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  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by baron778
    +21 +1

    Breaking: Equifax Knew of Security Flaws Months Before It Was Hacked

    Months before its catastrophic data breach, a security researcher warned Equifax that it was vulnerable to the kind of attack that later compromised the personal data of more than 145 million Americans, Motherboard has learned. Six months after the researcher first notified the company about the vulnerability, Equifax patched it—but only after the massive breach that made headlines had already taken place, according to Equifax's own timeline.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by hiihii
    +23 +1

    Former Yahoo CEO apologizes for data breaches, blames Russians

    Former Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer apologized on Wednesday for two massive data breaches at the internet company, blaming Russian agents for at least one of them, at a hearing on the growing number of cyber attacks on major U.S. companies.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by kong88
    +12 +1

    Feds start to crack down on fraud as Bitcoin soars

    Cryptocurrencies have been on a wild ride. The premier digital currency, Bitcoin, crossed $17,000 in value Thursday before plunging back to $14,000. Others like it are gaining in popularity as prices climb to meteoric heights. While these new digital currencies are helping some pioneering investors gain quick wealth, federal authorities are warning about their potential for fraud.

  • Analysis
    8 months ago
    by doodlegirl
    +13 +1

    The Story of Reality Winner, America’s Most Unlikely Leaker

    Reality Winner grew up in a carefully kept manufactured home on the edge of a cattle farm 100 miles north of the Mexican border in a majority-Latino town where her mother, Billie, still lives. From the back porch, a carpet of green meets the horizon, and when a neighbor shoots a gun for target practice, a half-dozen local dogs run under the trailer to hide. Billie worked for Child Protective Services, and in Ricardo, Texas, the steady income made her daughters feel well-off; the fact that they had a dishwasher seemed evidence of elevated social standing.

  • Analysis
    6 months ago
    by aj0690
    +18 +1

    Does a Hacker Hero Always Have to Have a Past?

    Marcus Hutchins single-handedly stopped one of the most dangerous cyberattacks ever. Then the FBI arrested him.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by melaniee
    +25 +1

    These 9-year-old girl scouts are taking on tech’s bro culture

    If you think being a Girl Scout is all camping, crafting, and cooking, think again. For the first time, millions of Girl Scouts nationwide are taking on hacking and cybercrime as they work towards earning newly introduced cybersecurity badges. Girl Scouts of the USA teamed up with security company Palo Alto Networks to devise a curriculum that educates young girls about the basics of computer networks, cyber attacks, and online safety.

  • Analysis
    6 months ago
    by lostwonder
    +43 +1

    People Are Suing Equifax in Small Claims Court and It's Totally Brilliant. Here's Why

    Just imagine $5,500 times 143 million, and you'll see why this could be big trouble.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by rhingo
    +5 +1

    Russian Pleads Guilty to Aiding Massive Hacks in U.S.

    A Russian national who was extradited to the U.S. last year over Kremlin objections pleaded guilty in a Virginia federal courtroom Monday to conspiracy and aiding and abetting computer intrusion, admitting he operated a dark web service that helped thousands of hackers conceal malware from detection.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by darvinhg
    +7 +1

    In a first, U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid

    The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the U.S. power grid, marking the first time the United States has publicly accused Moscow of hacking into American energy infrastructure.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by TNY
    +19 +1

    Under Armour Says 150 Million MyFitnessPal Accounts Hacked

    Under Armour Inc., joining a growing list of corporate victims of hacker attacks, said about 150 million user accounts tied to its MyFitnessPal nutrition-tracking app were breached earlier this year. An unauthorized party stole data from the accounts in late February, Under Armour said on Thursday. It became aware of the breach earlier this week and took steps to alert users about the incident, the company said.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by zritic
    +16 +1

    A new kind of ransomware forces you to play PUBG to unlock your files

    "Ransomware" is malicious software that works basically like a computer virus, except that instead of destroying your data, it locks it down until you pay whatever ransom the creators decide to extort. The WCry ransomware unleashed last year, for instance, spread quickly and caused particular grief amongst hospitals in the UK, leading to wards being closed and patients turned away. Not all such attacks are quite so malicious, however.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by TNY
    +23 +1

    Hackers have a brand new scam, and it involves the service preparing your tax returns

    The deadline to file your taxes is rapidly approaching, but cyber criminals have already been hard at work trying to cash in with fraudulent tax returns. This tax season, experts say instead of targeting individual tax payers, scam artists are targeting tax professionals. "One of the challenges that we're seeing this year is that as tax professionals and the I.R.S. have become more and more sophisticated, so too have the adversaries," said Caleb Barlow, IBM Security's vice president of threat intelligence.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by rexall
    +13 +1

    Cybercrime Is Soaring In Emerging Markets

    The massive Equifax data breach exposed another growing menace in cyberworld and the need to keep an eagle eye on your finances-- identity theft. Fraudsters purporting to be Equifax employees would place fake calls, social media posts, texts and email to unwitting customers in a bid to steal their personal details including addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by geoleo
    +6 +1

    US military wives threatened by Russian hackers posing as IS

    Army wife Angela Ricketts was soaking in a bubble bath in her Colorado home, leafing through a memoir, when a message appeared on her iPhone: “Dear Angela!” it said. “Bloody Valentine’s Day!” “We know everything about you, your husband and your children,” the Facebook message continued, claiming that the hackers operating under the flag of Islamic State militants had penetrated her computer and her phone. “We’re much closer than you can even imagine.”

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by geoleo
    +13 +1

    Equifax reveals full horror of its data breach

    Equifax has published yet more details on the personal records and sensitive information stolen by miscreants after they hacked its databases in 2017. The good news: the number of individuals affected by the network intrusion hasn't increased from the 146.6 million Equifax previously announced, but extra types of records accessed by the hackers have turned up in Mandiant's ongoing audit of the security breach. In February, in response to questions from US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Equifax agreed that card expiry dates and tax IDs could have been among the siphoned data, but it hadn't yet worked out how many people were affected.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by hedman
    +14 +1

    Thieves suck millions out of Mexican banks in transfer heist

    Thieves siphoned hundreds of millions of pesos out of Mexican banks, including No. 2 Banorte, by creating phantom orders that wired funds to bogus accounts and promptly withdrew the money, two sources close to the government's investigation said. Hackers sent hundreds of false orders to move amounts ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of pesos from banks including Banorte, to fake accounts in other banks, the sources said, and accomplices then emptied the accounts in cash withdrawals in dozens of branch offices.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by robmonk
    +16 +1

    A prison technology company has a way to track almost any cell phone in the United States — and it reportedly just got hacked

    Securus, a prison technology company used by law enforcement agencies across the country, has allegedly had its data breached by a hacker, reports Motherboard. The 10-year-old company came into the spotlight last week, when the New York Times reported that Cory Hutcheson, a former Missouri sheriff, was accused of allegedly using Securus services to track the whereabouts of people's cellphones, including a judge and members of the highway patrol, without warrants. Hutcheson pled not guilty.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by hedman
    +22 +1

    Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware

    Hackers possibly working for an advanced nation have infected more than 500,000 home and small-office routers around the world with malware that can be used to collect communications, launch attacks on others, and permanently destroy the devices with a single command, researchers at Cisco warned Wednesday.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by TNY
    +9 +1

    Data Breach: Chili's Grill & Bar customer payment information hacked

    Customers who visited certain Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants between March and April may have had their payment information stolen by hackers according to a notice released by Chili's parent company Brinker International last week. According to the notice originally issued on May 12, the company learned of the data breach the day before. Additional information released by Brinker suggests that malware was used to gather guest payment information, including credit and debit card numbers, cardholder names, and potentially expiration dates and CVV codes.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by kong88
    +8 +1

    New crypto-mining malware uses Amazon’s cloud to hijack computers

    Hackers are increasingly hijacking computers to secretly mine crypto assets. Such exploits surged last year, according a survey by IBM Managed Security Services. One recently discovered malware program is hiding itself on Amazon’s cloud to steal processing power from a fleet of ordinary computers. So far, the “Xbooster” malware has infected enough machines using Windows operating systems to harvest approximately $100,000 worth of monero, according to Krishna Narayanaswamy, founder and chief scientist of Netskope.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by baron778
    +24 +1

    The Biggest Digital Heist in History Isn’t Over Yet

    It’s like something out of a movie.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by Apolatia
    +21 +1

    Feds ran a bitcoin-laundering sting for over a year

    Operation Dark Gold targeted dark-web drug dealers, offering cash in exchange for tainted cryptocurrency