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DDoS Bandwidth usage skyrockets in Q1 2013

DDoS Bandwidth usage skyrockets in Q1 2013

The average bandwidth used by DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks had dramatically increased in Q1 2013. A report from Prolexic Technologies, a DDoS protection and mitigation service provider, discovered that the average bandwidth usage by DDoS attacks, which used to be at 6 Gbps, has increased 8 times to 48 Gbps. It has also discovered that 10% of all DDoS attacks it had mitigated reached speeds of 60 Gbps.

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Lookout demonstrates how easy it is to hack a phone

Lookout demonstrates how easy it is to hack a phone

Lookout CEO John Hering showed everyone just how easy it is for a phone to be hacked. At All Thing's D's conference, D: Dive Into Mobile, Hering worked together with All Things D's Liz Gannes to demonstrate a few examples of common hacks that can affect phones. Hering says that there is a "fundamental shift in the attacks on mobile devices in a post-PC era," and that its very easy to spoof emails.

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WordPress sites targeted by mass brute-force botnet attacks

WordPress sites targeted by mass brute-force botnet attacks

Many wordpress sites are under attack by a botnet using brute-force methods to obtain their passwords. The attacks seem limited to only users who kept the default "Admin" username for their websites, however, these attacks are only the beginning. Analysts and companies fear that the attackers are attempting to build a massive botnet that is much more powerful than any botnet seen before.

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Anonymous hacks North Korea’s social media in net freedom bid

Anonymous hacks North Korea’s social media in net freedom bid

Hacking collective Anonymous has apparently selected its next high-profile target, in the shape of any sites or social network accounts related to North Korea, seizing control of Flickr and Twitter pages in the process. The activists cracked the Uriminzokkiri accounts and uploaded images of their own, which still remain online at time of writing, in addition to claiming to have extracted 15,000 usernames and passwords from the site, the BBC reports. Anonymous' goal appears to be loosening the restrictions on internet access North Koreans face from their government.

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The War Z player data compromised after security breach

The War Z player data compromised after security breach

Those of you who play Hammerpoint's The War Z may want to change your passwords. Hackers have breached databases in The War Z that held personal player info. Players' email addresses, passwords, in-game names, IP addresses, and game log-in credentials have all been compromised. Hammerpoint has temporarily shut down its servers for The War Z and for its forums to address the issue and find out the scope of the damage.

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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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