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DDoS Attacks Report 2015 Trends

DDoS attacks are getting much more powerful and the Pentagon is scrambling for solutions

By on August 31, 2015 at 3:10 PM.

DDoS attacks are getting much more powerful and the Pentagon is scrambling for solutions

No wonder the Pentagon has announced it’s working on a plan to fund tools and researchers to help organizations defend themselves against the pervasive threat of cyber assaults known as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

In recent days, the agency said it’s looking to fund researchers who can come up with tools as part of a program starting next April that would, among other things, help organizations recover from DDoS attacks in a maximum of 10 seconds. And the acknowledgement of that hunt for researchers for the program, called Extreme DDoS Defense, arguably comes not a moment too soon. More →

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Ashley Madison Hack Profile Data Delete

Think you’re safe from the Ashley Madison hack because you erased your profile? Think again

By on August 21, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

Think you’re safe from the Ashley Madison hack because you erased your profile? Think again

The Ashley Madison hacking scandal is far from over and now users have yet another thing to worry about. Reports say there’s evidence Ashley Madison made millions of dollars from users who paid to have their profiles erased from its databases for good, even though the website still kept identifiable data for each of the deleted profiles. More →

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Call Text Messages Bugging SS7 Hack

Huge phone network security flaw lets anyone bug calls and text messages

By on August 18, 2015 at 12:46 PM.

Huge phone network security flaw lets anyone bug calls and text messages

Spy agencies like the NSA and many others aren’t the only ones able to bug your calls and text messages, a new investigation shows. It turns out that anyone with the right equipment and know-how can tap into a carrier’s phone network to access calls and text messages for without the target’s knowledge. More →

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IRS Hack Fraudulent Tax Returns

IRS hack bigger in scope than initially believed, up to $50M stolen in fraudulent refunds

By on August 18, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

IRS hack bigger in scope than initially believed, up to $50M stolen in fraudulent refunds

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revealed on Monday that the hack disclosed to the public in May is bigger in scope than initially believed. According to the IRS, tax information belonging to thousands of other U.S. taxpayers have been stolen during the hack. The purpose of these cyberhits appears to be money related, as hackers have been using the information to generate fraudulent tax returns. More →

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Hackers Traders Hacked Press Releases Millions

How hackers made millions by reading the news before you

By on August 12, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

How hackers made millions by reading the news before you

Not all hackers out there are looking to steal your information and use it for personal gain. Rather than setting up sophisticated schemes to obtain website logins or get millions of credit card records and personal information from huge retail chains, some hackers preferred to read the news before you do.

And that early access to information is how some of them made millions. More →

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Popcorn Time Security Vulnerability Hackers

Popcorn Time vulnerability could allow hackers to take over your computer

By on August 3, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Popcorn Time vulnerability could allow hackers to take over your computer

One of the most popular movie streaming apps online might be a prime target for hackers. On Monday, TorrentFreak shared a report from Antonios Chariton (aka DaKnOb), a security engineer and researcher who discovered a major vulnerability in one of the most popular forks of Popcorn Time. More →

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Hackers Smart Sniper Rifle Disabled

Hackers can now crack Wi-Fi enabled ‘smart’ sniper rifles

By on July 30, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

Hackers can now crack Wi-Fi enabled ‘smart’ sniper rifles

If a device is connected to a wireless network, chances are some talented hackers will find a way to take advantage of its software flaws to make it do what they want, whether we’re talking about smartphones, computers, routers, and even rifles. Yes, there’s a smart Internet-connected rifle out there that can turn anyone into a perfect shot — but some hackers found out how to disable it and even change its target. More →

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Hacking Tools

No One Is Safe: $300 Gadget Steals Encryption Keys out of the Air, and It’s Nearly Unstoppable

By on July 8, 2015 at 10:15 AM.

No One Is Safe: $300 Gadget Steals Encryption Keys out of the Air, and It’s Nearly Unstoppable

Just when you thought you were safe, a new hacking toy comes along and rocks your world. Imagine a tool exists that lets hackers pluck encryption keys from your laptop right out of the air. You can’t stop it by connecting to protected Wi-Fi networks or even disabling Wi-Fi completely. Turning off Bluetooth also won’t help you protect yourself.

Why? Because the tiny device that can easily be hidden in an object or taped to the underside of a table doesn’t use conventional communications to pull off capers. Instead it reads radio waves emitted by your computer’s processor, and there’s really nothing you can do to stop it. More →

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U.S. Government Spy Hack

Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll: Hackers stole highly sensitive personal data of government spies

By on June 15, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll: Hackers stole highly sensitive personal data of government spies

Unknown hackers have recently hit the “PR” department of the U.S. government, stealing data for millions of employees – at least four million, according to an early estimate – including highly sensitive personal details that might be used to uncover spies and to blackmail U.S. officials. More →

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U.S. Government Hack Federal Personnel Data

Massive hack lets thieves steal personal data from 4 million federal workers

By on June 5, 2015 at 8:15 AM.

Massive hack lets thieves steal personal data from 4 million federal workers

A new massive data breach has been confirmed, and this time it’s not a major financial institution or retail chain hit by hackers. Instead, it’s the U.S. government’s HR department, where hackers successfully stole personal data for at least 4 million federal workers. More →

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Adult FriendFinder Dating Profile Hack Leak

Do this now: Secure your adult dating profiles – a major site was just hacked

By on May 22, 2015 at 7:00 AM.

Do this now: Secure your adult dating profiles – a major site was just hacked

In case you happen to have one or multiple adult dating website profiles, you might consider securing them right away, as one of the world’s largest such websites has been hit by hackers. The attackers managed to steal highly sensitive personal data for four million users, leaking them online in spreadsheet format. More →

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Uber Username and Password Change

Warning: Uber may have been hacked – change your password immediately

By on May 4, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

Warning: Uber may have been hacked – change your password immediately

After a Motherboard report in March said that details for at least some Uber accounts had been accessed by hackers who were selling them online for as little as $1, the publication is back with a followup to the story. Now, it looks like American Uber customers have been targeted by hackers, who may have obtained access to some accounts. More →

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