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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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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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