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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...

Has your smart WiFi-enabled LED light bulb been hacked?

More and more gadgets and devices around the home are leaping on the Internet of Things (IoT) bandwagon, and getting connected to the net. But are vendors treating security as a priority? That's the question which has to be asked once again, after security researchers discovered a security weakness in a make of internet-enabled LED light bulb that can be controlled via a funky smartphone app. When you watch...

Reuters website ‘hacked’ by the Syrian Electronic Army

The notorious Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has claimed the scalp of another high profile media organisation, redirecting internet users visiting articles on the Reuters website to one under the control of the attackers. Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army Stop publishing fake reports and false articles about Syria! UK government is supporting the terrorists in Syria to destroy it, Stop spreading its propaganda...

Hacked restaurant chain goes back to the 1970s, to protect itself from hackers

Security blogger Brian Krebs was the first to blow the whistle earlier this week on a serious data breach at the US-based P. F. Chang's China Bistro chain of restaurants. The breach, since confirmed by the casual dining chain, saw thousands of stolen credit cand debit card details placed up for sale on cybercrime websites with the common factor being that they had all been used at a branch of P.F. Chang's b...

UK government proposes life sentences for catastrophic cyber attacks

Last week, the UK government set out its new plans to tackle internet crime in the Queen's Speech. For those who live outside the UK, it's worth explaining that the Queen's Speech is a ceremonial state occasion, full of pomp, crowns and tradition, where Her Majesty the Queen reads a speech kindly written for her by the government about its legislative agenda. What is of interest to readers of Hot for Securi...

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