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2012 Linkedin hack is back to haunt 117 million users

2012 Linkedin hack is back to haunt 117 million users

Remember way back in 2012, when Linkedin was hacked? It's been a few years, so if you don't remember, that's understandable. Back then, roughly 6.5 million users had their passwords shared online, thanks to a hacker that was able to obtain them. Thankfully, the released passwords didn't have the account email addresses listed with them, which meant that there were likely no unauthorized logins to the site.

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Here’s an Apple Watch running Windows 95

Here’s an Apple Watch running Windows 95

In the long, long list of ancient operating systems and software that's been installed on smartwatches, the combination of Windows 95 and the Apple Watch has been missing. Thankfully, developer Nick Lee has put things right. It may take an hour to boot up, but the OS is almost fully functional on the wearable, despite being completely impractical. Lee shared his achievement in a video, so there's no need to go through the nightmare of trying to open the Start menu yourself.

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Blizzard’s US servers go offline, hacker group takes credit

Blizzard’s US servers go offline, hacker group takes credit

If you were hoping to play World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, or any other Blizzard title last night, you probably had issues connecting. In fact, all of Blizzard's US servers were down for an extended period last night. There was no scheduled maintenance causing the downtime, instead the culprits were a group of Lizards.

The hacker group known as Lizard Squad decided that they needed to target Blizzard's US servers last night, and they appear to have made quick work of them. All Battle.net games were offline for an indeterminate amount of time last night and this morning. The hacker group took credit for the attack, and were sure to tweet about it just before they began their assault.

Blizzard responded to the attack by confirming that they were in fact hit with a "potential DDoS" at one of their datacenters. They then stated that they had taken actions to bring their services back up, and would continue working to mitigate the impact. A bit later they confirmed that a second attack had happened, but their "supercool internet-shield" stopped it.

Many people are wondering why Lizard Squad picked this time to focus an attack on Blizzard's service. There are a few theories floating around, though the group hasn't confirmed their motive. Personally, I think that it might have something to do with the legal action against private vanilla WoW server, Nostalrius. Perhaps some members of the Squad enjoyed playing on the server, and decided to see how Blizzard enjoyed having their servers shut down.

Regardless of the motive, Blizzard appears to be unharmed after the attack, and a large number of players were inconvenienced for a few hours. There are also reports of the team hacking one or more Blizzard staff email accounts, though Blizzard hasn't confirmed these.

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Jigsaw ransomware delete files hourly, but free decryptor is available now

Jigsaw ransomware delete files hourly, but free decryptor is available now

Ransomware is nothing new; it has been around for a while now. Ransomware is software that is installed on your computer via various means that will encrypt files and offer to decrypt them only if you pay a ransom to the people who have encrypted the content. One of the newest ransomware to hit the web is called the Jigsaw Ransomware and a way to decrypt your files without paying the ransom has been discovered.

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Trump Hotels possibly hit with (another) credit card system breach

Trump Hotels possibly hit with (another) credit card system breach

Trumps Hotels may have been hit by a second credit card system breach, according to a new report. If proven true, this would be the second instance within a year of hackers compromising the hotels' payment systems, leaving customers at risk. An increasing number of hotels have fallen victim to such security breaches, including Hilton which disclosed a similar breach this past November.

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Mattel briefly lost $3m to thieves in phishing scam

Mattel briefly lost $3m to thieves in phishing scam

A Mattel executive was hit with a Chinese phishing scam, and it resulted in $3 million dollars being sent overseas, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. Neither the source nor the executive have been named, but the report claims the Mattel executive received an email seemingly from then-new company CEO Christopher Sinclair ordering a payment be made to a vendor in China.

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Super Mario World turned into Flappy Bird, all done by hand

Super Mario World turned into Flappy Bird, all done by hand

The one-hit wonder and addictive mobile game Flappy Bird was noted to have a few art assets quite similar to those of a Super Mario game. It was only a matter of time, then, that things come full circle. Popular for being one of the most hackable games, Super Mario World, the SNES version, has been modded through code injection to run a totally new level that plays like Flappy Bird, with the eponymous hero as the bird. While that might sound unexciting at first, the whole process was actually done manually through a series of carefully calculated moves, using nothing but a controller.

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Verizon’s anti-hacking team was hacked

Verizon’s anti-hacking team was hacked

Verizon’s anti-hacking team, a collective tasked with helping big-name companies hit by major data breaches, has itself become the victim of data theft. According to a new report, the Verizon Enterprise Solutions unit had data stolen on about 1.5 million customers, all of which went up for sale on an unspecified online cybercrime forum. The seller sought $100,000 in exchange for the database, or $10,000 for a 100,000-person sliver of it.

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Car hacking the next big road threat warns FBI

Car hacking the next big road threat warns FBI

Drivers should be cautious of potential car hacks, the FBI has warned today, pointing out that increasingly connected vehicles open the door to futuristic automotive exploits. The PSA, issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Department of Transportation (DoT), recognizes that onboard data connections - whether installed by automakers themselves, or via a third-party accessory by the cars' owners - can be useful, but cautions that we're unlikely to have heard the last of high-profile hacking incidents.

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The top bounty for hacking Chromebooks just doubled

The top bounty for hacking Chromebooks just doubled

Google wants to give you $100,000, and all you have to do is show how insecure its Chromebook is. The company has doubled its top bounty for Chrome OS exploits, having seen no security researchers or experts step forward over the past year to collect the previous prize with a working hack.

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DIY 118GB floppy drive makes those A drives useful again

DIY 118GB floppy drive makes those A drives useful again

Anyone who has been around computers for very long will remember the good ol' A drive. Back in the day, the 3.5-inch floppy drive sat at the top of the drive hierarchy and if you venture into BIOS, you can still find remnants of that drive, even if you have never owned one. Computer geeks who hoard their gear probably have a slew of 3.5-inch floppy drives sitting around and if so, you can make yourself this floppy drive with 118GB of storage.

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IRS successfully thwarted hack attempt (this time)

IRS successfully thwarted hack attempt (this time)

The IRS has announced it successfully blocked hackers who were attempting to steal electronic filing PINs belonging to taxpayers. The attack, which took place in the prime of tax season, is the latest attempt to steal data, but fortunately for tax payers was not successful this time around. Notably, the IRS announced last year that it had suffered a data breach, one that left hundreds of thousands of taxpayers vulnerable to identity theft.

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