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"MauthausenCrematorium" by ‏Harel‏ • שיחה. Original uploader was Harel at he.wikipedia - Transferred from he.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Faigl.ladislav using CommonsHelper.(Original text : אני צילמתי). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

Cyber-scum deface Nazi concentration camp memorial website

Sicko cyber-crooks defaced the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp memorial website with images of child abuse late last week. The attack on the site coincided with the run up to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp by US troops in May 1945 as well as wider VE-Day commemorations. The site (en. …
John Leyden, 11 May 2015
ISIS leader Shakir Wahiyib with Facebook thumbs-up

Faux ‪pro-IS Facebook‬ shot down within hours of launch

A pro-Islamic State social network was pulled offline hours after its launch. The network, 5elafabook, was supposedly set up in the wake of a ramp-up in efforts by Twitter to quickly shut down accounts promoting violent jihad. Facebook has likewise applied the ban-hammer on accounts spouting pro-Caliphate propaganda. …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2015

Obamacare website 'either hacked or will be soon', warns infosec expert

Hackers have thrown multiple attacks at US President Obama's medical insurance bazaar since it went live in October, according to a senior US government official. Acting assistant Homeland Security secretary Roberta Stempfley told a hearing of the House Homeland Security (HHS) Committee that the website was …
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2013
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FBI track alleged Anon from unsanitised busty babe pic

An alleged member of Anonymous has been tracked down after he posted a picture of his scantily clad girlfriend in an image bragging about his hacking exploits. Higinio O. Ochoa III from Texas has been charged hacking into the websites of at least four US law enforcement agencies before, in one case at least, posting personal …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2012
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Global DNS takedown plotters disowned by Anonymous

Anonymous has distanced itself from a plot to knock out critical systems in the backbone of the internet. Documents posted on Pastebin and elsewhere warn of a planned attack against the main DNS root servers on 31 March as part of a protest against SOPA and other hated copyright enforcement measures. If successful, the attack …
John Leyden, 22 Feb 2012
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Anonymous reverse ferrets on takedown

Loosely connected hacking collective Anonymous claimed responsibility for making the CIA's website inaccessible on Friday - but later said it was just reporting the event. The apparent distributed denial of service attack against the spy agency's web presence follows a week after the release of a recording of a conference call …
John Leyden, 13 Feb 2012
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Move over cybercrims, DDoS now protesters' weapon of choice

Ideological hacktivism has replaced cybercrime as the main motivatation behind DDoS attacks, according to a study by Arbor Networks. Up until last year, DDoS attacks were typically financially driven – either for reasons of competition or outright extortion – but the activities of Anonymous and related groups have changed that …
John Leyden, 8 Feb 2012
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Anonymous explodes MegaUpload clone 'scam'

A supposedly "Anonymous-built" alternative to MegaUpload has been discredited by members of the hacktivist collective. AnonyUpload sprung up days after a takedown operation against MegaUpload website, the arrest in New Zealand of its founders on copyright infringement charges, and a hacktivist backlash against government and …
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2012
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Android Trojan spams tribute to Arab Spring martyr

Hacktivists have released a manipulated version of a popular Android app to commemorate a Tunisian man whose suicide triggered anti-government protests in his country a year ago. Street fruit'n'veg vendor Mohamed Bouazizi, 26, set himself on fire after local government officials refused to meet him and discuss his grievances. …
John Leyden, 22 Dec 2011
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Anonymous launches OpRobinHood against banks

Anonymous and other hacktivists have joined together to launch an attack on banks in response to recent crackdowns against the Occupy protest movement. TeaMp0isoN and Anonymous are joining forces to run OpRobinHood, which will involve using stolen credit details to donate to charities and others, supposedly at the expense of …
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2011
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Aussie court denies bail to accused hacker 'Evil' Cecil

Australian hacking cause célèbre, David Noel Cecil, who goes by the nickname of "Evil", remains behind bars after being formally refused bail yesterday at Cowra Local Court. Cecil, an unemployed truck driver, was arrested by police last week and charged with 49 counts of accessing restricted data while unlawfully gaining …
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Anonymous, LulzSec go legit with PayPal boycott

Hactivist collective Anonymous has called for a boycott of PayPal. The group wants supporters to empty their accounts and avoid using the payment service in protest against the prosecution of a university student who allegedly participated in denial of service attacks against PayPal last year. Mercedes Haefer, a 20-year-old …
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2011
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Popstar hackers snaffle Lady GaGa fans' email addresses

Hackers claim to have broken into the UK fansite of Lady GaGa before extracting the names and email addresses of thousands of her fans. SwagSec claimed it had targeted GaGa because the famously gay-friendly star had supposedly made a less than enlightened comment about the value of gay people in society. The group uploaded a …
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2011
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LulzSec hacks US Senate

Hacker tricksters LulzSec is baiting US lawmakers with its latest attack on the US Senate. The hacking group posted what security experts Sophos characterised as "basic information on the filesystems, user logins and the Apache web server config files" of the Senate website on Wednesday morning. The group also posted a …
John Leyden, 14 Jun 2011
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Spanish police cuff three Anonymous hack suspects

Updated Spanish national police have arrested three suspected members of the infamous Anonymous hacking crew. The arrests in Barcelona, Alicante and Almeria involve suspects who allegedly had the ability to direct operations for Anonymous, the loosely affiliated hacking crew. Spanish police claim to have disrupted a key cell of the …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2011
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Amazon blames hardware – not hackers – for European outage

Problems with Amazon's systems in Europe over the weekend were down to hardware failure rather than hackers, the e-commerce giant said on Sunday. Christmas shoppers trying to complete purchases from Amazon's online stores in the UK, France, Germany, Austria and Italy were locked out for around half an hour on Sunday. Amazon …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2010
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Wikileaks DDoSser 'Jester' in phantom cop raid tomfoolery

Updated The hacker suspected of involvement in the first denial of service attacks against Wikileaks has disowned blog posts that reported a raid on him by local police as the work of an imposter. A patriot-hacker called The Jester, who previously used an XerXeS application layer attack tool he developed to assault jihadist sites, …
John Leyden, 2 Dec 2010
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Notorious Anonymous hacktivists launch fresh attacks

Hacktivists from the loosely-banded Anonymous took out the UK Intellectual Property Office and a Portuguese music industry website over the weekend during the latest phase of an ongoing campaign against the entertainment industry. The and were both rendered inaccessible by floods of spurious traffic in the …
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2010

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