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PoisonIvy RAT used to hack chemical firms by man in China

PoisonIvy RAT used to hack chemical firms by man in China

The nation of China has been getting a bad rap in these last couple of weeks due to more than one allegation of the country's government hacking sensitive equipment internationally - today it appears that a single man inside the country might extend that press with an unrelated cyber attach of chemical firms in the USA, Bangladesh, and the UK. As China has emphatically denied any hacking on the part of the government in any way at all for the last incident, so too must it made clear here before misinformation is spread: the suspect is a man living in China whose computer system apparently used for the attacks was traced to the United States.

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US Satellites hacked by Chinese Military says Congressional Commission

US Satellites hacked by Chinese Military says Congressional Commission

While it might seem rather terrifying to think about anyone being able to hack into satellites thousands of miles away hanging precariously above our collective heads, it was back in 2007 and 2008 that this reported incident actually took place. It's just today though that the report has surfaced via Bloomberg who state that a congressional commission annual report (to be released next month) has outlined the interference which took place two times, once in 2007, and another inside 2008. China has reportedly denied any involvement.

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Google Search to be encrypted for signed-in users

Google Search to be encrypted for signed-in users

Google announced today that it will be stepping up security on its search feature for signed-in users. These users will now get an SSL encrypted search experience by default, which means that their search terms and results can't be intercepted by hackers or nosy network admins. This will be especially important for those that often use public unsecured internet connections, such as WiFi hotspots at cafes.

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CyanogenMod 7.1 Android hack released, HP Touchpad inclusion imminent

CyanogenMod 7.1 Android hack released, HP Touchpad inclusion imminent

If there's a king of Android ROMs, aka complete replacement of the visible workings of a mobile device in this case, it's CyanogenMod. For those of you that do not know, CyanogenMod is used by thousands of Android users across the earth, it being the most used Android ROM by far, and today the developers behind the project have announced that it's been upgraded to version 7.1. This version continues to closely replicate Android 2.3 Gingerbread, now with a new laundry list of feature updates as well as a short list of new devices it will work with, including, yes indeed, the HP TouchPad we've been waiting so long to modify.

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Researchers create AR.Drone that can hack into wireless networks

Researchers create AR.Drone that can hack into wireless networks

When the Parrot AR.Drone landed a last year, it was a toy that many of us wanted really badly. We put up our review of the AR.Drone from Parrot last December and liked the toy pretty well. I am surprised that it has taken so long for us to see hacks that use the AR.Drone for things that are potentially nefarious. Hackers have created an AR.Drone that can hack into wireless networks while flying.

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Hackers lift CIA, MI6, Mossad, Google, Twitter, Facebook security certificates

Hackers lift CIA, MI6, Mossad, Google, Twitter, Facebook security certificates

As it appeared that a group of hackers had successfully stolen a set of over 500 SSL certificates from a group by the name of DigiNotar, Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft see threat as too great and set in motion the permanent blocking of all digital certificates issued by DigiNotar. For those of you who have no idea what these security certificates do, just know that the holders of said certificates could, in one instance, set of a scam in which they appear to have a legitimate site (such as Gmail, for example), but once you've entered your name and password, they've intercepted it and have full access. It is this amongst many other plausible malicious situations that Google, Mozilla, and Microsoft are now guarding against.

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SSL certificates stolen for CIA, MI6, Mossad, and hundreds more by hackers in attack on DigiNotar

SSL certificates stolen for CIA, MI6, Mossad, and hundreds more by hackers in attack on DigiNotar

A Dutch company that sells SSL certificates to hundreds of major companies around the world was hacked recently. The result of the hack was that 500 different SSL certificates for legitimate companies were stolen. That means that a nefarious page could use the stolen SSL certificates and bypass some security lending to possible infection of the computer reviewing the website.

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Police investigations into LulzSec and Anonymous result in two more arrests in England

Police investigations into LulzSec and Anonymous result in two more arrests in England

Suddenly the hackers participating with Anonymous and LulzSec aren't so anonymous. Back at the beginning of August, police tracked down the suspected Anonymous leader going by the name Topiary and arrested him. The teen was arrested and was found to have the details of 750,000 people on his computer. That single arrest was just the start of things as the investigation continued into the two hacker groups.

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