01 Dec 2015

China, U.S. high-level cyber crime talks to begin Tuesday

Top U.S. and Chinese officials will convene this week in Washington for the first round of cyber security talks following the signing of a bilateral anti-hacking accord in September. China’s Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun is in Washington through Sunday and will meet U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson,

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30 Nov 2015

Five million customers affected by Vtech database hack 

Electronic toy and educational material seller Vtech has confirmed that about five million customers were affected in the data theft reported on Friday. They are from all over the world, including the US, UK, France and China. Vtech has also suspended 13 websites following the hacking of its Learning Lodge

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30 Nov 2015

How Corporate America keeps huge hacks secret

“he backbone of America — banks, oil and gas suppliers, the energy grid — is under constant attack by hackers. But the biggest cyberattacks, the ones that can blow up chemical tanks and burst dams, are kept secret by a law that shields U.S. corporations. They’re kept in the dark

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30 Nov 2015

Hackers threaten Greek banks, demand ransom in bitcoins

“Greek authorities have created a special team to protect Greek banks from a team of hackers who have allegedly threatened to bring down the lenders’ electronic systems if they do not pay a ransom. Kathimerini understands that the group, called Armada Collective, has threatened a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)

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30 Nov 2015

On China’s Fringes, Cyber Spies Raise Their Game

Almost a year after students ended pro-democracy street protests in Hong Kong, they face an online battle against what Western security experts say are China-sponsored hackers using techniques rarely seen elsewhere.Hackers have expanded their attacks to parking malware on popular file-sharing services including Dropbox and Google Drive (GOOGL.O) to trap

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29 Nov 2015

Anonymous hackers target Iceland sites in whaling protest

Activist hackers from the Anonymous collective have claimed responsibility for bringing down five government websites in Iceland in a protest against whale-hunting by the North Atlantic nation. Source: Anonymous hackers target Iceland sites in whaling protest | Reuters

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28 Nov 2015

NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program by Sunday 

The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans’ phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday. Source: NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program by Sunday | Reuters

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27 Nov 2015

FBI seeks hacker after 1.2 billion logins are stolen

The FBI has linked a hacker to the theft of 1.2 billion internet credentials – the largest heist of its kind.A hacker known as “mr.grey” is named in court documents filed by the bureau last year, according to the Reuters news agency.The hacker was linked to the stolen logins via

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25 Nov 2015

Hilton says some payment systems hit by malware 

Hotel chain operator Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it identified unauthorized malware in some payment systems that targeted payment card information.A third-party investigation found that the malware targeted specific payment card information, that included cardholder names, payment card numbers, security codes and expiration dates, Hilton said. Source: Hilton

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23 Nov 2015

The ISIS Cyber OPSEC Manual that wasn’t

“The file linked by the WIRED’s article links to a modified copy of the manual hosted in JustPasteIt. It was apparently uploaded by a Gaza resident. The article was modified from its original form, however it still contained some links to Cyberkov’s blog. Not only is the article completely devoid

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