March 14, 2013 |
A Reuters deputy social-media editor was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on charges connected to a hack of the Los Angeles Times' website in 2010. Matthew Keys, who tweets as @TheMatthewKeys and has more than 23,000 followers, faces charges of conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer and transmission of malicious code. In a news release, the Justice Department said Keys faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 for each of the three counts he faces.
March 12, 2013 |
First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck were among a high-powered roster of public figures whose personal and financial information was posted on the Internet. The data, which include purported home addresses, Social Security numbers, phone numbers and credit reports, appeared on a website that seemed to originate in Russia. The Secret Service and the FBI said Tuesday that they were opening investigations, and President Obama confirmed the apparent breach.
March 12, 2013 |
BEIJING - For a 25-year-old computer whiz enlisted in a People's Liberation Army hacking unit, life was all about low pay, drudgery and social isolation. Nothing at all like the unkempt hackers of popular imagination, the young man wore a military uniform at work in Shanghai. He lived in a dorm where meals often consisted of instant ramen noodles. The workday ran from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., although hackers were often required to work late into the evening. With no money and little free time, he found solace on the Internet.
February 19, 2013 |
Apple on Tuesday said it too was a target of a cyber attack that was launched against Facebook and other companies last week. The Cupertino tech company told Reuters that a few of its employees' Mac computers were compromised, but so far "there was no evidence that any data left Apple. " Apple is working with law enforcement to track down the hackers, and the company said it plans to release a software tool Tuesday to protect customers from the same type of malware that affected its employees.
February 8, 2013 |
A hacker who goes by the name of Guccifer has reportedly compromised the email accounts of at least six people close to George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and has distributed some of the private emails and photographs online. The Smoking Gun published a report Thursday saying it had spoken with the hacker, who said he wasn't worried about the possibility of the FBI or Secret Service coming after him. Guccifer said the "feds" have been investigating him a long time and "this is just another chapter in the game.” PHOTOS: 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 Among the photographs allegedly posted online by the hacker were two showing President George W. Bush painting, and one with him and Ralph Lauren.
February 1, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter is the latest target of hackers. The San Francisco company disclosed late Friday that its systems had been attacked by hackers and that nearly a quarter of a million Twitter users were affected. The attack took place over the last week, Twitter said. The unidentified hackers may have had access to usernames, email addresses and other user information. The company has reset the passwords of the affected accounts. It is informing users by email. "This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data.
February 1, 2013 |
More than 30 journalists and executives at Western news organizations in China, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, have had their computers hacked, according to the news organizations and a security firm that monitors such attacks. Over the last four months, the hackers managed to infiltrate the Times' computers, the newspaper reported Thursday. It said hackers had penetrated its computers and obtained passwords for reporters and other employees. The hackers have been blocked and security tightened to prevent another attack, which followed an investigation by the paper into finances of relatives of Wen Jiabao, China's premier.
January 31, 2013 |
More than 30 journalists and executives at western news organizations in China, including the New York Times, have had their computers hacked, according to Mandiant, a security firm that monitors such attacks. Over the last four months, the hackers managed to infiltrate the Times' computers, the newspaper reported Thursday. In a lengthy piece, the newspaper said the hackers had penetrated its computers and obtained passwords for reporters and other employees. The hackers have been blocked and security tightened to prevent another attack, which followed an investigation by the paper into finances of relatives of Wen Jiabao, China's premier.
December 20, 2012 |
Think your email, and your money, are safe? Think again. Earlier this year, the FBI warned that "cyber-criminals are compromising the email accounts of U.S. individuals and businesses" and using the accounts to arrange fraudulent cash transfers. Lake Arrowhead resident Bernie Williams never saw that warning. Nor did he think anything like this could happen to him. Now he's $8,629 poorer. "It's such a sophisticated scam," Williams, 70, said with grudging admiration. "If it wasn't a crime, I'd give the guy an Oscar.
December 18, 2012 |
Bringing the world naked pictures of Scarlett Johansson and others has brought a 10-year federal prison sentence down on 35-year-old Christopher Chaney. And ScarJo still thinks that what Chaney did was "perverted and reprehensible. " "I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed," Johansson said in a video statement played at Monday's sentencing, L.A. Now reported. "I find Christopher Chaney's actions to be perverted and reprehensible. " The photos of the actress that went public in September 2011 were obtained via then-husband Ryan Reynolds' email account, which Chaney accessed by using the "Forgot your password?"