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Hackers hijack school Twitter account, post photoshopped image of teacher in his underpants

We all know that kids can get up to japes and mischief at school. I myself remember rallying together a crack squad of classmates to kidnap our school's Christmas tree in 1987, for instance. Chances are many of us have similar tales to tell of tomfoolery. But now a British school has found itself the victim of an online prank, with its Twitter account hacked and revealing images purportedly of its head teac...

Post-hack, Twitch users told to reset passwords… but they don’t have to make them too long

Video game streaming service Twitch posted a security alert yesterday, announcing that hackers had compromised its systems and users' personal details may have been exposed. An email sent out to some users, described the type of information that online criminals may have been able to access: ...there may have been unauthorized access to some of your Twitch user account information, including possibly your T...

After the Anthem hack, the phishing scams begin

Well, that didn't take long. Within days of US health insurer Anthem announcing that hackers had broken into its servers, and accessed databases containing sensitive information about tens of millions of customers, fraudsters are taking advantage of the scare with phishing campaigns. As if it wasn't bad enough that a hacking gang had accessed data including names, medical IDs, social security numbers, addre...

Snapchat Warns Users of Malicious Third-Party Apps

Snapchat will ask customers to stop using unauthorized third-party apps built on Snapchat services as they may compromise their accounts, the company announced in a blog post. “Starting today, we will notify Snapchatters when we have detected that they may be using third-party apps and we’ll ask those Snapchatters to change their password and stop using unauthorized apps,” the post reads. The decision comes...

Kmart hacked – payment systems compromised by malware

It's not proving to be a good year for US retailers, and it's just got worse. Kmart announced on Friday that it had detected a serious security breach involving its store payment data system, and that since at least early September debit and credit card numbers used at the retailer's bricks-and-mortar stores had been stolen. Kmart's president Alasdair James summarised the situation in the advisory posted in...

Linkin Park’s Facebook page suffers hack attack

The official Facebook page of rock band Linkin Park has been hacked, and its 62 million fans bombarded with spam messages containing coarse images and out-of-character links to third-party sites. As Hackread reports, at one point the hackers even hijacked Linkin Park's social media platform to promote a new album by Jay Z. To be honest, this doesn't appear to be the most malicious attack ever undertaken aga...

Spotify warns of unauthorized access to its systems, after Android user hacked

Whenever a company publishes a blog post called something like "Important notice to our users" you should know to sit up and listen. Chances are, it's serious and might involve the site's security and your privacy. That's exactly the kind of article which has been published on Spotify's blog today by the music streaming service's CTO Oskar Stål: Part of the message read: We’ve become aware of some unauthori...

Casino Websites under Cyber-Attack

The FBI and Secret Services are investigating cyber-attacks that brought down the websites of Sand’s Hotels and Casinos in US and Asia, including the famous Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas. "While we have been able to confirm that certain core operating systems were not impacted by the hacking, the company remains focused on working through a step-by-step process to ascertain what, if any, additional syst...

Fake Social Empires Cheat Exposes over 135,000 Facebook Users to Fraud

More than 135,000 Facebook users were exposed to fraud and identity theft, after they clicked the 'like' button on a fake Social Empires cheat website. The application is one of the most popular strategy games on Facebook, with more than 6 million monthly active users who are now vulnerable to the scam. The page recently created on a Blogspot domain spreads massively on the social network from one user to a...

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