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How the Washington Post was hijacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (again)

The Syrian Electronic Army appears to have successfully scalped another high profile media outlet, briefly hijacking the mobile version of the Washington Post website to display pop-up messages claiming that the media is not telling the truth. For a period of approximately 30 minutes, visitors to m.washingtonpost.com found they were greeted not by the latest news, but by alert boxes saying: "You've been hac...

Hackers hijack Tesla’s website, Twitter account and email – but how?

Tesla Motors is famous for its high performance, gadget-filled, electric cars - but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's a master of all technology. This weekend, to the amusement of some on social media, Tesla's website and Twitter account were hijacked by hackers. Visitors to teslamotors.com found that in place of the normal sexy imagery of electric automobiles, hackers had added their own images and m...

UK government website hijacked by Islamist hackers

Want to know what air pollution is like in the UK today? There's a website for that: uk-air.defra.gov.uk, run by the British Government's Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Unfortunately it's not going to be able to help you today. That's because a group of hackers attacked the site earlier today, and replaced its usual rather dour forecasts for air pollution over the British Isles...

404 Plane Not Found – Hackers Claiming to Represent ISIS Hit Malaysian Airlines

ISIS, known for gruesome videos of beheading innocent captives, has either developed a sense of humor, albeit a distasteful one, or has attracted a delinquent fan-boy following. Attackers claiming to represent ISIS carried out a denial-of-service attack on the website of national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS), compromising its domain name system, according to news reports. The message “404-Plane Not Found...

Lizard Squad blamed for Facebook downtime. Facebook says “Err.. no”

Hacking gang jokers Lizard Squad appeared to be taking credit for Facebook and Instagram falling off the web earlier today, but you - and the media - shouldn't be too quick to believe them. In a tweet the notorious hacking crew, who previously attacked XBox Live and PlayStation Network gaming services over Christmas, referenced the the problems being experienced by various social networks earlier today. And...

Leaked Minecraft passwords aren’t the result of hack, says Microsoft

There's good news if you're a fan of the online game Minecraft. Microsoft, the parent company of Minecraft developer Mojang, has confirmed that Minecraft has not been hacked. Concerns were raised that a breach might have been the reason behind over 1800 users' credentials appearing on Pastebin, as reported by Hot for Security and Heise, however it always seemed more likely that the login details had been st...

Notorious Website Hacking Tool … Hacked

The database of LizardStresser - the tool of the notorious Lizard Squard hacking group - was compromised and thousands of buyers were exposed, according to KrebsOnSecurity. “A copy of the LizardStresser customer database obtained by KrebsOnSecurity shows that it attracted more than 14,241 registered users, but only a few hundred appear to have funded accounts at the service,” Krebs said. The tool was availa...

Sony hackers failed to hide their North Korean IP addresses, says FBI

Did they or didn't they? That's the question everyone is asking in the computer security industry - is it really plausible that North Korea was responsible for the hack against Sony Pictures which saw the company's computer grind to a halt with images of skulls, and documents and internal emails leaked to the internet? In fact, it's not just the security nerds who are interested in where the attack might ha...

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...

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