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Supposed 'leader' of LulzSec pleads guilty to hacking, hubris

Matthew Flannery, once paraded by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) as the “leader” of international hacking collective LulzSec, has pleaded guilty to the five remaining charges against him, in Gosford Local Court. Flannery has waited since April 2013 to have the case settled. He is to be sentenced at a later date. At the …
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Voteware source code review 'could lead to hacking'

Australia's special minister of state has weighed in on solicitor Michael Cordover's freedom of information request to peruse the source code of the application used to count votes in Australian Senate elections with a bizarre suggestion that granting such a request could “leave the voting system open to hacking or manipulation …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2014

Ethiopian journos hit by Hacking Team spyware, say infosec bods

Ethiopian journalists in the US were targeted by malware sold exclusively to governments by the Hacking Team company, according to security researchers. Staffers at Ethiopian Satellite Television Service (ESAT), an independent TV, radio, and online news outlet run by Ethiopian ex-pats, was targeted repeatedly by spyware in late …
John Leyden, 13 Feb 2014

Referee and two others charged in FA hacking probe

Three people from the Manchester area have been charged over allegations they hacked into computer systems at English football governing body, the FA. Dean Mohareb, 30, of Weybourne Drive, Woodley, Stockport has been charged with perverting the course of justice and unauthorised access to computer data. Liam Cliff, 19, of …
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2013
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Second hacking crew joins Syrian Electronic Army on Team Assad

A second hacking crew has weighed into the conflict in Syria on the side of embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Net security firm FireEye reckons it has identified 11 members of the "Syrian Malware Team" after analysing a strain of malware called BlackWorm. The malware is used by the group to infiltrate targets, say the …
John Leyden, 01 Sep 2014
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Iranian hacktivists move into hardcore hacking against West, dissidents

Security firm FireEye has been tracking an Iranian hacking group that has moved from simple defacement of websites to actively targeting Western defense contractors and those within Iran's borders who are trying to circumvent the regime's censorship firewall. The hacking group, calling itself the Ajax Security Team, has been …
Iain Thomson, 14 May 2014

Hacking Team snoopware found on US servers

Canada's Citizen Lab has added to its record of uncovering government snooping using Hacking Team's software, has dropped a bombshell: it's accused 12 American data centres of hosting clients deploying the spyware. In its latest report, Hacking Team's US Nexus, Citizen Lab* says there are 114 servers in America, in at least a …
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UK man Lauri Love accused of hacking US Federal Reserve

The US government have laid more hacking charges against a Brit alleged to have hacked into the US Federal Reserve. Lauri Love, 28, of Stradishall, Suffolk, is charged with one count of computer hacking and a further charge of aggravated identify theft over an alleged attack on Federal Reserve computer systems between October …
John Leyden, 28 Feb 2014

Time-rich hacking crew scrawls web graffiti all over poor old .ME

Hackers have defaced more than 3,000 .me websites in a web graffiti attack carried out on Sunday. Pakistani defacement crew TeaM MaDLeeTs pulled off the attack after breaking into the systems of domain.ME, the organisation responsible for the registration of Montenegro (.me) domain names. Surfers visiting any one of 3,110 …
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2014
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Nuclear reactor sysadmin accused of hacking 220,000 US Navy sailors' details

A former US Navy sysadmin who worked in an aircraft carrier's nuclear reactor department has been charged with hacking into government networks using the USN's own computers. Prosecutors have alleged that Nicholas Paul Knight, 27, of Chantilly, Virginia, and his co-accused, 20-year-old Daniel Trenton of Salem, Illinois, were …
Jasper Hamill, 07 May 2014
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'Sony and Twitch' hacking crew Lizard Squad: 'We quit'

The Lizard Squad hacking crew appears to have called it quits over the weekend following high profile assaults on Sony as well as online attacks on Blizzard and Twitch, a broadcast platform for gamers, among others. The eight-strong group of trickster hackers posted a notice of their intention to throw in the towel on their …
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2014

Kali turns Nexus fondleslabs into hacking weapons

Every hacker's favourite operating system, Kali Linux, has been brought to Google Nexus in a move that brings portable popping to a new level. Nexus users running the NetHunter penetration testing platform can now launch their attacks including Teensy keyboard and BadUSB man-in-the-middle (MITM) networking attacks via USB human …
Darren Pauli, 24 Sep 2014
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TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab

The FBI wants greater authority to hack overseas computers, according to a law professor. A Department of Justice proposal to amend Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure would make it easier for domestic law enforcement to hack into the computers of people attempting to protect their anonymity on the internet. The …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2014
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Feds cuff revenge smut site boss Hunter Moore on hacking charges

FBI agents today arrested Hunter Moore – best known for running the infamous revenge porn website isanyoneup.com – on charges of conspiracy, hacking and identity theft. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said that Moore, and a second man called Charles "Gary" Evens, were both nabbed in California: Moore will now appear this …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2014

Forget ski-jumping – Russians setting records in Sochi visitor hacking

It isn't just athletes that have been training hard for the Winter Olympics in Sochi; Russian hackers have also been sharpening their skills to harvest a wealth of valuable data from visitors to the event. But they're not as fast as some of the more excitable reports from the troubled event are telling it. "The State Department …
Iain Thomson, 05 Feb 2014
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Scotland Yard arrests female computer hacking suspect

Scotland Yard officers arrested a 45-year-old woman this morning over alleged breaches of privacy. The unnamed suspect is being quizzed by Operation Tuleta officers at a South London cop shop while her home is searched. She was cuffed on suspicion of conspiring to commit offences under Sections 1 and 3 of the Computer Misuse …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Nov 2012
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Pirate Bay founder Warg jailed for two years for hacking and fraud

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been found guilty of hacking in Sweden and sentenced to two years' imprisonment. Warg, 28, was found guilty of breaking into the Swedish arm of IT services firm Logica before publishing the personal data of thousands of people, as well as hacking into Nordea (Scandinavia’s biggest …
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2013

Germany says 'nein' to NSA hacking prosecution

Officials in Germany are not planning to pursue charges over allegations that the NSA was spying on German citizens and government officials. According to a German media report, officials do not believe they have enough evidence to press charges, even though German Chancellor Angela Merkel is thought to have been one of the …
Shaun Nichols, 28 May 2014
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Script fools n00b hackers into hacking themselves

Security experts have warned Facebook users in India not to fall for a new scam which tricks victims into “self cross-site scripting” by promising access to a tool which will let them hack their friends’ accounts. Symantec security response manager Satnam Narang revealed in a blog entry that a post began circulating last week on …
Phil Muncaster, 02 May 2014
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DON'T PANIC! Satellite comms hacking won't be able to crash an aircraft

Nervous fliers have one less thing to worry about after it turns out that, despite some alarmist reports, hackers won't be making planes fall out of the sky any time soon. The sensational headlines came after reporters learned that Ruben Santamarta, a consultant with security firm IOActive, was going to talk at Black Hat about …
Iain Thomson, 08 Aug 2014
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Ex-Exel president found guilty of hacking former employers

The former president of transportation logistics firm Exel has been found guilty of hacking into the servers of his former employer to glean secrets for his new business. A federal jury found Michael Musacchio, 61, guilty of one felony count of conspiracy to make unauthorized access to a protected computer (hacking) and two …
Iain Thomson, 05 Mar 2013
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Goodwill's goodwill rocked as Feds probe bank card hacking scam

American charity Goodwill is being investigated by US federal authorities as the possible ground zero for a major debit and credit card security breach. But the company says it thinks it's in the clear. "Goodwill Industries International was contacted last Friday afternoon by a payment card industry fraud investigative unit and …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2014
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Cops cuff tabloid computer hacking suspect in Newcastle

Officers investigating claims of computer hacking in relation to alleged voicemail interception and other offences at Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper group - News International - arrested another suspect this morning. They said a 48-year-old man was manacled at a business premises in the Newcastle area earlier today. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Oct 2012

Revealed ... GCHQ's incredible hacking tool to sweep net for vulnerabilities: Nmap

For the past five years, British spying nerve-center GCHQ has been port scanning internet-connected computers in 27 countries – in a exhaustive hunt for systems to potentially exploit. That bombshell comes amid fresh leaks detailing the dragnet surveillance programs operated by the Five Eyes nations: America, UK, Canada, …
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2014
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US Air Force beats off competition in NSA hacking fight

A four-day hacking competition run by the National Security Agency (NSA) to find the top military system designers and administrators has awarded the 13th annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX) prize to a team from the US Air Force Academy. "CDX offers an unparalleled opportunity for some of the nation's top students to showcase …
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2013

Top server host OVH warns of 'multi-stage' hacking attack

French-based server host OVH has warned that its systems have been penetrated in a multi-stage attack that leaves US and European customers at risk. In an advisory on its forum board, the company warned that an attacker had gained control of a system administrator's account, and used that to gain access to a VPN account of one …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2013
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China breaks ceasefire, restarts hacking US government

After a three-month hiatus, Chinese hackers are once again targeting US government sites, according to government officials and the security firm that first uncovered the attacks. "They dialed it back for a little while, though other groups that also wear uniforms didn't even bother to do that," Kevin Mandia, the chief executive …
Iain Thomson, 21 May 2013
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Op Tuleta officers cuff 2 more computer hacking suspects

Scotland Yard cops investigating criminal breaches of privacy manacled two men early this morning. A 58-year-old man - whose occupation was not revealed - was arrested at his home in Surrey and was expected to be interviewed at a south London police station later on Tuesday. The Met added that it had also cuffed a 61-year-old …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Oct 2012
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Scotland Yard's hacking probe: Cops arrest journalist

Scotland Yard officers cuffed a 51-year-old man this morning on suspicion of handling stolen goods in relation to its investigation of alleged computer hacking. That arrest is the eighth one under Operation Tuleta, which is a probe into criminal breaches of privacy being carried out in tandem with the ongoing phone-hacking …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jul 2012

Study: Users don't much care about Heartbleed hacking dangers

Despite dire warnings from security experts and a massive public awareness campaign, users are less aware of the Heartbleed flaw than other recent security threats. So say researchers with the Pew Research Center. According to a public survey of 1,501 people conducted by the company, less than one fifth feel they are well versed …
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 2014
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Phone hacking saga: 3 men cuffed over alleged plod bungs

Three men were cuffed early this morning by Scotland Yard officers probing alleged inappropriate payments to cops and public officials. The investigation is related to the ongoing high-profile phone hacking inquiry. The suspects, each manacled at separate addresses, were taken to three different cop shops in the south east of …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jan 2013

Tails-hacking Exodus: Here's video proof of our code-injection attack

Exodus Intelligence has revealed what it claims is video evidence of researchers unmasking an anonymous user of the Tails operating system. The security bods claim they can upload malicious code to a system running Tails, execute the payload remotely, and ultimately discover the victim's public IP address. Tails is a fork of …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2014
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Brit cops manacle another journalist in computer hacking probe

A 37-year-old man has been arrested by Met police officers investigating alleged computer hacking. It's the second such cuffing to have taken place in the last 24 hours and brings the total number of arrests under Scotland Yard's Operation Tuleta inquiry to nine suspects. The Met confirmed that the unnamed man was a journalist …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jul 2012
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LivingSocial admits major hacking attack on customer database

Up to 50 million customers of the Amazon-funded daily deals site LivingSocial are getting an apologetic email from CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy explaining that their information may have been stolen. "LivingSocial recently experienced a cyber-attack on our computer systems that resulted in unauthorized access to some customer data from …
Iain Thomson, 26 Apr 2013
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Ubisoft admits major hacking breach, advises password change

French games publisher Ubisoft has confirmed a major breach of its Uplay servers and the theft of user names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords – although it claims financial data is in a separate silo and looks safe so far. "We are recommending you to change your password," the company said in a statement. "Out of an …
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2013
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Media phone-hacking? Tip of the iceberg, says leaked police report

A suppressed report from "Britain's FBI" has revealed that the rich, insurance companies, law firms and telecoms companies hired private investigators to run unlawful hacking and blagging campaigns of the type that brought down Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, according to The Independent. The newspaper reports that the UK's …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2013
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NSA, GCHQ, accused of hacking Belgian smartcard crypto guru

Professor Jean-Jacques Quisquater, a Belgian cryptographer whose work is said to have informed card payment systems worldwide, has reportedly become the victim of a spear-phishing attack by the NSA and/or GCHQ. Belgium's De Standaaard reports that Professor Quisquater clicked on a fake LinkedIn invitation that infected his …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2014
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Pirate Bay Warg accused of hacking international police database

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been named as a suspect in the hacking of a European database containing data about wanted criminal suspects and missing people. According to Denmark's justice minister, two hackers are alleged to have accessed "some information" from the Schengen Information System, a …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Jun 2013
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Google offers $3.14159 MILLION in prizes for hacking Chrome OS

Google has announced the target for its third Pwnium hacking contest, to be held at this year's CanSecWest security conference, with $3.14159m in prize money for the researchers who can successfully crack its Chrome OS operating system. And yes, that figure is derived from the first six digits of π. The contest, to be held on …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2013
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China denies hacking claims, says it doesn’t need US tech

The Chinese Defense Ministry has rebutted claims in a US government report that it is systematically stealing American military secrets, and points out that China is producing enough of its own. "We believe that the US remarks are a misjudgment. First it underestimates the Pentagon's security capabilities, and second it …
Iain Thomson, 30 May 2013
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UK prosecutions for hacking appear to be be dropping

The number of prosecutions under the UK's computer hacking laws may have declined over recent years, according to the latest available government figures. The number of prosecutions under the Computer Misuse Act came in a written Parliamentary answer by Crispin Blunt, prisons minister at the Ministry of Justice, in response to a …
John Leyden, 18 May 2012
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Google blats bugs in Chrome - days before $560k hacking contest

Google patched 10 security vulnerabilities in its web browser Chrome on Monday - two days before the start of Pwn2Own, the annual hacking contest in which experts race to compromise software to win prizes. The latest update fixes flaws in Chrome's Windows and Linux builds. Six of the 10 holes addressed are rated as "high" risk, …
John Leyden, 05 Mar 2013
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Actual computer hacking by UK media: Suspect cuffed

An inquiry into computer hacking by the UK media resulted in the arrest of its first suspect, a 52-year-old from Milton Keynes. The as-yet-unidentified middle-aged man was arrested on Thursday morning by officers from Scotland Yard as part of Operation Tuleta, an investigation into computer hacking by the press that is running …
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2011
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Scotland Yard probes News of the World computer hacking claims

Police are investigating allegations of computer hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid in a separate probe from Scotland's Yard current Operation Weeting into phone-hacking claims. "The MPS has received a number of allegations regarding breach of privacy which fall outside the remit of Operation Weeting, including …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Aug 2011
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Dutch MP must cough €750 for hacking into medical lab

A Dutch MP has been fined €750 (£650, $1,000) after he was convicted of illegally accessing the systems of a Dutch medical laboratory. Henk Krol claims he only accessed the systems of Diagnostics for You in order to expose sloppy security practices. The MP, who is the leader of Dutch minority pensioners party, 50plus, used a …
John Leyden, 19 Feb 2013
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Apple security team adds British white hat hacking talent

Apple has added to its growing security team with the hiring of noted white-hat hacker Kristin Paget, who broke and then got hired to fix Windows security, Wired reports. Kristin Paget, formerly Chris and originally from the UK but lately of California, is the inventor of the term "shatter attack" in a 2002 paper on a system for …
Iain Thomson, 06 Dec 2012
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Smooth criminals spared the clink for hacking Sony's Jacko archive

Two hackers were spared jail after admitting breaking into Sony's network and lifting unreleased Michael Jackson songs among 7,900 other files. James Marks, 27, of Daventry, Northants, and James McCormick, 26, of Blackpool, also swiped songs by acts including Elvis, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears as well as …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2013
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Weeting cops cuff 17th phone-hacking suspect

A 47-year-old woman was arrested at an address in Essex this morning by cops investigating allegations of phone hacking by people working for the now-defunct Sunday tabloid News of the World. The unnamed woman is the 17th person to be cuffed by Scotland Yard cops working on Operation Weeting. The suspect "was arrested at …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jan 2012
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Coulson GUILTY of conspiring to hack phones between 2000 and 2006

Andy Coulson, the ex-News of the World editor and erstwhile spin doctor to Prime Minister David Cameron, has been found guilty at the Old Bailey in London of conspiring to hack phones. Former News International boss Rebekah Brooks was cleared on all counts of hacking into voicemails, bribery and perverting the course of justice …
Team Register, 24 Jun 2014
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Sony allows hacking of its unloved SmartWatch

Sony has opened the code for its SmartWatch and will allow developers to write their own firmware for the Android-powered device. Sony's watch uses Bluetooth to connect to Android devices and sucks information from them so its 128x128 pixel screen can display nuggets of information like the arrival of new TXT messages or Tweets …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2013