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Hackers attempt to blackmail cosmetic surgery firm, after stealing up to 500,000 patients’ records

The personal details of nearly half a million people, considering cosmetic surgery, may have been accessed by hackers who then attempted to blackmail a leading chain of clinics. The online criminals struck last month, breaking into servers belonging to the Harley Medical Group, which has 21 clinics across the United Kingdom. According to the company, the information stolen was extracted from its website enq...

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Facebook.com; Domain is Now Restored

The Syrian Electronic Army hacked Facebook.com Wednesday night after breaching the registrar, according to Security Week. The domain was restored in the meantime to "domain@fb.com". The hacking group wished Mark Zuckerberg a happy birthday on Facebook’s 10th year of existence, and left a message stating that Facebook is now owned by #SEA. On their Twitter account, the hackers showed how they allegedly chang...

Hacker Who Leaked George W. Bush Nude Self-Portraits Arrested

Marcel Lazar Lehel, the hacker best known for releasing nude self-portraits of former US president George W. Bush, has been arrested for breaching the email and social media accounts of high-profile US and Romanian politicians, says The Hacker News. Romania’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIOCT) raided the home of the hacker, who is known online as Guccifer, after working with...

Microsoft Admits SEA Hacked Employees’ E-mails

Microsoft confirmed that its staff accounts were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, according to the Register. The tech giant admitted the hacktivist group managed to not only breach their social media accounts, but also several internal e-mails. This is the second time in a month that the Syrian Electronic Army has hacked Microsoft. The group, which supports President Bashar al-Assad, warned the company...

Snapchat Points Fingers at Gibson Security for Helping Hackers

Snapchat, headed by 23-year old founder Evan Spiegel, is accusing Gibson Security of indirectly helping hackers breach the Snapchat data base. More than 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers were leaked on New Year’s Eve after anonymous hackers dubbed ‘Snapchat DB’ abused the application’s Find Friends service. No other personal details, including messages known as Snaps, were leaked or accessed in the at...

Most iOS Apps Are Vulnerable to Hackers, Study Shows

Some 90 percent of iOS mobile applications have at least one security vulnerability, according to HP research quoted by ZDNet. The company’s enterprise security team, HP Fortify, tested 2,107 mobile apps from the Forbes Global 2000, published by more than 600 developers. The research showed that 86 percent of iOS apps that accessed private data, such as address books or Bluetooth connections, had insufficie...

Hackers Target Mining Companies to Steal Data, Study Shows

Hackers are increasingly targeting mining companies to steal confidential data and disrupt their operations, according to Ernst & Young. The company ran a study that showed almost half of the mining companies surveyed are exposed to hacking. The explanation behind the rising number of external threats and cyber-attacks is that the metals industry is becoming more dependent on Internet-connected systems ...

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...

Heartbeats Could be Used as Passwords to Secure Medical Devices

Heartbeats could soon be used as passwords to increase the security of medical devices vulnerable to cyber-attack, according to research by the Rice University. The paper shows that implanted medical devices shouldn’t be secured as Wi-Fi routers are, as the system would prevent medical staff from quickly accessing the information. The innovative system dubbed “Heart-to-Heart (H2H)” would rely on an external...

Booze and Cash for iPhone Fingerprint Hackers

Hackers worldwide are competing for booze, cash and other tempting awards to crack the new iPhone’s fingerprint scanner, according to Reuters. Besides $13,000, hackers who find vulnerabilities will receive Bitcoins, books, wine and whiskey. Security expert David Kennedy is one of those participating in the hacking contest. “I am just waiting to get my hands on it to figure out how to get around it first,” K...

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