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Watchdog warns in-flight WiFi presents hacking risk

Hackers with enough technical know how could break into the flight controls of a plane using the on board WiFi, according to the US Government Accountability Office. It claims to have identified a significant danger in the use of in-flight WiFi that could make it possible for the plane to be …

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Google warns against FBI demands for expanded hacking

Currently, government agencies and local police forces in the US, are only able to obtain permission to hack into the computers and other electronic devices of suspects in their region and only then once they have a warrant. However, now the FBI and other organisations want to expand that power …

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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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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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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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Pirate Bay founder found guilty in hacking trial

Gottfrid Svartholm, the founder of notorious torrent site, The Pirate Bay, has been found guilty of hacking crimes by a Danish Court. Svartholm and an unnamed accomplice were found to have illegally accessed systems operated by IT company, CSC. The TPB founder was originally arrested way back in 2012, so …

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Taiwan to investigate Chinese firm over security threats

Taiwan’s government has announced that it is currently undergoing an investigation into the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi Inc, over claims that its products and services were a security risk. Potentially the budget smartphone maker could see its products banned in the country entirely. The problem it seems, stems from the …

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Google forms Project Zero, the anti-hack super team

Google has decided that enough is enough. Hackers, be they government sponsored security experts or bedroom nerds with a gift for social engineering, are the latest target of Google investment, as it has announced the creation of a new team of researchers called Project Zero, which is designed to find …

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Google announces Project Zero

Google has put together a new security team to find and fix the Internet’s most destructive bugs before hackers have a chance to exploit them, the company announced in a security blog post. Google is one of the largest online businesses in the world, which makes it a prime target …

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Despite hacks, UK and China cosy up on digital security

Even though evidence is mounting of regular attacks on US, European and UK businesses and government offices, Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has been meeting with representatives of China’s liberation army to encourage communication between the two countries on digital security. The most recent hacking scandal to make headlines saw …

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Hackers to release Bitcoin laundering app

Bitcoin has shot up in popularity through recent years, so much so that the idea of digital currency almost seems normal, with many online stores beginning to accept bitcoins as payment. However, this also means that governments around the world are moving to try and regulate the currency and some …

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LinkedIn denies accusations of hacking user accounts

Responding to a class action lawsuit, the business oriented networking site LinkedIn, has denied a number of claims that it hacked email accounts belonging to system users, declaring the accusations as baseless. According to a blogpost by Blake Lawit, senior director of litigation at LinkedIn, the accusations being levied against …

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Pirate Bay co-founder indicted for hacking

One of the co-founders of torrent search site The Pirate Bay, Gottfrid Svartholm was indicted yesterday for hacking charges, which have nothing to do with his already applied one year prison sentence for running TPB. According to the charges (and Wired), Svartholm stands accused of hacking in the Nordea Bank …

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Who can write the most malicious code?

This is the question asked by coding competition, Underhanded C, which pits hackers against each other to create the most nefarious bit of code they can come up with; but the trick is doing so while making it stealthy enough to avoid casual investigation. The setup in this latest competition …

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China points cyber finger at US

Unit 61398

While we might often hear stories of how the US is being targeted by Chinese hackers, the communist country has now pointed its finger at the US, suggesting most of the attacks against its nation come from the Western one. According to China’s defence ministry, last year nearly 150,000 attacks …

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Russian digital security leak has been ongoing for years

Russia

Russian researchers have discovered a piece of malware that is believed to have been consistently leaking confidential documents from embassies, government facilities, nuclear research centres and oil and gas companies for almost half a decade. The malware exploited a bug in government systems that allowed it to recover deleted files …

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Hacker marketplace plundered… by hackers

Injected

ExploitHub, a site that offers code that takes advantage of software vulnerabilities for a small fee, has found itself hacked, with a large database of its marketable software made available for free in a site dump. Initially, the site’s admins claimed that merely a message board discussion database had been …

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Pirate Bay founder Svartholm detained without charges

Gottfrid Svartholm

One of the four founding members of torrent search site The Pirate Bay, Gottfrid Svartholm, is currently detained in a Swedish prison after his deportation from Cambodia, but while he is being held on suspicion of hacking he hasn’t been officially charged – highlighting Sweden’s controversial imprisonment laws. On top of not being charged with …

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10 year old girl hacks social game clock

Kids are the future, and if this years Defcon is anything to go by, we will have a new raft of hackers waiting in the wings. In an article written by PCMAG, Defcon let the younger 8-16 year old kids show off their hacking skills and hopefully get pointed at …

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WinAmp forums attacked, hacked and personal info leaked

AOL have suffered a rather embarassing security breach as the Winamp forums were attacked and email addresses and password details were stolen. Winamp forums general manager Geno Yoham sent an email to all registered members of the community warning that his team had ‘quickly detected and blocked’ an attack on …

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Hacker selling government websites

Security group Imperva accidentally came across a hacker’s offer in an underground forum in the black market of a US Army’s Communications Electronics Command (CECOM) website. Imperva said the hacker claims websites control that includes military, universities and government websites. The hacker is charging between $33 and $499 depending on …

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