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Sweden Hacked by Anonymous. Revenge for Pirate Bay?

The email accounts of Swedish government members have been compromised by hacking group Anonymous, allegedly to avenge the recent Pirate Bay take down by Swedish officials, according to The Hacker News. Anonymous confirmed the hack on its official Twitter account. The tweet, linking to a Pastebin dump containing the leaked data, reads: "BREAKING: Emails from Swedish government were hacked in retaliation for...

Google Will Mark HTTP Sites As Unsafe Starting in 2015

Google plans to mark all HTTP pages “insecure” to warn users about data security and privacy issues, according to Chromium.org. As part of the open-source Chromium Projects, the initiative will affect Chrome starting in January. It’s meant to encourage all website owners to switch to HTTPS by default. “We all need data communication on the web to be secure (private, authenticated, untampered),” Google’s tea...

Delta Airlines security flaw allows access to strangers’ boarding passes

You would like to think that airlines are taking security seriously. After all, every time you try to board a plane you're asked to take off your belt and shoes, prove that your laptops boot up, discard any liquids that weren't bought in Duty Free, and dispose of your toenail clippers. Which makes it all the more ironic that it appears some airlines make it so darn easy to grab a complete strangers' electro...

New Russian Malware Impacts 100,000 WordPress Sites

Google blacklisted more than 10,000 domains compromised with a piece of malware dubbed SoakSoak, according to virus researchers. Up to 100,000 WordPress sites may be vulnerable to the malicious campaign, Sucuri said. Any version of WordPress that uses a popular slideshow plugin called “Slider Revolution” or RevSlider can fall victim to SoakSoak. In September, researchers discovered a zero-day vulnerability...

FBI warns firms of sophisticated Iranian hacker threat

The FBI has reportedly privately warned US energy and defence firms to be on the lookout for a sophisticated attack against their computer systems by sophisticated Iranian hackers. That's the claim made by Reuters which says it has seen a confidential "Flash" report issued by the US authorities on Friday, detailing methods used by the attackers and methods to thwart being hit by the malware. Although the fi...

1 in 4 Young People Had Naked Photos Leaked Online

Some 24 per cent of young British adults had naked photos of them shared on the Internet without their consent, a new UK survey reveals. As a result, a third of respondents said they felt less confident, 26 per cent had suicidal thoughts and 24 per cent tried to harm themselves. “An ex-boyfriend of mine took naked photos of me on holiday and then decided to send it to EVERYONE we knew via WhatsApp,” said Si...

Sony Pictures wants the media to stop publishing private information stolen by hackers

It's been three weeks since Sony Pictures realized its computer network had suffered a serious security breach. Frankly, it wasn't hard for them to tell - a grisly skull appeared on computer screens, alongside a warning that the company's internal data had been stolen and would be released to the public if the criminals' demands were not met. Since then the media has been having a field day, trawling throug...

Smart Car Makers to Comply With ‘Privacy Principles’ Starting 2016

The handling of data generated by connected cars will be regulated by a set of “Privacy Principles” designed to protect user data starting January 2016, according to the Automobile Alliance. In a letter to the Federal Trade Commision, the group of automakers said the new technologies and services offered by smart cars rely on information such as a vehicle’s location and driving details such as speed and bra...

Pirate Bay Knocked Offline by Swedish Police

Torrent site Pirate Bay has been rendered temporarily unavailable after Swedish Police shut down several local servers, according to news reports. The operation was "a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm" that was "in connection with violations of copyright law," said Paul Pintér, from the Swedish police. Other sites closed in the crackdown include the torrent portal's forum, Suprbay.org, image-...

‘LulzSec Leader’ Sabu Points to His Kids as the Weakness that Made Him an FBI Informant

Former LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur, or ‘Sabu,’ pointed to his kids as the “weakness” that turned him into an FBI informant after his arrest in 2011, according to CBS. The station aired Sabu’s first TV interview, making waves among Anonymous members, who complained about the way they were portrayed. “Shame on you CBS,” AnonymousXenc wrote on YouTube. “You clearly are missing the point. Anonymous Is...

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