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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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NASA admits to being hacked 13 times last year

NASA admits to being hacked 13 times last year

Even high-tech NASA isn't impervious to hackers. The space agency reported to Congress this week that it had been hacked a total of 13 times last year, including one China-based attack that gained complete access and control of mission critical systems as well as employee accounts. The revelation comes as Congress debates two competing cyber-security bills to boost the government's defenses against cyber attacks.

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Google offers hackers a total of $1 million to defeat Chrome and more

Google offers hackers a total of $1 million to defeat Chrome and more

Each year the Pwn2Own hacking contest takes place where security researchers from around the world are offered the chance to hack web browsers and other software for prize money. Over the last three years, the only browser to come out of the contest without being hacked has been Google's Chrome. While Chrome has made it through the contest three times now, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer have all been hacked.

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Anonymous reveals Cybersecurity Act of 2012

Anonymous reveals Cybersecurity Act of 2012

This week it appears that the NSA has brought forth warnings of the hacker group Anonymous' ability to take down the power grid at a most opportune time, according to none other than Anonymous. While earlier this week it was warned by the NSA that Anonymous might be targeting the US power grid, the hacker group has noted that they'd do no such thing, as "there are ppl on life support/other vital services that rely on it." In addition, the group has brought attention today to a new bill that's looking to get passed in the first part of the year: the Cybersecurity Act of 2012.

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Transformer Prime bootloader unlock now available!

Transformer Prime bootloader unlock now available!

This week the folks at ASUS have granted the world with a simple unlock tool for their most excellent tablet yet, the Transformer Prime. Since this first in its class for many reasons device was released, developers and so-called hackers have ben working on plans for what they're going to do with the Transformer Prime once its bootloader was unlocked, and now the fun can commence. As is true with any bootloader unlock on an Android device specifically, going forward with the process will void your contract and will make your device no longer the device it once was.

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NSA director warns Anonymous could soon cause limited power outages

NSA director warns Anonymous could soon cause limited power outages

I have a strong feeling that the heat is about to get turned up significantly on the hacker group Anonymous. Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of NSA, has warned that Anonymous could have the ability within the next year or two to cause a limited power outage via cyber attacks. Anonymous has been growing in power and boldness over the last year or more with high profile attacks on Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal among others.

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Hackers breach Indian Microsoft Store, passwords exposed

Hackers breach Indian Microsoft Store, passwords exposed

Anyone who signed up for an account or purchased items from the Microsoft Store in India has reason to be concerned today. Over the weekend, hackers were able to break into the Microsoft India store and compromised the store database. The database breach apparently happened last night and the home page of the site was replaced with one showing the photo you see below.

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Symantec pcAnywhere source leaked, Hacker negotiations fail

Symantec pcAnywhere source leaked, Hacker negotiations fail

A group of hackers claiming to be affiliated with the group known as Anonymous had until today been negotiating with Symantec for a safe return of stolen property through an online personality named YamaTough. The YamaTough personality spoke on behalf of the Lords of Dharmaraja, a known hacker collective responsible for several thefts and subsequent releases of data in similar security related events in the recent past, Norton Antivirus amongst them. At the time of this posting, portions of the codes claimed to have been stolen by LoD have been pasted in several public forums and YamaTough has refused payment of $50,000 USD as ransom for the destruction of all semblance of said codes.

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Hackers tried to extort $50,000 from Symantec

Hackers tried to extort $50,000 from Symantec

An e-mail exchange been posted to Pastebin that allegedly outlines an attempt by hackers to extort $50,000 out of Symantec. According to the e-mail exchange, a Symantec employee named Sam Thomas was to negotiate payment with hackers who infiltrated Symantec servers and stole the source code to the popular Symantec applications pcAnywhere and Norton antivirus. The hacker/hackers who were conducting the extortion negotiations go by the name Yamatough.

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Anonymous hits Police websites in Boston and SLC

Anonymous hits Police websites in Boston and SLC

Attacks this week by hacker collective Anonymous appear to have taken the Boston and Salt Lake City police by surprise once more as they retaliate for police brutality at Occupy Wall Street weeks ago. Though it's not been immediately apparent why this second attack has come when it has, Anonymous does appear to have left a message on Boston Police news website BPDNews.com currently being redirected to their Facebook blast page instead. On that page they currently have a statement which speaks on how irritated they are that the site would be brought down when all it aims to do is bring safety information to fair citizens.

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