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FBI warns firms of sophisticated Iranian hacker threat

The FBI has reportedly privately warned US energy and defence firms to be on the lookout for a sophisticated attack against their computer systems by sophisticated Iranian hackers. That's the claim made by Reuters which says it has seen a confidential "Flash" report issued by the US authorities on Friday, detailing methods used by the attackers and methods to thwart being hit by the malware. Although the fi...

Sony Pictures wants the media to stop publishing private information stolen by hackers

It's been three weeks since Sony Pictures realized its computer network had suffered a serious security breach. Frankly, it wasn't hard for them to tell - a grisly skull appeared on computer screens, alongside a warning that the company's internal data had been stolen and would be released to the public if the criminals' demands were not met. Since then the media has been having a field day, trawling throug...

JPMorgan Hackers Breach Fidelity Investments; No Data Stolen

The JPMorgan hackers breached Fidelity Investments as well, but stole no confidential data from the mutual fund company, according to Reuters. The cyber-attack targeted another dozen financial institutions including the JPMorgan Chase breach, which affected 76 million households. While the US Secret Service and the FBI just started investigating, the media points fingers at Russia. Hackers didn’t manage to...

Hackers attack Namecheap accounts – are you still reusing passwords?

Popular domain registrar and web-hosting provider Namecheap has announced that hackers launched a determined attack against its systems over the weekend, attempting to break into users' accounts. According to the Los Angeles-based company, its intrusion detection systems alerted engineers to a "much higher than normal load" against its login systems, as multiple attempts were made to access Namecheap.com ac...

US nuclear reactor safety regulators hacked three times in three years

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has hacked three separate times in the last three years, with at least two of the attacks believed to have been perpetrated by overseas hackers. According to NextGov, which obtained information about the attacks after filing an open-records request, NRC employees were duped by an phishing email that asked them to verify their login details by taking them...

Car Makers Urged to Sign Security Manifesto against Hacking

Automobile manufacturers could deter hackers from hijacking cars by following a five-principle manifesto, according to I Am The Cavalry, as quoted by The Register. The security pressure group wrote an open letter to car makers, urging them to increase their products’ security. “Modern vehicles are computers on wheels and are increasingly connected and controlled by software and embedded devices,” I am the C...

How Your Neighbour’s Cat Could Be Hacking Your WiFi

In the 1960s, the CIA ran a top secret project to spy on Soviet embassies... with cats. The project - codenamed "Acoustic Kitty"  - involved a battery and small microphone being implanted into a cat, and an antenna put into its tail. No-one would suspect a cat of eavesdropping on sensitive conversations, wagered the CIA spies. To the relief of animal-lovers, and the dismay of the CIA's Directorate of Scienc...

Keyboards, USB Devices Can Be Used in Enhanced Hacking Attacks

Keyboards, thumb-drives, mice and other USB devices can be used for enhanced hacking attacks that may bypass traditional security filters, a German cryptography expert revealed. Berlin's SR Labs Chief Scientist Karsten Nohl discovered that hackers could load malicious software onto tiny, low-cost computer chips that control USB functions. Because small electronics components usually don’t have built-in shie...

Israeli TV hijacked by Hamas hackers

Some satellite TV viewers in Israel got a surprise on Monday, when their regular programming was interrupted by an unscheduled transmission calling for an end to Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian political organisation Hamas, claimed responsibility for the hack, which took over the satellite feed of Channel 10 for a few minutes to broadcast images of wounde...

CNET hacked! Registered users details stolen by gang demanding 1 Bitcoin

If you are a registered user of the CNET technology news website, it might be a good idea to put your emergency password plans into action right now. That means changing your CNET password, and ensuring that you are not using the same password anywhere else on the net. Although there is no indication that your password is in imminent danger, it seems a sensible precautionary measure after CNET admitted that...

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