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Top Chinese university linked to Chinese hacking group

Top Chinese university linked to Chinese hacking group

Faculty members at one of the top universities in China have been linked to the People's Liberation Army Unit 61398, the same group that has been accused of hacking several U.S. based companies as well as several media outlets. The university in question, Shanghai Jiaotong University, is a prestigious school known for its successful graduates, most who end up doing well in politics and in business.

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Microsoft confirms LIVE accounts hacked, pulls Xbox Entertainment Award app

Microsoft confirms LIVE accounts hacked, pulls Xbox Entertainment Award app

Microsoft has issued a statement confirming that some of its "high-profile" Xbox LIVE accounts that are said to belong to both former and current employees have been hacked, reports the folks over at ars technica, which was cyberattacked yesterday by the same hacking group. Known as Team Hype, the hackers are suspected to have caused a host of grief, including having possibly caused a police raid on Brian Krebs, a security reporter.

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South Korea hacked: North Korea key suspect in cyberattack

South Korea hacked: North Korea key suspect in cyberattack

A huge cyberattack on South Korean banks, broadcasters and others, believed to be one of the most serious in the country's history, has left investigators hunting for evidence of North Korean involvement as infrastructure struggled back online. Systems at multiple banks and two insurance companies were either forced offline or severely impacted in the attack, which began at roughly 2pm local time; three TV stations were also targeted and suffered downtime. However, despite strong suspicions at North Korean involvement, spokespersons from South Korean agencies insist it's too early to lay the blame at their insular northern neighbours.

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Yet another Samsung lockscreen hack identified

Yet another Samsung lockscreen hack identified

A new Samsung lockscreen hack has been identified, allowing unofficial access to PIN-secured Galaxy smartphones through a combination of keypresses and commands, though Samsung is apparently working on a software fix. The exploit relies on brief visibility of the phone's display, unlocked, after a failed emergency call placed from the lockscreen; though ponderous, you could use that access to download a screenlock disabler from the Google Play store.

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EA Origin exploit leaves 40m at potential hack risk

EA Origin exploit leaves 40m at potential hack risk

A vulnerability in EA's Origin online gaming platform could allow remote hackers to run dangerous code on gamers' computers without permission, by perverting links used to load titles like Crysis 3, its been revealed. Identified by ReVuln researchers Luigi Auriemma and Donato Ferrante, and presented last week at the Black Hat security conference, the exploit relies on the URI links the Origin desktop client uses to trigger local software from the cloud, and which can be modified to install malware instead.

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Two men hacked Subway to steal gift cards totaling $40,000

Two men hacked Subway to steal gift cards totaling $40,000

Two men were charged for an elaborate hacking scheme. They have been identified as Shahin Abdollahi, whose alias was Sean Holdt, and Jeffrey Thomas Wilkinson. The two men hacked over 13 point-of-sale (POS) computers at a variety of Subways located in Massachusetts, Wyoming, and California. This isn't the first time Subway's been hacked. Last September, the franchise's credit card terminals were hacked at over 150 of its locations. It suffered $10 million in losses and 146,000 accounts were compromised.

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Legend of Zelda hack makes Link the damsel in distress

Legend of Zelda hack makes Link the damsel in distress

Inspired by the father who modded Donkey Kong so his daughter could play the Princess, another person had the idea of modifying another classic Nintendo game. Kenna W has always loved The Legend of Zelda series, and she always wanted to play the game as Princess Zelda instead of the male protagonist, Link. She wished that she had someone who could do for her what that man did for his daughter. She then realized, "I'm an adult now. If he could work it out, I could too."

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Colin Powell’s Facebook hacker also breached Bush Family e-mail accounts

Colin Powell’s Facebook hacker also breached Bush Family e-mail accounts

It turns out that Colin Powell's Facebook hack wasn't just an isolated incident performed by a 13-year old with good password-guessing skills. The hacker, who is known as Guccifer, is also the same hacker who breached e-mail accounts belonging to over a dozen of George W. Bush's friends and family members. He obtained "interesting e-mails", photos, list of home addresses, cell phone numbers, and more. The hacker even obtained the gate code to Bush's home.

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