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Watch Out: Your Valentine Could be a Hacker

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Valentine’s Day is just days away but if you’re looking for love on a mobile dating app, watch out. Hackers want your data to be their Valentine. A research study by IBM found that “over 60 percent of the leading dating apps studied are vulnerable to medium and/ or severe vulnerabilities that put application data, as well as data stored on the device, at risk.” Such vulnerabilities, IBM noted, can affect the use of these dating apps in many ways that potential hackers could not only modify stored data on the app but also leak information from the device. The data was compiled from 41 dating apps available in the Google Play app store in October 2014. And a 2013 Pew research study found that one in 10 Americans have used a dating site or app, and 66 percent of people have dated someone they met online. Those numbers are only going up. So how harmful can it be if your dating app, which contains so much personal information, gets hacked? Terrible! Personal information like your address and credit card number, and even photos stored in phones are at risk. A hacker can also gain control of the phone’s messages and […]

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Hacker finds vulnerability in Facebook, can delete your photo albums

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Like it or not, Facebook has become almost ubiquitous in today’s world. Most people you know, both young and old, are on there. Worse, some folks keep memories of their lives stored on the service, including precious photos that, in some cases, may not be backed up in any way. It feels safe, after all, Facebook wouldn’t lose them, right? Not so fast. This is less about Facebook losing them, I’m sure it has backups, but more about a third-party taking them away. That sounds scary, but a security researcher has proven it’s possible. Laxman Muthiyah posted his findings along with details of how the exploit works. Essentially he utilized the Graph API to accomplish both deletion of his own album and then that of a “victim”. Though Facebook claims this isn’t possible, it is quite the opposite case and proof is posted for everyone to see. The token generated should only grant limited access, however generating a token for the mobile version of the social network changed things. “The album got deleted! So i got the key to delete all of your Facebook photos”, Muthiya calmly states. Of course he won’t do this, he’s only proving a point. But that point should be acted upon quickly by […]

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Newsweek Twitter feed hijacked by pro-IS hacker

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Newsweek’s Twitter feed was briefly hijacked by hackers who displayed messages supporting the Islamic State group. The feed showed images similar to those from the hacking of the social media feed of the US Central Command last month. The account showed a picture of a hooded figure and the words “Cyber Caliphate” along with the message “Je Suis IS,” a response to the “Je Suis Charlie” messages following the deadly attacks at French weekly Charlie Hebdo. Newsweek, a publication now owned by IBT Media, said the account was taken over for about 14 minutes before Twitter returned control to the news organization. “We can confirm that Newsweek’s Twitter account was hacked this morning, and have since regained control of the account,” Newsweek managing editor Kira Bindrim said in a statement. “We apologize to our readers for anything offensive that might have been sent from our account during that period, and are working to strengthen our newsroom security measures going forward.” Twitter users noticed the anomaly, and saw the account appeared to have been restored a short time later, with an empty “egg” image in place of its customary logo. In January, the hacked Centcom Twitter feed posted what appeared to […]

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Latvian extradites ‘bot hacker’ to US

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RIGA — Latvia on Thursday extradited a programmer to the United States to stand trial for his alleged role in a global cyber theft ring that hacked into a million computers. Latvian Deniss Calovskis, 29, and two other Europeans are suspected of hacking into computers at the US space agency NASA and stealing online banking credentials for profit. “I can confirm that Mr Calovskis has been handed over to US Marshals and that he is already out of Latvia’s jurisdiction,” Latvian State Police spokesman Toms Sadovskis told AFP. Calovskis’ extradition had been held up for months while he launched an unsuccessful appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. It ultimately rejected his claim that he would not be able to have a fair trial in the US. Fellow suspects, Russian Nikita Kuzmin and Romanian Mihai Ionut Paunescu, are already in custody in the US. The trio are accused of using malicious computer code or malware, dubbed the Gozi Virus, to infiltrate computers across Europe and the US. They caused “millions in losses by, among other things, stealing online banking credentials”, according to the US federal prosecutor’s office. Calovskis, alias “Miami”, was arrested in Latvia in November 2012 and charged […]

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An academic researcher published 10 million usernames and passwords where any hacker can see them

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A security analyst and hacking author just published 10 million web usernames and passwords in the name of academic research. US-based network security expert Mark Burnett announced the news on his blog on Monday. Burnett believes the data will help security researchers determine how people choose their online credentials and how to make the internet a safer place to store information and protect it. But he admits that what he has done is ethically “close to the line.” Typically, Burnett writes, researchers only unveil passwords alone for research purposes. Password databases help companies see the most commonly used codes and, in turn, they can discourage customers from using lousy passwords like “password” or “12345678.” But working out what happens after passwords are published alongside usernames “has been greatly neglected” by researchers, Burnett says. Burnett’s project has raised a few eyebrows. As he prepared to unleash the potentially sensitive data onto the web, he wrote a long blog post about why the FBI shouldn’t track him down and punish him for trafficking in hacked information. Burnett is also challenging the law surrounding research into online security and information, which he believes makes looking at and studying hacked information equally criminal as […]

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ISIS hacker targets military spouses

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Hackers claiming to be part of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) apparently hacked into the Twitter account of a military spouse Tuesday, threatening military spouses and their children. The hackers, calling themselves the “Cyber Caliphate,” say they are waging a “Cyber Jihad.” In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, #CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad #cyb3rc.com — MSoS (@MSoStrength) February 10, 2015 “While your president and your husband are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we’re coming for you,” said one message that was posted to the account. “You think you’re safe but the IS is already here, CyberCaliphate got into your PC and smartphone,” it continues, using an acronym for the Islamic State. ADVERTISEMENT “We know everything about you, your husband and your children and we’re much closer than you can even imagine. You’ll see no mercy infidel!” The account is owned by the spouse of a U.S. Marine, and is used to publicize her nonprofit that advocates for military spouses. One message from the hackers threatens first lady Michelle Obama, who has advocated on behalf of military spouses. “Bloody Valentine’s Day #MichelleObama! We’re watching you, your girls and your husband! #CyberCaliphate,” […]

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Hacker avoids conviction over university cyber-attack

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads A 20-year-old Auckland computer hacker has been discharged without conviction after launching a cyber-attack on the University of Melbourne in 2011. Neil McDonald appeared before Judge Pippa Sinclair at the North Shore District Court today facing one charge of intentionally accessing a computer system without authority. The charge faces a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment. Outlining the police summary of facts, Judge Sinclair said the attack occurred between November 12 and 15, 2011 when McDonald, then 17, launched a “SQL [structured query language] injection attack” through a redundant service database at the University of Melbourne. The court heard the type of attack used by McDonald was commonly used by hackers. McDonald gained the logins and passwords for four administrators and 275 staff members in the attack and then contacted the university and claimed responsibility, the court heard. He also boasted about the attack on social media and in a radio interview, Judge Sinclair said. The university then laid a complaint with Victoria Police’s e-crimes squad, and a search warrant was executed at McDonald’s Auckland home. Since his arrest, the court heard he had voluntarily completed 50 hours’ community service in his bid to obtain a […]

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Anonymous-linked hacker admits to DDoS of public services

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A hacker with links to Anonymous has admitted conducting distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against social services, crime prevention bodies and businesses. Ian Sullivan, a 51-year-old from Bootle in Merseyside, flooded more than 300 websites with bogus traffic in 2013, rendering them unusable for legitimate visitors, though the police said no data was stolen. Steven Pye, senior operations manager at the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) cybercrime unit, said: “Many DDoS attacks are little more than a temporary inconvenience, but in this case Sullivan’s actions are likely to have deprived vulnerable people of access to important information, ranging from where to get support on family breakup, to reporting crime anonymously.” “This multi-agency operation illustrates the commitment of the NCA and its partners to pursuing people who think they can criminally disrupt important public services or legitimate businesses.” Sullivan was arrested on July 29, 2013 by the Police Central e-Crime Unit after the DDoS attacks were referenced by a Twitter account. Investigators found software on his computer capable of taking websites offline, as well as documents linking him to other campaigns run by hacking collective Anonymous. He will be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on May 1. source: http://www.cbronline.com/news/security/anonymous-linked-hacker-admits-to-ddos-of-public-services-4507312

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Website/IP katyperry.com may be hackable #amihackerproof #hacker

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Death threat hacker who fooled police is jailed

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Yusuke Katayama played a game of cat and mouse with the authorities, leading them to make numerous wrongful arrests. He threatened a massacre at a comic book event, as well as to attack a school attended by the grandchildren of Japan’s Emperor Akihito. Katayama’s campaign highlighted the difficulties the country’s police force has had in dealing with cyber crime. “He committed the crime, and the purpose of it was [for police] to make wrongful arrests,” said presiding judge Katsunori Ohno at Tokyo District Court, adding that Katayama’s actions had been “vicious”. RiddlesThroughout 2012, the 32-year-old used a virus to gain control of strangers’ computers. He then issued threats — which appeared to come from the computer’s owner — and a series of riddles that captured the attention of the national media. Among the other threats made by Katayama — who went by the alias Demon Killer — was one to attack a plane. The case highlighted the Japanese police’s tendency to extract confessions from suspects, as four people owned up to crimes which the National Police Agency (NPA) later admitted they did not commit. Computers belonging to each had been infected with a Trojan Horse virus, introduced via a link […]

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