All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Hacks’

Ashley Madison Head Noel Biderman Has Resigned

Noel Biderman, the CEO of Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media, is resigning. According to a statement from Avid Life Media, senior management will captain the company until a new CEO can be appointed. “This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees. We …

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Ashley Madison Hack Has Been Cleaned Up, Says Company

Online dating site for married people Ashley Madison fell victim to a hack over the weekend, putting the personal information of over 37 million users in jeopardy. Now, the company says it has scrubbed all leaked info. “Using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), our team has now successfully removed the posts related to this incident as well as all …

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Dating Site Hack Exposes Users’ Sexual Preferences, Account Data

Data breaches that reveal email address, usernames, passwords, and other account information are common and pretty serious in their own right – but when a hack reveals even more sensitive personal information it’s downright scary. According to a report from Channel4, a data breach has exposed nearly four million users of Adult FreindFinder, a dating website. you’ve probably seen its …

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Starbucks: Bad Passwords, Not Hackers to Blame for App Thefts

If you use the Starbucks app to pay for your morning coffee, you might want to check your bank account. And then strengthen your password. After reports emerged saying hackers had gained access to user accounts and used its app to siphon money away from unsuspecting customers, Starbucks has hit back, saying that these reports are false. Blogger Bob Sullivan …

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Florida Sheriff Charging Teen with ‘Hacking’: Change the Law If You’re Mad

Sheriff Chris Nocco of the Pasco County, Florida, Sheriff’s office isn’t all that concerned that his department is being mocked across the country. Last week, we told you about the department’s decision to charge a 14-year-old hacker mastermind with a felony after he infiltrated his school’s network and put hundreds of lives in danger. And what I mean by that …

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Google Maps Exposes Snowden’s Snow Den Inside the White House

One minute he’s in Russia – the next he’s set up shop inside The White House. This Edward Snowden sure is a character. If you check out the White House on Google Maps right now, you’ll see an interesting listing nestled between the Rose Garden and the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden. Tucked inside the front of the Presidential home is a …

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14-Year-Old Hacker Mastermind Infiltrated School Network, Charged with Felony

A Florida eighth-grader is facing felony charges after accessing his middle school’s computer network and changing a teacher’s background. Hacker extraordinaire Domanik Green, 14, has been charged with offense against a computer system and unauthorized access after he “logged onto the school’s network on March 31 using an administrative-level password without permission. He then changed the background image on a …

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Uber Denies Breach After User Info Goes Up for Sale

Uber says that it has found no evidence of a security breach following reports that user data has popped up for sale on dark web sites. Motherboard reports that thousands of active Uber accounts are currently for sale on sites like AlphaBay market – some for as cheap as $1 and up for $5. Of course, having one’s Uber login …

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Target OKs $10M Settlement over Massive Data Breach

Target has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by victims of the company’s 2013 data breach – a massive hack that exposed up to 70 million people. According to CBS News, the settlement has been OK’ed, but awaits final approval from a federal district court. The settlement is large enough to offer up to $10,000 …

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Ramen Noodles Hacks: the Ultimate Frugal Food Reinvented

Ramen Noodles may not be the most healthful thing to survive on when you’re in college — or otherwise strapped for cash — but they sure can be a real asset in a broke person’s portfolio. Ramen noodles were honored recently by none other than Google. More specifically, the inventor of Ramen instant noodles — Momofuku Ando — was the …

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Three Men Charged in Biggest Email Data Breach in History

An unsealed indictment reveals that the US Justice Department has charged three men in what it is calling “one of the largest reported data breaches in US history. It is, in fact, that biggest email data breach ever. “These men — operating from Vietnam, the Netherlands, and Canada — are accused of carrying out the largest data breach of names …

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Obama Creates New Cyber Intelligence Agency

It’s official – the US has a new agency to help combat cyber attacks. Through a new memorandum, President Obama has established the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), a brand new agency tasked with centralizing and organizing intelligence related to cyber threats. The CTIIC was first announced earlier this month by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and …

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Newsweek Twitter Account Hacked, Posts Obama Threats

Newsweek is the latest major publication to fall victim to a Twitter hack. It appears that a group calling itself Cyber Caliphate took over the magazine’s account around 11am EST, and began tweeting out threats, supposed leaked documents, and general propaganda relating to Islamic terrorism. “#CyberCaliphate Bloody Valentine’s Day #MichelleObama! We’re watching you, you girls, and your husband,” read one …

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The US Is Getting a New Anti-Cyberattack Agency

Today, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco will give a speech at the Wilson Center at an event on cyber threats. According to the Center, Monaco will “preview plans for preventing the most pernicious state and non-state digital intrusions and Administration efforts to provide early warning about cyber attacks.” And apparently, one way to prevent …

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Madonna Hacker Arrested: Israeli Man Allegedly Leaked Tracks from Upcoming Album

Israeli police have confirmed that they have arrested a man in connection with several computer hacks and data leaks – the most notable of which involved Madonna. In December more than a dozen new tracks, many off Madonna’s upcoming album Rebel Heart, were leaked online. Madonna had a bit of a freakout on Instagram, calling the intrusion “artistic rape” and …

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Florida Man Posts Stolen Nude Photos to Victim’s Mom’s Facebook Page

Florida Man, the world’s worst superhero, is at it again. This time he’s engaging in some real top-shelf creepster activity, “hacking” Facebook accounts and posting nude photos to his victim’s mom’s wall. 30-year-old Michael Rubens has been arrested on 31 counts, including hacking and stalking, for a series of attacks that spanned multiple victims. The Tallahassee Democrat details Rubens’ exploits, …

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Crayola Facebook Hacked, Company Apologizes for Non-Family-Friendly Posts

Crayola has been forced to apologize after its Facebook page was compromised earlier this week. The hack resulted in a handful of not-quite-family-friendly posts and some not-quite-happy families. “Our sincere apologies to our Facebook community for the inappropriate and offensive posts you may have seen here today. Please be assured the official Crayola page has been restored. We can’t thank …

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Sharyl Attkisson Sues DOJ Over Alleged Hacking

Former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has made her accusations against the Obama administration official, as she has sued the Justice Department over the alleged hacking of her computers. According to a press release, Attkisson has filed administrative claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act against the Department of Justice, the U.S. Postal Service, and certain unnamed employees and/or agents …

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‘Team America: World Police’ Is Also Getting Yanked from Theaters

According to several theaters which had planned to screen the 2004 comedy Team America: World Police in lieu of the film The Interview, Paramount has put the kibosh on the whole thing. Texas regional theater group Alamo Drafthouse made headlines earlier when they announced a screening of the Trey Parker/Matt Stone film this Christmas to replace a screening of the …

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Home Depot Hack Also Compromised 53 Million Email Addresses

A large and lengthy data breach put some 56 million credit cards at risk, Home Depot revealed back in September. Now, the largest home improvement retailer in the world says that it also exposed nearly the same amount of customer email addresses. According to a statement from Home Depot, further investigation has determined that files containing approximately 53 million email …

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UPS Stores Fall Victim to Data Breach

UPS has notified UPS Store customers that their information may have been compromised thanks to a malware attack that affected 51 retail locations across the country. After being notified by a government bulletin on a ‘broad-based malware intrusion’, UPS identified malware on systems in 51 of 4.470 franchised UPS Store locations. This works out to about one percent of all …

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eBay Hack Leads to Official Investigation by Multiple States

Earlier this week, eBay revealed that an ongoing investigation of their own had revealed a a “small number” of employee login credentials had been compromised, giving attackers access to their corporate network. Now, it appears that they will face external probes from various state Attorneys General. “The magnitude of the reported eBay data breach could be of historic proportions, and …

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eBay Hacked, Wants You to Change Your Passwords

If you receive an email from eBay later today asking you to change your password, you should definitely take their advice. The company has just confirmed a cyberattack that may have affected millions of users, exposing personal information like usernames, passwords, and email addresses. As the result of an ongoing investigation, eBay learned that a “small number” of employee login …

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Michaels Security Breach Affected Three Million Cards

Michaels, North America’s largest specialty arts & crafts store, has confirmed that a security breach exposed data from millions of transactions from May 8th, 2013, to January 27th, 2014. “Our customers are always our number one priority and we are truly sorry for any inconvenience or concern Michaels may have caused. We are committed to assisting affected customers by providing …

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Twitter Warns a Bunch of Users of Hack, Resets Their Passwords in Error

An email sent to some Twitter users warning them that their accounts may have been compromised was sent in error, according to Twitter. “Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We’re reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account,” said Twitter in an email to some users. …

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Kickstarter Reveals Hack, Some User Info Compromised

Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler took to the company blog over the weekend to announce that they had fallen victim to a hack–one that exposed some user info including email addresses, mailing address, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords. Strickler makes a point to say that no credit card data was accessed by the hackers. Kickstarter learned of the breach on Wednesday …

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Instagram Bug That Could’ve Made Private Photos Public Fixed (Operative Word Being Could’ve)

It looks like Instagram users are lucky that a vulnerability was never utilized – even though the bug was there for at least 6 months. Barcelona-based security researcher Christian Lopez has just revealed that Facebook has effectively plugged a vulnerability within Instagram that would have enabled hackers to turn private photos public. According to Lopez, it took Facebook’s security team …

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Neiman Marcus Data Breach Exposed 1.1M Cards

Earlier this month, high-end retailer Neiman Marcus confirmed that they had been the target of a widespread data breach that saw hackers gain access to customer credit cards via a sophisticated malware attack. At that time, the company launched an investigation into the breach. Now, Neiman Marcus is sharing some of the preliminary findings and have admitted that the breach …

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CNN’s Twitter, Facebook Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

Late Thursday night, CNN had a bunch of social media accounts hacked. The group responsible, the Syrian Electronic Army, announced their intent to “retaliate against CNN’s viciously lying reporting aimed at prolonging the suffering in Syria.” According to CNN, “the affected accounts included CNN’s main Facebook account, CNN Politics’ Facebook account and the Twitter pages for CNN and CNN’s Security …

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A Fifth of Germany Vulnerable in Massive Email Hack

In gee-that’s-terrifying news, as much as one fifth of the German population is at risk after a massive email hack that targeted .de addresses. Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security announced that passwords and “other details” of 16 million email users had been breached by hackers. With a population of around 80 million, that means that 20% of Germany’s population …

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