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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

So you're thinking about becoming an illegal hacker – what's your business plan?

It's something every aspiring crook needs to consider before they attempt to break into the world of cyber-crime: what's the business plan? Fortunately this week, a couple of pointers have emerged thanks to miscreants who broke into production company HBO, and the ongoing US federal case against Michael Kadar, who allegedly …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Aug 2017

WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

Marcus Hutchins, the WannaCry ransomware killer and now suspected malware developer, was told by a Las Vegas court on Friday he can be released on bail. He also denied any wrongdoing. The British citizen was sensationally arrested and taken into custody on Wednesday by the FBI. The agents swooped as he was about to board a …
Iain Thomson, 4 Aug 2017
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Chrome web dev plugin with 1m+ users hijacked, crams ads into browsers

A popular Chrome extension was hijacked earlier today to inject ads into browsers, and potentially run malicious JavaScript, after the plugin's creator was hacked. Chris Pederick, maker of the Web Developer for Chrome extension, is urging anyone who uses his programming tool to update to version 0.5 or later. That's because …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Aug 2017
1984

Cardiff did Nazi that coming: Hackers slap Trump, swastikas, Sharia law on e-sign

Shoppers in Cardiff got an eyeful this week when mystery hackers took control of an electronic billboard overlooking the main shopping street and broadcasted a string of images, including Nazi swastikas. The billboard, on Queen Street in the Welsh capital, began displaying pictures of the Nazi symbol, and a sign declaring: " …
Iain Thomson, 2 Aug 2017
MOSCOW, RUSSIA, JANUARY 2017: Russian traditional toy - Matryoshka with a portrait of Putin and Trump. showcase souvenir kiosk Editorial credit: dimbar76 / Shutterstock, Inc.

Fox News fabricated faux news with Donald Trump, lawsuit claims

To obscure Russia's role in the 2016 election, the Trump administration collaborated with Fox News to fabricate news about the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, according to a defamation and discrimination lawsuit filed on Tuesday. The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York on behalf of …
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Details of 400,000 loan applicants spilled in UniCredit bank breach

Italian bank UniCredit admitted on Wednesday that a series of breaches, undetected for nearly a year, exposed the personal data of 400,000 loan applicants. In an English-language statement, UniCredit blamed an unnamed third-party provider for exposing Italian customer data – including International Bank Account Numbers (IBANs …
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2017

Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

The arrest of a Hungarian bloke after he discovered a massive flaw in the website of Budapest's transport authority – and reported it – has sparked a wave of protests. Thousands of users have flooded the Facebook page of the capital city's transport authority Budapesti Közlekedési Központ (BKK) – and its main website was taken …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jul 2017
Hacker

UK households hit by 1.8m computer misuse offences in a year

The number of incidents of computer misuse in England and Wales reached 1.8 million in the year up to March 2015, according to official crime statistics released today. The Office for National Statistics data, based on a household survey of around 17,000 people, reveal 1.19 million cases of computer viruses. There were a …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Jul 2017

Iranian duo charged with hacking US missile simulation software biz

Two Iranian nationals have been charged with hacking a US defense technology maker to steal and sell its rocketry simulation software. The US Department of Justice claims Mohammed Reza Rezakhah and Mohammed Saeed Ajily compromised developer Arrow-Tech to download tools that are restricted from export under America's …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2017
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Two-factor FAIL: Chap gets pwned after 'AT&T falls for hacker tricks'

A software developer says a thief siphoned cash from his PayPal account – after a dumbass AT&T rep handed control of his cellphone account to a hacker, thus defeating his two-factor authentication. Justin Williams, an iOS code jockey based in Denver, Colorado, said someone was able to dupe an AT&T support tech into assigning …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2017
John Brennan

Crackas With Attitude hacker 'Incursio' gets two years in the clink for embarrassing CIA boss

Another member of the Crackas With Attitude hacking group has been sent down – after breaking into the email accounts of more than 10 US government officials, including the then-director of the CIA. Andrew Otto Boggs, aka "Incursio," 23, was part of a five-person group – three in the UK and two in the US – calling itself …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jul 2017

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