China Hackers US Attack

What goes around, comes around: U.S. hackers attack China

By on February 28, 2013 at 8:55 AM.

What goes around, comes around: U.S. hackers attack China

Dozens of reports of cyber-attacks on U.S. companies originating in China have emerged over the past few years. But as these attacks were taking place, hackers in the U.S. were allegedly targeting at least two websites belonging to China’s military. China officials claim U.S. hackers targeted the Defense Ministry’s website and a site belonging to its newspaper, the People’s Liberation Army Daily, an average of 144,000 times per month in 2012, The Associated Press reported. Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng issued the accusation, and said that the Chinese military has never supported any hacking activity targeting the U.S. “Like other countries, China faces a serious threat from hacking and is one of the primary victims of hacking in the world,” Geng told reporters. “Numbers of attacks have been on the rise in recent years.”

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Twitter Accounts Hacked

Untold number of Twitter accounts potentially hacked [updated]

By on November 8, 2012 at 11:55 AM.

Untold number of Twitter accounts potentially hacked [updated]

Twitter users are reporting everywhere that their accounts have been compromised, reports TechCrunch. The tech blog says many users have received emails telling them to change their passwords because their accounts might have been hacked. Although the source of the widespread account hacks is unknown, NPR reports that “several China-based foreign journalists and analysts are reporting an attempted hacking of their Twitter accounts, as China’s Communist Party begins a sensitive meeting that will set in motion a once-a-decade leadership transition.” While it might be a stretch to make a connection to China’s political transition, Twitter hasn’t provided any formal statement as to what caused the widespread Twitter breaches. As a safety precaution, it may be wise to change your Twitter account password. More →

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PlayStation 3 Encryption Keys Leak

Hackers crack Sony PlayStation 3 again, leak console’s encryption keys

By on October 24, 2012 at 11:35 PM.

Hackers crack Sony PlayStation 3 again, leak console’s encryption keys

Two more months and Sony (SNE) would have made it through the entire year without any drama involving hackers trying to crack its console security or bring down its PlayStation Network. According to Eurogamer, the PlayStation 3′s security has been breached by a hacker group called “The Three Tuskateers.” The hackers reportedly discovered the console’s “LV0″ firmware decryption keys and were forced to leak it out for free after another Chinese hacking crew called the “BlueDiskCFW” planned to profit off their work. In layman’s terms, the LV0 keys allow hackers to easily decrypt any PS3 firmware, meaning any patches Sony adds could easily be circumvented.

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Anonymous shows its softer side, goes to bat for children’s charity

By on August 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM.

Anonymous shows its softer side, goes to bat for children’s charity

Anonymous Hackers Children's Charity

Anonymous isn’t all about Guy Fawkes masks and news casts with creepy automated voices; sometimes it’s about helping others. As Network World’s Paul McNamara reports, some Anonymous hackers have gone to bat for the Red Sky Film & Television charity that’s aimed at eradicating hunger among New Zealand’s children. Apparently, a lone wolf hacker who was trying to impress Anonymous hacked into the Red Sky site and severely vandalized it, thus sparking a campaign on Facebook to find the perpetrator.  More →

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Hackers publish 11 million gamer passwords online

By on July 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM.

Hackers publish 11 million gamer passwords online

Gamigo Hack 11 Million Passwords

A user at password-hacking forum Inside Pro earlier this month published a half-gigabyte file that contained as many as 11 million passwords collected from users at the popular German gaming site Gamigo, Forbes reports. Even though the file containing the passwords has been removed from the forum, Forbes says the damage may have already been done since the file was available for weeks before being taken down.  More →

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Hacker claims to have accessed 50,000 accounts from Wall Street IT recruiting firm

By on July 19, 2012 at 9:15 PM.

Hacker claims to have accessed 50,000 accounts from Wall Street IT recruiting firm

ITWallStreet.com Hacked 50,000 Accounts

An Internet hacker belonging to a group called TeamGhostShell broke into recruiting website ITWallStreet.com, Computer World reported. The information compromised, which includes full names, mailing addresses, email addresses, usernames, hashed passwords and phone numbers, was posted online on Thursday, and thousands of hashed passwords have reportedly already been decrypted. The leaked data also includes details such as salary and bonus expectations of the potential employees and even feedback on specific candidates. Another file contained email conversations and thousands of phone call records between recruiters and potential candidates. The hacker behind the breach, known only as Masakaki, suggested the attack was meant as a sign of support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Andiamo Partners, the New York-based recruiting firm that operates the website, did not confirm or deny the breach. More →

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‘Anonymous’ hacker group declares war on pedophiles [video]

By on July 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM.

‘Anonymous’ hacker group declares war on pedophiles [video]

Anonymous Operation Pedochat

The U.S. Government and various global authorities label “Anonymous” as cyberterrorist and criminals, but others refer to the group as freedom fighters and protectors of free speech. The notorious hackers’ most recent operation, however, may change some people’s opinions of them. Anonymous has declared war on the deepest and most twisted parts of the Internet — chat sites used by paedophiles to trade images. More →

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Anonymous urges public to protest the European Union and INDECT [video]

By on June 18, 2012 at 5:35 PM.

Anonymous urges public to protest the European Union and INDECT [video]

Anonymous Hackers Protest European Union

Notorious hacker-activist group Anonymous is back with another operation that aims to strike fear into the hearts of lawmakers in the European Union. While the operation does not involve any cyberattacks, Anonymous is attempting to rally supporters for a massive protest on July 28th. The group is protesting the EU-backed research project INDECT, which looks to develop technology that can automatically detect criminal threats by analyzing conspicuous behavior online and in real life through various surveillance measures. Opponents of the project contend that it is an invasion of privacy that collects data illegally. “We have been accepting the claims of disclosure of our private data for too long in order to prevent acts of terrorism,” Anonymous said in a video posted on YouTube. “People started to accept being treated as potential terrorists or criminals, being more and more deprived of their basic rights, and allowing the surveillance society to gain increased control over them.” Anonymous’s video follows below. More →

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Hacked companies start hacking back

By on June 18, 2012 at 3:25 PM.

Hacked companies start hacking back

Anti-Hacker Retaliation New Policies

More companies are risking escalating retaliation with the hacker community by directly going after hackers who break into their systems, Reuters reports.The publication describes the new techniques as “active defense” or “strike-back” policies that use deception to either distract the target hacker with misinformation or to get the hacker to inadvertently reveal more about themselves and their machines. For example, Reuters notes that some companies create “beacons” that contain false information and are then traced back to hackers’ machines once they’re extracted. More →

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Alleged LulzSec hacker indicted for media site breaches

By on June 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM.

Alleged LulzSec hacker indicted for media site breaches

LulzSec Hacker Indicted

An alleged LulzSec hacker won’t be having many more lulz if he’s thrown in jail. Per the Los Angeles Times, 20-year-old British man Ryan Cleary has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles for allegedly hacking into several major media websites including the sites for the Fox reality show “The X-Factor” and PBS’s “News Hour.” Cleary hacked into the sites to either deface them or steal peoples’ personal data, the indictment alleges, and he could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. In all, Cleary faces one count of conspiracy and two counts of the unauthorized impairment of protected computers. More →

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Dark side of ‘Anonymous’ comes out in new interview

By on June 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM.

Dark side of ‘Anonymous’ comes out in new interview

Anonymous Hackers Interview

It’s no mystery that the hackers behind notorious “hacktivist” groups Anonymous and LulzSec cause a tremendous amount of trouble for the companies and agencies they target, but thousands of young web users cheer them on with the belief that these groups are fighting for Internet freedom around the world. According to a recent profile, however, this isn’t always the case. In a rare in-depth interview with Anonymous members, The Daily Beast’s Parmy Olson uncovers the dark side of Anonymous, likening the divide between the group’s activist members and its pranksters to Batman and the Joker. While some Anonymous members indeed look to topple oppressors, others simply “try to cause chaos, lulz, whatever to have fun.” And while many hacker activists continue to fight the good fight, as they view it, the more playful Anonymous hackers are skeptical that they will ever really make a difference. “I don’t think [Anonymous] can change much in the world,” one group member told The Daily Beast. Parmy’s full interview is linked below. More →

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Last.fm says user passwords were leaked

By on June 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM.

Last.fm says user passwords were leaked

Last.fm Passwords Hacked Leaked

Custom Internet radio provider Last.fm on Thursday confirmed that passwords belonging to an unspecified number of it users have been compromised. “We are currently investigating the leak of some Last.fm user passwords,” the company said in a statement on its website. “This follows recent password leaks on other sites, as well as information posted online. As a precautionary measure, we’re asking all our users to change their passwords immediately.” The news comes just one day after LinkedIn confirmed an attack that saw passwords belonging to nearly 6.5 million members posted on the Web. Last.fm recommends that all of its users change their passwords immediately. More →

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What it's like to get hacked

By on June 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM.

What it's like to get hacked

Hacked Insider Account

With “hacktivist” groups like Anonymous and stories like the LinkedIn security breach constantly popping up in the news, it’s easy to grow numb to matters of digital security despite their seriousness. Individuals, businesses and even governments are vulnerable, and while the public is often privy to one side of the story thanks to security conferences and outspoken hacker groups, personal accounts of how the individuals responsible for protecting the networks, websites and devices that get hacked are few and far between. More →

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