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Hackers Double Ransom Demand of Lawyer, Threaten Trump

Group now wants firm to pay $42M

(Newser) - Hackers who stole documents from a top entertainment lawyer have threatened to release files on President Trump if a ransom isn't paid. They've doubled their demand to $42 million, Page Six reports. A group that calls itself REvil hacked the server of Allen Grubman's firm, taking files... More »

Foreign Hackers Swipe Millions in Unemployment Benefits

Secret Service says a Nigerian fraud ring has been very busy filing fraudulent unemployment claims

(Newser) - With the United States furiously shoveling money at millions of recently unemployed Americans, the New York Times reports that very employed foreign hackers sensed an opportunity to siphon millions of dollars in benefits in "an immense, sophisticated attack." Using personal data like social security numbers that were likely... More »

Working From Home During Virus? Beware of 'Zoombombs'

FBI warns that hackers are 'hijacking' videoconferencing app

(Newser) - As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, people stuck at home have taken to using videoconferencing apps to hold work meetings and chat with family and friends. One such app that's become ubiquitous: Zoom, founded by Cisco engineer Eric Yuan. But be careful before you log in for that virtual... More »

He Found a 'Loophole' for a 'Free' Flight. Now, a Lawsuit

Brussels Airlines is suing hacker who flew himself, 2 pals to New York for free

(Newser) - An overseas airline has filed a lawsuit against a hacker who booked a "free" flight from Belgium to New York. The Brussels Times reports that Brussels Airlines wants $22,000 in damages from the 25-year-old man after he flew himself and two buddies to the US in business class... More »

DOJ: Equifax Hack Engineered by Members of Chinese Military

Data of tens of millions of Americans was reportedly stolen

(Newser) - Four Chinese military hackers have been charged with breaking into the computer networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department announced Monday. The four are also accused of stealing the company's trade secrets, law enforcement officials... More »

Firm: Russians Hacked Burisma Amid Impeachment Hearings

Russian military intelligence is implicated, again

(Newser) - "You're looking at a repeat, potentially, of 2016." So says New York Times journalist Matthew Rosenberg, whose reporting indicates that the same Russian hacker group that stole emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman has now hacked Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of President... More »

Federal Site Just Got Hacked

The hackers claim to be Iranian, but the US won't confirm

(Newser) - Looks like Iran has struck back—online, at least. As the world awaits the country's military response to the killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani, images of an Iranian flag and President Trump getting punched in the face appeared Sunday on a US federal website. "Hacked By Iran Cyber... More »

A Charity's Twitter Feed Was Hacked. Then, Flashing Lights

Cyberattack against epilepsy group came during National Epilepsy Awareness Month

(Newser) - The Epilepsy Foundation has filed criminal complaints after hackers targeted the charity's Twitter followers with seizure-inducing videos. Flashing and strobing videos and GIFs were sent to some 30,000 followers as part of a cyberattack last month, according to a release . Indeed, the New York Times describes 30 attacks... More »

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 »

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