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Bugcrowd breaks its weekly bounty payout record

For the first time in Bugcrowd’s seven-year history it paid out more than $500,000 in bounty fees to its white hats in a one-week period. For all of October more than 550 white-hat hacker working with Bugcrowd earned $1.6 million with the top recipient taking home $40,000. “As those on the Bugcrowd platform know, and…

NordVPN confirms 2018 breach

VPN provider NordVPN revealed yesterday that a third-party server located in Finland it had been leasing was accessed in March 2018. The company said the intruder was able to acquire an expired TLS key from the server, but otherwise no other data was endangered. The access was accomplished through an insecure remote management system account…

The word is out: Zynga was breached

A well-known hacker is taking credit for a data breach at the mobile game maker Zynga, claiming he gained access to 218 million user records. On Sept. 12, Zynga reported that a cybersecurity incident had taken place and account login information for certain players of Draw Something and Words With Friends may have been accessed.…

Instagram testing simpler method to retrieve hacked accounts

Instagram is in the process of making it easier for its users to recover hacked accounts. The Facebook-owned social media site today began testing an in-app method, essentially a two-factor authentication tool, that will be triggered either when Instagram notes the user is having trouble logging in or by the user clicking “need more help”…

How to be an ethical hacker

At first glance, the term “ethical hacking” may seem like an oxymoron. That’s because criminal “hacker” has become a pejorative that’s closely tied to the bad guys — black hat threat actors looking to steal or corrupt data or other assets within digital reach. The truth is, there are plenty of good guys in the…

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Freshmen hack high school WiFi to avoid a test

Two Secaucus, N.J., high school freshmen have been accused of allegedly knocking their school’s WiFi system offline possibly using a malware as a service deal to create the situation. The two 14-year-old boys were arrested last week and charged with computer criminal activity and conspiracy to commit computer criminal activity, according to CBS New York.…

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