Cybercrime & Hacking

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What you need to know about the Gmail password compromise

Five million hacked passwords dumped on Russian cybercrime forums

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Hackers compromised nearly 5M Gmail passwords

Security experts are urging Gmail users to change their passwords after hackers gained access to the credentials of 5 million users of the free email service.

Did the FBI violate CFAA to takedown Silk Road

Did the FBI violate CFAA by hacking to find Silk Road's server?

Some security experts say the FBI's explanations for how it obtained the "leaked" IP address for Silk Road's misconfigured server are "impossible" and stink like the truth shouldn't. Legally, the DOJ claims the methods for finding the...

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Heartbleed flaw was unknown before disclosure

One of the most serious software flaws to affect the Internet, nicknamed "Heartbleed," was likely unknown before it was publicly disclosed, according to new research.

Senators want FTC probe of Home Depot breach

The FTC should investigate security practices at Home Depot following media reports that the hardware retailer's payment systems were breached, two U.S. senators said Tuesday.

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Home Depot confirms breach

Home Depot on Monday confirmed that intruders broke into its payment networks and accessed credit and debit card data of an unspecified number of customers who shopped at its U.S. and Canadian stores.

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Healthcare.gov hacked? If only someone had warned it was hackable...Oh wait

Malware was uploaded to a healthcare.gov test server that was not supposed to be connected to the Internet and was secured with the manufacturer's default password. But don't sweat it, we're told, as nothing was stolen and it only...

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Hackers launch Apple ID phishing campaign amid iCloud security fears

The hackers behind the Kelihos botnet are trying to capitalize on users' increased awareness about the security of Apple online accounts through a new phishing campaign.

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Apple CEO vows to tighten iCloud security

Apple, still reeling from the nude celebrity photo breach, plans to strengthen security around its iCloud service, according to CEO Tim Cook.

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Data shows Home Depot breach could be largest ever

Home Depot may have earned the dubious distinction of being responsible for the biggest compromise ever involving credit and debit card data.

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Apple, iCloud take reputation hits after photo scandal

Apple has denied that hackers breached its iCloud service to steal celebrities' intimate photos, but the wave of stories and blogs about the hacks have damaged the company' reputation.

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Home Depot breach could be as big as Target's

In what could turn out to be another huge data breach, Home Depot on Tuesday confirmed that it is investigating a potential compromise of credit card and debit card data belonging to an unspecified number of customers.

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Are your calls being intercepted? 17 fake cell towers discovered in one month

CryptoPhone users found 17 fake “cell towers” in a month, but don’t know who deployed them or why. Most phones don’t show any signs that they are a target of stingray surveillance, such as when users’ calls are recorded, texts spoofed...

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Why hackers may be stealing your credit card numbers for years

While conducting a penetration test of a major Canadian retailer, Rob VandenBrink bought something from the store. He later found his own credit card number buried in its systems.

Backoff malware infections are more widespread than thought

The number of businesses hit by the data-stealing Backoff malware may be substantially more than the 1,000 or so companies estimated by federal officials.

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CryptoWall ransomware held over 600,000 computers hostage, encrypted 5B files

CryptoWall infected over 600,000 computer systems in the past six months and held 5 billion files hostage, earning its creators more than $1 million.

FBI, Secret Service studying 'scope' of bank cyberattacks

The FBI and the Secret Service are looking into the "scope" of reported cyberattacks against JPMorgan Chase and four other U.S. financial institutions.

Hackers prey on Russian patriotism to grow the Kelihos botnet

A recent spam campaign encouraged Russian speakers to install malware on their computers to participate in DDoS attacks, researchers said

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