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December 27, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Target Corp. said the cyber-crooks who hacked their way to approximately 40 million customer credit and debit card accounts during the holiday season accessed “strongly encrypted” PIN information. Still, the retailer said Friday that it remains “confident that PIN numbers are safe and secure.” The PIN data is encrypted as it's entered by a customer at a keypad at checkout, protected with what's known as Triple DES encryption, according to Target. The PIN information stays encrypted within Target's system and “remained encrypted when it was removed,” the Minneapolis-based company said.
December 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A weakness in Snapchat's developer tools apparently has been discovered and published online. The vulnerability could allow hackers to find individual Snapchat users' information, whether or not those users keep their accounts private. Gibson Security, a collective of Australian hackers, published the vulnerability this week, claiming others can use an exploit called "find_friends" to try and match up phone numbers with Snapchat users. If there are any matches, the hacker will get the phone number's corresponding Snapchat username, display name and information about whether that account is public or private.
December 19, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Walter Hamilton and Chris O'Brien
As millions of bargain-crazed customers swarmed through Target stores on Black Friday, one of the most audacious heists in retail history was quietly underway. A band of cyberthieves pilfered credit and debit card information from the giant retailer's customers with pinpoint efficiency as shoppers bought discounted sweaters and electronic gear on the unofficial launch of the holiday shopping season. By the time the scheme was discovered, the unidentified hackers had made off with financial data of 40 million Target customers over a 21/2-week period.
December 13, 2013
Re "Unchecked executive power," Dec. 8 Expressing concerns about excessive executive power is one thing. But for professors Jacob S. Hacker and Oona A. Hathaway to compare the abuses committed by Presidents Bush and Obama is troubling. The Bush administration didn't ignore Congress when going to war in the Middle East; it lied to Congress and to the American public about the very reason to go to war. And if the Republicans in Congress engaged in negotiations that allowed for more open and honest discussions, Hacker's and Hathaway's objections would be entirely valid.
December 6, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Thirteen members of hacker group Anonymous have pleaded guilty to charges related to their involvement in a 2010 cyber attack of PayPal, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. One of the defendants also pleaded guilty to the charges arising from a separate cyber attack on the website of Santa Cruz County. The defendants -- five of whom are from California -- pleaded guilty in federal court in San Jose on Thursday, admitting to carrying out a Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, cyber attack against PayPal three years ago. Anonymous claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were facilitated by software tools designed to damage a computer network's ability to function by flooding it with useless commands and information, which in turn denied service to legitimate users.
November 1, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Worried that computer hackers attacking banks and media companies could easily shift targets, the airline industry is taking preemptive steps to ensure it doesn't become the next victim. Although the "hacking" of planes midair to bring them down is unlikely, many networks, including airline reservation systems and airport parking meters, could be vulnerable to cyberattacks, which could disrupt air travel, weaken travelers' confidence and deal a major blow to a fragile economy. "The aviator guys are getting together because they see what's going on in every other sector," said Paul Kurtz, chief strategy officer for computer security firm CyberPoint International.
October 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After originally saying that fewer than 3 million users had been affected by a cyber security breach earlier this month, Adobe is now saying that at least 38 million users' accounts were compromised. The software company, known for Photoshop and other programs, said hackers were able to obtain the Adobe IDs and encrypted passwords for about 38 million users who are active with their accounts.  “We have completed email notification of these users. We also have reset the passwords for all Adobe IDs with valid, encrypted passwords that we believe were involved in the incident -- regardless of whether those users are active or not," the Silicon Valley company told KresbonSecurity , a cyber security website.  PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 However, hackers were also able to access other types of accounts, including some by users who are no longer active.
October 29, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
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.
September 15, 2013 | Carolyn Kellogg
Bleeding Edge A Novel Thomas Pynchon Penguin Press: 496 pp., $28.95 -- It has been 50 years since Thomas Pynchon's first book, "V.," was published. That he is still turning out works of dizzying complexity is, frankly, astounding. Few authors remain as ambitious and accomplished for so long. Enter "Bleeding Edge," a detective novel set in 2001 in Manhattan after the first dot-com boom-and-bust. Protagonist Maxine Tarnow is a defrocked fraud investigator, a rule-breaking accountant who is drawn into Internet business dealings and worse by a former lover-slash-documentarian, aided by mysterious deliveries from a bike messenger who still rides under the orange jersey of, the online store than went belly-up.
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