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Gawker Attack Sends Ripples Throughout the Web
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I can’t remember the last time we’ve seen so many hacking (and related) stories in the news, particularly in which so many big name brands were affected in such a short amount of time. Last week, of course the big stories were about "Anonymous" taking down MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, etc. 

Anonymous Wikileaks Avengers: We Don’t Want Your Credit Card Info or to Prevent You From Shopping
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"Anonymous" is an "Internet gathering" of people that has perpetrated Operation Payback, which took down MasterCard.com, Visa.com and others, because of how they’ve handled their relationships with Wikileaks, has issued a press release in attempt to clarify what it is trying to do. 

Scammers Targeting Amazon Retailers With Fake Receipts
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Cyber criminals are using a hacking program to create fake receipts for items sold through Amazon.com and its retail partners, in an effort to receive refunds or new products, according to security firm GFI Software.

“The free program available online allows scammers to create an HTML ‘receipt’ for phantom Amazon.com purchases,” said Christopher Boyd, senior threat researcher, GFI Software

 

MasterCard.com (and Visa.com) Taken Down By Wikileaks-Supporting Hackers?
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Update 3. MasterCard is back, and Anonymous (those behind Operation Payback) have issues a press release.

Update 2: The group (Operation Payback) credited with bringing down both MasterCard.com and Visa.com has had its Facebook Page removed for violating terms of service. It’s Twitter account was also suspended.

Update: Visa.com is now down as well. MasterCard.com is still down. (As of 4:30pm Eastern)

Hacker Gets 10 Years For $1.4 Million VoIP Theft
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The first person ever charged with hacking into Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) networks and reselling  VoIP services was sentenced today to 120 months in prison, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Edwin Andres Pena, 27 transmitted over 10 million minutes of unauthorized phone calls over the victim’s networks.
DOJ

FBI Takes Down Cable Modem Hacker
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The FBI has announced it arrested a man on Thursday for allegedly selling hacked cable modems that provided free Internet access.

Matthew Delorey, 26, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence on each count of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

China Responds to Google Situation

Update:  Chinese government officials have responded to Google’s proposed actions. As reported by Bloomberg:

Hacking Ring Indicted For $9 Million Fraud

A federal grand jury in Atlanta has indicted eight East Europeans on charges of hacking into a computer network operated by the credit card processing company RBS WorldPay, the U.S. Department of Justice said today.

The 16-count indictment alleges the group used sophisticated hacking techniques to compromise data encryption used by RBS WorldPay to protect customer data on payroll debit cards. Payroll debit cards are used by some companies to pay their employees.

Site Hacking Facebook Accounts for $100 a Pop
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Security company Panda Labs has discovered an online service that promises to hack into Facebook accounts for $100. They claim they will provide "clients" with login and password information to access any account on the social network. Do you feel like your information is secure on Facebook? Comment here.

Ohio Election Web Site Hacked

The Web site of the Ohio Secretary of State that oversees voter registration and other election information was shut down briefly after it was hacked on Monday according to Jennifer Brunner, Ohio Secretary of State.

Ohio Election Web Site Hacked

Hacker Indicted for the Palin Email Job
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You may remember a few weeks ago when vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo! email account was hacked. This was revealed to be the work of David Kernell, the son of Tennessee Democratic State Representative Mike Kernell. David was indicted Wednesday morning, and faces a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after turning himself in.

The O’Reilly “Hacked”-or
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Everyone knows that vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo! email account was hacked into. Naturally Bill O’Reilly had something to say about that matter:

Warning: Hackers Infecting Twitter Users

Some people get on my case because I don’t follow everyone on Twitter, who follows me. Well, for one thing, I’d never keep up with 3000+ Tweeple, but I also live by my mantra of building meaningful relationships with social media–I don’t care about any popularity contest.

Congressman Says China Hacked His Computers

U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said that four computers in his office had been compromised in 2006 and that computers used by other members of Congress and by the House Foreign Affairs Committee also were hacked.

Hackers Crash Panama

Internet hackers brought down the Web site of Panama’s National Assembly and briefly posted an American flag there, after the legislature voted in as its president a man accused of murdering a U.S. soldier.

Hackers Crash Panama

Internet hackers brought down the Web site of Panama’s National Assembly and briefly posted an American flag there, after the legislature voted in as its president a man accused of murdering a U.S. soldier.

Hackers Crash Panama

Internet hackers brought down the Web site of Panama’s National Assembly and briefly posted an American flag there, after the legislature voted in as its president a man accused of murdering a U.S. soldier.

Hackers Crash Panama

Internet hackers brought down the Web site of Panama’s National Assembly and briefly posted an American flag there, after the legislature voted in as its president a man accused of murdering a U.S. soldier.

Talk Show Host Gets Bank Account Hacked

Hackers turn the tables on the talk show host “Top Gear” who made an outrageous claim that no one could do anything evil if their banking information was stolen.

The humor part comes in that when he checked his bank account, someone had done a 500 pound (1000 dollar) donation to diabetes UK.

UK Aims to Stop Hackers by Banning Tools

In what could be a bad day for United Kingdom pen testers, stress testers, and other systems security folks, the UK is getting ready to ban the creation and distribution of tools that could be used by hackers. This generally unpleasant concept could make it not only impossible to create the next nessus or nmap by anyone in the UK, it could also send them to jail for distributing the tools they make as well.

This ought to set back UK computer security by decades.

Student Hackers Looking At 20 Years In Jail
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Two former students who attended Fresno State have been charged by a federal grand jury for hacking into the schools computer network and altering their grades.