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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...

Iranian hackers set up fake news website, and posed as journalists on Facebook to spy on United States and others

Security researchers claim to have uncovered a three-year-old internet espionage campaign, targeting military personnel, diplomats, and defence contractors in the United States and Israel. The campaign, dubbed "NEWSCASTER" by iSIGHT Partners, saw more than a dozen fake profiles created on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, pretending to be journalists, government or defence workers...

Privacy Groups Accuse British Intelligence Agency of Hacking

Privacy International, a London-based advocacy group, sued the GCHQ and the NSA over  surveillance techniques on citizens, following revelations by Edward Snowden. The group filed a legal complaint accusing the British intelligence agency of using invasive surveillance techniques to hack citizen’s personal devices, such as implanting malware, without legal grounds. “If the interception of communications is ...

Hackers Steal Google Account Passwords in Better Crafted Phishing Attack

Hackers grab Google account passwords in a new, better crafted phishing attack that is hard to catch with traditional heuristic detection. A particularity in how Google Chrome displays data: URIs makes Chrome users more vulnerable. The phishing attack also targets Mozilla Firefox users. With access to users’ Google accounts, hackers can buy apps on Google Play, hijack Google+ accounts and access confidentia...

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...

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