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FTC slaps TRENDnet with 20 years' probation over webcam spying flaw

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with US wireless webcam manufacturer TRENDnet that will commit the firm to third-party security audits for the next 20 years, plus two years of free technical support for its customers. The FTC began its investigation last year after a list of the IP addresses of over 700 …
Iain Thomson, 5 Sep 2013
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Pwn2Own: IE10, Firefox, Chrome, Reader, Java hacks land $500k

It's back to the drawing board for coders at Microsoft, Google, Adobe, Mozilla, and Oracle after entrants in the annual Pwn2Own contest waltzed off with over half a million dollars in prizes for exploiting security holes in popular software. At this year's CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, contestants had a choice …
Iain Thomson, 8 Mar 2013
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Hordes of new threats ahead for mobile networks

Malware on smartphones is just the first in a series of new security threats for mobile networks ushered in by the embrace of internet technologies, according to mobile phone encryption firms. Dr Bjoern Rupp, chief exec of GSMK CryptoPhone, warns that criminal gangs are able to steal private information and undermine fair …
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2010
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Trojans likely to follow Win 7 activation hack

Trojan attacks are likely in the wake of the Windows 7 product activation system cracks developed last week, less than a month after the release of Microsoft's latest operating system. The RemoveWAT (and the similar ChewWGA) utility allow a prospective Windows 7 user to bypass the Windows Genuine Advantage registration …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2009
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Finn turns to ECHR after arrest for discussing DRM

A Finnish man has asked the European Court of Human Rights to defend his right to discuss encryption systems used by the entertainment industry. He says that Finland's implementation of the EU's Copyright Directive restricts his right to free speech. The Copyright Directive was transposed into Finnish law in 2006 and contained …
OUT-LAW.COM, 6 Aug 2009
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Obama's BlackBerry still hackable, warns Mitnick

President Obama's 'bullet-proof' BlackBerry might still be cracked, according to uber-hacker Kevin Mitnick. The social engineering pioneer and ex-con turned security consultant said that although breaking into the supposedly super-secure device would be difficult, it wouldn't be impossible. "It's a long shot, but it's possible …
John Leyden, 16 Feb 2009
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Win 7 and smartphones targeted in Pwn2own challenge

An annual hacking challenge has put the security of browsers and smartphones in the firing line. The latest Pwn2own contest at CanSecWest next month will reportedly include challenges involving hacking into browser packages running on Windows 7 PCs and a separate contest involving breaking into next-generation smartphones. …
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2009
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Rogue contractor admits Oz gov hack attacks

An Australian has admitted causing AUS$1m in damage after hacking into the computer systems of the Northern Territory Government and deleting records of thousands of civil servants. Anthony McIntosh, 28, a computer engineer pleaded guilty to 12 computer hacking offences at a hearing before the Northern Territory in Darwin on …
John Leyden, 26 Jan 2009
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Feds search Palin hack suspect's flat

Federal investigators served a search warrant on a suspect in the Sarah Palin webmail hack case in the early hours of Sunday morning. They reportedly interrupted a student party to search the apartment of David Kernell, 20, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Reports of the raid itself remain confused amid reports that Kernell and his …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2008
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Notorious Israeli Pentagon hacker on ATM fraud rap

Canadian police have cuffed a notorious Israeli hacker over allegations of financial fraud, seven years after he avoided jail after being convicted of hacking into Pentagon systems. Ehud Tenenbaum (aka The Analyzer), 29, has been detained with three suspected accomplices over allegations they hacked into the systems of a …
John Leyden, 8 Sep 2008
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Russian crackers spread nuclear panic

Russian crackers attacked the websites of a local nuclear power plant last week shortly after planting false rumours of an accident at the facility. Internet forums were buzzing with bogus reports of "radioactive emissions" emanating from the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant near St Petersburg and an evacuation of locals at the …
John Leyden, 28 May 2008
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Cigarette break saves US woman's life

The pro-smoking lobby got a small boost on Monday after a South Carolina woman cheated death by nipping outside the house for a cigarette. Brenda Comer, of Rock Hill, had just finished washing the dishes at around 11am when she popped out for a gasper. At that moment, The Seattle Times dramatically recalls, "an 80-foot-tall oak …
Lester Haines, 19 Apr 2007

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