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US law enforcement charge 24 people for hacking

US law enforcement charge 24 people for hacking

Hacking has become so widespread over the last few years that people are beginning to get more than a little jaded. Hackers are constantly attacking various businesses, government services, and financial institutions around the world. US law enforcement agencies have announced that they have charged 24 suspected hackers in a sting operation spanning four continents.

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WikiLeaks recovers from massive DDoS attack

WikiLeaks recovers from massive DDoS attack

WikiLeaks has recovered from a massive DDoS attack that lasted three days, during which it had to shift much of its content to mirror sites. It's unclear which hacker group or individual may be responsible for the attack, but a former Anonymous member by the name Nyre has already claimed credit for a similar DDoS attack on The Pirate Bay earlier this week that lasted over 24 hours.

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Pirate Bay hit with DDoS attack

Pirate Bay hit with DDoS attack

Torrent website The Pirate Bay has been the target of just about every authority around the globe that fights copyright infringement and piracy. Recently courts in Europe have ordered that the website be blocked by ISPs and people who use the site are finding it increasingly difficult to access. The Pirate Bay is now fighting an attack that has taken it off-line for many users, which is something authorities had a difficult time doing.

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Twitter says accounts hackers posted were mostly banned spammers

Twitter says accounts hackers posted were mostly banned spammers

This week hackers claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous posted details from about 55,000 twitter accounts. The hackers claim to have broken into twitter servers to steal the data. Twitter is now claiming that most of those 55,000 accounts are bogus. In fact, twitter says that most of those accounts that were published were for accounts that are banned for spamming.

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Google increases payout to friendly hackers

Google increases payout to friendly hackers

Google has been offering up rewards to security researchers and hackers to find flaws or bugs in its programming for a while. There have been several people that have collected rewards for finding these bugs by notifying Google rather than trying to exploit the issues. Google has now announced that it has increased the available rewards for reporting bugs to as much as $20,000 per bug.

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British Pregnancy Advisory Service hacker goes to jail

British Pregnancy Advisory Service hacker goes to jail

A man who was accused of breaking into the website of Britain's largest abortion provider and planning to leak personal details of 10,000 women is now in jail. 27-year-old James Jeffrey has been described as a computer whiz kid and is apparently very much opposed to abortion. He was reportedly working on an anti-abortion campaign and this act was set to be the big coup de grace that attracted a lot of attention.

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Global Payments hacked, 50,000 cardholders at risk

Global Payments hacked, 50,000 cardholders at risk

Global Payments, a third-party payment card processor, has been hacked this morning, according to sources who spoke to the WSJ. The security breach puts nearly 50,000 Visa and MasterCard holders at risk. Both major credit card issuing agencies have alerted customers and asserted that their own systems are still secure.

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Microsoft sample attack code leaked to hackers

Microsoft sample attack code leaked to hackers

Hackers have their hands on code that Microsoft created the show off an attack. Apparently, Microsoft shared the proof of concept code with members of its Microsoft Active Protection Program. The proof of concept code was shared with various antivirus vendors to allow them to protect end-users from similar attacks.

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BBC hit with cyber attack pointing at Iranian involvement

BBC hit with cyber attack pointing at Iranian involvement

The BBC has announced that it was the target of a sophisticated cyber attack. That attack has somehow been linked to Iran in the country's efforts to harm BBC's Persian news service. The Internet attack was apparently launched along with an attempt to jam two BBC satellite feeds that come into Iran. BBC director general Mark Thompson has previously accused Iran of trying to intimidate workers at its Persian news branch.

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Anonymous takes down Vatican website

Anonymous takes down Vatican website

Notorious hacker group Anonymous has taken down the Vatican's website today in an attack against the scandals and conservative doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. The Italian branch of the hacker group claimed responsibility for the breach and even posted a statement listing the Church's misdeeds throughout history.

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