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See If Your Phone Number Was in the Facebook Hack

Zuckerberg's was. Find out with 2 easy-to-use tools

(Newser) - There's an easy way to find out whether your phone number was leaked along with Mark Zuckerberg's over the weekend . Hacked data from more than half a million Facebook users was posted for free to a website frequented by hackers on Saturday, CNN reports. That included names, locations,...

Mastermind of Massive Twitter Hack Is Sentenced

Graham Ivan Clark, who was 17 at the time, gets 3 years, plus probation

(Newser) - A teenager who hacked the Twitter accounts of Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Apple, and Uber as part of a Bitcoin scam last year has agreed to prison time. Graham Ivan Clark, 18, of Florida will serve three years in prison for the scam to...

South Korea Has New Accusation Against North Korea

It says its neighbor tried to hack Pfizer; no word on whether the attack was successful

(Newser) - The North Korean regime tried to hack US drugmaker Pfizer in an effort to steal information on the company's coronavirus vaccine, according to South Korea's National Intelligence Service. Lawmakers were briefed on the findings during a closed-door session of the National Assembly's intelligence committee on Tuesday, per...

Cyberpunk 2077 Maker on Hackers' Extortion: We Will Not Negotiate

Ransomware creators steal, threaten to release source code from CD Projekt Red

(Newser) - "You have 48 hours to contact us." That was the ransom note left Monday after a cyberattack against Cyberpunk 2077 maker CD Projekt Red, which has posted the note online and said it's not in the mood for negotiations. The hackers' message indicated that they stole the...

Warning for iPhone Users: Update Your OS Right Away

Apple says the same goes for iPad users, after security flaws 'may have been actively exploited'

(Newser) - Apple products are known for being fairly resistant to security issues. But on Tuesday, the company released a handful of new security patches, part of its new iOS 14.4 software, and the company is now strongly encouraging its iPhone and iPad customers to update to the new OS ASAP....

Calif.: Criminals Raided Unemployment Funds to Tune of $11.4B

State's labor secretary says hackers, other criminals may have stolen an additional $20B

(Newser) - From March of last year to the middle of January, California paid out some $114 billion in unemployment benefits. Now, the state's labor secretary, Julie Su, has some alarming news on about $11.4 billion, or 10%, of that figure—those payments were fraudulent, stolen by hackers, identity thieves,...

Tasked With Security, He Spied on 'Most Intimate Moments' Instead

Ex-ADT tech admits he hacked into home security systems to watch people get undressed, have sex

(Newser) - In Animal House, John Belushi's Bluto used a ladder to spy on women undressing. The modern-day (and perhaps creepier) version of a peeping Tom has a more high-tech method: hacking into home surveillance feeds. That's what Telesforo Aviles, a former employee for home security company ADT, has admitted...

Microsoft: Hackers Got Further In Than We Thought

They viewed, but didn't change, source code

(Newser) - Microsoft said Thursday in a blog post that hackers tied to a massive intrusion of dozens of US government agencies and private companies sneaked further into its systems than previously thought, although the intrusion doesn't appear to have caused any additional harm. The company said the hackers were able...

This Ranks Among Biggest Intelligence Failures Ever

Grave warnings issued about suspected Russian breach into US government systems

(Newser) - US authorities are expressing increased alarm about an intrusion into government computer systems that officials suspect was carried out by Russia, per the AP . The cybersecurity unit of the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that the hack “poses a grave risk to the Federal Government and state, local,...

Prosecutors Say 'Ethical Hacker' Guessed Trump Password

It took him seven tries to guess 'maga2020!'

(Newser) - Despite denials from the White House, prosecutors have determined that Dutch cybersecurity researcher Victor Gevers successfully hacked into President Trump's Twitter account weeks before the election—but they've decided he shouldn't be punished. Dutch prosecutors said Wednesday that Gevers acted "ethically" when he guessed President Trump'...

Behind Epic Breach of US: a Software Patch
Basic Hackers' Trick May Be
Behind Epic Breach of US
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Basic Hackers' Trick May Be Behind Epic Breach of US

Russian operatives allegedly hijacked a software patch to gain entry into sensitive agencies

(Newser) - It's big. The full scope of a cyberattack by suspected Russian operatives on US government agencies is coming into focus, and the sentiment in coverage can be summed up in this quote from a US official to Politico . "This is probably going to be one of the most...

Treasury, Commerce Hit by Hackers in Monthslong Breach

'Unacceptable risk' to government tied back to hugely popular server software

(Newser) - US government agencies were ordered to scour their networks for malware and disconnect potentially compromised servers after authorities learned the Treasury and Commerce departments were hacked in a monthslong global cyberespionage campaign, discovered when a prominent cybersecurity firm learned it had been breached. In a rare emergency directive issued late...

US Treasury Gets Hacked, Sources Say

The National Security Council says it's on the case

(Newser) - Sophisticated hackers have stolen data from the US Treasury and an agency that oversees telecom and Internet policies—but those behind it remain unidentified, insiders tell Reuters . "The United States government is aware of these reports and we are taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible...

Cybersecurity Firm Reveals Massive Cyberattack

FireEye was hacked by nation state

(Newser) - Prominent US cybersecurity firm FireEye said Tuesday that foreign government hackers with “world-class capabilities” broke into its network and stole offensive tools it uses to probe the defenses of its thousands of customers, who include federal, state, and local governments and top global corporations. The hackers “primarily sought...

Sophisticated Hackers Targeting Vaccine 'Cold Chain'

IBM experts suspect a nation state is responsible

(Newser) - Cyberattackers have been using sophisticated phishing schemes in an attempt to hack companies and government organizations tasked with distributing coronavirus vaccines. IBM's cybersecurity division first revealed the scheme, which was confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday, per the New York Times . Experts say phishing emails were...

Famous Hacker Is Twitter's New Security Chief

Peiter Zatko is better known as 'Mudge'

(Newser) - Months after one of the worst hacks in social media history, Twitter has hired a new security chief who definitely knows how to spot weaknesses. Peiter Zatko, a famous hacker better known as "Mudge," is the company's new head of security, and he has been given a...

When Vegas Schools Declined Ransom, Hackers Took Action

Las Vegas' Clark County School District was targeted late last month

(Newser) - A hacker group has published employee Social Security numbers, student grades, and other sensitive information from the Clark County School District in Las Vegas after it refused to pay a ransom. The largest school district known to be hit with ransomware since the start of the pandemic announced a breach...

US Agencies: N. Korea Funds Nukes With 'Bank Robbery'

FBI, Treasury, and other agencies say hacking scheme 'may erode confidence' in banking systems

(Newser) - Hackers linked to North Korea's government are trying to rob banks around the world to fund the country's nuclear weapons programs. That's according to the FBI, the US Treasury, US Cyber Command, and Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which warned of the behavior in...

Twitter Hack Suspect's Hearing ZoomBombed

Hackers played music, showed porn

(Newser) - An online hearing for the teen accused of masterminding last month's massive Twitter hack was delayed Wednesday—by hackers. The Tampa judge briefly suspended the hearing for 17-year-old Graham Clark after "ZoomBombers" posing as CNN and BBC reporters played loud rap music and displayed pornographic images, WFLA reports....

Twitter: DMs Were Accessed in Last Week's Attack

But not those of Joe Biden, former President Obama

(Newser) - Hackers did indeed get access to private direct messages on Twitter. "We believe that for up to 36 of the 130 targeted accounts, the attackers accessed the DM inbox," Twitter said Wednesday of the July 15 attempt, per CNN , identifying one of the accounts as belonging to an...

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