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Minutes After John Oliver Rant on FCC, a 'Cyberattack'

Net neutrality defenders are suspicious

(Newser) - Not for the first time, John Oliver used his show Sunday as a platform to attack the FCC over net neutrality—specifically FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to scale back net neutrality rules —and encouraged viewers to go to the FCC's website to comment on the issue.... More »

Mystery Hackers Target Conservative Site

Drudge Report repeatedly taken offline

(Newser) - Matt Drudge believes somebody is trying to take down his popular conservative website—and that somebody could be the federal government. He says the Drudge Report has been repeatedly knocked offline in recent weeks by hacker attacks, including one on Dec. 30 that was the biggest distributed denial of service... 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 »

Snowden Leak: UK Hacked Anonymous

...And may have shut down law-abiding websites in the process

(Newser) - UK intelligence once gave Anonymous and LulzSec a taste of its own medicine, hitting them with the exact kind of cyber attack they're infamous for employing, according to a new leak from Edward Snowden obtained by NBC News . A secret British intelligence outfit known as JTRIG (the Joint Threat... More »

Hackers May Be Behind NY's ObamaCare Glitch

Numbers don't add up, New York officials say

(Newser) - ObamaCare's online insurance markets were famously glitchy on launch day, but that might not all have been the result of shoddy tech work. In New York, computer security experts suspect that the state's exchange was targeted by hackers in a DDoS attack, the New York Post reports. The... More »

Amazon 'Cyberbandit' Busted

Russian bragged about attacks on e-commerce sites: officials

(Newser) - If you had trouble using Amazon, eBay, or Priceline four years ago, you'll be glad to know that the guy responsible has finally been nabbed. Russian hacker Dmitry Olegovich Zubakha has been arrested in Cyprus for his role in a series of crippling denial-of-service attacks on the sites, reports... More »

LulzSec Takes Down British Police Site

Attack is part of campaign on government, security sites

(Newser) - If Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency wasn't already taking an interest in Lulz Security, it is now. The group of hackers has knocked the agency's website offline. The agency took its website offline after a denial of service attack, reports the BBC . Sensitive information was never at... More »

Sony Blames Anonymous for Hack Attack

Group denies 'incompetent' company's allegations

(Newser) - The activist hacker organization Anonymous is at least partly to blame for the huge Playstation Network security breach that exposed the data of millions of customers, according to Sony. Company officials told US lawmakers that they discovered a file on one of its servers with the hacking collective's name... More »

FBI Executes Warrants for Pro-WikiLeaks Hackers

Five arrested in Britain, computers seized in US

(Newser) - In continuing efforts to crack down on WikiLeaks and its supporters, British police arrested five men in the UK yesterday, and, in the United States, the FBI executed more than 40 search warrants. "The arrests were related to recent 'distributed denial of service' (DDoS) attacks by an online group... More »

Hackers Take Down 4Chan Activists

Notorious message board has tables turned in Internet attack

(Newser) - Notorious message board 4Chan, a popular hangout for some high-profile hacker groups—including Anonymous, the group that launched attacks worldwide in support of WikiLeaks—was taken offline this week by an overwhelming Internet attack. While no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, some are speculating it could be in... More »

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