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Boy and His Teddy Bear Wow Cybersecurity Experts

11-year-old Reuben Paul is a cybersecurity whiz

(Newser) - It's possible the experts in attendance Tuesday at a cybersecurity conference in the Netherlands didn't know what to make of 11-year-old Reuben Paul when the sixth-grader from Texas took the stage. But by the end of his presentation, they were tweeting compliments like "respect" and "the... More »

Manhunt for the Creator of a Malware 'Masterpiece'

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev is known as Russia's 'most notorious hacker'

(Newser) - Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, once described by a cybersecurity expert as the "most prolific bank robber in the world," ended up on a different list altogether in December: as one of the individuals noted in then-President Obama's sanctions against Russia for trying to influence the election. As Garrett... More »

Guy Who Hacked Celeb Nude Photos Is Sentenced

He will serve 18 months in federal prison

(Newser) - A hacker who stole hundreds of nude photos of celebrities that ended up online in 2014's "fappening" won't be seeing any naked women for a while: Ryan Collins, a 36-year-old from Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, according to the Hollywood Reporter . He... 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 »

Hacker: I Breached CIA Director's Personal Email

And found official docs there, he says

(Newser) - An anonymous hacker claims to have breached CIA Director John Brennan's personal email account and has posted documents online, including a list of email addresses purportedly from Brennan's contact file. The hacker, who didn't reveal his name or where he lived, spoke to the New York Post... More »

Could This Be the Ashley Madison Hacker?

A Twitter user sure seems privy to lots of inside information

(Newser) - As the Ashley Madison fallout continues, the first real lead into who pulled off the hack seems to have emerged. Respected security blogger Brian Krebs points to a Twitter user named Thadeus Zu, whose handle is @deuszu . Among the clues: Zu tweeted a link to the Ashley Madison source code... More »

Hacker: I Took Down New York Because I Hate NYC

Says it has nothing to do with story about 35 women who claim Cosby assaulted them

(Newser) - New York's cover story on 35 women accusing Bill Cosby of sex assault was hotly tweeted last night—but this morning no one can access it after a denial-of-service attack on the magazine. Just before 1am, a Twitter account under the handle Vikingdom2016 posted , "nymag.com #OFFLINE,"... More »

Guy Who Hacked Bush Family, Celebs: 'What I Did Was Right'

'Guccifer' points to worldwide Illuminati conspiracy as justification

(Newser) - The hacker known as Guccifer, whose exploits brought the world such images as George W. Bush's self-portrait in the shower , doesn't regret his actions: "OK, I broke the law, but seven years in a maximum-security prison? I am not a murderer or a thief," he tells... More »

Hacker-Turned-Mole Goes Free

Hector Monsegur, aka Sabu of LulzSec, became an informant

(Newser) - Hector Monsegur might well be the most hated man in the world of hackers these days, but he's also a free man as a result. A judge today let the 30-year-old Monsegur off with 7 months' time served, even though he faced up to 26 years in prison, reports... More »

Cops: We Got Hacker Who Leaked Bush Paintings

Romania police say they've caught 'Guccifer'

(Newser) - It appears that the run of Guccifer, hacker of the rich and famous, has come to an end. Police in Romania say they arrested 40-year-old Marcel Lazar Lehel this morning at his home in Arad, reports Romania-Insider . Guccifer is probably best known in the US for hacking into the emails... More »

17-Year-Old Wrote Target Hack Malware: Report

Boy wasn't involved in attack: intelligence firm

(Newser) - The malware behind the Target breach —and possibly one at Neiman Marcus —was written by a Russian boy about 17 years old, according to an intelligence firm's report. As noted by Gawker , the boy isn't thought to have been directly involved in the hack on the... More »

US Hacker Gets 10 Years

Jeremy Hammond of Chicago worked with Anonymous

(Newser) - A 28-year-old hacker from Chicago who worked with Anonymous got hit with the maximum 10-year sentence today for a series of high-profile cyberattacks, reports the Chicago Tribune . Jeremy Hammond's attorneys presented letters of support from more than 250 people—including Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsburg—but the judge said... More »

Facebook Hacker Hijacks Zuckerberg's Wall

His bug report was ignored

(Newser) - After Facebook engineers ignored his warning of a bug that allowed users to bypass privacy settings to post on anybody's timeline, a hacker managed to get some fast attention by using the bug on Mark Zuckerberg's page. "First sorry for breaking your privacy and post to your... More »

Guy Hacks Baby Monitor, Says Awful Things

Parents heard lewd comments, cursing coming from room

(Newser) - A Houston couple was disturbed to hear a stranger in their 2-year-old daughter's room Saturday. The man, who had a European-sounding accent, was making lewd comments ("wake up, you little slut") and called both the toddler and the parents names including "effing moron" and "bitch.... More »

MIT Clears Itself in Suicide of Aaron Swartz

But internal report also finds faults with school's behavior

(Newser) - MIT has released its own internal report on the suicide of hacker activist Aaron Swartz , and the Verge highlights one anonymous quote it contains that seems to sum things up: "MIT didn't do anything wrong; but we didn't do ourselves proud." The report , by well-regarded computer... More »

Renowned 'White Hat' Hacker Dead

Barnaby Jack was going to demonstrate how to attack heart devices from afar

(Newser) - One of the hacking community's biggest names has died in San Francisco, reports Reuters . Barnaby Jack, thought to be in his mid-30s, was known as a "white hat hacker" because he focused on exposing security flaws in banking and medical devices that needed fixing, notes CRN . And he... More »

Snowden Was 'Certified Ethical Hacker': Resume

Took course in defensive hacking techniques

(Newser) - During his time as an NSA contractor, Edward Snowden was certified as an "ethical hacker," or an expert in hacking techniques and thinking who uses his skills on behalf of an employer, his resume reportedly says. The course that led to his certification—not to mention "six... More »

16-Year-Old Hacks Vine With Rickroll

Cleveland kid uploads full Astley video, later apologizes to Twitter engineers

(Newser) - Monday turned out to be a milestone day for Vine, the app for Twitter that lets users share six-second videos. Vine became available for Android that day, but the real coming-of-age moment arrived when a Cleveland teenager quickly hacked into the Android code and uploaded the full 3-minute-plus video of... More »

Gizmodo: Twitter Hacker Is a Boston-Area DJ

Culprit is Tony 'iThug' Cunha, says website

(Newser) - Gizmodo says the hacker who took over the Twitter feeds of Burger King yesterday and Jeep today also left an "Internet paper trail" that reveals his identity. Introducing Tony "iThug" Cunha, described by Gizmodo's Sam Biddle as a DJ in the Boston and Providence areas and... More »

British Hacker Won't Be Sent to US for Trial

Gary McKinnon accused of 'biggest military computer hack of all time'

(Newser) - After fighting extradition for seven years, the British man accused of the "biggest military computer hack of all time" will not be sent to the US to stand trial, Reuters reports. Britain's interior minister, Theresa May, withdrew the extradition order after finding that Gary McKinnon , who suffers from... More »

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