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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.…

Hacking Back

Close your eyes for a moment and whisper the term “hack back.” Doesn’t it conjure up familiar rough-hewn heroes played by the likes of Charles Bronson and Kris Kristofferson who roamed the silver screen with some regularity in the 1970s, tracking down bad guys and meting out justice when authorities either could not or fell…

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Cybersecurity trends in 2018

End of the year wrap-ups always want to name a year something, like the “Year of Ransomware” or the “Year of Artificial Intelligence,” but it would be difficult to pin 2018 to a specific threat or trend, as so many reared their ugly heads. With that noted, it is pretty simple to define the year…

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