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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...

New York Times Website Down; Syrian Electric Army Claims Responsibility

The New York Times website was knocked down for the second time this month. Evidence puts the pro-Assad Syrian hacktivist group SEA behind the attack on Tuesday on the reputable newspaper, Twitter and the Huffington Post. The New York Times used its social media account on Facebook to inform its readers about the situation with their website and assure them that they were looking for a timely solution.  Ima...

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