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AP Twitter Account Back Up Following Hack

After being down for over 20 hours following a hack, the Associated Press’ Twitter account is now back up and running. “Thank you for your patience,” tweeted the @AP account early Wednesday morning. Yesterday, around 1 pm ET, the @AP Twitter account tweeted: “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” This was quickly confirmed by …

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AP Hacked, Tweets About White House Explosion

Two explosions have not rocked the White House and President Obama is not injured. But if you follow the Associated Press’ official Twitter account, you might have seen some disturbing news to the contrary. Earlier this afternoon, the AP’s official Twitter account, @AP, tweeted this: Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured. It was quickly …

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LulzSec Hacker Responsible For Sony Hack Gets A Year In Prison

In 2011, LulzSec was a name that everybody knew. They were the hacking group behind the PlayStation Network hack of 2011 that brought the service down for more than a month. They were also responsible for a number of other attacks on companies over the course of a few months. Since then, the members of LulzSec have been rounded up …

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White House Announces Second ‘We The People’ Hackathon

The White House has just announced its second National Day of Civic Hacking, to take place at the White House. It will take place on June 1st. “For the National Day of Civic Hacking, participants will focus on producing full, production ready apps and visualization tools that will be featured on the We the People website and made available under …

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Student Hacker Directs FSU Wi-Fi Users to Infamous Meatspin Video (For a Good Cause)

A 26-year-old Florida State University student has been charged with “offenses against computer users,” a third-degree felony, for hacking the campus’ Wi-Fi network and directing users to an infamous shock site. Benjamin Blouin fully admits to hacking the network, but he says that he only did so to illustrate its flaws. Anyone trying to access the FSU Wi-Fi on March …

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Colin Powell’s Facebook Page Hacked, Disses Bush

Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell is the latest public figure to lose control of their social media account. Earlier this morning, Powell’s Facebook page was commandeered by an unknown hacker, who began to fill the page with anti-George W. Bush posts. “BUSH IS WALKING IN HIS ROOM WITH A KUKLUXKLAN HAT ON HIS TARDED HEAD,” read one post. …

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Time Warner Cable Hacked For Its Support Of Copyright Alert System

Time Warner Cable is one of the five ISPs participating in the “six strikes” Copyright Alert System that went live last week. One group of hackers does not particularly like that fact, and made sure Time Warner knew it last night. The Daily Dot reports that the Time Warner Cable support Web site was hacked and defaced last night by …

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Apple Hacked with Same Attack That Hit Facebook, Will Release Anti-Malware Tool for Infected Macs

Facebook isn’t the only high-profile tech company reporting that hackers have targeted them. This time, it’s Apple. According to Reuters, Apple was hit with the same Java exploit that targeted Facebook employees last month (although the company didn’t release that info until last Friday). “Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in …

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Burger King Twitter Hack: No Schadenfreude from McDonald’s End

If you run the Twitter account for a major international business, take this as a cautionary tale. It’s been a pretty bad day for whoever is in charge of fast-food chain Burger King’s Twitter account. Earlier this afternoon, the account was hacked and began suggesting that the company had been sold to McDonalds. The hackers even changed the logo and …

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Java Patch Didn’t Fix Everything, New Exploit On Sale For $5,000

Microsoft and Oracle both released patches this week for zero-day exploits found in Internet Explorer 8 and Java. If you still use Internet Explorer 8 or below, you should probably download the fix available via Windows Update. As for Java, you should probably still keep that disabled. Krebs on Security reports that a hacker has already found a hole in …

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Facebook Opens Up 2013 Hacker Cup Registration

It’s that time of the year again – Facebook has just opened up registration for its annual Hacker Cup, “an annual worldwide programming competition where hackers compete against each other for fame, fortune, glory and a shot at the title of world champion.” This is the third Hacker Cup that Facebook has hosted. “Hacking is core to how we build …

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Hackers Reportedly Exploit Samsung Smart TVs, Can Spy On You

One of the more worrisome patents in recent months was one filed by Verizon that would allow the company to spy on viewers through a camera in a DVR. There might be nothing to worry about, however, as it’s just a patent and may never see the light of day. A more pressing concern is a new report that hackers …

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