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Over 275 million personal records in India held for ransom

May 10, 2019 - 6:05 PM

A hacking group known as Unistellar wipes the content from the unsecured database and leaves a message where discussions could be held to get the data back

Cartoon Network websites hacked, meme videos replace toons – report

May 02, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Two hackers claim responsibility for the hack of at least 16 regional Cartoon Network websites


Ransomware 'hero' pleads guilty to U.S. hacking charges

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:41 AM

'I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes,' the 24-year-old Marcus Hutchins, known by his alias MalwareTech,' writes, noting that the charges related to his activity prior to his work in security

'I REGRET THESE ACTIONS.' In this file photo taken on August 14, 2017, Marcus Hutchins (R), the British cyber security expert accused of creating and selling malware that steals banking passwords, arrives with his lawyers at US Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Joshua Lott / AFP

Investigator says Amazon chief's phone hacked by Saudis

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:26 PM

The investigator links the hack to the Bezos-owned Washington Post's extensive coverage of the Jamal Khashoggi murder

BEZOS. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018 Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos provides the keynote address at the Air Force Association's Annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference in Oxen Hill, MD. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP)


ASUS pushed malware on thousands of computers – Kaspersky

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:37 PM

(UPDATED) 1 million people are potentially affected, says Kaspersky, but ASUS refutes the findings, saying that it only affected "a small number of devices"

Can you life-hack your way to love?

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

A new approach to dating takes advantage of the power of data

CONCEALED? True love could be hiding inside mounds of data. xtock/Shutterstock.com

Iranian hackers caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses – report

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Microsoft researchers say the attackers stole secrets and wiped data from networks after targeting thousands of people at some 200 companies over the past two years


Australia says 'state actor' hacked parties, parliament

Feb 18, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Australian security agencies say they do not yet know who was behind the attack or their motives

HACKING PROBLEM. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Hacker uses Nest camera to broadcast hoax nuke alert

Jan 23, 2019 - 2:14 PM

A couple in California was shocked when a Nest security camera atop their family's television issued a realistic-sounding warning of missiles heading to the United States from North Korea


20-year-old German confesses to massive data hack spurred by 'annoyance'

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:31 PM

'The accused said he published the data because he had been annoyed by certain statements made by those affected,' a spokesman for the Frankfurt prosecution service's internet crime office ZIT, tells a press conference

DATA HACK. Picture taken on January 4, 2019 shows the website of the German Bundestag with a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel displayed on the screen of a laptop. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Marriott says hack was smaller but hit 5.25 million passports

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Marriott says about 5.25 million passport numbers were taken in the incident. An additional 20.3 million encrypted passport numbers were also taken but there is no evidence hackers were able to decipher that data.

Scientists boost plant yield by 40% through 'genetic hack'

Jan 04, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The wider goal isn't to produce more tobacco but to apply the technique to wheat or soy beans, in order to meet mankind's growing appetite

North Korea defectors' details leaked in hacking

Dec 28, 2018 - 6:23 PM

The recent data breach is the first large scale hacking of North Korean defectors' personal information, affecting nearly a thousand

HACKED. About a thousand North Korean defectors are in danger of potential threats from the North after the recent hacking. File photo from Shutterstock

China accuses U.S. of 'fabricating facts' with hacking charges

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:43 AM

China's foreign ministry urges US to 'stop smearing the Chinese side on cyber security issues,' adding that it had lodged an official protest

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U.S. indicts Chinese govt hackers over attacks in 12 countries

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:32 AM

'We want China to cease its illegal cyber activities and honor its commitment to the international community,' says US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein

ROSENSTEIN. US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at a press conference about Chinese hacking at the Justice Department in Washington, DC, on December 20, 2018. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP


EU probes hack of 'thousands' of diplomatic cables

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:52 PM

EU officials say they have begun a probe into the leak, which comes with Europe on high alert in the run-up to key parliamentary elections next year

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Dec 19, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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'Thousands' of EU diplomatic cables hacked – report

Dec 19, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The cables from the EU's diplomatic missions around the world reveal anxiety about how to handle US President Donald Trump as well as concerns about China, Russia and Iran

U.S. believes Chinese intelligence behind Marriott hack

Dec 13, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The hackers, who stole data of around 500 million Marriott customers, are believed to have been working for China's Ministry of State Security

PlayStation Classic successfully 'modified' shortly after release

Dec 11, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Hackers report being able to play PlayStation games off a USB drive

PS CLASSIC. Photo from Sony


Quora hacked: 100 million users affected

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Names, email addresses, and hashed passwords are nabbed from the popular question-and-answer website, the site announces, Tuesday, December 4


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Nov 05, 2018 - 2:01 PM

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Facebook hackers sell private messages from 81,000 accounts

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Many of the hacked accounts belong to Facebook users in Ukraine and Russia

Top Australia defense firm reports serious cyber breach

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Austal is an Australian shipbuilding company that makes small, quick ships for warfare close to shore, and has major US Navy contracts


Questions mount over delay after Cathay Pacific admits huge data leak

Oct 25, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Cathay Pacific is under pressure to explain why it took 5 months to admit it had been hacked

CATHAY PACIFIC. In this file photo taken on March 15, 2017, Cathay Pacific employees work at their counters at the international airport in Hong Kong. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Facebook has plans to acquire a cybersecurity company – report

Oct 22, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Following the breach that exposed 29 million users, Facebook attempts to shore up its online defenses


Facebook says hackers accessed data of 29M users

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Facebook says the hackers accessed the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 15 million users. For another 14 million people, the attack was potentially more damaging.

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Lack of protection on admin account blamed for ABS-CBN store hack – NPC

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The NPC notes that, 'had ABS-CBN insisted its third-party developer to use multi-factor authentication earlier, the site would not have been compromised'

Hackers exploit voicemail to hijack WhatsApp accounts in Israel

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Attackers exploit a vulnerability in an old technology to take control of Whatsapp accounts

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Q&A: RiskIQ's Yonathan Klijnsma on the group that hacked the ABS-CBN store

Oct 07, 2018 - 9:07 AM

In this Q&A, we discuss the learnings of RiskIQ, which has been tracking Magecart operations for the past few years

West accuses Russia of global hacking conspiracy

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:01 PM

A coalition of Western nations that have been targeted by alleged Russian cyber operatives has denounced the country's online espionage activities

INDICTMENT. Assistant U.S. Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers (L) announces the indictment of 7 Russian GRU intelligence officers for their alleged roles in hacking and related influence and disinformation operations targeting international anti-doping agencies, sporting federations and anti-doping officials. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP


US indicts 7 Russian military intel agents in global hacking conspiracy

Oct 05, 2018 - 1:18 PM

The defendants are Aleksei Morenets, 41, Evgenii Serebriakov, 37, Ivan Yermakov, 32, Artem Malyshev, 30, Dmitriy Badin, 27, Oleg Sotnikov, 46, and Alexey Minin, 46

RUSSIAN HACKING. Mike Murray, head of intelligence for the security firm Lookout, tells a briefing at the US Capitol on October 4, 2018 that hackers seeking to disrupt the US elections may install malware on mobile phones of candidates, journalists, donors and activists. Photo by Rob Lever/AFP


France says Russian global hacking claims 'worrying'

Oct 05, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Australia, Britain, Canada, The Netherlands, and the United States are now in a coordinated pushback against a series of hacking attempts said to be of Russian origin


Irish data authority probes Facebook over breach of 50M accounts

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:51 AM

The Irish probe has been touted as the first major test of the reformed European regulation which came into effect in May

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture taken on April 19, 2018 in Paris shows the tablet and smartphone app for Facebook. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


What we know: Facebook's September 2018 security breach

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:20 AM

So far, these are the things that Facebook has revealed about their security failure

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Alleged stolen Facebook accounts selling for $3 to $12 – report

Oct 03, 2018 - 1:52 PM

(UPDATED) If all 50 million of the affected Facebook accounts get sold on the dark web, the hackers would reel in anywhere from $150 million to $600 million

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50M Facebook users hacked? ‘Tip of the iceberg’ – expert

Oct 02, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The September 16 attack may just have been the 'clumsiest one that alerts the palace guards,' says Beau Woods, a cybersecurity fellow from the American think tank, Atlantic Council

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on March 22, 2018 a woman poses in front of a computer displaying the Facebook logo in Mill Valley, California on March 21, 2018.  Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Facebook may get $1.63 billion fine in EU due to recent hack

Oct 02, 2018 - 2:22 PM

Less than 10% of the total number of those affected – or some 5 million EU Facebook users – are hit by the attack on Facebook, according to a tweet from the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC)

What to do after the massive Facebook hack

Sep 29, 2018 - 4:17 PM

While Facebook continues to investigate, here are a few key steps to take to protect yourself from further potential exposure to risks

U.S. takes off the gloves in global cyber wars – top officials

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:07 AM

US efforts will include 'network hardening' and improved cyber security, the Pentagon said

CYBERWAR. The US vows to increase measures against cyber threats, identifying countries such as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea as primary culprits. Trump photo by Mary Schwalm/AFP.


What to do in case of a data breach

Sep 20, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Here are 4 simple steps to take in case you've been involved in a data breach


$60 million in virtual currency hacked in Japan

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Reports identify three types of cryptocurrencies stolen in the hack: bitcoin, bitcoin cash, and monacoin


ABS-CBN online store hacked – report

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'Filipinos are recommended to carefully check their credit card statements for unauthorized payments,' says Dutch security researcher Willem De Groot who discovered the alleged breach


US charges regime-linked North Korean in WannaCry, Sony hacks

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:22 PM

The suspect, Park Jin Hyok, was part of a unit known as the 'Lazarus Group' that masterminded the notorious hacks, the FBI says

PARK JIN HYOK. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Wilkison announces charges against North Korean national Park Jin Hyok in a range of cyberattacks on September 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP


British Airways hacked with details of 380,000 bank cards stolen

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:59 AM

BA advises anyone who believed they may have been affected to contact their bank or credit card provider and follow their recommendations

HACKED. British airline reveals massive hack with hundreds of thousands of users affected. Photo by Pascal Pavani/AFP


NSA leaker gets 5 years in jail under Trump crackdown

Aug 24, 2018 - 4:45 PM

It comes as the Trump administration ramps up pressure to deter the leaks of classified materials to journalists that have plagued it since last year

ELECTION. In this file photo, a man votes at a polling place at a high school in McLean, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8, 2016. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Hackers target smartphones to mine cryptocurrencies

Aug 22, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Cryptocurrency mining is expensive. Some hackers are secretly exploiting phones to help them mine


Hundreds of Instagram users locked out of accounts in hack

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Victims report that their login credentials were changed and their avatars were replaced with a film still

INSTAGRAM. Photo by Nopparat Khokthong/Shutterstock.com


Cambodia PM Facebook hacked to 'give away parliament seats'

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Hackers break into Hun Sen's official Facebook page and say the Cambodian People's Party would give away 4 seats to other parties

HUN SEN HACKED. Image of Hun Sen from http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51942 via Wikipedia

How to know if your Reddit account was hacked

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Those affected may want to think about whether there is other sensitive information associated with the compromised account, Reddit advises

REDDIT. Co-founder and executive chairman of Reddit, and partner at Y Combinator, Alexis Ohanian (L) and co-editor at TechCrunch, Alexia Tsotsis appear onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt. File photo by Noam Galai/AFP