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Putin Says Russia Didn't Hack DNC, but Nice Job

'Listen, does it even matter who hacked this data?'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin gave a two-hour interview to Bloomberg from Vladivostok, Russia, Thursday, and he had some thoughts on the DNC email hack his country's been accused of having a hand in. WikiLeaks released nearly 20,000 emails right before the Democratic National Convention in July, and they aired a... More »

Man Pleads Guilty in Celeb Nude Photo Hack

Prosecutors will recommend 18-month sentence

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into email and online accounts of several female celebrities and stealing private information including nude photos and videos, the AP reports. The US Attorney's Office in Los Angeles announced Tuesday that Ryan Collins of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has agreed to... More »

Feds: Guy Hacked 130 Celebs' Scripts, Sex Tapes

Alonzo Knowles had a treasure trove of hacked information: prosecutors

(Newser) - A Bahamian man hacked into celebrities' email accounts to steal unreleased movie and TV scripts and private sex tapes and sought to peddle some of the scripts, boasting to an undercover agent that he had dossiers on at least 130 accounts of bigshots in entertainment, sports, and media, federal prosecutors... More »

Hackers in 3 Countries Tried to Hit Clinton Server

Congressional docs show emails left vulnerable for months

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's private email server was vulnerable to cyberattacks from June to October 2013 when there was no program in place to monitor threats, reports the AP . Shortly after Platte River Networks—which maintained the server at a data center in New Jersey during that time—hired a company... More »

Today Boots Amy Adams for Clamming Up on Sony

Actress didn't want to talk about hacked emails, so show nixed her

(Newser) - First rule about Sony email hacks: Don't talk about Sony email hacks. Or so go the reports about Amy Adams' aborted appearance on the Today show. Adams, who was in New York to promote her new movie, Big Eyes, was reportedly uncomfortable answering questions about the hack, in which... More »

Yahoo Resets Passwords After Mass Hack

Data was stolen from third-party database, Yahoo says

(Newser) - More trouble for Yahoo:The company says an undisclosed number of passwords were stolen in a "coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts." The company doesn't say when the attack took place, but affected users are now being notified, PC World reports. In a... More »

FBI: 'Revenge Porn' Boss Used Hacker to Get Pics

Hunter Moore, accomplice arrested for conspiracy, hacking, identity theft

(Newser) - The man behind a "revenge porn" site—which encouraged people to post naked photos of their exes to get back at them—allegedly obtained his nude content a second way: via a hacker who grabbed photos from personal email accounts. FBI agents yesterday arrested Hunter Moore , who ran the... More »

LinkedIn Sued for 'Hacking' Users' Email Accounts

One woman says site emailed 3K contacts in her name

(Newser) - You know those LinkedIn invites from random people in your past that are always clogging up your inbox? They might be more sinister than they appear. A group of LinkedIn users is suing the professional networking site, claiming it hacked their email accounts and harvested the addresses of their contacts... More »

ScarJo Nude-Photo Hacker Gets 10 Years

Christopher Chaney stole intimate celebrity photos

(Newser) - The hacker who stole nude photos of Scarlett Johansson and dozens of other women and posted some online has been given a 10-year sentence, TMZ reports. Christopher Chaney , 36, must also pay $76,000 to Johansson, Christina Aguilera, and actress Renee Olstead. Judge S. James Otero sentenced him in LA... More »

Hacker: I Got Into Romney's Personal Email

Campaign says authorities are investigating

(Newser) - A novice hacker tells Gawker that he or she got into at least two of Mitt Romney's personal email accounts in simple fashion. It looks to be true, given the Romney campaign's statement that the "proper authorities are investigating this crime," notes AP . The trick? The... More »

Sky News: We Hacked 'in the Public Interest'

Channel is yet another Murdoch outlet to cop to the practice

(Newser) - But we broke the law for the good of the people! That is, indeed, Sky News' defense. Rupert Murdoch's channel today admitted to twice authorizing its reporters to hack into computers, a potentially embarrassing revelation that could further dent the media tycoon's hope of acquiring full control over... More »

ScarJo Hacker Pleads Guilty

Christopher Chaney also hacked Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis

(Newser) - The man responsible for bringing naked photos of Scarlett Johansson to the World Wide Web has pleaded guilty to nine felonies, including unauthorized access to a computer and wiretapping, reports TMZ . Christopher Chaney, 35, also accessed email accounts belonging to Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera, and had forwarded other, less... More »

Syrian Leader's Wife: 'I Am the Real Dictator'

Asma al-Assad also mocks the people of Homs in hacked emails

(Newser) - So the Syrian president's wife can do more these days than buy pricey candlesticks and chandeliers . Hacked emails reveal that Asma al-Assad, British-born wife of Bashar, also mocks the people of Homs (not long before hundreds died there ) and jokes with friends that she is "the REAL... More »

New NSA Spy Center Will Target Every Email and Phone Call

National Security Agency plan was banned by Congress years ago

(Newser) - Looks like Congress can't stop the NSA from monitoring every nook and cranny of our lives after all. In an explosive feature in Wired , James Bamford reveals that the National Security Agency has revived a program called "Total Information Awareness," which aims to collect and sift through... More »

Times of London Dragged Into UK's Hacking Scandal

Another Rupert Murdoch newspaper being probed, says lawmaker

(Newser) - Police are investigating alleged email interception by Rupert Murdoch's Times of London, a British lawmaker said today—dragging Britain's oldest national newspaper into the broadening scandal over press wrongdoing. Labour Party legislator Tom Watson, who helped lift the lid on tabloid phone hacking, released a letter from police... More »

Hacker Steals $500K From NYC Socialite

Cyber-thief got into her email, impersonated her

(Newser) - A billionaire Manhattan socialite got swindled out of about $550,000 last week after a hacker broke into her email account, reports the New York Post . The online bandit got access to personal information about Candia Fisher, a member of the Fisher Brothers real estate clan, and used it to... More »

Celeb Hacker 'Deeply' Sorry: 'It Eats at Me'

Christopher Chaney says snooping became uncontrollable

(Newser) - The man arrested by the FBI for Hollywood hacking has offered a lengthy apology for what he calls an "addiction" he couldn't control. "I deeply apologize," Christopher Chaney told a CNN affiliate. "I know what I did was probably one of the worst invasions of... More »

FBI Busts Low-Tech Celebrity Hacker

He guessed passwords, leaked photos of Scarlett Johansson, others: FBI

(Newser) - The FBI has arrested a suspect accused of hacking the emails of Scarlett Johansson and other celebrities and leaking personal—sometimes nude—photos, reports the Los Angeles Times . The feds say Christopher Chaney, 35, didn't have a sophisticated tech scheme. Rather, he pored over public info available in magazines,... More »

China Warns Google: Stop Being 'Political Tool'

Business could suffer, editorial threatens

(Newser) - China is not happy with Google. A front-page editorial in a Communist party newspaper accuses the search giant of "trying to provoke a new dispute between China and the US" through its suggestions that recent Gmail hacking attacks on US officials originated in China. "Google should not become... More »

China: Blaming Us for Google Hack 'Unacceptable'

Beijing rejects notion it was involved in phishing campaign

(Newser) - China has rejected the notion that it was involved in a phishing campaign that hacked into the Gmail accounts of US government officials and Chinese activists, the BBC and the Telegraph report today. Google yesterday claimed the campaign originated in Jinan , although it did not directly blame the Chinese government.... More »

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