December 19, 2013 |
The announcement by Target on Thursday that 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been breached by cyber-crooks is just one in a string of notable consumer-data breaches in recent years. The Minneapolis-based retailer said the unauthorized access - which occurred between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 - may mean that criminals now have shoppers' names, payment card numbers, expiration dates and three-digit security codes at their disposal. The breach affects Target patrons who made purchases at U.S. stores, the company said.
December 4, 2013 |
Cyber security researchers recently discovered a server with about 2 million stolen Internet passwords, and as expected, many of the login credentials are no more complex than "1234. " Of the stolen passwords, nearly 1.6 million come from websites. More than 318,000 come from Facebook, nearly 60,000 from Yahoo, more than 54,000 from Google and nearly 22,000 from Twitter. Fortunately, most of the companies have reportedly reset the passwords for users' whose accounts were compromised.
November 20, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg brought undocumented immigrants to Silicon Valley to "hack" for immigration reform. Twenty immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children began taking part in a 25-hour "hackathon" Wednesday at LinkedIn's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. The young software programmers broke into small groups to spend all night coming up with new applications as part of an effort to put the spotlight back on what they say is an urgent need for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
October 30, 2013 |
LONDON - A plan to regulate the British press as a result of the country's phone-hacking scandal was signed by Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday despite the objections of publishers who sought a court order to block such a measure. The royal charter approved by the queen and the nation's major political parties calls for the creation of a watchdog group designed to curb the type of abuses revealed by the scandal. The practices include listening to the voicemails of crime victims, celebrities, royal family members and others, such as employees or relatives of people in the news.
October 29, 2013 |
LONDON -- A young British computer hacker has been arrested by Britain's cyber crime unit at the request of American prosecutors on charges of infiltrating U.S. government and military files, Britain's newly formed National Crime Agency announced. Lauri Love, the son of a vicar, was arrested Friday at his home in the rural village of Stradishall in the county of Suffolk, 70 miles north of London. The arrest was made public late Monday. An extradition request is expected from the United States, where Love has been indicted on one count of accessing a U.S. government computer without authorization and one count of conspiracy.
October 28, 2013 |
LONDON --Jury selection began Monday in the phone hacking trial of two former top editors of Rupert Murdoch's now-shuttered News of the World tabloid and six other people, all accused in a scandal that reached into the top echelons of Britain's government and journalism establishment. The defendants include Rebekah Brooks , a former executive of News International -- once the British branch of Murdoch's News Corp. -- and a former editor of the News of the World, and Andy Coulson , another former News of the World editor who became chief press officer to Prime Minister David Cameron.
October 17, 2013 |
A year ago, word went out that Rupert Murdoch was looking to buy this newspaper. Reaction was swift, strong and all over the map. Some envisioned the father of Fox News turning The Times into another partisan mouthpiece. Others fretted over Murdoch's enmeshment in the United Kingdom's huge phone-hacking and police-corruption scandal. A few countered: Here is a man who loves newspapers and invests in them, lavishly. In short, the response was as complicated as the man. This is the challenge facing David Folkenflik in "Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires.
October 16, 2013 |
Parents of a Florida 14-year-old accused of bullying a classmate to death said they "never once" heard that their daughter was a bully and said that a harsh post on her Facebook page was the work of a hacker. After 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick, tormented by bullies online and at school, jumped to her death in September, Polk County, Fla., Sheriff Grady Judd said the 14-year-old classmate's Facebook post on Saturday prompted the arrests Monday: "Yes ik [I know] I bullied REBECCA nd she killed her self but [I don't care]
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October 14, 2013 |
Four Los Angeles schools, scheduled to receive iPads in this first rollout of the tablets, have pulled out of the initial phase, saying that they want to wait at least until security and other issues are resolved. The rejection apparently is temporary - the schools still want the tablet computers - but their stance underscores ongoing problems faced by the L.A. Unified School District as it attempts to provide every student with a tablet over the next year. Separately, a state legislator is calling for an oversight hearing to review the $1-billion project, which is funded by school-construction bonds.