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How Could Hacker Grinch Steal Your Christmas: Five Security Scenarios to Avoid

We hate to sound gloomy before the holidays, but Christmas not only brings joy and presents. It comes with increasing cyber-crime activity as well, as Hacker Grinch prepares new scams and online attacks. Identity fraudsters claimed a new victim every two seconds in 2013, and the number of identity fraud victims rose to 13.1 million, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. These figures only express fr...

Scammers Cloned Facebook Profiles of TV Journalists

Two television journalists from Baltimore, Maryland were targeted by hackers who cloned their Facebook profiles to extort online connections. The social media attack started with WBAL-TV executive sports producer Chris Dachille, who used to share his articles on Facebook. Scammers created a fake profile with his name, photos and friends, who were spammed with messages asking for financial help. "I get to wr...

Twitter Accounts Hijacked after Mauritania Hacker Leaked Database

Cyber-crooks started to exploit the database recently leaked by a Mauritania hacker and filled with juicy Twitter details. Several HotForSecurity readers saw their accounts compromised and pushing spammy content without knowing it. The Islamist hacker from Mauritania leaked more than 15,000 account details last week on a file-sharing service. Soon after, users complained their Twitter account had been hijac...

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...

Terminal Flaws May Help Hackers Breach Stoplights, Gas Pumps

Hackers may breach stoplights and gas pumps through vulnerable serial port systems, according to Rapid7. The security company warns thousands of systems are exposed to cyber-attacks because they connect to the Internet through insecure terminal servers. More than 114,000 serial port systems are vulnerable, most belonging to Digi International or Lantronix, according to the company. Most of the servers acces...

‘Hacker’ Search Engine Can Open Millions of Back Doors

A search engine developed in 2009 can be used to uncover back doors and low-security devices such as servers, routers, webcams and printers. The Sentient Hyper-Optimized Data Access Network, or Shodan, crawls the Internet to find devices that try to remain undiscovered. According to the developer, more than 500 million devices are searched every month. Hackers may take advantage of the search engine because...

Teenager Jailed for Distributing Child Pornography

A 17-year-old resident of Georgia in the US was arrested for hacking private phones and stealing explicit photos of children. He then posted the photos on illegal adult websites. According to 9News, Michael William Cook, of Acworth, Georgia, targeted people under 18. He sent his victims a text message that appeared to originate from a photography company (Maxi Focus Photography) and invited users to install...

Hacker Creates Worldwide Map of Vulnerable Devices

A hacker created a worldwide map of more than 100,000 vulnerable devices after “playing around” with a scripting tool. The “Carna” botnet was named after the Roman goddess that protected inner organs because it was “a good choice for a bot that runs mostly on embedded routers.” Carna ran from June to October last year and was allegedly never detected. Many of the open machines were based on Linux and allowe...

Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Jay-Z Found Their Finance Data Posted Online

Hackers got their hands on US celebrities’ finance details and posted them on a dedicated website suspected to be tied to Russia. Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears were among the stars that had private data displayed for all to see. Hackers also targeted top government officials including US Vice-President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, form...

Thai Police Arrest Alleged ZeuS Mastermind

Thai police arrested a 24-year old Algerian hacker allegedly behind several ZeuS botnets, according to The Bangkok Post and security researcher Brian Krebs. The man was on the FBI Wanted List for several years after earning a luxury lifestyle with tens of millions of dollars out of cyber-crime. Computer science graduate Hamza Bendelladj might be a major operator of botnets powered by the ZeuS banking Trojan...

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