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DOJ and Homeland Security hacked by ‘impersonator’

DOJ and Homeland Security hacked by ‘impersonator’

Unfortunately, 2016 has brought news of another government data breach, this latest one affecting workers at both Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. Information on thousands of employees was accessed by an intruder, though a Justice Department spokesperson has said there is no evidence at this time that "personally identifiable information" was breached. When the hack took place is unclear, but it marks the latest in a growing number of federal security failures.

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Alleged hacker charged with stealing scripts, celebrity IDs

Alleged hacker charged with stealing scripts, celebrity IDs

An alleged hacker has been charged with stealing television scripts, celebrity social security numbers, explicit personal videos, and more through the use of phishing techniques and malware. None of the victims have been named, however they’re said to include a comedy film, “hip-hop biopic,” professional athletes, and actors, among others. The data theft came to light after the alleged hacker reportedly tried to sell some of the content to a well-known radio host.

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Report: Dow Jones suffered second, more serious hack

Report: Dow Jones suffered second, more serious hack

On October 9, Dow Jones revealed that it had been hacked and data belonging to about 3500 customers had been compromised as a result. According to a new report, a Russian hacking collective has breached Dow Jones in what appears to be a separate attack; the information comes from unnamed sources “familiar with the matter.” The hackers’ intent was to steal data for trading purposes, according to the sources. Three federal agencies are reportedly investigating the matter.

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Cyberattack risk prompts Navy to take up celestial navigation

Cyberattack risk prompts Navy to take up celestial navigation

Hackers have hit government agencies and private companies alike, and the instances of data theft and compromise are becoming increasingly severe. The risk of cyberattacks is ever present, and as such, the U.S. Navy has decided to restart teaching celestial navigation as a backup tool. The Naval Academy used to teach celestial navigation, but stopped in the 1990s, prompting outcry.

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OPM revises hack details: 5.6m fingerprints compromised

OPM revises hack details: 5.6m fingerprints compromised

In early June, the U.S. government revealed that four million federal employees were comprised as the result of a massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management. It has since been suggested the number could be higher, and that the type of data grabbed (supposedly by Chinese hackers) was more extensive than originally reported. Today the OPM made a new update about the hack, revealing the hackers stole a few million more fingerprints than originally believed.

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Seagate NAS drives can be hacked through simple Telnet hole

Seagate NAS drives can be hacked through simple Telnet hole

Wireless NAS or Network Attached Storage drives are a terribly convenient way of practically having your own little cloud, whether at home, at work, or even remotely. Given that they are not usually managed by security experts, they also become ripe targets for hackers. But sometimes, the manufacturers themselves make it almost too easy for criminals. Like some of Seagate's NAS devices for example, which can be easily broken into using nothing more than Telnet, a user name of "root", and a default hardcoded password.

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Tiny “RollJam” device can unlock car, garage doors

Tiny “RollJam” device can unlock car, garage doors

High tech smart cars aren't the only one susceptible to getting hacked. Even not so smart cars and garage doors that use wireless keys are open game to both playful and malicious hackers. At DefCon, hacker Samy Kamkar demonstrated how a $32 radio device can easily obtain a wireless key's "signature" code, which can then be replayed later to unlock that same door. And the owner will suspect nothing, aside from that strange first attempt at unlocking the door which, for no conceivable reason, fails.

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Electric skateboards can be hacked, too

Electric skateboards can be hacked, too

News of cars being hacked have, as expected, instilled fear in the public, but don't think turning to an electric skateboard will eliminate the risk. A new exploit called, appropriately enough, "FacePlant", has been developed to show that electric skateboards can be just as vulnerable to hackers as some cars, and it isn't a concern to take lightly. While a skateboard isn't as big of a deal as a 2-ton vehicle cruising down the highway, it'll still be a problem if you're cruising down the road and your board, without warning, locks up.

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CVS Photo temporally shut down following credit card hack

CVS Photo temporally shut down following credit card hack

It looks like CVS is the latest retailer to be affected by a data breach, as its CVSPhoto.com domain now only shows up with a message advising customers that the independent vendor it uses has been compromised. As a result of the hack, CVS has temporarily taken down its CVS Photo website, and says that during this time it is conducting an investigation into the matter. Customers who used the service with their credit card should be on alert.

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Epic Games forums “compromised by a hacker”, taken offline

Epic Games forums “compromised by a hacker”, taken offline

The Epic Games forums were recently "compromised by a hacker", the company has revealed, and as a result it has taken its forums offline temporarily. Forum members began getting emails recently, and in them Epic Games details that notified users may have had their email address, username, date of birth, and password compromised. Those who use the same password elsewhere are encouraged to change it on their other accounts, and have been told that once the forums come back the passwords will have been reset.

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LastPass reveals breach that compromised user data

LastPass reveals breach that compromised user data

LastPass has revealed that it was breached recently, and that some account data was compromised as a result. The discovery was made this past Friday when, says LastPass, it found (and subsequently blocked) “suspicious activity” on its network. Encrypted user vault data doesn’t seem to have been taken, says LastPass, and there's also no sign that users' accounts were accessed. Some details pertaining to them, however, like email addresses were compromised, and so users need to update their master passwords among other things.

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