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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 »

Gloating Over Duggar Doesn't Make Madison Leak Right

Salon writer says redirect ire to hackers sifting 'through our most intimate data'

(Newser) - Addressing what she calls the "cesspool story" of the Ashley Madison data leak , Mary Elizabeth Williams acknowledges in Salon the schadenfreude that's taken hold after revelations came to light of Josh Duggar possibly being among the exposed cheaters. "On the spectrum of individuals whose glass houses seem... More »

China Snooping in Top US Officials' Emails Since 2010: NSA

And the intrusion is still happening, senior US intelligence official says

(Newser) - For those who've been wondering why such a big deal has been made about Hillary Clinton's private email server, this could add some context. A senior US intelligence official, as well as a "top-secret" NSA document from 2014, indicates that China has been reading the private emails... More »

95% of Androids Are Wide Open to Major Hack

Android owners could be in trouble if Stagefright bugs are exploited

(Newser) - "If you ever heard about the 'Heartbleed,' this is much worse," explains Android researcher Joshua Drake on the Zimperium blog , via Forbes . Six serious flaws have left 95% of Android phones vulnerable to data-stealing attacks that, in some cases, can be delivered via "silent" text... More »

Chrysler Announces a Highly Unusual Recall

1.4M cars could be vulnerable to hacker

(Newser) - Here's a first in the annals of auto recalls: Fiat Chrysler is providing a fix for 1.4 million vehicles because they might be vulnerable to hackers, reports BGR . Owners of the affected cars—which all have 8.4-inch touchscreens—will apparently receive a USB dongle containing security upgrades... More »

Hackers Hijack a Jeep —From 10 Miles Away

Downside of cars that resemble smartphones? Control can be grabbed

(Newser) - In a stunt arranged by Wired , two "security researchers" hacked their way into a Jeep Cherokee carrying writer Andy Greenberg in St. Louis and, from a basement 10 miles away, took over the vehicle and steered it into a ditch. And it's not a one-off. Charlie Miller and... More »

Ashley Madison Waives $19 Fee That Irked Hackers

They're making sure the stable door is locked

(Newser) - The horses may have gone, but Ashley Madison is making sure the stable door is locked: The hacked affair-arranging site says it's now offering users the ability to delete their profiles for free. Formerly, users who wanted to undergo a "Full Delete" had to pay $19 to do... More »

2 Months After 'Staggering' Hack, 21.5M in the Dark

It could be weeks before those affected are notified

(Newser) - If the Office of Personnel Management performed a background check on you at some point during or since 2000, your personal information was probably compromised in the hack that was discovered in May and revealed last week . But some two months since its uncovering, none of the 21.5 million... More »

Director of Hacked US Agency Resigns

Katherine Archuleta is out at OPM

(Newser) - Katherine Archuleta insisted as recently as yesterday afternoon that she wasn't going to resign as director of the Office of Personnel Management, but today she gave in for more than 22 million good reasons. That's how many people, at least, have been affected by the massive breaches of... More »

Government Hack Now at 'Staggering' 22M People

Numbers from OPM breaches keep growing

(Newser) - It's the government hack that keeps growing: Authorities now estimate that hackers got personal information on more than 22 million people in two separate breaches of the Office of Personnel Management, reports Politico . Both hacks occurred last year, with the biggest of the two affecting 21.5 million people—... More »

Scarier Than CyberTerrorists? Sucky Software

Band-Aids on creaky infrastructures can hold them together for only so long

(Newser) - "Don't be scared. Don't even be worried." That was Felix Salmon's advice on Fusion after computer glitches darkened the New York Stock Exchange , took the Wall Street Journal offline, and grounded United flights . But today on Medium , Zeynep Tufekci writes that while she gets Salmon'... More »

Hack on Feds May Be 4 Times Bigger Than We Thought

18M Americans may have had personal data stolen, sources say

(Newser) - The hack on the personal data of a 4.2 million current and past federal employees just increased fourfold. Although the Office of Personnel Management is so far keeping to the original figure, briefed US officials say that 18 million people were actually affected, and that number is expected to... More »

Report: Houston Astros Got Hacked—by Cardinals

FBI is investigating a very strange MLB scandal

(Newser) - The FBI and the Justice Department are delving into what's beginning to look like something of a Watergate for Major League Baseball: The New York Times reports today on an investigation into whether the Houston Astros got hacked—by none other than front-office officials from the St. Louis Cardinals.... More »

Fed Hack Was 'Cyber Pearl Harbor,' and We're Yawning

Jonah Goldberg: Imagine if this were a physical theft by Chinese spies

(Newser) - The massive hack of millions of federal workers' data has resulted in the phrase "cyber Pearl Harbor" being thrown around, writes Jonah Goldberg in the Los Angeles Times . And yet, the government is downplaying the story and the American public doesn't seem all that phased by it, despite... More »

Hackers May Have Hit Every Federal Employee

Union says they got Social Security numbers, other information

(Newser) - We knew the recent federal hack was big , but a federal employees' union says it was much bigger than has been disclosed. In fact, it alleges that the hackers got sensitive information on every single federal employee and retiree, along with 1 million former federal workers, reports AP . The news... More »

Motive for Historic Hack: Blackmail?

Beijing may now have lists of US officials' contacts

(Newser) - Hackers made off with information on around 4 million past and present federal employees in what could be the biggest-ever breach of government data —but experts suspect they may only be interested in their Chinese contacts. The Office of Personnel Management data breach involved security clearances and background checks... More »

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