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Chinese government blames cyber attack for internet outage in the country

Chinese government blames cyber attack for internet outage in the country

The Chinese government announced this week that it believes an internet outage that has hit the country is the result of a cyber attack. Web users within the country were unable to reach certain websites starting around 3:20pm local time on January 21 according to the National Computer Network Emergency Response Center. That response center has issued a preliminary conclusion that the outage was caused by a cyber attack.

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Vital infrastructure a cyber-terrorism timebomb EU warns

Vital infrastructure a cyber-terrorism timebomb EU warns

Vital control systems used by energy, water, and transportation are ill-prepared to cope with online terrorism and hacking threats, the EU's cyber security agency has warned, blaming patchy and inconsistent testing for what could be a potential infrastructure disaster. Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are "often outdated" ENISA points out, while their expected lifespan of 20 years or more fails to incorporate the sort of security features essential to withstand cyber-terrorism attacks.

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Google+ Local hit with thousands of compromised hotel links

Google+ Local hit with thousands of compromised hotel links

Yesterday, news surfaced of an annoying and somewhat unanticipated so-called hijacking of hotel links within Google+ Local accounts by yet-unknown spammers. When clicked, the compromised links took prospective customers to a third-party book service. Whether the third-party services were responsible for the compromised accounts or another entity entirely -- someone operating under an affiliate account sees most likely, in that scenario -- also isn't yet known.

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Snapchat leak checker ID’s hacked accounts

Snapchat leak checker ID’s hacked accounts

A new tool to allow Snapchat users to check whether their username and cellphone number have been compromised in the recent database hack has been launched, with an estimated 4.6m accounts supposedly leaked. The tool, developed by password management firm LastPass, checks a Snapchat username against the millions of accounts that were exposed using a security loophole the company was supposedly made aware of back in August 2013, but which it only addressed - at least partially - in recent days after the exploit was made public.

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Snapchat scraped: 4.6m usernames and numbers reportedly grabbed

Snapchat scraped: 4.6m usernames and numbers reportedly grabbed

The Snapchat exploit revealed last week has seemingly exposed the usernames and cellphone numbers of a claimed 4.6 million users of the self-destructing messaging service, according to a site that supposedly snatched the information from the company's database using the hack. Dubbed SnapchatDB!, the site offers up a download of what's described as "a vast majority" of Snapchat users, purportedly to highlight the lax security liberties companies take with our personal information.

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