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Hackers nip into celeb plastic surgery clinic, tuck away 'terabytes'

A plastic surgery clinic frequented by celebrities such as Katie Price has been targeted by hackers. London Bridge Plastic Surgery confirmed in a statement that it has been the victim of a cyber attack. Hackers using the name The Dark Overlord claimed to be behind the breach, which they said included stealing "terabytes" of …
Kat Hall, 24 Oct 2017
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Swedish slip-up leaks hosting company's customer data

A major Swedish web hosting has been compromised and its entire customer database leaked. The company, Loopia, made the announcement here, saying the breach happened last Tuesday (August 22), and it notified customers on Friday, advising of a system-wide password reset and telling them to update their personal information. …
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A Russian cyber-gang, the Oracle MICROS hack, and five more POS makers in crims' sights

When hackers, believed to be a Russian crime gang, broke into Oracle-owned payment terminal biz MICROS, it was assumed the crooks were snooping around other register makers, too. Well, assume no more: here's five other companies poked and prodded by the crew, with wildly varying degrees of success. Days after word broke that …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Aug 2016

Fresh hell for TalkTalk customers: TeamView trap unleashed

TalkTalk customers are getting caught up in the TeamViewer remote-control PC seizure storm. Customers of the ISP with TeamViewer accounts say they are being hit by opportunists trying to seize control of their PCs. Faced with this fresh assault on their long-suffering customers’ privacy, TalkTalk’s board will discuss the …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jun 2016

IBM warns of 'bug poachers' who exploit holes, steal info, demand big bucks

At least 30 companies have been hit in the past year by so-called "bug poaching," where hackers break into corporate servers, steal data, and then demand a fee for showing how it was done. The technique, spotted by IBM's Managed Security Services researchers, involves miscreants breaking into a corp's servers, typically using …
Iain Thomson, 1 Jun 2016

North Dorset Council hit by ransomware, flips the bird at miscreants

North Dorset District Council in England's southwest is working with police to identify the source of a ransomware infection in this week. It is the latest outbreak of file-scrambling malware in what IT security experts believe to be a growing problem for local authorities in the UK. According to an email seen by The …
Kat Hall, 4 Mar 2016

Cybersecurity is slowing down my business, say majority of chief execs

Cisco Live Chief execs polled in a major survey have little time for their cybersecurity folk and believe complying with security regulations hampers business. Some 71 per cent of 1,000 top bosses surveyed by Cisco feel that efforts to shore up IT defences slows the pace of commerce. The study is due to be published next month. Big …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2016

Iranian hackers targeted New York dam, had a quick nosy around

Iranian hackers penetrated the online control system of a New York dam in 2013, according to reports, and poked around inside the system. The Wall Street Journal reported that hackers gained access to the dam through a cellular modem, according to an unclassified Homeland Security summary of the case. Two sources said the …
Kat Hall, 21 Dec 2015

Youths represent UK at first European Cyber Security Challenge

Ten young hackers have departed to Switzerland this week to represent the UK at the first European Cyber Security Challenge. They have been split into juniors (14-20) and seniors (20-30) teams, and are competing against opponents from Germany, Spain, Romania, Austria and Switzerland. The youngest members of the juniors team …

Confession: I was a teenage computer virus writer

Special feature I was 17 years old, I had nothing to do, and I wanted to teach myself programming. So I decided to write a computer virus. Don't worry. The two viruses that I ended up writing – Leprosy and Leprosy-B – were designed to infect MS-DOS computers. They knew nothing about the internet, because neither did I at the time, and these …
Neil McAllister, 14 Sep 2015

Ashley Madison wide open to UK privacy lawsuits, claim lawyers

The Ashley Madison hack could cost the company millions and millions of pounds in compensation and settlements in the UK alone, according to lawyers Pinsent Masons. Around 9.7GB of customer data from the website for people who seemingly can't be trusted, and a sister site, were released by hackers on Tuesday night following …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2015

CVS shutters photo website in credit-card hack attack scare

Updated US drugstore* chain CVS has shut down its online photo printing service after it was compromised by hackers, who may have swiped people's bank card details. "We have been made aware that customer credit card information collected by the independent vendor who manages and hosts CVSPhoto.com may have been compromised," CVS …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2015

Loan application data hacked, company responds: Meh, not our customers

Hacker collective Rex Mundi has stolen 24,000 financial records from Belgian loan company AFC Kredieten, it claims, and if the company doesn't pay up before Friday at 8pm, it will publish every loan applicant record in its possession. As proof that they have successfully hacked the company, Rex Mundi has already published some …
Jennifer Baker, 17 Jul 2015
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FBI probe physical intrusions into Californian internet cables

The FBI is investigating a series of attacks on internet cabling in California – and has revealed that wiring has been meddled with at least eleven times in the San Francisco Bay Area within the past year. The bureau confirmed to USA Today that it is investigating a more traditional form of hacking against California's …

Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out

When hackers swiped 32,500 patient records from Cottage Healthcare System, it was sued by its own customers for $4.1m – a bill that was settled by its insurers. Now the insurance company, Columbia Casualty Company, has claimed Cottage's computers were hopelessly insecure, and it wants its money back. Columbia claims the …
Shaun Nichols, 28 May 2015
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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
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Massive TalkTalk data breach STILL causing customer scam tsunami

A fresh wave of scammers appear to be targeting TalkTalk customers, following a massive data theft earlier this year, The Register has learned. In February, TalkTalk admitted to suffering a major breach into its users' sensitive information, which may have led to some customers handing over bank data to hackers. In an email …
Kat Hall, 23 Apr 2015

Defiant Labio lawyer spits on black hats after 'med data' theft

Hacker collective Rex Mundi’s Twitter account has yet again been suspended after its latest extortion attempts. The group, which says it has no motivation other than to make money, most recently targeted Labio, a French laboratory company specialising in private patients. Using the now-defunct @RexMundi2015 account, the …

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