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Hackers Using Ring Cameras to Spy On, Harass People

In one case, a man harassed a young girl in her bedroom

(Newser) - It is the definition of creepy. A video shows a man who hacked into a Ring security camera harassing an 8-year-old Mississippi girl in her own bedroom. What's more, similar instances have emerged elsewhere across the US this week alone. Ring is investigating but generally maintains that its own... More »

'Unseemly' Uber Episode Gets Resurrected in Court

The ride-hailing service waited to reveal data breach

(Newser) - Two computer hackers have pleaded guilty to concocting an extortion scheme that entangled Uber in a yearlong cover-up of a data breach that stole sensitive information about 57 million of the ride-hailing service's passengers and drivers, the AP reports. The pleas entered Wednesday in a San Jose, Calif., federal... More »

How a Doomed Couple Hacked the Inauguration

Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru got into Washington's video surveillance system

(Newser) - Meet Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru: The Romanian couple was said to like pizza, playful evenings, and small-time Internet scams. They also allegedly hacked into Washington's video surveillance system just eight days before the 2016 presidential inauguration, the Wall Street Journal reports. "YOUR DOCUMENTS, PHOTOS, DATABASES AND OTHER... More »

Microsoft: Iranian Hackers Went After 2020 Candidate

But company isn't naming names

(Newser) - Microsoft said Friday that hackers linked to the Iranian government targeted a US presidential campaign, as well as government officials, media targets, and prominent expatriate Iranians. Overall, the hackers attempted to penetrate 241 accounts—four successfully—though none of those penetrated was associated with presidential campaigns or current or past... More »

Ex-Yahoo Engineer: I Hacked 6K Accounts for Sex Pics, Vids

Reyes Daniel Ruiz pleaded guilty to targeting younger women, including friends, co-workers

(Newser) - Young women who were colleagues or friends of Reyes Daniel Ruiz may not like the news they're hearing, though at least they can take comfort that he's been busted. CNN reports that the 34-year-old software engineer pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to using the access he used... More »

Online Bragging Led to Alleged Capital One Hacker

User named 'erratic' has been writing about the data

(Newser) - It's one of the biggest-ever data breaches of a bank—and an arrest has been made. That might be of little solace to the 106 million Capital One credit card customers and applicants who had their data stolen in late March. Paige Thompson, 33, was arrested Monday in Seattle.... More »

Huge Equifax Data Breach Has Led to a Huge Penalty

Consumer credit-reporting agency to pay up to $700M to victims, states in settlement

(Newser) - After a huge data breach in 2017 that affected nearly 150 million people, a major credit-reporting agency has agreed to pay up. The Washington Post reports that, under an agreement with attorneys general from 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, Equifax will offer up to $700 million:... More »

Small Town Forks Over $500K Ransom

To hackers, following cyberattack: 'I would've never dreamed this could've happened,' mayor says

(Newser) - A week after a Florida city caved to hackers demanding $600,000 to rid its computer system of a debilitating virus, another Florida city is following suit. Lake City, some 60 miles west of Jacksonville, will pay hackers 42 bitcoins, or around $500,000, following a cyberattack two weeks ago.... More »

Florida City Agrees to Pay $600K to Hackers

Ransomware attack took Riviera Beach's systems offline

(Newser) - A Florida city has agreed to pay the equivalent of around $600,000 to hackers after becoming the latest victim of a very 21st-century crime. At a meeting Monday, the city council in Riviera Beach unanimously agreed to pay 65 Bitcoin to hackers who had paralyzed its computer system with... More »

Actress Sends Defiant Message to Hacker Over Nude Images

Bella Thorne posts NSFW images of herself to take away his power

(Newser) - Actress Bella Thorne became the latest celebrity to have personal photos fall into the hands of a hacker—but the 21-year-old decided to beat him to the punch. Thorne posted nude images of herself, declaring, "F--- u and the power u think you have over me," reports USA ... More »

Crippling Baltimore Hack Takes Another Turn

Lawmaker says NSA hacking tool wasn't used in Baltimore

(Newser) - The NSA is denying any responsibility—however indirect—for a ransomware attack that has crippled the city of Baltimore, a lawmaker tells the New York Times . Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Maryland Democrat, says NSA leaders told him that agency software wasn't involved in the strike that has... More »

Fla. Gov: Russians Hacked 2 Counties' Voting Systems

He says the FBI won't let him say which 2

(Newser) - Florida's governor says Russian hackers breached voter databases in two counties during the 2016 election—but he's not allowed to say which two. At a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said FBI and Homeland Security officials asked him to sign a nondisclosure agreement, Politico reports. He said... More »

Someone Hacked These Scooters. Now They're Offending People

At least 8 Lime scooters in Brisbane, Australia, have been yanked for making sexual comments

(Newser) - Not your everyday electric scooter feature: a built-in voice-over that blurts out sexually charged and otherwise objectionable remarks. Gizmodo reports that's what some riders apparently got in Brisbane, Australia, where at least eight scooters from the transportation rental company Lime have already been yanked from circulation after someone hacked... More »

These 10 Passwords Are a Hacker's Dream

UK cybersecurity group says '123456,' others are easily breached

(Newser) - Think you've got a password that no one would ever guess, or simply hoping no one would ever try to capitalize on your password laziness? Based on a new survey out of the UK, you may want to reexamine that assessment. Per CNN Business , the National Cyber Security Centre... More »

9/11 File Hackers: Pay Up or We'll 'Bury You'

The Dark Overlord is blackmailing people again

(Newser) - The Dark Overlord strikes again—this time, exploiting 9/11 conspiracy theories to blackmail its victims. The hacker group announced Monday it had stolen 9/11-related documents and would reveal them if ransom demands were ignored, Motherboard reports. The hackers claim to have breached legal firms and insurers, specifically naming Silverstein Properties,... More »

1K N. Korean Defectors Just Got Hacked

Names, addresses of people living in South were taken

(Newser) - South Korea says it is responding to a hacking attack that stole the names and addresses of nearly 1,000 North Korean defectors who resettled in the South. A regional office of the Hana resettlement center said Friday that it has been notifying affected defectors after discovering last week that... More »

Man Gets Creepy 'Wake-Up Call' From His Security Camera

Voice claiming to be 'white hat' hacker came out of Arizona man's Nest Cam IQ camera

(Newser) - When your security camera makes you feel less secure, there might be a problem. Especially when a voice emanating from the other end claims to be a "white hat hacker" from the "Anonymous Calgary Hivemind." That's what Andy Gregg tells the Arizona Republic happened a few... More »

US Charges Hackers Linked to Beijing

2 indicted in massive cyberespionage campaign

(Newser) - US officials on Thursday said two alleged Chinese hackers carried out an extensive campaign on behalf of Beijing's main intelligence agency to steal trade secrets and other information from government agencies and "a who's who" of major corporations in the United States and nearly a dozen other... More »

Guy Hacks Baby Monitor, Says He's in Baby's Nursery

Family has switched to non-WiFi camera

(Newser) - Nathan and Ellen Rigney were asleep just before midnight Monday when the baby monitor next to their bed started making a beeping noise. Next, the Texas couple started hearing "sexual expletives," which they assumed were coming from inside their 4-month-old son's room. "Then [he] said '... More »

Clue in Marriott Breach: 'Patience' of the Hackers

Sources say signs point to breach being an intel-gathering operation for Chinese government

(Newser) - Up to 500 million customers may have had their personal info compromised in a huge Marriott data breach , and investigators are now coming across clues as to who may be behind the hack. Sources tell Reuters that digital fingerprints—i.e., previously used "hacking tools, techniques, and procedures"—... More »

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