - The NSA may have another Edward Snowden on its hands. The New York Times , quoting multiple sources, reports the FBI recently arrested an NSA contractor suspected of stealing "highly classified computer codes" used for hacking foreign governments, such as China, Iran, and Russia. Furthermore, the contractor—identified by Business... More »

NSA Secrets Could Be Yours for Only $1,083!

The Shadow Brokers group says top bid for stolen NSA software is only $1,082

(Newser) - Back in August, a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers claimed to have obtained specialized NSA hacking tools, and put the code up for auction. Edward Snowden said the tools were probably legit. Reuters reporters heard the tools were used about three years ago for an undisclosed NSA operation. So... More »

Dems: Russia Making 'Serious' Effort to Influence Election

Members of intelligence committees are convinced

(Newser) - The top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees said Thursday they have concluded Russian intelligence agencies are making a "serious and concerted effort" to influence the US presidential election, the AP reports. A joint statement issued by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff goes farther than... More »

Yahoo: Actually, 500M Accounts Got Hacked

Breach is described as 'widespread and serious'

(Newser) - Yahoo is confirming what Recode describes as a "widespread and serious" data breach affecting 500 million users. Yahoo blames "state-sponsored actors" for the personal data that was stolen in 2014 but only recently discovered to have been stolen, the AP reports. Yahoo had previously been expected to confirm... More »

Accused British Hacker Can Be Extradited to US

Lauri Love says he'll die in the US prison system

(Newser) - A 31-year-old British man can be extradited to the US for allegedly hacking into the FBI, NASA, Federal Reserve, and Department of Defense, a judge in Britain ruled Friday. Wired reports Lauri Love allegedly hacked the agencies and did millions of dollars worth of damage as a form of protest... More »

What's Going to Happen to Guy Who Hacked Bush Family

'Guccifer' to be sentenced Thursday

(Newser) - A Romanian hacker who targeted the Bush family, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and others is expected to get a prison sentence of at least two years. Forty-four-year-old Marcel Lazar, better known as "Guccifer," is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Thursday in federal court in Alexandria, Va.... More »

Hackers Say They Hacked NSA's Elite Hackers

Files released online appear to be genuine: experts

(Newser) - An apparent hacking group calling itself the "Shadow Brokers" claims to have hacked the NSA and is asking for about $570 million to share the data. Two sets of files were posted online Saturday—one open, the other encrypted—which the group claims are from the Equation Group, an... More »

DNC Hack: Pelosi Hit With 'Obscene, Sick' Calls

Top Dem quickly changes her number

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi's personal contact information was posted online Friday night, the latest casualty of the cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee, and several people reached out to touch the House minority leader as she flew home to California, leaving her to find upon landing what she calls "scores... More »

A Teen Taught Herself to Hack, Then She Escaped a Cult

Shyama Rose says hacking is her 'reason for carrying on'

(Newser) - "There’s nothing that pisses me off more than someone doing something bad to someone who can’t protect themselves," Shyama Rose says. "That obviously stems from seeing children harmed." Glamour has a fascinating profile on Rose, a woman who taught herself to hack, then used... More »

Trump: I Was Being Sarcastic About Russia Hacking

Critics trying to 'deflect' from Clinton's email server, he says

(Newser) - Donald Trump caught plenty of flak Wednesday night at the Democratic convention over his suggestion that Russian hackers should dig up Hillary Clinton's missing government emails. But Trump himself says the whole controversy is overblown: "Of course I'm being sarcastic," he told Fox News, per Politico... More »

Delegate Accuses Rivals of Leaking Racy Home Video

Democratic Rep. Stacey Plaskett calls computer hack 'shockingly disgusting'

(Newser) - The Virgin Islands' non-voting delegate to Congress says she was the victim of a "shockingly disgusting" computer hack at the hands of her political rivals: Personal files were posted online Wednesday, including a topless selfie and a video of her husband naked, reports Politico . They were later removed. Democratic... More »

Wendy's Hit by Huge Credit Card Hack

Almost 1 in 5 outlets nationwide affected

(Newser) - Wendy's has apologized and offered help to customers affected by a massive cyberattack that has affected nearly one in five of its restaurants nationwide. The company says credit and debit card data was stolen by malware in payment terminals at 1,025 US locations, all of them franchisee-owned, Restaurant ... More »

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 »

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