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Hospital pays 40 bitcoin ransom to unlock computers

Hospital pays 40 bitcoin ransom to unlock computers

The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, which has had its computer systems held ransom by malware since February 5, has paid 40 bitcoins to have their systems restored. Initial reports claimed that a hacker was seeking 9,000 bitcoins, or about $3.5 million, to remove the ransomware, but a new report claims the hospital has paid the equivalent of about $17,000 USD in digital currency.

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Hackers release cache of Turkish National Police data

Hackers release cache of Turkish National Police data

Hackers have released a large load of data nabbed from the Turkish General Directorate of Security (EGM), according to a new report. The data was stolen by a hacker said to be associated with Anonymous, and was done in a bid “against corruption.” The data is available now through various file sharing services, and appears to contain database files. This isn’t the first time Anonymous has set its sights on Turkey, with last year involving a declaration of war over the nation’s alleged support of terrorists.

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UK teen arrested over FBI, DHS data hacking

UK teen arrested over FBI, DHS data hacking

Following the news earlier this week about data on some 30,000 FBI and Department of Homeland Security employees being stolen and subsequently posted online, a suspect has already been taken into custody, authorities have revealed. In what's not all that surprising, as it's become common in many of the high-profile corporate and government hacking incidents recently, the suspect is a 15-year-old boy, this time found living in England.

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Hackers publish data on thousands of DHS and FBI workers

Hackers publish data on thousands of DHS and FBI workers

Following the publication of data belonging to about 10,000 Department of Homeland Security workers, hackers have now published the contact info belonging to 20,000 FBI workers, information they acquired by breaching a Justice Department database. The hackers also poked fun at Homeland Security, saying in a tweet that it took it a week to realize that it has been breached. As well, the hackers dropped a #FreePalestine hashtag into some of their tweets.

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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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WD self-encrypted HDDs have security flaws claims report

WD self-encrypted HDDs have security flaws claims report

Western Digital (WD) has a full line of self-encrypting hard drives and a new report has been published that claims these drives are rife with security issues. According to a report written by Gunnar Alendal and Christian Kison from Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, the security issues are so significant that any attacker with physical access can retrieve the data with minimal effort.

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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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