Hacking

News briefs: The latest on Sony, Android, Backoff malware and more.

News briefs: The latest on Sony, Android, Backoff malware and more.

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This month's news briefs cover a preliminary settlement Sony will bear for the exposure of 77 million customers, and more.

Russia protests arrest of hacker Seleznev, demands release

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The Russian Foreign Ministry lodged a protest with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, demanding the return of Roman Seleznev.

New Jersey teen charged after altering students' grades and attendance records

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The 16-year-old boy faces multiple counts of second-degree computer theft for unlawfully accessing and altering data and one count of hindering apprehension.

China reportedly urges banks to dump IBM servers

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The Chinese government is pushing government-owned banks to replace IBM servers with those made locally, according to reports.

U.S. charges Chinese military group with cyber espionage

U.S. charges Chinese military group with cyber espionage

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Five members of the People's Liberation Army were indicted for stealing trade secrets from several large U.S. companies including Alcoa.

Miami teen charged with hacking school website, altering grades

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Jose Bautista allegedly confessed to his high school principle that he changed his grades and those of four classmates.

Hack of Chipotle's Twitter account faked by company

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Considering a number of high-profile companies have fallen victim to Twitter account hijacks, prompting the service to install additional protections, a bizarre string of tweets sent by Chipotle Mexican Grill's account on Sunday appeared to fit the pattern of a hack.

"Aaron's Law," to amend the CFAA, introduced in Congress

"Aaron's Law," to amend the CFAA, introduced in Congress

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A congresswoman and a senator want to reform the 30-year-old federal anti-hacking law known as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. They were spurred on by the death of activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz.

FDA calls on manufacturers, hospitals to better protect medical devices

FDA calls on manufacturers, hospitals to better protect medical devices

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While scenarios in which network-enabled medical devices, such as pacemakers, are hacked has shown to be possible, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration believes the real-life risk is growing.

Researcher demonstrates Android app that could hack airplanes

Researcher demonstrates Android app that could hack airplanes

The "PlaneSploit" application was three years in the making, and is able to remotely attack flight management systems, though the program was built to only work on virtual aircraft.

Phishing emails use fake Mandiant China spy report bait to target victims

Phishing emails use fake Mandiant China spy report bait to target victims

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Security firm Seculert is tracking two versions of the threat: one which is targeting Japanese organizations and the other directed, ironically, toward Chinese journalists.

Never trust a stranger: Secure social networking

Never trust a stranger: Secure social networking

The personally identifiable information found on social networks are a gateway for hackers to get access to the heart of the information they truly desire.

University of South Carolina web server hacked by overseas attackers

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The university has started to notify thousands impacted by the incident, which dates back to at least June.

Airport VPN hacked using Citadel malware

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Employees at an international airport were targeted in a multifaceted attack that beat two-factor authentication, and included form-stealing and screen-grabbing functionality.

WikiLeaks repels DDoS attacks, returns online

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The whistleblower site, in the midst of publishing revelatory emails belonging to intelligence company Stratfor, has signed up with DDoS mitigation service CloudFlare.

Computer intrusions of the future may spoil your dinner -- literally

Computer intrusions of the future may spoil your dinner -- literally

The hacks of the tomorrow may target devices one never thought could be susceptible to compromise, like dishwashers and refrigerators. But a hypothetical glimpse into the future may make you think differently about what's to come.

Black Hat: Researchers take over Linksys router with simple JavaScript

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Two security experts found a way to automate a JavaScript attack that could infect beyond the browser.

Firm releases open-source smart meter assessment tool

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Two research presentations set to be delivered next week in Las Vegas will shine the spotlight on the vulnerability of smart meters.

Final sentence in multi-million dollar hacking ring

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Joshuah Witt, 35, the final member of a Seattle crime ring that combined hacking with old-fashioned breaking-and-entering, has been sentenced to just under eight years in federal prison, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

FBI online sting nabs 24 trading stolen cards, crime tools

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The FBI monitored an underground credit card forum to net two dozen alleged cyber criminals, a takedown that authorities believe prevented $205 million in losses.

Court ruling limits reach of U.S. anti-hacking law

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A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling has said employees who violate their organization's user policies do not violate the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

Military dating website says LulzSec hack didn't happen

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A military dating website, which a band of hackers claimed this week to successfully infiltrate to pillage members' personal information, was not actually hacked, according to its administrator.

Hacking now responsible for most of exposed records

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Until last year, lost and stolen laptops were to blame for the largest percentage of breach types. Now, hacking has claimed the top spot.

SEC accuses Latvian man of hacking brokerage accounts

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The federal Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Latvian man with participating in a scheme that manipulated the value of more than 100 New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq stocks.

Bug allows HP printers to be remotely hacked, set on fire

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HP LaserJet printers do not validate the origin of remote firmware updates before applying them, meaning anyone could potentially reprogram them to access a corporate network -- or even light them on fire.

Illinois water pump failure not a cyberattack

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An Illinois water utility pump failure may have been an accident caused by an employee -- not the work of foreign hackers.

AT&T struck with "organized" hacking attempt

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Attackers attempted to use automated technologies to link AT&T telephone numbers with online accounts.

Anonymous leaks cybercrime investigator's private emails

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The hack was carried out as part of Operation AntiSec, as revenge for police crackdowns against the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Water utilities in Illinois, Houston reportedly hacked

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Hackers reportedly breached the systems of a company that makes supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, used to manage operations at critical infrastructure facilitates, and stole customer usernames and passwords.

Romanian hacker accused of breaking into NASA server

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Robert Butyka was detained Tuesday in Cluj Napoca, Romania's fourth most populated city.

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