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Anonymous plans hacktivism against World Cup sponsors

Ragtag hacktivist collective Anonymous is threatening World Cup sponsors as its next hacking target. Hacker Che Commodore made the threat in solidarity with real-world protestors in Brazil who are enraged that funds are being funnelled into building white elephant stadiums for football's showpiece event rather than much needed …
John Leyden, 09 Jun 2014
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'Honker Union' sniffs 270 hacktivism targets

Infamous Chinese hacktivist group Honker Union has shortlisted a whopping 270 Japanese targets for attack today - the anniversary of the Manchurian Incident, which was the precursor to the Japanese invasion of China. The group singled out Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister’s Office and other ministries, …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Sep 2013
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Mounties, flics, cops snap on bracelets after Québec hacktivism

Six alleged hacktivists have been arrested in Canada following a series of attacks on Quebec government websites. Neither the identity of the suspect nor information on the site they targeted or why have been released by tight-lipped Canadian authorities. Five police forces - including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the …
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2012
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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

Hactivist collective Anonymous has taken out the websites and Twitter accounts of white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan following threats by a local chapter of the Klan against protestors in ‪Ferguson, Missouri. Tensions in Ferguson are high in the run-up to a ruling on whether criminal charges will be brought against a white …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2014
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LulzSec supersnitch led attacks on UK, Australia – report

Hacktivist kingpin turned FBI snitch Hector Xavier "Sabu" Monsegur orchestrated attacks against 30 countries, including systems in the UK and Australia, according to a report that joins the dots between sealed court docs and leaked IRC chat logs. According to the court documents, Monsegur persuaded other hacktivists – among them …
John Leyden, 02 Oct 2014

BrowserStack HACK ATTACK: Service still suspended after rogue email

Browser testing service BrowserStack has temporarily suspended its services while it recovers from a "hack attack" by someone apparently bent on discrediting the security of the widely used tool. "We did get hacked. Currently sanitising entire BrowserStack, so service will be down for a while. We're on top of it and will keep …
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2014
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SEA hacks Reuters website widget DESPITE 2FA security

Hacktivists with the Syrian Electronic Army have hit news agency Reuters again. Surfers intending to catch up with the latest news were briefly redirected to a page run by the Syrian Electronic Army. The page (screenshot via HotforSecurity here) berated Western media reports about the conflict in Syria. The SEA has previous …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2014

Russian PM's Twitter hacked to slap down Putin, post fake resignation

The Twitter feed of the Russian prime minister was hacked on Thursday to post false claims that Dmitry Medvedev had resigned to try his hand as a freelance photographer. The Russian-language profile, which boasts more than 2.5 million followers, was also updated with messages criticising Russia's president, Vladimir Putin. …
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2014
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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
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Dropbox outage was caused by 'buggy' upgrade: DDoS us? You hardly know us...

Pranksters latched onto an outage at Dropbox on Friday to push false rumours of a politically motivated hack. A group calling itself 1775Sec claimed that it had taken advantage of a vulnerability to knock out the widely used sync-and-share service. These claims were reported by sections of the media over the weekend. Dropbox …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2014
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Phisherman's friend: Confused hacktivists deface FAKE BANK SITE

Anon hackers have been caught boasting about defacing a counterfeit Yorkshire Bank website. Hacktivist crew Anon Ghost earned coverage on underground security blogs for defacing “Yorkshire Bank, one of the largest United Kingdom bank (sic)”. However, the hackers actually hit "ybs-bank.com", a Malaysian imitation of the real …
John Leyden, 06 Mar 2014
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Syrian Electronic Army: We hijacked FACEBOOK ... honest, guv

Hacktivists with the Syrian Electronic Army (briefly) meddled with Facebook’s domain on Wednesday night, according to recent reports. The pro-Assad hacking crew claimed to have gained access to an administrative panel at DNS provider MarkMonitor and altered the registrant contact details to point towards Damascus and a Gmail …
John Leyden, 06 Feb 2014

PayPal 13 plead guilty to launching DDoS attacks

Thirteen US defendants last week pleaded guilty to taking part in attacks by Anonymous against PayPal. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said the accused had all admitted to carrying out a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber-attack against PayPal in December 2010 in protest against the payment processing firm's decision …
John Leyden, 09 Dec 2013
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Philips databases pillaged and leaked SECOND time in a month

Updated Electronics giant Philips has been hacked for the second time in a month and its databases raided. Usernames and encrypted passwords were leaked after the breach. It is not clear at this moment whether email addresses or the actual contents of corporate emails were included in the records dumped from the company's SQL databases …
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2012
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Second LulzSec Sony website hacker starts a year in the cooler

A LulzSec hacker has been sentenced to a year in a US jail for hacking Sony Pictures and dumping personal information of 138,000 movie fans online. Raynaldo Rivera, 21, of Tempe, Arizona, will spend 366 days behind bars, followed by 13 months of house arrest and 1,000 hours of community service for his involvement in the …
John Leyden, 09 Aug 2013
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'Syrian Electronic Army' fails to crack Israeli water system

Attempts purportedly made by pro-Assad hacktivists to attack water systems in northern Israel have failed, recent reports reveal. The Syrian Electronic Army have more or less cornered the market in attacks on high-profile media accounts on Twitter over recent months with attacks on the BBC, The Guardian, AP and others. Two …
John Leyden, 31 May 2013
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Sabu wasn't the only FBI mole in LulzSec, suggest leaked docs

Leaked search warrants suggest Sabu wasn't the only LulzSec hacker who helped the FBI take down the infamous hacktivist group. The unredacted search warrants for ‪Sabu‬ and ‪LulzSec‬ refer to involvement of three different informants in the investigation, at least two of whom it is implied were members of the organisation. …
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2014
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Who is out there waiting to spy on you or steal your data?

The growth rate of digital attacks continues to alarm. According to PwC’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2015, the number of reported incidents rose by 48 per cent this year to 42.8 million, the equivalent of 117,339 attacks a day. Add to those the masses of unreported attacks and you have an awfully messy …
Tom Brewster, 21 Nov 2014
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Microsoft charges the FBI $50 for a copy of your private data, claim 'Redmond hackers'

Hacktivists apparently loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have bragged they hacked into Microsoft's internal system that bills US cops and feds for access to citizens' private data. And the hackers have apparently spilled the beans on how much Redmond is paid for servicing those American wiretap requests. The documents …
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2014
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Syrian Electronic Army hacks US Marines, asks 'bros' to fight on its side

A US marines recruitment website, www.marines.com, was hacked and defaced by hacktivists from the infamous Syrian Electronic Army over the weekend. The attack was used to post a propaganda message (full text here) claiming that the Syrian Army have been fighting Al Qaeda insurgents for three years and describing Obama as a " …
John Leyden, 03 Sep 2013
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AVG, Avira and WhatsApp pwned by hacktivists' DNS hijack

The websites of freebie antivirus vendors AVG and Avira as well as mobile messaging service WhatsApp appear to have been hit by a DNS redirection attack today which sent users to pro-Palestinian websites. A team of hacktivists calling themselves KDMS have claimed credit for the hacks. Visitors to avg.com were greeted by a …
John Leyden, 08 Oct 2013
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Anon hacktivists tear through Philippines govt in web graffiti rampage

Government websites were defaced in the Philippines by hackers who claim affiliation with Anonymous amid a protest against alleged corruption. The vandals hijacked sites on Sunday with a message that attempted to rally support for a demonstration against lawmakers' alleged misuse of public money, and demanded the abolition of so …
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2013
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Patriot hacker 'The Jester' attacks nations offering Snowden help

Soi-disant patriot hacker "The Jester" is taking aim at nations seen as offering aid and comfort to NSA sysadmin turned whistleblower Edward Snowden. The Jester claimed responsibility for taking down a government-run Ecuadorian tourism site and the email server of the Ecuadorian stock exchange on Monday, before turning his …
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2013
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Hackers deface 'sinful' French Euromillions site

Hackers sprayed digital graffiti on the French Euromillions website over the weekend as part of a protest against the "sin" of gambling. A group identifying itself as the “Moroccanghosts” hacking crew posted messages decrying the lottery as the work of the devil in both French and Arabic after breaking into the euromillions.fr …
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2012
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PSF warns on angry trademark attacks: Python coders, this is not our way

Python fans have been chastised over their attacks on a tiny web host embroiled in dispute over the Python trademark in Europe that saw the police called in. Top officials from the Python Software Foundation have urged civility and restraint in the dispute, saying death threats and hactivism against the web hosting company - …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Feb 2013

Thirteen alleged Anons named and charged by FBI in antipiracy web war

Thirteen further alleged members of web rabble-rousers Anonymous have been charged with masterminding online attacks against corporations and others who oppose internet piracy. Anonymous' "Operation: Payback is a bitch" campaign involved a series of denial-of-service assaults apparently against government and company websites …
John Leyden, 04 Oct 2013
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Pastebin on the mend after DDoS battering

Popular text file sharing service Pastebin.com has returned online following a denial of service attack on Tuesday. The site, which allows users to anonymously upload (potentially large) documents and share them, has become a favourite resource for hacktivists from Anonymous and elsewhere over recent months. Anonymous uses …
John Leyden, 04 Jan 2012
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Hacktivists boast of English Defence League KO after website downed

Hacktivists linked to Anonymous have claimed responsibility for knocking shouty anti-Islam group the English Defence League's website offline. The EDL is a far-right street protest movement whose official stance is an objection to the "spread of Sharia law and Islamic extremism in the UK". Its numerous critics argue the league …
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2013
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Syrian hacktivists hijack BBC Weather feed

Syrian hacktivists took over the BBC Weather Twitter account on Thursday afternoon. Instead of getting the usual updates such as "partly cloudy over the British Isles with a chance of rain later" the 60,000 followers of the @BBCWeather account on Twitter were confronted with a series of bizarre messages. These updates included …
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2013
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Hacktivists torch C4's Jon Snow's web diary, reveal 'nuke strike' on Syria

Syrian hacktivists have chalked up more media-luvvie victims after hacking into and defacing blogs run by British broadcaster Channel 4. The Syrian Electronic Army, which backs the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, took over an online diary maintained on behalf of veteran newscaster Jon Snow before posting a fictitious story …
John Leyden, 07 Aug 2013
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Syrian Electronic Army hijack Reuters' Twitter feed

The official Twitter account of the Reuters news agency became a conduit for pro-Assad propaganda on Monday after the account was taken over by hacktivists from the infamous Syrian Electronic Army. Updates supportive of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad spewed from @thomsonreuters before normality was restored and the news agency …
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2013
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Australian Federal Police claim arrest of 'LulzSec leader'

Updated The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has arrested a man described "a self-proclaimed leader of the group ‘Lulz Security’ (Lulzsec), a computer hacking group that has existed since 2011." The as-yet-unnamed 24-year-old man was apprehended in the coastal town of Point Clare was arrested after using a known exploit to last month …

Cyber-terrorists? Pah! Superhero protesters were a bigger threat to London Olympics

RSA Europe 2013 Protests from groups such as Fathers4Justice were more of a worry to London 2012 Olympic Games organisers than computer hackers, according to the former chairman of London 2012, Lord Sebastian Coe. He said procedures put in place before the Games to guard its IT systems – including Wi-Fi networks in stadiums as well as the main …
John Leyden, 04 Nov 2013
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Ex-LulzSec bloke to spend a YEAR in the cooler for Sony hack

A former LulzSec hacker has been jailed for a year for ransacking Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer systems. Cody Kretsinger, 25, from Decatur, Illinois - better known to his fellow LulzSec cohorts as "Recursion" - was also ordered to carry out 1,000 hours of community service, and a year of home detention, following his …
John Leyden, 19 Apr 2013

Snowden leak: GCHQ DDoSed Anonymous & LulzSec's chatrooms

British intelligence ran denial-of-service attacks against chatrooms used by Anonymous and LulzSec, according to an investigation by NBC News involving Snowden confidante Glenn Greenwald. Documents leaked by the NSA whistleblower record how a GCHQ unit known as the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group, or JTRIG, used a …
John Leyden, 05 Feb 2014
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Hackers on anti-Egypt spree bury Egyptology journal in the sand

Hackers waging war against Egyptian websites have forced the closure of Egyptological, a journal on Egyptology. Egyptologist Kate Phizackerley, who published the web periodical with Andrea Byrnes, has also closed down her personal blog for the same reason. Egyptological was shut down after it was "targeted by a professional …
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2013
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Breaking news, LITERALLY: Financial Times vandalized by hackers

The Financial Times website and its Twitter accounts were this afternoon hijacked by pro-government hackers from the "Syrian Electronic Army". The posh broadsheet's Tech Blog - at http://blogs.FT.com/beyond-brics - was compromised to run stories headlined "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here" and "Hacked by the Syrian Electronic …
John Leyden, 17 May 2013
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Second LulzSec member pleads guilty to Sony hack

A second suspect has admitted involvement in high profile attack last year against Sony Pictures website by notorious hacking crew LulzSec. Passwords and personal information leaked as a result of the breach in May 2011. The site was breached using an SQL injection attack, a common hacking technique, to extract personal …
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2012
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Anonymous joins forces with arch-enemy The Jester against Norks

Hacktivist collective Anonymous and - unusually - some of its enemies have all turned their ire against government websites, propaganda outlets and social media profiles linked to the North Korean regime. DDoS attacks were launched on Nork government websites and Air Koryo, the country's airline, after North Korea threatened to …
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2013
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Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

Computer-hacking collective Anonymous‬ claims it has leaked online the personal details of the far-right English Defence League's members. The hackers' list - the authenticity of which has not been independently verified - includes the names and addresses of more than 200 supposed members of the controversial protest …
John Leyden, 29 May 2013
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'Hacktivism' threatens world of nations

Usenix Politically motivated computer attacks like the one last year that crippled network traffic in Estonia for weeks are likely to increase, and there's not much victims can do to stop them, a security researcher says. Indeed, just last week government websites in the former Soviet republic of Georgia were ransacked by a denial-of- …
Dan Goodin, 31 Jul 2008
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Experts doubt Anonymous Mossad spy outing claims are kosher

Hacktivists claim to have published leaked data on more than 30,000 Israeli officials, including members of Israel's Mossad secret service agency. The boast by members of Anonymous follows a denial of service attack against the Mossad website (www.mossad.gov.il) over the weekend as part of the ongoing #OpIsrael protest. …
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2013

British biz walking around with 'Hack Me' sign taped to its back

Britain’s businesses are being left vulnerable to crippling cyber attacks due to a severe lack of security skills, according to a technology trade body. The Institute of Engineering and Technology found that barely one in ten small to medium enterprises (SMEs) had “sufficient skills and resources in place” to repel threats from …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Apr 2013
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Hackers leak 120,000 student records in raid on world's top unis

Hackers have attacked the world's top 100 universities in a protest against tuition fees and what's deemed to be a falling quality of education. Anonymous-affiliated Team GhostShell dumped information from 120,000 user accounts and student records after raiding servers at institutions including Princeton, Harvard, Cambridge and …
John Leyden, 02 Oct 2012
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Badger bloodbath brouhaha brings 'bodge' bumpkin bank burgle bluster

Activists enraged by Blighty's badger cull claim they have hacked a financial biz used by UK farmers and swiped sensitive personal data. The animal-rights protesters bragged they infiltrated the computer systems of the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society - an investment and insurance company closely linked to said …
John Leyden, 14 Jun 2013
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Bad Vibes, man: Babble app chaps unwrapped in phish trap hack flap

Hacker gang the Syrian Electronic Army broke into the systems of Viber, the popular mobile chat service, and dumped its user account records online. The miscreants, loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, say they were able to infiltrate Viber’s support website, which allowed them to extract punters' private data. The site …
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2013
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GhostShell hackers release 1.6 million NASA, FBI, ESA accounts

The hacking collecting GhostShell has announced it has finished operations for the year, but has signed off with a dump of around 1.6 million account details purloined from government, military, and industry. "ProjectWhiteFox will conclude this year's series of attacks by promoting hacktivism worldwide and drawing attention to …
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2012
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Anti-gay Uganda's premier backs pride march in protest hack

Gay-rights activists have vandalised the Ugandan prime minister's website in a protest against the African country's discriminatory laws. The site was rewritten to announce that Premier Amama Mbabazi would back a gay pride march and apologise for the mistreatment of homosexuals in the nation. Screengrabs of the digital graffiti …
John Leyden, 17 Aug 2012
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Second LulzSec suspect charged over Sony Pictures hack

US police have arrested a second suspect in the June 2011 hacktivist attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment, an assault that resulted in a breach of passwords and personal data involving 38,000 accounts. Raynaldo Rivera, 20, of Tempe, Arizona, surrendered to authorities on Tuesday after he was named in a federal grand jury …
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2012
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Brit web biz waves white flag in Python trademark bout

UK website hoster Veber has binned its bid to exclusively trademark the word “python” in Europe following talks with the Python Software Foundation (PSF). In an agreement described by both sides as “amicable”, Veber will also rebrand its hosting and online backup service that it had called Python. The British company and the PSF …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2013