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He Was a Hacker Sent to China to Make Money for the North

A look at the 'foot soldiers' in North Korea's hacker army

(Newser) - If the phrase "North Korean hacker" conjures up the image of someone sowing viruses or stealing secrets, Bloomberg Businessweek introduces a different type, a "foot soldier" given one very specific task: make money, and lots of it. With the country stifled by sanctions, the prevailing assumption is that... More »

George W. Bush Counters Trump on Russian Meddling

Says 'there's pretty clear evidence'

(Newser) - Former President George W. Bush said on Thursday that "there's pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled" in the 2016 American presidential election, forcefully rebutting fellow Republican Donald Trump's denials of Moscow trying to affect the vote, reports the AP . While never mentioning President Trump by name,... More »

Hacking Suspect Won't Be Sent to US Over Suicide Fears

Lauri Love wins his appeal

(Newser) - A 33-year-old British man who allegedly hacked into the FBI, NASA, and Federal Reserve and did millions of dollars worth of damage as a form of protest in 2012 and 2013 won't be stepping foot on US soil anytime soon. The High Court of London decided against extradition... More »

'Jackpotting' Thieves Hit US ATMs for First Time

Sophisticated cybercrime lets criminals steal cash with the press of a button

(Newser) - With just the press of a button, "cash out crews" have been attacking ATMs around the world, and now apparently in the US. Reuters reports that two big ATM makers, Diebold Nixdorf and NCR Corp., have issued warnings about the so-called "jackpotting" scheme, which has made its way... More »

65% of DC Cameras Hacked Before Inauguration

Computers used to distribute ransomware; 2 Romanians charged

(Newser) - Romanian hackers infiltrated 65% of outdoor surveillance cameras in Washington, DC, ahead of President Trump's inauguration as part of an extortion scheme only now being made public, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint, filed in DC and unsealed Thursday, accuses Romanians Mihai Alexandru Isvanca, 25, and Eveline Cismaru,... More »

20 Passwords Other Than '123456' You Should Avoid

'Tigger' is not iron-clad

(Newser) - As Time points out, it's been a banner year for hacks, from Equifax's totally avoidable breach to Yahoo's eventual admission that all 3 billion accounts were compromised. SplashData ran an analysis of some 5 million leaked passwords to come up with its list of the 100 most... More »

Trump Aide Blames N. Korea for 'Costly' Cyberattack

'We do not make this allegation lightly'

(Newser) - It's official, according to Trump aide Thomas Bossert: The US publicly blames the massive "WannaCry" ransomware attack earlier this year on North Korea. "We do not make this allegation lightly. It is based on evidence," Bossert writes in the Wall Street Journal . He accuses Pyongyang of... More »

Ex-CEO Blames Russians for Attacks on Yahoo Data

Marissa Mayer says she's sorry for hacks that affected all 3 billion Yahoo users

(Newser) - "I want to sincerely apologize to each and every one of our users,” Reuters quotes former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer as saying. Mayer testified in front of the Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday regarding two massive data breaches at Yahoo. In 2013, all 3 billion Yahoo accounts were hacked... More »

Russia May Be Spying on NATO Soldiers Through Their Phones

Wall Street Journal reports on odd occurrences with the devices

(Newser) - Russia appears to be targeting NATO soldiers' personal smartphones in an effort to gain intelligence on military operations and troop strength, reports the Wall Street Journal . Though Russian officials deny such attacks, Western officials say they're sure Moscow is behind the odd things happening to phones because the hackers... More »

Federal Government Notifies 21 States of Election Hacking

Most systems weren't breached ahead of 2016 election

(Newser) - The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached, the AP reports. The government said last year that more than 20 states were targeted by hackers believed to be Russian agents before... More »

SEC: Our Filing System Got Hacked

Which could have allowed some illegal trading to transpire

(Newser) - The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that a cyber breach of a filing system it uses may have provided the basis for some illegal trading in 2016. Chairman Jay Clayton said a review of the agency's cybersecurity risk profile determined that the previously detected "incident" was caused... More »

Navy Sends Cyber Team to Singapore in Destroyer Probe

Sent to look for 'any anomalous activity'—i.e., a cyberattack

(Newser) - In what Foreign Policy says could be a "startling development in naval warfare," the US Navy is looking into whether last month's crash of the USS John S. McCain , which killed 10 sailors, may have been the handiwork of hackers. Per the Washington Free Beacon , the Navy... More »

Equifax Could Have Fixed Bug Exploited by Hackers. It Didn't

Patch for web application vulnerability was released 2 months before data breach

(Newser) - Remember that massive Equifax data breach that exposed the names, security numbers, and more of 143 million US consumers? It now appears Equifax had "clear and simple instructions" on how to avoid it and more than two months to follow them. The credit reporting company announced Thursday that hackers... More »

Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks Up to $70B From Equifax

Company accused of not doing enough to prevent massive data breach

(Newser) - After exposing the names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and more of 143 million Americans in a massive data breach , Equifax is now facing a potentially billion-dollar class-action lawsuit. USA Today reports a lawsuit was filed against the credit monitoring company Thursday in Oregon on behalf of customers Mary McHill... More »

Most Hotel Locks Had a Fatal Glitch. He Had the Key

Aaron Cashatt burgled dozens of hotel rooms using homemade hacking device

(Newser) - "It was like the heavens had opened," Aaron Cashatt says of the first time he broke into a hotel room using a homemade device made of little more than a circuit board, wires, and a nine-volt battery. Cashatt found instructions to build the device, which unlocks a very... More »

Could Hackers Have Hit Navy Ships?

Navy sees no evidence of it, but isn't ruling out the possibility

(Newser) - As the Navy tries to figure out what caused its latest collision , two of the most common theories involve human error or some kind of electrical glitch in the navigation system. But another idea has surfaced as well, and the Navy isn't ruling it out: hacking. "2 clarify... More »

HBO Hackers Leak Curb Your Enthusiasm Episodes

HBO says it's not going to comment every time something gets leaked

(Newser) - The latest leak from the HBO hackers: several Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes. The upcoming season of the comedy series won't be airing on HBO until October, Variety reports. The hackers have already released episodes of other HBO series including Insecure, Ballers, Barry, and The Deuce, plus reportedly some draft... More »

HBO Hackers Demand Millions in Ransom

Data dump so far has included 'Game of Thrones' script

(Newser) - A group of hackers posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files online Monday and demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom from the network. HBO, which had previously acknowledged the theft of "proprietary information," says it's continuing to investigate and is working with police and cybersecurity experts. In a... More »

HBO Hack Worse Than Thought

Could be on par with the 2014 Sony hack

(Newser) - The HBO cyberattack appears to be worse than originally thought. A security company hired by the network tells Google that the hackers stole "thousands of ... internal company documents" belonging to HBO as well as "masses of copyrighted items including documents, images, videos and sound," Variety reports. The... More »

China Announces Quantum Leap in Encryption

Soon-to-launch communications network said to be 'unhackable'

(Newser) - Communications just got tighter between Alice and Bob, leaving Eve out in the cold. These aren't real people, but rather the names commonly used in scenarios describing quantum cryptography , a type of technology surpassing traditional encryption in terms of keeping communications networks safe from hackers. It's a technology... More »

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