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Jennifer Lawrence

Fappening celeb nudes hacking outrage: Third scumbag cops to charge

More than three years after miscreants splashed hundreds of stolen intimate photographs of celebrities online, a third man has been charged regarding the mass hack. Emilio Herrera, 32, of Chicago, is accused of breaking the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act logging into online accounts and stealing victims' private snaps without …
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2017
Kaspersky

NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky

Analysis The NSA staffer who took home top-secret US government spyware installed a backdoored key generator for a pirated copy of Microsoft Office on his PC – exposing the confidential cyber-weapons on the computer to hackers. That's according to Kaspersky Lab, which today published a report detailing, in its view, how miscreants …
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2017

Brit intel fingers Iran for brute-force attacks on UK.gov email accounts

Iran has been blamed for the brute-force attack on UK Parliament earlier this year. An unpublished assessment by British intelligence obtained by The Times fingers Iran for the high-profile hack. The revelation comes as the US president has refused to continue signing off the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, to which the UK is a party …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2017
Cyber

US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

Two members of the US House of Representatives today introduced a law bill that would allow hacking victims to seek revenge and hack the hackers who hacked them. The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC) [PDF] amends the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to make limited retaliatory strikes against cyber-miscreants legal in …
Iain Thomson, 13 Oct 2017
Hyatt

Malware again checks into Hyatt's hotels, again checks out months later with victims' credit cards

Hyatt has provided the perfect excuse for folks trying to explain to bosses or spouses why a film they watched in their hotel room for just seven minutes appeared on their company or personal credit card. Its computer systems were earlier this year hacked by miscreants, who infected payment terminals with malware that siphoned …
Iain Thomson, 12 Oct 2017
wire

Hackers nick $60m from Taiwanese bank in tailored SWIFT attack

Updated Hackers managed to pinch $60m from the Far Eastern International Bank in Taiwan by infiltrating its computers last week. Now, most of the money has been recovered, and two arrests have been made in connection with the cyber-heist. On Friday, the bank admitted the cyber-crooks planted malware on its PCs and servers in order to …
Iain Thomson, 11 Oct 2017

After selling his site for millions, founder hacked it for a second payday

"Operation Resume Hoard" was going well. Initiated around April 1, 2015, it represented David W. Kent's plan to build the membership of his oil and gas industry networking site Oilpro.com. Court documents indicate that Kent, 41, of Spring, Texas, USA, had a buyer in mind: DHI Group, the employment data biz that in 2010, when …

It's 4PM on Friday, almost time to log off and, oh look, Disqus says it's been hacked

Disqus, the developer of website comment systems used worldwide, is playing the old "bury bad news late on a Friday" card – as it just confessed one of its databases was swiped by hackers. The software maker, which produces reader comment boards for blogs and newspapers everywhere, admitted at 4pm Pacific Time, Friday, that a …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Oct 2017
An inspector in a white hat

Open your doors to white hats before black hats blow them off, US deputy AG urges big biz

The second-in-command at the US Department of Justice says every business should have its own program to let third-party researchers find and report bugs. Speaking at the Cambridge Cyber Summit in Boston today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said bug bounty and white-hat research programs will help companies avoid …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Oct 2017

Dildon'ts of Bluetooth: Pen test boffins sniff out Berlin's smart butt plugs

Security researchers have figured out how to locate and exploit smart adult toys. Various shenanigans are possible because of the easy discoverability and exploitability of internet-connected butt plugs and the like running Bluetooth's baby brother, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), a wireless personal area network technology. The …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2017
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Deloitte is a sitting duck: Key systems with RDP open, VPN and proxy 'login details leaked'

Monday’s news that multinational consultancy Deloitte had been hacked was dismissed by the firm as a small incident. Now evidence suggests it's no surprise the biz was infiltrated: it appears to be all over the shop, security wise. On Tuesday, what seemed to be a collection of Deloitte's corporate VPN passwords, user names, …
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2017
Judge with gun

Slain: Unions' US OPM mega-hack lawsuit against Uncle Sam

A lawsuit brought against the hacker-ransacked Office of Personnel Management on behalf of US federal employees has been killed. On Wednesday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled in a District of Columbia court that the case, brought by the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union, could …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2017
Rage

Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone

Vid Global credit reporting agency Equifax admitted today it suffered a massive breach of security that could affect almost half of the US population. In a statement, the biz confessed that hackers managed to get access to some of its internal data in mid-May by exploiting a vulnerable website application. They remained on the …
Iain Thomson, 7 Sep 2017
Theft

Two million customer records pillaged in IT souk CeX hack attack

Second-hand electronics dealership CeX says two million customers may have had their personal information swiped by hackers. Several Reg readers dropped us a line after receiving an email from the Brit biz that informed them their personal details including first name, surname, address, email address and phone number had been …
Iain Thomson, 29 Aug 2017
baratov

Accused! Yahoo! hacker! pleads! not! guilty! in! US! court!

One of four men accused of carrying out the megahack of 500 million Yahoo! email accounts has pleaded not guilty in a San Francisco district court. Karim Baratov, 22, was extradited from his Canadian home last weekend after waiving his right to fight going to America for the court case. He denied 47 separate charges of …
Iain Thomson, 24 Aug 2017
robot

Smart robots prove stupidly easy to hack for spying and murder

Robots are increasingly common in the 21st Century, both on the factory floor and in the home, however it appears their security systems are anything but modern and high tech. In March IOActive released partial research showing that hacking a variety of industrial and home robotics systems wasn't too difficult. Now, after …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2017

US military spies: We'll capture enemy malware, tweak it, lob it right back at our adversaries

The US Defense Intelligence Agency has vowed to capture enemy malware, study and customize it, and then turn the software nasties on their creators. Speaking at the US Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems (DoDIIS) conference in Missouri on Monday, the head of the agency Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart told …
Iain Thomson, 15 Aug 2017
Hotel staff

Kremlin's hackers 'wield stolen NSA exploit to spy on hotel guests in Europe, Mid East'

Russian hackers accused of ransacking the US Democratic party's servers last year may now be targeting hotels in Europe and the Middle East, it is claimed. Miscreants are using various techniques, including the leaked NSA EternalBlue exploit also wielded by the WannaCry malware, to hack into laptops and other devices used by …
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2017

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