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August 22, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
Marc Maiffret used to be a computer hacker. Now he gets paid to break into the systems of Southern California businesses, testing for security weaknesses. His client today is a major Los Angeles auto dealer, which sells fancy luxury cars to celebrities and corporate execs. The head of the company wants to check on the safety of his customer data. It's not an idle worry. Just days earlier, a 28-year-old Miami man was charged by federal authorities with hacking into multiple computer systems and stealing 130 million credit and debit card numbers -- the largest computer crime ever prosecuted.
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BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
You've got (spam) mail. Several AOL users are complaining on Twitter that their email accounts have been hacked and are being used to send out spam to others. Multiple users have said that their accounts have been affected despite not being used in a long time. Among them is Los Angeles Times Food Editor Russ Parsons. "I've gotten a couple of emails from friends telling me that my AOL account had been hacked and that they were getting spammed by it. The thing is, that account has been closed for at least two years," Parsons said in an email.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2009 | Catherine Saillant
A man who allegedly hacked a 6-year-old Thousand Oaks boy to death with a meat cleaver as his mother and terrified neighbors fought to save him has changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. Calvin Sharp's attorney Friday told a Ventura County courtroom that the cabdriver was insane when he killed Sev'n Molina in 2007 outside an apartment complex where the boy lived with his mother, a gruesome slaying that shook Thousand Oaks. Todd Howeth, Sharp's deputy public defender, said his client withdrew not-guilty pleas and admitted killing Sev'n and attempting to kill the boy's mother, Sandra Ruiz, and Diane Cox, a neighbor who intervened in the attack.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
The basketball court at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion was teeming with young hackers this weekend as students descended on the school for the second annual LA Hacks event. More than 4,000 registered for the 36-hour hackathon, which drew developers from colleges including Stanford, UC Berkeley, USC, UC Davis and Harvard. [Updated at 9:15 p.m. Pacific time: Organizers said about 1,500 students showed up for the event.] VIDEO: Unboxing the Amazon Fire TV The event kicked off Friday night with a "mystery keynote" -- Snapchat co-founder and Chief Executive Evan Spiegel.
NATIONAL
July 22, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A fired Philadelphia TV newscaster was charged with hacking into the e-mail of his glamorous younger co-anchor hundreds of times for more than two years. Leaked information about her personal life helped lead to her downfall. Federal prosecutors say former KYW-TV anchor Larry Mendte, 51, gained access to Alycia Lane's accounts from home and at work about 537 times between January and May alone, and shared some information with a reporter. Lane, 36, was fired in January after the revelation of a series of embarrassing off-camera incidents, including a scuffle with a New York City police officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2008 | Tony Perry
Students at Rancho Bernardo High School used stolen passwords and software purchased on the Internet to hack into the school computers to change grades and peek at tests, district officials said Monday. Seven students have been suspended and will appear before hearing panels, Poway Unified School Supt. Don Phillips said. "These students have made very bad choices," he said. The hacking was disclosed two weeks ago but the method used was not revealed. -- -- Tony Perry
WORLD
April 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A New Zealand teenager accused of leading an international cyber crime network pleaded guilty today. Owen Thor Walker, 18, known online as "AKILL," was involved in a network accused of infiltrating 1.3 million computers and skimming millions of dollars from victims' bank accounts. The charges against him involved hacking and did not directly address his role in the network or the alleged skimming. Eight people have been indicted, pleaded guilty or been convicted since the investigation began last year.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - The recent hacking of customer data from Target Corp. computers is roiling the California Legislature. Last week, two members of the Assembly touted a bill to strengthen consumer safeguards and limit the type of information collected and retained by retailers. The measure, AB 1710, may trigger one of the year's biggest disputes over business-related legislation. "It'll be a big fight, a tough fight," said Bill Dombrowski, president of the California Retailers Assn.
WORLD
April 23, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Hackers who support Syrian President Bashar Assad claimed responsibility Tuesday for hijacking an Associated Press Twitter account and falsely tweeting that explosions were rattling the White House. "Ops! @AP get owned by Syrian Electronic Army! #SEA #Syria #ByeByeObama" tweeted an account tied to the hacking group, linking to a screenshot of the hacked AP account. The false tweet also claimed President Obama had been injured. It made little traction with other news organizations.
WORLD
April 7, 2010 | By Mark Magnier and Anshul Rana
The world is in a cyber arms race and needs to take steps to reverse it, said the authors of a report released Tuesday that detailed the extensive theft by Chinese hackers of Indian national security information, 1,500 e-mails from the Dalai Lama's office and other sensitive information. Canadian and U.S. researchers at the University of Toronto monitored the hacking of a "shadow" spy network over eight months, tracking it to computer servers based in China and to individuals in the city of Chengdu in central China.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - The recent hacking of customer data from Target Corp. computers is roiling the California Legislature. Last week, two members of the Assembly touted a bill to strengthen consumer safeguards and limit the type of information collected and retained by retailers. The measure, AB 1710, may trigger one of the year's biggest disputes over business-related legislation. "It'll be a big fight, a tough fight," said Bill Dombrowski, president of the California Retailers Assn.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard, This article has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
Sounding alarm over an especially sinister new wave of cybercrime, regulators are warning bankers that hackers have succeeded in changing the controls on automated teller machines to allow thieves to make nearly unlimited withdrawals. The hackers often schedule the withdrawals for holidays and weekends, when extra dollars are loaded into ATMs and monitoring by the banks drops off, an umbrella group for financial regulators said Wednesday. The U.S. Secret Service is calling the scam Unlimited Operations because it circumvents the usual caps on ATM withdrawals, enabling the criminals at times to extract far more than depositors have in their accounts.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Jon Healey
A headline Monday in Politics Now, the L.A. Times' blog on national politics, distilled the challenge facing Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) as he tries to broaden his party's appeal. The story by Lisa Mascaro was about a report the House Budget Committee (which Ryan chairs) released Monday on Washington's "duplicative and complex" array of benefits for the poor. Declared the headline: "Paul Ryan calls for cuts to anti-poverty programs. " The report didn't actually call for cuts, however.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
The massive theft of Target Corp. customer data contributed to a huge drop in fourth-quarter profit as the retailer scrambled to win back the trust of consumers and shore up its hobbled payments system. The Minneapolis-based chain reported that profit was nearly halved from a year earlier to $520 million and revenue slid 5% to $21.5 billion. Target also racked up $61 million in expenses related to the hack, though it expects all but $17 million of that to be covered by insurance.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
The holiday season was never going to be easy for Target Corp. as it tried to lift foot traffic and keep up with competitors' discounts. But it was the vast data breach at the Minneapolis retailer in the heat of Christmas shopping season that really knocked the Minneapolis-based chain off its feet. And, the company said Wednesday, the hack may continue to have financial repercussions for months to come. Target's net income for the fourth quarter ended Feb. 1 slumped 46% to $520 million, or 81 cents a share, from $961 million, or $1.47 a share a year earlier.
WORLD
February 25, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Former British tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks testified in court Tuesday that she was unaware phone hacking was illegal but was shocked to discover someone at her newspaper had tapped into the voicemails of a kidnapped teenager who was later found slain. Brooks, onetime editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World, said the first time she'd heard that the cellphone of 13-year-old Milly Dowler had been hacked was in July 2011, nearly a decade after the event. The revelation that the tabloid had accessed the missing girl's voicemail messages in search of a scoop mushroomed into a national scandal in Britain, resulting in a wave of public revulsion, the shutdown of the News of the World, the end of Brooks' journalistic career, the resignation of the head of Scotland Yard and the arrests of dozens of people in an investigation that is still underway.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
The basketball court at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion was teeming with young hackers this weekend as students descended on the school for the second annual LA Hacks event. More than 4,000 registered for the 36-hour hackathon, which drew developers from colleges including Stanford, UC Berkeley, USC, UC Davis and Harvard. [Updated at 9:15 p.m. Pacific time: Organizers said about 1,500 students showed up for the event.] VIDEO: Unboxing the Amazon Fire TV The event kicked off Friday night with a "mystery keynote" -- Snapchat co-founder and Chief Executive Evan Spiegel.
WORLD
June 16, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Italian and U.S. authorities have broken up an international group that hacked into long-distance phone lines and may have provided funds to terrorists in Southeast Asia, officials said. Police conducted raids across Italy last week and arrested five suspects linked to a hacking operation in the Philippines. Federal authorities in New Jersey charged three people living in the Philippines in connection with the case. The group electronically broke into the systems of international telecommunications companies and sold the access codes in several countries in a multimillion-dollar fraud, Italian police and the FBI alleged in separate statements.
WORLD
February 20, 2014 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- A London court acquitted former newspaper executive Rebekah Brooks on one of the five charges she faces in Britain's high-profile trial of seven former senior staff members and journalists from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. on charges related to an extensive phone hacking scandal. Brooks was acquitted on a count of misconduct tied to charges that she paid $6,000 in 2006 for a photograph of Prince William dressed in a bikini at a party to be published in the Sun, a Murdoch-owned tabloid she edited at the time.
WORLD
February 19, 2014 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered to act as a secret adviser to Rupert Murdoch and two of his newspaper executives as they confronted revelations of illegal phone hacking, a London jury heard Wednesday. The disclosure -- contained in an email sent by Rebekah Brooks, a former executive of News International, once the British branch of Murdoch's News Corp. media empire, to Murdoch's son and deputy, James -- came as prosecutors wrapped up their case against seven defendants charged in the scandal.
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