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Kaspersky details billion dollar digital bank heist

According to anti-malware security firm Kapersky, many of the world’s major banks have been hit by digital thieves over the past year and a half, with the attackers making off with at least $300 million, but potentially as much as a billion (£648 million), after using malware and social engineering …

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Obama signs order to protect America’s computer networks

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In a move to help protect American online businesses and help them coordinate with US authorities, Obama has signed an executive order that will make federal agencies set up a way of sharing data between technicians in these businesses and federal agents. This information sharing will go both ways, with companies tipping …

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Researcher unveils 10 million people’s passwords

If you have been using the same password for years, then perhaps this will encourage you not to. A researcher by the name of Mark Burnett, has released a list of over 10 million passwords and usernames which he was able to harvest in clear text from various websites and …

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Anonymous takes down hundreds of ISIS social media accounts

The hacktivist movement Anonymous has made good on its promises to target those associated with the violent extremist organisation, ISIS, by taking over and knocking out hundreds of websites and social media accounts that help promote the organisation and encourage recruitment from new members. Apparently though, this is just the …

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Samsung smart TVs listen to your conversations

If you own a voice activated smart TV from Samsung, there’s a good chance it’s recorded conversations you’ve had with people in the same room, whether it was turned on or not. The worst part of that privacy invasion however, is that Samsung has been sending that information to third …

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Another week, another Flash vulnerability

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You really should disable or uninstall Adobe Flash at this point. If you haven’t yet done so however here is another reason, following on from last week’s 0-day exploit; there is another critical vulnerability that is being actively exploited in the wild, the only difference this time is that there is …

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Raptr has been hacked, password changes encouraged

Raptr, the social themed video game service that comes bundled with AMD’s graphics card drivers, has been hacked. According to reports, passwords, usernames, first and last names may have been accessed and as a result, password changes are recommended. Raptr Founder and CEO, Dennis Fong, gave a statement on the security …

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Canada has been spying on everyone too

Oh Canada. So often forgotten during the Edward Snowden leaks. With all the attention on the likes of the US and UK for tapping into undersea cables and New Zealand for going after Kim Dotcom’s file locker services, it’s easy to forget that Canada, like the aforementioned nations and Australia, …

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EFF wants to teach everyone how to avoid surveillance

As of late, it’s become apparent that specific rights to privacy and freedom of expression are being clamped down on by the world’s intelligence agencies, as they collect data on the public, often without their knowledge. This makes the job of the The Electronic Frontier Foundation, very difficult, as it’s main …

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Facebook Login claims over 60% of customer identity services logins

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Facebook has provided a login option for 3rd party since 2008, and in recent years, social logins have become a very popular option to allow users to login to websites securely. Recent statistics from Gigya, a company that provides an identity management platform that bundles login options from several different providers, including Facebook, Google+, Twitter …

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Winklevoss twins to launch Gemini Bitcoin exchange

The Winklevoss twins, most famously known for their part in helping conceive the idea of Facebook and for receiving a payout from the site’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg because of it, have announced that they will be launching a Bitcoin exchange called Gemini in the near future. As it stands, they are waiting …

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Google gave Wikileaks staffer emails to US government

One of the worst parts of the Edward Snowden revelations back in 2013, was that they explained how it was possible for the US and other governments to force companies to hand over information on their customers without telling anyone. And that’s exactly what looks to have happened in the …

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Malaysia Airlines website goes down to hack – and returns

Malaysia Airlines’ website is now online and looking peachy, but it wasn’t just a few short hours ago. Earlier this morning, visiting the website would display little but a laughing message from a hacking group, pointing through to their official Twitter account for added evidence of their culpability. The group …

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MEGA launches encrypted MegaChat Skype challenger

Along with MEGA, the successor to MegaUpload, one of the tools that internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has been keen to develop since the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013, was an encrypted chat service. Since it came to light that companies like Skype were working with the NSA and could be …

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US hacked North Korea way before Sony attack

Part of the reason the US was so confident in accusing North Korea of being behind last year’s attack against Sony, was because it had been invading the nation’s computers since 2010, in an attempt to map out the rogue-state’s digital defences and capabilities. Not enough was discovered that it …

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MEGA launches new smartphone apps, beta testing MegaChat

The MEGA encrypted file locker service is now looking to expand into more mobile marketplaces, by launching its new swathe of updated smartphone applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. On top of that though, the company founder Kim Dotcom has also announced an ongoing beta to use MegaChat, the …

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UK police have arrested second Lizard Squad member

The UK police have arrested a second member of online troll group, Lizard Squad, following the Christmas day DDOS attacks on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. An 18 year old was taken in to custody today after being linked directly to the attacks. The arrest was carried out by …

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UK and US to stage hacking wargames

To live test digital defences in both the UK and the US, our national, salaried hackers are going to be going at one another in a series of online wargames, designed to mimic attacks from other nations’ digital warriors. It will involve hacks against the financial sector, as well as …

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David Cameron to ban effective encryption if re-elected

David Cameron has had a hard on for banning things online for years now. His big focus in 2013-14 was certain types of pornography, which ultimately led to mandatory filters on new broadband accounts and the banning of such innocuous actions in British porn production as face-sitting and female ejaculation. But …

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Nick Clegg to attack ‘Snooper’s Charter’

Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is set to outline his and his party’s continued distaste for the nicknamed, “Snooper’s Charter,” after PM David Cameron announced that last week’s terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine was a sign we needed greater digital security. The “Snooper’s Charter,” or …

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The Xbox One SDK has been leaked

A group called H4LT has managed to leak the official Xbox One developer SDK, potentially opening the door for homebrew applications as well as giving unapproved developers the ability to create unofficial software for the system. The leak was announced via H4LT’s Twitter account, the group also provided screenshots of …

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Alleged PSN and Xbox Live hackers arrested

Christmas day was a frustrating one for many, as despite the new games they’d opened from Father Christmas, they were unable to play them online as both Xbox Live and the PlayStation network were down. Laying claim to the DDOS attack that caused it was a hacking group called Lizard Squad, …

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Kim Dotcom pledges to kill NSA spying, Skype with MegaChat

Kim Dotcom may not be everyone’s favourite ex-hacker, activist or gamer, but he does have a penchant for building something from ashes. His big move last year was the creation of MEGA, an encrypted file locker platform that was born from the ruins of his previous hit service, MegaUpload and …

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Xbox Live and PSN back online following Christmas day attacks

Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network are back online following the Christmas period DDOS attacks which saw both services suffer from issues for a few days. The attack was carried out by Lizard Squad, a group of ‘hackers’ that threatened to take down Microsoft and Sony’s respective online services earlier this …

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Patriot hacker The Jester to retire persona

Even though the ’80s and ’90s taught us to fear the power of hackers with their cereal box whistles and surprisingly visual interfaces, the ’00s and beyond have really brought them to the fore. Not only have we heard about the covert underground of state sponsored hacking on a much …

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