April 1, 2008 |
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.
July 22, 2008 |
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.
April 6, 2014 |
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.
April 23, 2013 |
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.
April 13, 2014 |
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.
April 7, 2010 |
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.