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Hacker’s List leaks its secrets, revealing true identities of those wanting to hack

Is there something you want hacked? I get emails all the time from complete strangers, asking if I can help them hack into someone's Facebook or email account. Sometimes they claim to be family members who are worried that their loved one has gone missing and not replying to messages, but more often they're suspicious that their partners are cheating on them behind their back and want to read their private...

Hola VPN Allegedly Used in DDoS Against 4Chan

Popular VPN service Hola has been used to disrupt the operations of 4Chan, according to reports. To help users access any site from around the world by hiding their IP address, Hola’s VPN service uses the Luminati network. Luminati is an anonymity network similar to Tor. Based on a peer-to-peer network, it routes users’ requests through other Luminati users acting as exit nodes. It seems Luminati was used a...

Best Security News? Yes, You’re in the Right Place

If you’ve landed on this page, then you must like us, right?  Then, please vote for us at EU Security Blogger Awards 2015! We’re happy to have been nominated, once again, at the European Security Blogger Awards 2015, held in London, June 3rd 2015. HotForSecurity is competing against top security blogs in three major categories: Best European Corporate Security Blog Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Secu...

Vile troll uses Twitter ads to urge transgender people to commit suicide

We all know there's some fairly horrible stuff that goes on on social networks. Sadly many have used the detachment of sites like Facebook and Twitter to say hateful things that they would never be brave enough to say to another living person's face. But a Twitter troll went one step further yesterday, not only describing transgender people as "deformed freaks" who should kill themselves, but using the paid...

How the Washington Post was hijacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (again)

The Syrian Electronic Army appears to have successfully scalped another high profile media outlet, briefly hijacking the mobile version of the Washington Post website to display pop-up messages claiming that the media is not telling the truth. For a period of approximately 30 minutes, visitors to m.washingtonpost.com found they were greeted not by the latest news, but by alert boxes saying: "You've been hac...

The Trouble with Installing Unofficial Browser Extensions

Google has extended its ban on unofficial Google Chrome extensions. This means developers and Mac users will have to install extensions from the official Chrome Web Store, according to recent news reports. The initiative, launched a year ago, aimed to eradicate malicious browser extensions that ruined users’ browsing experience by slowing the system down, injecting adware or silently tracking browsing activ...

Google, Microsoft and Mastercard Sign Anti-Piracy Agreement with Danish ISPS

A coalition including Google, Mastercard, Microsoft and anti-piracy organization Right Alliance was formed to tackle the issue of online infringement, according to news reports. Their memorandum of understanding, or ‘Code to Promote Lawful Behavior on the Internet,’ has five key objectives: To help make the Internet a safe and legal platform for consumers and businesses. To stress that copyright is an impor...

Photofucket, the tool that lets hackers steal Photobucket pictures. Creators arrested

Are you still storing your private photographs and videos on the internet? How much trust are you putting in online companies to keep unauthorised eyes from seeing your personal snapshots and intimate home movies? It's a question that keeps arising, and is again this week following news that two men have been arrested for allegedly creating. marketing and selling a tool designed to allow unauthorised access...

Rogue Ads Impacted Tens of Millions Users, Google Study Reveals

In 2014, 5.5% of visitors to a Google site were served malicious ads, according to a Google study. In an in-depth analysis of the web injection ecosystem, Google identified tens of millions of ad injections “in the wild” in only a few months. The company partnered with the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Barbara to shed light on the “tangled web” of the lucrative online advertising business. “O...

WordPress Patches New Vulnerabilities in Plugins

The WordPress JetPack plugin and the TwentyFifteen theme have been found vulnerable to a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability actively exploited in the wild, according to news reports. The JetPack plugin, reported to have over 1 million active installs and TwentyFifteen, the theme in the default WordPress package installed automatically with the CMS, are both susceptible to DOM-based XSS attacks. The pr...

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