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Apple’s Four-Digit Passcodes Still a Weak Link in iOS8 Encryption, Researcher Says

Apple's newly revised encryption system from iOS 8 is susceptible to brute-force attacks in certain circumstances as users pick four-digit passcodes, according to Joseph Bonneau's research. The new encryption system adopted in iOS 8 concerned US law enforcement because Apple would lack access to the encrypted user data, though it can still be vulnerable in some circumstances. "Users with any Simple Passcode...

EA and Activision Servers Hit by Lizard Squad; DDoS against FIFA, Madden, Sims 4, Call of Duty and Destiny

The hackers collective Lizard Squad has disrupted a series of EA and Activision servers in the past two weeks, according to Forbes. The distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack seems to have temporarily taken down popular titles such as EA's FIFA, Madden and Sims 4, as well as Activision's Destiny and Call of Duty: Ghosts. "We're predicting a lot of mad gamers this weekend," the hackers tweeted."Woah, I...

TOR Users Allegedly De-anonymized due to “Relay Early” Attack

Tor users may have been de-anonymized due to a ‘relay early’ attack that spawned from February 2014 to July 4, according to The Tor Project’s blog post. Tor is a complex network of virtual tunnels focused on privacy and anonymity of its users from surveillance. So far it was alleged by Gizmodo that the attack came from the Carnegie Mellon's CERT researchers who recently canceled their BlackHat talk on Tor u...

Evernote and Feedly Disrupted by Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks

Services of online notes and web clipping service Evernote were disrupted today by a distributed denial-of-service attack, the company announced on Twitter.  RSS reader Feedly’s services were also disrupted in a separate attack at the same time. The services of Evernote were up and running again three hours after the second announcement. So far the source of the attack is unknown as it started on Tuesday at...

Game Website Wurm Offers 10,000 Euro Reward for Hackers behind DDoS

Free online game website Wurm is offering a 10,000 euro ($13,000) reward for details on the culprits behind the recent DDoS attack that affected its servers, according to The Hacker News. The multiplayer game was hacked hours after their 1.2 update. “Shortly after today’s update we were the target of a DDOS attack and our hosting provider had to pull us off the grid for now,” game developer Rolf Jansson sai...

Largest DDoS Attack in History Signals ‘Start of Ugly Things to Come’

The biggest DDoS attack in history that exploited a Network Time Protocol vulnerability has been recorded this week, according to the BBC. The attack measured 400+ gigabits per second - 100 Gbps larger than the one on Spamhaus. The Network Time Protocol (NTP) is a clock synchronization network protocol between computer systems, operational since 1985. Even if changes were made, the operation process is stil...

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Facebook.com; Domain is Now Restored

The Syrian Electronic Army hacked Facebook.com Wednesday night after breaching the registrar, according to Security Week. The domain was restored in the meantime to "domain@fb.com". The hacking group wished Mark Zuckerberg a happy birthday on Facebook’s 10th year of existence, and left a message stating that Facebook is now owned by #SEA. On their Twitter account, the hackers showed how they allegedly chang...

Target Confirms Data Breach; Customer Card Data at Risk

Retail chain Target confirmed unauthorized access to its customers’ payment card data that might have affected 40 million accounts. Sensitive information stolen in the attack includes customer names, credit or debit card numbers, card expiration dates and Card Verification Values, according to a press release. “The breach window is definitely expanding,” an anti-fraud analyst told security researcher Brian...

Fraudsters Target Cyber-Stalkers, Bitdefender Finds

In the age of all-pervasive social networks, hacking and 24-hour connectivity, cyber-stalkers may seem to be scary predators indeed. But a growing class of cyber-crook has now started to prey on the predators, according to Bitdefender research. The antivirus software provider has discovered that cyber-stalkers are targeted by cyber-criminals who place malvertising on people search engines, where anyone can...

Stratfor Hacker Faces 10 Years in Prison

The Anonymous member arrested for hacking security analysis company Stratfor faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to hacking and conspiracy to commit access device fraud, according to cNET. In the attack last year, Jeremy Hammond took confidential data from Stratfor’s clients, including the U.S. Army, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense, and the Bank of America. “As part of each...

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