Hackers

Cable modem flaw leaves Optus subscribers vulnerable to hackers

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A default "admin" password left in place by Optus for remote administration can allow hackers to access subscribers' home phones and networks.

Fraudsters target "wire payment switch" at banks to steal millions

Fraudsters target "wire payment switch" at banks to steal millions

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Criminals have begun targeting the central switch at banks that controls wire transfers to gain access to their choice of accounts, resulting in a far larger payoff than if they merely targeted individual accounts.

Car hackers' appearance on the 'Today' show was important because they were on the 'Today' show

Car hackers' appearance on the 'Today' show was important because they were on the 'Today' show

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Ideas are needed on ways to improve the public's perception of computer security hackers who have no malicious intentions.

Seventeen companies, including banks and retailers, named as victims in hacker campaign

Seventeen companies, including banks and retailers, named as victims in hacker campaign

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An indictment unsealed on Thursday by federal prosecutors in New Jersey provides additional information about how the defendants gained entry into the organizations, and how much they stole.

DefCon car hacking talk will detail how an outsider can "physically control" the vehicle

DefCon car hacking talk will detail how an outsider can "physically control" the vehicle

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The talk from Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller, titled "Adventures in Automotive Networks and Control Units," will discuss findings involving controller area networks (CAN) and automobile firmware.

DefCon to feds: You're not welcome this year

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The conference's founder, Jeff Moss, who happens to sit on a U.S. government advisory board, said recent revelations about the NSA's vast surveillance program has made attendees "uncomfortable" about fed presence at the show this year.

Club Nintendo site in Japan hacked

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Hackers hijacked thousands of accounts throughout June and early July.

Security researchers file appeal for Weev following AT&T/iPad "hack"

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Defenders of imprisoned, self-proclaimed internet troll Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer say the 27-year-old deserves everyone's support because - love him or hate him - he was convicted for being a Good internet Samaritan.

Lawyers ask appeals court to toss conviction of researcher who exposed AT&T iPad customer data

Lawyers ask appeals court to toss conviction of researcher who exposed AT&T iPad customer data

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As promised, documents have been filed to overturn the conviction and sentence of 27-year-old hacker Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer, who discovered a vulnerability in AT&T's public website and told Gawker about it.

"Syrian Electronic Army" defaces NPR website, Twitter accounts

"Syrian Electronic Army" defaces NPR website, Twitter accounts

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The SEA, believed to be made up of supporters of the repressive regime of Syrian President Bashir Assad, implied in a tweet that NPR should know why it was targeted.

Two men charged with hacking Subways to load up gift cards

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The defendants are accused of selling vulnerable point-of-sale equipment to Subway franchises, and then hacking into the systems to add $40,000 in value to gift cards, which they sold or kept for themselves.

Hotel tech trade association offers best practices for reducing payment card risk

Hotel tech trade association offers best practices for reducing payment card risk

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When it comes to credit card fraud, the hospitality industry has offered an attractive target for cyber criminals. Now, one trade group is helping these properties overcome security and compliance hurdles with a new framework.

How to avoid being hacked like Burger King? Twitter says follow this advice

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Twitter's director of information security is helping other users not suffer the same fate as Burger King and Jeep.

Google says account takeovers are down more than 99 percent

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The tech giant is crediting the drop with new security measures, in which login attempts to accounts such as Gmail are tested against 120 variables to ensure a person is who they say they are.

May Aaron Swartz's memory live on

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Hopefully the death of Aaron Swartz will lead to awareness and changes that prevents a future genius, who has so much more to offer internet users across the world, from a suicide by hanging.

Hacker group Pyknic defaces NBC, Lady Gaga sites

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In honor of Guy Fawkes Day, a group of online vandals took to the web and disfigured a number of highly trafficked sites.

South Carolina tax breach also affects 657k businesses

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As the probe deepens into the massive hack of the South Carolina Department of Revenue, forensic investigators have concluded that as many as 657,000 businesses may also have been impacted.

Monster breach hits South Carolina taxpayers

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Unknown hackers stole an astonishing 3.6 million Social Security numbers in a state that has about 4.5 million residents.

Spies recruiting hackers: Gen. Keith Alexander at DefCon

Spies recruiting hackers: Gen. Keith Alexander at DefCon

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The head of the NSA, the entity many consider to be the prime culprit in the "surveillance state," sought to persuade the crowd at the annual DefCon hacker gathering to enter government service.

Video: Analyzing DDoS Attacks

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Ashley Stephenson, EVP of Corero Network Security, visits the SC Magazine offices to discuss one of the most popular attack methods used by cyber criminals.

Estonian hacker sentenced for Dave and Buster's card theft

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A 28-year-old Estonian man, part of global crime ring that hijacked tens of millions of credit card numbers from retailers and payment processors over the course of four years, will spend the next seven years in prison.

News briefs: Flame, Stuxnet, breach at LinkedIn and other security news

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Flame, Stuxnet, breach at LinkedIn and other security news

Judge approves Stratfor lawsuit settlement over breach

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Stratfor plans to settle with its subscribers who filed suit against the global affairs company following a devastating breach committed by Anonymous.

FTC sues Wyndham Hotels after three credit card breaches

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The Federal Trade Commission is alleging that the hotel chain failed to implement basic security practices, which led to a number of costly data-leakage incidents.

Feds charge man with hacking Energy Department

A 23-year-old Pennsylvania man compromised two supercomputers belonging to the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.

Video: CloudFlare protects -- and defends against -- hackers

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SC Magazine's Dan Kaplan sat with the co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare, Matthew Prince, to discuss the company's stance on security when it comes to protecting its dynamic customer base.

LinkedIn bolsters security while some users ignore breach

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Many of the emails sent to LinkedIn users alerting them of compromised passwords mistakenly were blocked as spam by the recipients.

Processor affirms victim estimate, but warns of new breach

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While Global Payments investigated the breach of its North American processing system, it turned up another intrusion, this one impacting merchants.

Alleged LulzSec hacker Hammond pleads innocent

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Accused Stratfor hacker Jeremy Hammond plans to fight the charges filed against him for the devastating breach of the global affairs firm.

Is the nation ready to protect critical infrastructure?

Is the nation ready to protect critical infrastructure?

Whether it is defending against cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, or malicious hackers, it seems clear that securing our countries critical infrastructure must be a nationwide priority.

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