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Hacker Tries, Fails to Extort $100K From E-Sports Site

Information for 1.5M Esports Entertainment Association users leaked

(Newser) - A hacker has released the information of more than 1.5 million e-sports players and fans following a failed extortion attempt, Mashable reports. According to PC Gamer , the Esports Entertainment Association was hacked sometime over Christmas. The hacker then threatened to release users' information unless ESEA paid them $100,000.... More »

'Every American Should Be Alarmed': McCain on Russia

Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on foreign cyberthreats, Russia underway

(Newser) - "Every American should be alarmed by Russia's attack on our nation." These words from Sen. John McCain, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, as the panel kicked off a hearing Thursday into foreign cyberthreats, with Russia at the top of the agenda, the New York Times ... More »

Trump Appears to Trust Assange Over US Intel

He's accused of 'mocking' intelligence officials who risk their lives

(Newser) - The American intelligence community had concluded Russia is to blame for cyberattacks during the US election, including those targeting Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange disagrees. And in a move one Republican political consultant sees as "mocking American men and women who … put their... More »

Putin's Surprise Move: He Won't Deport US Diplomats

Despite recommendation from Foreign Ministry head, Putin says he won't partake in 'irresponsible diplomacy'

(Newser) - Not many would be surprised if Moscow retaliated for fresh US sanctions over what it calls "groundless" accusations of election hacking, and one proposal seemed to point in that direction: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he wants to expel 35 American diplomats in return for the US expulsion of... More »

Trump: It's Time to 'Move On' From Russian Hacking

But he has agreed to intelligence briefing

(Newser) - Donald Trump thinks it's time to "move on" from allegations that Russian hackers interfered with the election he won—but he has agreed to meet with intelligence officials to get the facts. "It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,"... More »

Top-Secret Doc May Explain Why Russia Blamed for Hack

It all starts with the 2006 murder of a Russian journalist

(Newser) - Thanks to a top-secret document on a murdered journalist leaked by Edward Snowden, we may know why US intelligence agencies are so certain Russia was behind the recent hacks of the DNC and others during the election. This is important, the Intercept reports, because the information about the cyberattack so... More »

White House Punishes Russia for Election-Related Hacking

Boots 35 diplomats, issues new sanctions, closes Russian compounds

(Newser) - In retaliation for Russia's election-influencing hacking, the Obama administration is kicking 35 Russian intelligence operatives out of the US, the New York Times reports. The operatives, who Reuters refers to as diplomats, are part of the Russian embassy in Washington DC and the Russian consulate in San Francisco. They'... More »

Hackers to Blame for Britney's 'Death'

Bob Dylan's 'Rest in peace @britneyspears' tweet was probably a hack job, too

(Newser) - As the world continued to mourn the death of pop singer George Michael , Britney Spears' fans also felt their hearts stop Monday morning due to a series of tweets sent out from Sony's Music Global account. "RIP @britneyspears," read the first tweet, per TMZ (which has screenshots... More »

Verizon Wants 'Major Concessions' From Yahoo: Reports

It still might abandon the deal, add sources

(Newser) - Verizon is still interested in acquiring Yahoo after the largest data breach at an email provider—just not at the price initially agreed upon, a source tells Bloomberg . Verizon, which agreed to pay $4.8 billion for Yahoo in July, has a team exploring the possibility of a lower sale... More »

Podesta: Fix the FBI, and Quickly

Clinton campaign chair calls out 'deeply broken' bureau in wake of Russia hacks

(Newser) - The chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has taken a long look at the Russian hacking scandal and the FBI's role in dealing with it, and his conclusion in a Washington Post opinion piece on Thursday: The FBI needs a serious overhaul. And what took the entire situation... More »

Obama: We Will Take Action on Russian Hacking

He accuses GOP of hypocrisy over Moscow interference

(Newser) - President Obama says America will "take action" in response to Russian election hacking, and he's aiming to have an official White House report on the matter before Donald Trump takes office next month. Action needs to be taken "when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity... More »

Yahoo Says Hackers Stole Info From Over 1B Accounts

It's believed to be largest data breach ever at an email provider

(Newser) - Yahoo says it believes hackers stole data from more than 1 billion user accounts in August 2013, in what is thought to be the largest data breach at an email provider, the AP reports. The company was also home to what's now most likely the second largest hack in... More »

Intelligence Officers Worry About Trump Payback

Bolton claims hacking could be 'false flag'

(Newser) - In a development that characters in a Tom Clancy novel would probably dismiss as far-fetched, intelligence figures fear that the next president might retaliate against the CIA and other agencies that have linked Russian hackers to election interference . "There is not just smoke here. There is a blazing 10-alarm... More »

Obama Orders 'Full Review' of Election Hacking Claims

He wants it before he leaves office

(Newser) - President Obama wants a "full review" of allegations that Russia interfered in the US election via hacking to be completed before he leaves office, reports Politico . Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco made the announcement Friday, noting that the review would also cover threats from outside Russia, per the Huffington... More »

GOPers on 'Collision Course' With Trump Over Russia

He's downplaying alleged election meddling

(Newser) - Some leading Senate Republicans are on a "direct collision course" with Donald Trump over the election, according to the Washington Post . The GOP senators—including prominent Trump critics John McCain and Lindsey Graham—are planning to launch an aggressive and wide-ranging probe of alleged Russian meddling in the election... More »

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 »

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