July 25, 2013 |
Five Russians and a Ukrainian face federal criminal charges of hacking into the computers of major payment processors, retailers and financial institutions, stealing more than 160 million credit card numbers and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. It is the largest such scheme ever prosecuted in the United States, federal authorities said in unsealing indictments Thursday in Newark, N.J., and Manhattan. Victimized firms ranged from 7-Eleven, Wet Seal and JetBlue to Visa Jordan, Diners Singapore and the Nasdaq stock market, authorities said.
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July 25, 2013 |
Stanford University's Internet technology database was hacked and school officials are suggesting students and staff reset their passwords as a precautionary measure. School officials made the announcement in a campus-wide email. “We do not yet know the scope of the intrusion, but we are working closely with information security consultants and law enforcement to determine its source and impact,” read a message posted on the school's website Thursday. “We are not aware at this time of any protected health information, personal financial information or Social Security numbers being compromised, and Stanford does not conduct classified research,” the message continued.
July 18, 2013 |
Saying they took advantage of an out-of-date Wordpress system, members of a Syrian cyber-hacking group are claiming they swiped reams of user data this week from crowdsourced online phonebook Truecaller . In a statement Thursday, the Swedish startup acknowledged a "cyberattack" but offered few details. It said that attackers retrieved tokens that -- when paired with a secret passphrase - gives third-party websites access to individuals' Facebook, Google and other social media accounts.
July 18, 2013 |
Two hackers from Irvine gained access in April to the air conditioning and water systems of a Google Inc. office in Sydney, Australia. Because Google had failed to install a security patch to a software program that remotely tracks and controls building systems, the hackers could have easily raised the office's temperature to an unbearable level or caused water pipes to burst by increasing pressure. Luckily for Google, the hackers were working for Cylance Inc., an Irvine company that has been grabbing headlines for uncovering security holes that could allow malicious hackers to do serious damage to crucial infrastructure such as hospitals, oil pipelines and banking systems.
July 18, 2013 |
The demand stunned the hospital employee. She had picked up the emergency room's phone line, expecting to hear a dispatcher or a doctor. But instead, an unfamiliar male greeted her by name and then threatened to paralyze the hospital's phone service if she didn't pay him hundreds of dollars. Shortly after the worker hung up on the caller, the ER's six phone lines went dead. For nearly two days in March, ambulances and patients' families calling the San Diego hospital heard nothing but busy signals.
July 4, 2013 |
Be prepared to freak out. Applications recently released by researchers from two universities can give Gmail users a good sense of how valuable their email accounts might be to malicious hackers and law enforcement investigators. Cloudsweeper , developed at University of Illinois at Chicago, scans emails to find any mention of passwords or password resets. Based on the black market price for the type of account details found in the email data, Cloudsweeper tells the user how much his or her Gmail account is worth to a hacker.
June 19, 2013 |
Many days late at night, Skyler Rojas, a rising junior at UC Berkeley, finds himself exchanging messages on Skype with a good friend. The conversations tend to focus on cybersecurity -- how to protect and break into computer networks. Trading tips and tricks in a constant quest to improve his skills has paid off for Rojas. The 19-year-old from Highland Park picked up a $2,000 award from the Information Systems Security Assn. of San Francisco at the Cornerstones of Trust conference in the Bay Area on Tuesday.
May 23, 2013 |
Twitter has rolled out a two-step verification, a feature users can turn on to give themselves more protection against would-be hackers. The verification method makes it harder for hackers to take over Twitter accounts that don't belong to them by requiring that users enter their password as well as a special code that is sent to their phone when they try to log in. The code does not generate until the user attempts to log in, and it changes each...
May 16, 2013 |
LONDON - Four hackers who pleaded guilty to a series of high-profile cyberattacks on computers in the U.S. and Britain, including those of the CIA and Sony Pictures, were sentenced Thursday to up to 32 months in prison. The four men, all Britons, were members of the hacking group LulzSec, which flaunted its ability to break into the high-security computer networks of such targets as the United States Senate. In 2011, the group claimed responsibility for hacking into the systems of PBS, media baron Rupert Murdoch's News International and the U.S. Air Force, among other targets.
May 8, 2013 |
Candace Bushnell, author of "Sex and the City," is the latest to fall victim to Guccifer, the hacker who exposed former President George W. Bush's secret life as a painter, New York magazine reported . Taking control of Bushnell's email, Twitter account and website, the hacker posted the opening pages of Bushnell's upcoming novel online. The book is tentatively titled "Killing Monica. " After breaking into Bushnell's email account Tuesday, the Guardian reported, the hacker tweeted a link through Bushnell's official Twitter feed to a Google Drive account ( currently still online )