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'Wizards of Waverly Place' dad exposed: hacker posts nude photos of DeLuise

Last week, a New Jersey woman was formally charged in Los Angeles County on July 13 with hacking the email accounts of DeLuise's onscreen daughter, actress and singer Selena Gomez and her associate.

Hackers access personal data of 1.5 million SingHealth patients, including Singapore's prime minister

Singapore's largest health care group, SingHealth, acknowledged today that attackers infiltrated a company database and copied information belonging to roughly 1.5 million patients, including the country's prime minster, Lee Hsien Loong.

Attackers concealing malware in images uploaded to Google servers

Cybercriminals are putting a new spin on the old trick of hiding malware code in Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) data. Recently, attackers were observed using this technique in image files, rather than text files, and uploading them to servers.

Malware author 'Anarchy' builds 18,000-strong Huawei router botnet

The threat actor exploited the CVE-2017-17215 in Huawei HG532 routers which is a well-known exploit that has already been abused by at least two versions of the Satori botnet and many of the smaller Mirai-based offshoots.

Two top FBI cyber experts set to retire

David Resch and Scott Smith, leaders in the FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch, are leaving, as is the head of the National Security Branch Carl Ghattas.

Microsoft shares evidence Russia hacked 2018 Congressional candidates, House votes down additional state election funds

Once Microsoft discovered the malicious activity, it shut down the domain and alerted government authorities.

Emotet creators shift from banking trojan to threat distributor

Mealybug, the threat group behind the Emotet banking trojan has evolved over the years from making its own custom malware to operating as a distributor for other threat groups.

Prior to inauguration Trump shown evidence that Putin ordered election interference

Then-CIA Director John Brennan revealed emails and texts passed among Russian military officers, according to a report from the New York Times, which also said the then-president elect "sounded grudgingly convinced."

Federal Judge scolds FBI agent for improper stingray use

A federal judge in San Francisco scolded an FBI agent for the improper use of a stingray as well as an improper cellphone search.

Trump says Russia's no threat to U.S., after voicing support for IC's assessment of Russia election interference

Trump said he misspoke in remarks made a press conference in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin during which he appeared to accept the Russian president's denial that his government meddled in the U.S. presidential election.

Researchers detect fresh activity in Blackgear cyber espionage campaign

The long-running Blackgear cyber espionage campaign that has largely targeted Taiwanese, Japanese and South Korean targets recently commenced a new operation that abuses legitimate blog and social media sites to establish command-and-control infrastructure.

LuminosityLink RAT author pleads guilty

Federal prosecutors accused 21-year-old Colton Ray Grubbs of conspiring with others to market and distribute the malware for $40 as an affordable hacking option to more than 8,600 customers, according to Europol.

Researchers: 'Roman Holiday' malware campaign appears to be Russia targeting Italian navy

The Russian threat group Fancy Bear appears to be behind a recent campaign that may have targeted Italy's navy with an updated version of the APT group's XAgent backdoor malware, according to researchers.

Ukraine accuses Russia of VPNFilter attack targeting chlorine distillation station

Ukraine is claiming to have stopped a VPNFilter attack which targeted a chlorine distillation station last week.

Russian gun rights advocate charged as spy

A Russian national and gun activist today was indicted for acting as a Russian agent to develop relationships with U.S. persons and infiltrate organizations that influence American politics to benefit the Russian Federation, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Trump says Russia had no reason to interfere in 2016 election

Standing beside Vladimir Putin after a private one-on-one meeting in Helsinki, President Trump said the Russian president denied that his country interfered in the U.S. election process.

Jersey woman charged with allegedly hacking Selena Gomez's email

A New Jersey woman who allegedly couldn't keep her hands to herself was formally charged in Los Angeles County on July 13 with hacking the email accounts of actress and singer Selena Gomez and her associate.

Twitter suspends Guccifer 2.0, DCLeaks accounts

DCLeaks was used to distribute documents pilfered during the hacks and Guccifer 2.0 posed as a Romanian hacker inspired by notorious hacker Guccifer.

Chinese cyberespionage group TEMP.Periscope targets Cambodian election

A Chinese cyberespionage group is targeting Cambodian entities ahead of the country's July 2018 elections.

Former Apple engineer arrested for stealing secret info on autonomous car project

Hardware engineer Xiaolang Zhang was picked up by authorities as he waited to board a plane to China.

Cryptomining campaign targeting web servers vulnerable to Drupalgeddon 2.0 nets $11,000

An ongoing malware campaign that attempts to exploit web servers susceptible to the Drupalgeddon 2.0 bug in order to infect them with an XMRig-based cryptominer has generated around $11,000 in profits since commencing last April and peaking on May 20.

Third-party Ticketmaster breach targeted 800-plus e-commerce sites

Threat actors from the Magecart APT group gained access to the systems of InBenta Technologies, a firm that works with Ticketmaster, and were able to access customer payment information, according to researchers at RiskIQ.

Timehop discovers hackers swiped even more data than updates, notifications

During its probe of a breach that prompted the company to deauthenticated 21 million user accounts, Timehop discovered that hackers had stolen birthdates as well as gender and country information.

U.K. privacy regulators fine Facebook $660,000 in Cambridge Analytica scandal

The social media giant seemed resigned to taking its medicine, admitting that it should have more thoroughly investigated claims about Cambridge Analytica.

Cryptocurrency service Bancor robbed of millions; MyEtherWallet users targeted via malicious VPN Chrome extension

Cryptocurrency token conversion service Bancor disclosed yesterday that hackers stole millions in coins from one of its online wallets, while Etherium crypto wallet service MyEtherWallet warned that hackers may have compromised anyone who accessed its service while using the free VPN service Hola and its Chrome extension.