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British Crackas With Attitude chief gets two years in the cooler for CIA spymaster hack

The British teenager who was sufficiently talented and stupid to hack the webmail of the head of the CIA was today sent down for two years. Kane Gamble, who is now 18 but was 15 at the time of the attacks, blagged his way into the internet accounts of top American officials, including then-CIA chief John Brennan's AOL account …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Apr 2018
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Yahoo! webmail! hacker! faces! nearly! eight! years! in! the! cooler!

The Canadian hacker who helped Russian agents by breaking into more than 11,000 Yahoo email accounts could spend the next eight years behind bars, if American prosecutors get their way. The case against Karim Baratov entered its sentencing phase this week as both sides submitted to a California federal district judge their …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2018
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Eight months after Equifax megahack, some Brits are only just being notified

Some of the 15 million Britons affected by the Equifax mega-hack are only now receiving letters notifying them that they were affected by the breach, eight months after the event. As we reported in September 2017, Equifax confessed to having been hacked, upping the number of affected people in the following weeks to a 145 …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Apr 2018
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Badmins: Magento shops brute-forced to scrape card deets and install cryptominers

Hackers have compromised hundreds of e-commerce sites running the popular open-source Magento platform to scrape credit card numbers and install crypto-mining malware. The Magento sites are being compromised through brute-force attacks using common and known default Magento credentials, threat intel firm Flashpoint has warned …
John Leyden, 3 Apr 2018
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Guccifer 2.0 outed, Kaspersky slammed, Oz radio hacker in the slammer, and more

Roundup Here's your easy-to-digest round up of information security news beyond everything we've already covered this week. DNC hacker outed as Russian 007 Guccifer 2.0, the hacker busy stealing and leaking emails from US Democratic Party servers amid the 2016 presidential elections, turned out, surprise, surprise, to be a Russian …
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2018
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Now that's a bad trip: 880k credit cards 'likely' stolen by Orbitz hackers

Vacation-booking biz Orbitz has warned that sensitive details on as many as 880,000 credit cards have "likely" been stolen from its servers by hackers. In a statement today, US-based Orbitz said it discovered evidence of an intrusion on one of its legacy platforms on March 1, and called in a third-party forensics team. It now …
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2018
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Auto manufacturers are asleep at the wheel when it comes to security

Cars are getting smarter every year but their increasing computational power isn’t being backed up by good IT security practices – hacking them is child’s play. That’s the conclusion of a series of speakers at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit. These security researchers have demonstrated how easy it is to introduce …
Iain Thomson, 10 Mar 2018
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NSA boss: Trump won't pull trigger for Russia election hack retaliation

NSA boss Mike Rogers told a US congressional panel today that Russia’s online mischief-making in America's elections is not going to stop – because Uncle Sam isn’t hitting back. "I believe that President Putin has clearly come to the conclusion there’s little price to pay here, and that therefore I can continue this activity …
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2018
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Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

Updated Guitar amp manufacturer Fender's recently-introduced Mustang GT 100 guitar amplifier can be made to play whatever audio an attacker fancies, security researchers have discovered. The amp allows Bluetooth connections, but without pairing security. Anyone within range could therefore "stream arbitrary audio to it and hijack your …
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2018
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You get a criminal record! And you get a criminal record! Peach state goes bananas with expanded anti-hack law

A proposed anti-hacking law in the US state of Georgia is raising all kinds of alarms – because it could chill security research, and criminalize anyone who breaks a website or ISP's T&Cs. The bill, SB 315, would expand the state's computer crime laws to include penalties for accessing a machine without permission even if no …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2018
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Russians behind bars in US after nicking $300m+ in credit-card hacks

Two Russian criminals have been sent down in America after pleading guilty to helping run the largest credit-card hacking scam in US history. Muscovites Vladimir Drinkman, 37, and Dmitriy Smilianets, 34, ran a massive criminal ring that spent months hacking companies to get hold of credit and debit card information. They then …
Iain Thomson, 16 Feb 2018
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Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America

Accused hacker Lauri Love will not be extradited to United States to stand trial, the High Court of England and Wales ruled today. In a judgment handed down by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, upheld both of Love's grounds for appealing against District Judge Nina Tempia's 2016 order for him to be extradited to …

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Tokyo crypto-cash exchange 'hacked' for half a billion bucks

Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange CoinCheck says it has been taken for around $530m by hackers. The Tokyo-based exchange says it is working with cops and Japan's Financial Services Agency to investigate a heist CoinCheck admits went undetected for more than eight hours. CoinCheck believes the theft occurred Friday around …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2018
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Bell Canada Canucks it up again: Second hack in just eight months

Executives at Bell Canada have been left with faces redder than their nation's flag – after their subscriber database was hacked for the second time in eight months. In May 2017, 1.9 million customer records were stolen from Canada's largest telco after its anti-hacking defenses failed. Now the biz has admitted miscreants have …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jan 2018
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Swipe fright: Tinder hackers may know how desperate you really are

A lack of security protections in Tinder's mobile app is leaving lonely hearts vulnerable to eavesdropping. That's according to security biz Checkmarx this week, which claimed Android and iOS builds of the dating app fail to properly encrypt network traffic, meaning the basic actions of peeps looking to hookup – such as swipes …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2018
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Electronic voting box makers want kit stripped from eBay – and out of hackers' hands

Shmoocon Vendor intimidation, default passwords, official state seals for sale. Yes, we're talking about computer-powered election machines. The organizers of last year's DEF CON Voting Village – a corner of the annual infosec conference where peeps easily hacked into electronic ballot boxes – are preparing for a similar penetration- …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2018

Hehe, still writing code for a living? It's 2018. You could be earning x3 as a bug bounty hunter

Ethical hacking to find security flaws appears to pay better, albeit less regularly, than general software engineering. And while payment remains one of the top rationales for breaking code, hackers have begun citing more civic-minded reasons for their activities. A survey of 1,700 bug bounty hunters from more than 195 …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Jan 2018
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Celebgate latest: Fourth dirtbag 'fesses up to pillaging iCloud for stars' X-rated selfies

A fourth man has admitted stealing Hollywood stars' private nude photos that eventually leaked online in what became known as Celebgate. George Garofano, 26, of Northford, Connecticut, USA, pleaded guilty this week to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information. The FBI reckons Garofano …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2018

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