BlackBerry Blog Hacked After RIM Cooperates with Authorities

RIM’s official BlackBerry blog Inside Blackberry is currently down, after being hacked by a group going by the name TeaMp0isoN. The reason? Well, BlackBerry Messenger, was interestingly the communication channel of choice among rioters, apparently, and RIM indicated that it…

Recent Gmail Attack Reportedly Targeted White House Employees

White House workers were reportedly targeted in recent attacks against Google’s Gmail service, said to come from hackers in China. The White House has not indicated who exactly was targeted, but has said that there were no official messages compromised.…

Twitter And FTC Reach Settlement

The Federal Trade Commission said today it has finalized a proposed settlement it announced last June with Twitter, which resolved charges that Twitter deceived users and put their privacy at risk by not protecting their personal information. The FTC alleged…

Gawker Attack Sends Ripples Throughout the Web

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. 

Database Administrator Sentenced To One Year For Hacking

A former senior database administrator for electric provider GEXA Energy in Houston was sentenced today to one year in prison for hacking into his former employer’s computer network, the U.S. Department of Justice said today.

Man Indicted For Hacking And Email Threat To VP Biden

A Minnesota man had indicted in federal court for hacking into his neighbor’s Wi-Fi connection and allegedly posing as the neighbor to make threats to kill Vice President Biden and email child pornography.

The indictment, filed today, charges Barry Vincent Ardolf, 45, of Blaine with two counts of identity theft, one count of making threats to the president and successors to the presidency, one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Google Exec Page Turned to Chinese

Something fishy is going on. If you search for "Google executives" on an English-language version of Google, you may get a link to http://www.google.com/corporate/execs.html, which would be Google’s page where it has profiles for its executives (go figure). However, you may also notice that the text appears in Chinese characters.

Google May Quit China

Google released a stunning blog post that details a "sophisticated and targeted attack" on Gmail that "resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google".

Google notes that the attack was not just on Google infrastructure but also on more than twenty other companies from various industries. Google states that they are working with the authorities in the U.S. and will be notifying the companies of the breaches.