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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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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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