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Cybercrime Blotter: Syrian Electronic Army hacker pleads guilty to hacking news sites and extortion

Cybercrime Blotter: Syrian Electronic Army hacker pleads guilty to hacking news sites and extortion

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A hacker who was associated with the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) pleaded guilty to conspiring to receive extortion proceeds and conspiring to unlawfully access computers.

Russians suspected of cybercampaign against journalism site

Russians suspected of cybercampaign against journalism site

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A UK-based investigative journalism site has come under cyberattack, purportedly from Russia, for its articles critical of Russia's involvement in the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 and corruption.

Lauri Love faces extradition to U.S. for hacking

Lauri Love faces extradition to U.S. for hacking

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British citizen Lauri Love faces extradition to the U.S. to face charges of computer hacking.

Austrian officials investigate attempted cyberattack of Vienna's airport

Austrian officials investigate attempted cyberattack of Vienna's airport

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The hacking group, also known as 'Lion Soldiers Team,' announced this weekend that the group attacked the airport in response to the "racism" of airport officials.

Hackers for Harambe? Zoo official's twitter hacked for slain gorilla

Hackers for Harambe? Zoo official's twitter hacked for slain gorilla

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In the name of a slain gorilla, hacktivists appear to have targeted the twitter account Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden director Thane Maynard.

Fallout from DNC hack broadens to donors

Fallout from DNC hack broadens to donors

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The fallout from the hack into the DNC continues as it is now being reported that celebrities, C-suite executives and other high-profile donors to the Democratic party were also ensnared.

Email accounts of Hillary Clinton and 100+ Democratic officials hacked

Email accounts of Hillary Clinton and 100+ Democratic officials hacked

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As the FBI investigation into the hack of the Democratic National Committee broadens, it is being reported that the private email accounts of Hillary Clinton and more than 100 Democratic officials also have been breached.

Report: Spyware used to dox Vietnam Airlines is lurking in other Vietnamese institutions

Report: Spyware used to dox Vietnam Airlines is lurking in other Vietnamese institutions

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Spyware that was recently found to have infiltrated Vietnam Airlines has also embedded itself in the website operations of various Vietnamese institutions, warned cybersecurity firm Bkav, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Overpopulated with traffic: Australian online census swamped by DDoS attack

Overpopulated with traffic: Australian online census swamped by DDoS attack

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The website hosting the online form for Australia's national census was brought down by a series of DDoS attacks on Tuesday, temporarily preventing some of the country's citizens from participating in the population survey.

Apparent DDoS attack sinks swimmer Michael Phelps' website

Apparent DDoS attack sinks swimmer Michael Phelps' website

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Michael Phelps is a world champion in the swimming pool, but on the Internet he just got blown out of the water by an apparent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that shut down his commercial website.

Three more DNC staffers depart in wake of email furor

Three more DNC staffers depart in wake of email furor

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The fallout at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) over the leak of nearly 20,000 stolen emails continues with the announcement that three more top staffers will be exiting.

NASA credentials leaked on Pastebin likely from old hacks

NASA credentials leaked on Pastebin likely from old hacks

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What a researcher flagged as a trove of email and password login credentials ofNASA employees likely reflected an attempt by an underground equivalent of script kiddies trying to make quick money by recycling old compromises.

Clinton indicates hackers tied Russian intel

Clinton indicates hackers tied Russian intel

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton suggested that Russian intelligence was indeed behind a series of attacks and potentially in favor of her Republican rival, Donald Trump.

FBI probes breach at Democratic fundraising org

FBI probes breach at Democratic fundraising org

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A breach at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.(DCCC) appears to have been done by the same hackers behind the DNC intrusions.

ThreatConnect: Guccifer 2.0 likely persona for Russian-linked propagandists, PR operatives leaking info to media

ThreatConnect: Guccifer 2.0 likely persona for Russian-linked propagandists, PR operatives leaking info to media

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Despite the hacker's claims of independence, a digital trail traced by the ThreatConnect Research Team led to an Elite VPN service based in Russia being used to pass documents to the media.

Russian hackers take the stage at DNC convention

Russian hackers take the stage at DNC convention

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The email dump underscored the holes in security and privacy yawning at many organizations and the very real possibility that nation-states like Russia have upped their game to manipulate the democratic process.

TSA master key hackers expose dangers of physical and digital key escrow policies

TSA master key hackers expose dangers of physical and digital key escrow policies

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The hackers responsible for reproducing seven master keys used by the TSA to open locks commonly placed on luggage have now duplicated an eighth key in an effort to demonstrate the dangers of digital key escrow policies.

Proliferation of hacker culture helped keep Anonymous from being branded terrorist org

Proliferation of hacker culture helped keep Anonymous from being branded terrorist org

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How has Anonymous avoided being labeled as a terrorist group? That is a serious question that was proposed by an anthropologist during the HOPE Conference in New York City.

Turkey blocks access to WikiLeaks after 300K emails released

Turkey blocks access to WikiLeaks after 300K emails released

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Turkey blocked access to WikiLeaks after almost 300,000 emails from the Justice and Development Party (AKP Party) were released Tuesday.

Tor provides access as social media blocked during attempted military coup in Turkey

Tor provides access as social media blocked during attempted military coup in Turkey

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As the Turkish government allegedly blocked access to social media during what was reported as a military coup, The Tor Project said Friday that people can use the Tor browser to reach Facebook, Twitter and the free Internet.

Guccifer 2.0 leaks docs on 11K donors, tries to draw attention back to DNC hacks

Guccifer 2.0 leaks docs on 11K donors, tries to draw attention back to DNC hacks

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Guccifer 2.0 leaked additional documents purportedly pilfered from the Democratic National Committee and which included donor information and a file on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, according to The Hill.

WikiLeaks whistleblower Manning hospitalized briefly after reported suicide attempt

WikiLeaks whistleblower Manning hospitalized briefly after reported suicide attempt

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Chelsea Manning, who as an Army intelligence officer transmitted more than 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks, was briefly hospitalized Tuesday for an apparent suicide attempt.

Conflict between OurMine and Anonymous hackers reportedly leads to DDoS attack on Wikileaks

Conflict between OurMine and Anonymous hackers reportedly leads to DDoS attack on Wikileaks

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Taking a break from its takeovers of CEOs' Twitter and Quora accounts, the hacking group OurMine today turned its attention to Wikileaks, reportedly knocking its website offline with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

Spike in cyberattacks expected to exploit upcoming Olympics, report

Spike in cyberattacks expected to exploit upcoming Olympics, report

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An Israel-based security firm has issued a warning to fans of the upcoming Olympics to be wary of phony offers.

Lauri Love suicide fear if sent to US for hacking trials

Lauri Love suicide fear if sent to US for hacking trials

An extradition hearing in London today heard claims that Lauri Love would kill himself if extradited to the US to face trial for allegedly hacking several US federal agencies.

OurMine hackers take Uber CEO's Twitter page for a joyride

OurMine hackers take Uber CEO's Twitter page for a joyride

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick last night became the latest public target of the OurMine hacking group, which posted an unauthorized message on his Twitter page, likely after hijacking his linked Quora account.

British teen admits to cyberattack on SeaWorld

British teen admits to cyberattack on SeaWorld

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A British teenager has admitted to instigating cyberattacks on SeaWorld in Florida, but has denied launching bomb threats to airlines in the U.S. via Twitter.

Bots adding signatures to U.K. petition calling for a second Brexit referendum

Bots adding signatures to U.K. petition calling for a second Brexit referendum

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According to the signatures found on a U.K. parliament online petition, people in Antarctica, North Korea and Vatican City would like a second EU referendum to be held.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Quora account hijacked by Zuckerberg hackers

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Quora account hijacked by Zuckerberg hackers

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Three weeks after hijacking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest accounts, the mischievous OurMine hacking group appears to have briefly seized control of Google CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora account.

Carbonite resets passwords after attackers target user accounts

Carbonite resets passwords after attackers target user accounts

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Carbonite announced a forced password reset after the online backup provider discovered attackers attempting to access its user accounts.

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