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Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report

Malaysian officials investigating the disappearance of flight MH370 have been targeted in a hacking attack that resulted in the theft of classified material. The malware-based hacking attack hit around 30 PCs assigned to officials in the Malaysia Airlines, the Civil Aviation Department and the National Security Council, a …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2014
Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner fire at Heathrow

UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

The initial accident report into the Boeing 787 that caught fire at London's Heathrow airport last week has concluded that the fault likely lies with the aircraft's emergency location beacon, and it recommends disconnecting it as an interim measure. The world's third-busiest airport was shut down for over an hour on Friday after …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2013
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Irish credit unions in privacy breach

Irish credit unions are in the midst of a privacy storm, with that country's privacy watchdog accusing some institutions of trafficking in illegally-obtained data. The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) says it's investigating whether some credit unions hired private investigators to obtain confidential data from …
The Register breaking news

Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

Boeing's flagship fleet of 787 Dreamliner aircraft will be grounded for the foreseeable future after a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the cause of two battery fires had yet to be found, and that Japanese investigators are similarly baffled. "We have not ruled anything out as a …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2013
Sopwith Pup RC Plane trench level view

Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

The USA's National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB's) investigation into a 2014 light plane crash has come to the conclusion that the pilot may well have been distracted by selfie-taking passengers. The crash killed two people last May when a Cessna 150 came to grief in Colorado after “... the pilot experienced spatial …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2015

Colombian hacker who spied on gov-rebel peace talks jailed for 10 years

A Colombian hacker has been incarcerated for 10 years for spying on the local government’s peace talks with Marxist rebels, among other offences, Fox News Latino reports. Andrés Sepúlveda received the harsh sentence even after he admitted snooping on both sides during government negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces …
John Leyden, 17 Apr 2015

Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

Sweden's Supreme Court has decided not to let Julian Assange discontinue his ongoing attempt to extend the world couch-surfing record. The five-judge court yesterday released a decision (PDF) on Assange's application to have his arrest warrant quashed. Assange's legal team argued that his ongoing residence in London's …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2015
Angela Merkel's eyes

Germany licks lips, eyes new data gulp with revised retention law

Once a fierce opponent of data retention, Germany’s back in slurping mode. The Federal Cabinet yesterday approved a new draft law that would force telcos to store call and email records for 10 weeks. Germany and Sweden challenged the Europe-wide 2006 Data Retention Directive, and in 2010 a German court ruled it illegal. Last …
Jennifer Baker, 29 May 2015

It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

Carders have jackpotted an ATM by inserting a circuit board into the USB ports of an ATM, tricking it into spitting out cash. The technique was thought to have emulated the cash dispenser of the ATM so the brains of the machine thought everything was normal, buying additional time for the brazen crooks to make off with the cash …
Darren Pauli, 07 Jan 2015

US watchdog seeks techies, interns to sink gums into Google et al

The US Federal Trade Commission has put up the "help wanted" sign for a new office tasked with investigating American technology giants. El Reg hopes the new team has more backbone that the officials unwilling to pick a fight with Silicon Valley's out-of-control goliaths. The FTC said its Office of Technology Research and …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Mar 2015
Sabeen Mahmud

Celebrated Pakistani female online activist Sabeen Mahmud dies in shooting

Unidentified gunmen have killed Pakistani women's activist Sabeen Mahmud in a targeted shooting that also left her mother in intensive care. News of the murder emerged over the weekend, with reports from Karachi that she died on the way to hospital after being shot four times. Pakistan's The Express Tribune reports the case is …
David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell

The spy who leaked me: Ex-CIA boss Petraeus 'fesses up to blabbing intel to his mistress

The US Department of Justice has reached a settlement with General David Petraeus allowing the former military leader and ex-head of the CIA to avoid prison for handing over classified information to his lover. Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge: one count of unauthorized removal and retention of …
Iain Thomson, 03 Mar 2015
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More than 260 suspects charged in UK child abuse crackdown

Teachers, a retired magistrate, a doctor, and civil servants are among 264 suspected paedophiles charged as part of a major UK police operation targeting those accessing child abuse images online. Operation Notarise, which launched around a year ago, is the biggest UK inquiry into people allegedly sharing child abuse images …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2015
The Register breaking news

US federal transport crash investigators ditch BlackBerry for iPhones

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has followed other federal agencies in ditching Blackberry for iPhone. But it's not just because they love the retina screen, the public sector agency has blamed their Blackberry devices for being unreliable in a document on the FedBizOpps site explaining why they are switching …
Anna Leach, 21 Nov 2012
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Canadian watchdog goes to court to probe Apple's iPhone deals with mobe networks

Watchdogs in Canada are investigating Apple over concerns the iPhone giant violated antitrust laws in its dealings with Canadian telcos. A spokesperson for Canada's Competition Bureau confirmed the Cupertino goliath is the subject of a probe into possible violations of the nation's Competition Act. "I can confirm that the …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2014

Stateside security screeners sacked for squeezing 'sexy' sacks

Two security strokers screeners at Denver airport got the boot after investigators were tipped off about gratuitous groin groping of certain male travellers, a police report reveals. The Office of Inspection of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were informed of the pair’s pervy prowess and did a little probing of …
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 2015

By the way, Home Depot hackers also grabbed 53 million email addresses

Hackers made off with a whopping 53 million email addresses as part of the high profile April breach of Home Depot in which 56 million credit cards were compromised, the company says. The haul bagged enough email addresses to contact everyone in England, but it was unknown if the information had been implicated in further …
Darren Pauli, 07 Nov 2014
Flytrap

Linux Australia hacked, warns personal details exposed

The names, phone numbers and street and email addresses of delegates for Linux Australia conferences and PyCon have been exposed in a server breach. The March attack was detected two weeks ago and is revealed in an email to Linux Australia members. Linux Australia's server held information on delegates to its popular annual …
Darren Pauli, 07 Apr 2015
Bank vault

Cops think Mt Gox meltdown was an 'INSIDE JOB' – report

Nearly all of the funds missing from bankrupt Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox were the result of fraudulent transactions, rather than outside attacks, Japanese authorities have reportedly said. Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) told The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper on Thursday that no more than around 7,000 of the roughly 650, …
Neil McAllister, 03 Jan 2015

Feds cuffed for allegedly PILFERING Silk Road drug souk's Bitcoins

The US Department of Justice has accused two federal agents of stealing more than a million dollars in Bitcoins during the Silk Road investigation. Former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Carl Force and former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges have been charged with theft of government property; wire fraud; money …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Mar 2015

China tackles vital strippers-at-funeral problem

The Chinese Ministry of Culture has announced that the government will begin working with the police to clamp down on families hiring strippers for funerals in order to increase in size (dare we say 'arouse') mourner attendance figures. In a statement on Thursday, the ministry stiffs said they would be paying close attention to …

Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

A US airline delayed a flight on Sunday evening after an unidentified person somewhere in or around Los Angeles International Airport picked a rather unfortunate name for a Wi-Fi hotspot. American Airlines Flight 136 from Los Angeles to London was grounded for nearly a day after a passenger spotted a Wi-Fi network named "Al- …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Oct 2014

Biter bitten as hacker leaks source code for popular exploit kit

A black hat trouble maker appears to have released recent source code for one of the most popular exploit kits, malware-probers say. The dump was posted online by a user known as (@EkMustDie) before it was removed. The leaker appears to have previously tried to sell access to the exploit kit. Independent malware investigators …
Darren Pauli, 13 Feb 2015
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Post Office denies IT blunders led to criminal charges against posties

The Post Office has refuted a report which concluded that its Horizon IT system was responsible for accounting cockups that led to sub-postmasters being prosecuted for stealing from their tills. Forensic accountancy group Second Sight was appointed in 2012 by the Post Office — at the request of MPs — to conduct an independent …
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Mounties nab Canadian woman, 27, in webcam hack shenanigans bust

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has nabbed a Canadian woman believed to have originated a botnet which she used to recreationally terrorise victims. As the Mounties report, investigators from their Integrated Technological Crime Unit (ITCU) arrested a female on suspicion of operating a botnet after conducting a search at her …
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Penn State University network sacked by China malware blitz

Penn State University has had to take networks in its school of engineering offline after falling victim to a malware attack traced partially to China. Acting on an FBI tip, the school found that PCs on the network of its College of Engineering were infected with malware that appeared to be trying to harvest research data and …
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2015
Abbott and Costello dressed as policemen

NYPD cop in court for allegedly hacking into the FBI

A New York City Police Department auxiliary deputy inspector faces charges of hacking into a restricted NYPD computer and other law enforcement databases, including a system maintained by the FBI. Yehuda Katz, 45, of Brooklyn, New York, allegedly used the databases to obtain information about local traffic accident victims …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2015
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Twitter: Hey. Remember us? Hello, yes. Govts want to spy on us too!

Twitter has seen government requests for user information climb nearly 50 per cent over the last six months. The company said in its semi-annual transparency report that over the first half of 2014, governments from 54 countries made requests for account information. Eight of those countries were requesting data for the first …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Aug 2014

Tax fraud fugitive nabbed after posting selfies

A US man charged with tax fraud and identity theft has been arrested after fleeing authorities and allegedly posting bragging selfies on Twitter. Lance Ealy, 28, of Ohio was arrested in a raid Wednesday in Atlanta by federal authorities after he skipped trial on charges he purchased stolen Social Security numbers and personal …
Darren Pauli, 20 Mar 2015
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A MILLION Chrome users' data was sent to ONE dodgy IP address

A team of security researchers have found malware in a popular Chrome extension which may have sent the browsing data of over 1.2m users to a single IP address. ScrapeSentry credits its researchers with uncovering "a sinister side-effect to a free app [...] which potentially leaks [users'] personal information back to a single …
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Skype hauled into court after refusing to hand call records to cops

Skype has been called to appear before a court in Belgium after refusing to hand over customer data following a request for assistance in a criminal investigation. A court in Mechelen near Brussels wanted "data from messages and calls exchanged on Microsoft-owned Skype", a regulatory requirement that a Belgian telecoms operator …
John Leyden, 26 May 2015

Arts and crafts store Michaels says 3 million credit cards exposed in breach

As the officials investigating the Target data breach are settling in for what they believe will be a long and complex process of catching the hackers behind the heist, another US retailer is admitting that it lost millions of customer payment card details. Arts and crafts store chain Michaels said that it has confirmed the …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2014
Parrot Ar.Drone

Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

An unidentified drone came very close to colliding with a passenger jet in the summer, an official report to be published this week will say. According to the Sunday Times (£), which has seen the Civil Aviation Authority's document on the risks associated with the growing popularity of drones, an Airbus A320 was involved in the …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Dec 2014
The Register breaking news

Texas antitrust investigators request Google 'ad rate formula'

Texas antitrust investigators have asked Google to turn over its formula for setting advertising rates and documents that show "manual overriding or altering of” its search rankings, according to a report citing a letter from the Texas attorney general's office. Bloomberg reports that Kim Van Winkle, an assistant attorney …
Cade Metz, 16 Feb 2011
The monopoly box

FTC: All-powerful Google ABUSED rivals. So we did NOTHING

Google was far closer to being dragged into court by US watchdog the FTC than anyone previously believed, documents have revealed. The Wall Street Journal has obtained and published an internal FTC report that accuses Google of wrongdoing, following a 2012 antitrust probe by the regulator into the company's dominance online. …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Mar 2015
James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Interview

Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

Sony Pictures has revealed a behind-the-scenes look at how it handled its recent megabreach to select media outlets. Extensive accounts of the unfolding disaster by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal (here) and elsewhere reveal that Michael Lynton, the studio’s chief executive, communicated with other senior execs using …
John Leyden, 31 Dec 2014
AVSWinvote box

Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

The US state of Virginia is decommissioning a long-serving electronic voting system after learning of its gaping security holes. The state's Board of Elections was urged to decertify the Wi-Fi-connected Advanced Voting Systems WINVote system after the boxes were found to lack basic security measures against physical and …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Apr 2015

Target topples CEO in latest data breach domino

The CEO of Target is the latest casualty of the big-box retailer's disastrous holiday data breach. The company said that chief exec Gregg Steinhafel would be leaving the company after 35 years,vacating both the CEO and president roles as well as his seat as chairman of the company's board of directors. Steinhafel had overseen …
Shaun Nichols, 05 May 2014
Maxwell Morton

Boy, 16, cuffed after posting selfie with body of kid he allegedly killed

A western Pennsylvania teenager has been charged with homicide and firearms offenses after he uploaded an image to the Snapchat messaging service of himself posing with the dead body of a classmate he allegedly shot and killed. According to a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Reuters, and others, 16-year-old Maxwell …
Neil McAllister, 09 Feb 2015
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Silk Road coder turned dealer turned informant gets five years

A programmer turned drug dealer turned government informant has been sentenced to five years in prison after being caught up in the Silk Road shutdown. Steven Sadler, 40, was arrested at his home in Bellevue, Washington on July 31, 2013 by members of the Department of Homeland Security. Police found over a kilogram of cocaine …
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2015
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Internet child porn investigators net South Aust MP

A South Australian state Labor MP has been arrested and charged for using the Internet to access child exploitation material, in an ongoing police operation called Operation Decimate*. According to South Australia Police, the MP was arrested at home and charged with possession of child pornography, an aggravated count of …
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Redmond resists order to hand over overseas email

Microsoft is holding out against a US court order asking it to provide investigators with customers' personal information held offshore. In late July, Redmond was ordered to hand over emails relating to a US narcotics investigation. Microsoft had argued that since the messages were stored in Ireland, they were beyond the reach …
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South Korea says NUCLEAR WORM is nothing to worry about

The South Korean Energy Minister has told the National Assembly that a newly discovered malware outbreak at one of the country's nuclear facilities is no big deal, and is not linked to a more serious breach earlier this month. Yoon Sang-jick said in a committee hearing that investigators had found a malware "worm" in one of the …
Iain Thomson, 30 Dec 2014
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Microsoft challenges US gov over attempts to search overseas data

Microsoft has challenged a ruling that would allow US government authorities to search its overseas facilities. The company said in a petition filed to the US District Court for Southern New York that it objects to an order that would allow law enforcement to search all Microsoft-owned facilities worldwide. At the heart of the …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jun 2014
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Cybercrime taskforce collects huge botnet scalp on first go

A sophisticated botnet has been neutered by a consortium starring the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit and the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce. The botnet, known by a number of names, including AAEH and Beebone, was a "polymorphic downloader bot" which installed various forms of malware on victims’ computers. Like an …
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LinkedIn settles missed overtime pay case: Will pay $6m to staffers

LinkedIn has agreed to pay around $6m in unpaid overtime wages and damages to 359 of its employees in four states after a US Department of Labor investigation. The government agency found that the business networking firm had failed to record and account for all the hours their staff worked in a week, leaving some staff out of …
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Rogue cybersecurity firm killed cancer testing lab, claims ex-employee

A former employee of well-connected security firm Tiversa has claimed in court that the company falsified information about the severity of a data breach at a cancer laboratory that was later forced to close after a government data security investigation. Georgia cancer testing laboratory LabMD – or rather, what's left of it now …
Iain Thomson, 08 May 2015
Artist's impression of Philae on Comet 67P

ESA finds FOURTH comet touchdown for Philae lander

The European Space Agency has conducted deeper analysis of just what happened to the Philae lander during its descent to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and now believes the craft bounced off the wandering rock three times, not twice as was previously thought to the be case. The new analysis re-tells the now-familiar story of …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Dec 2014
Department of Homeland Security

Top senator blasts US Homeland Security for leaving cyber-drawbridge down

A member of the US Senate's Homeland Security Committee has slammed the Department of Homeland Security over America's cyber-defenses: Tom Coburn (R-OK) said the agency is failing to protect the nation's IT infrastructure despite at least $700m in funding. "The nature of cybersecurity threats – and the ability of adversaries to …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jan 2015
Central Intelligence Agency

CIA exonerates CIA of all wrongdoing in Senate hacking probe

A review panel has tossed aside accusations that the US Central Intelligence Agency hacked into computers used by Senate aides investigating the torture of terror suspects, saying the CIA did nothing wrong. The CIA has been criticized by several lawmakers – in particular, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), who chairs the Senate …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jan 2015