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Bank forgoes a firewall, has $80 million stolen by hackers

Bank forgoes a firewall, has $80 million stolen by hackers

We've heard plenty about banks and other institutions losing money to ransomware, which essentially holds a company's data hostage, in exchange for money. These kinds of attacks can be hard to combat and protect against, given the number of people using computers inside of a company. But one bank has learned the hard way that you need to at least take the most basic precautions.

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Man charged, pleads guilty in celebrity photo iCloud hacking case

Man charged, pleads guilty in celebrity photo iCloud hacking case

A Pennsylvania man has been formally charged in the hacking case that saw hundreds of private photos from celebrities stolen from their iCloud and other cloud storage accounts and posted online in the fall of 2014. The US Department of Justice says 36-year-old Ryan Collins is facing felony computer hacking charges after he broke into more than 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts. He has agreed to plead guilty, and is expected serve at least 18 months in prison.

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Anonymous to Donald Trump: ‘total war’ arrives April 1st

Anonymous to Donald Trump: ‘total war’ arrives April 1st

April Fools’ Day will bring ‘total war’ against Donald Trump, Anonymous has announced. The collective plans to launch a cyberattack against the candidate, doing so to hamper his presidential bid and what they call a “deeply disturbing” campaign. This isn’t the first time Anonymous has targeted Trump, but does promise to be more severe than the last time, aiming to shut down Trump’s various websites and reveal private information to the public.

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Gov’s ‘Hack the Pentagon’ pits hackers against DoD sites

Gov’s ‘Hack the Pentagon’ pits hackers against DoD sites

The U.S. government has announced a new pilot project called ‘Hack the Pentagon’ that will pit select hackers against various Department of Defense websites. The program is an effort to test the security of public DoD websites, and will give hackers a chance to show their skills by uncovering potential security issues that could be exploited in a cyberattack. The Pentagon hasn't worked out all the details yet, but expects thousands of hackers to take part.

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Hospital pays 40 bitcoin ransom to unlock computers

Hospital pays 40 bitcoin ransom to unlock computers

The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, which has had its computer systems held ransom by malware since February 5, has paid 40 bitcoins to have their systems restored. Initial reports claimed that a hacker was seeking 9,000 bitcoins, or about $3.5 million, to remove the ransomware, but a new report claims the hospital has paid the equivalent of about $17,000 USD in digital currency.

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Hacker demands 9k bitcoins to restore hospital’s computers

Hacker demands 9k bitcoins to restore hospital’s computers

The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, a hospital in Hollywood, has found itself in an unfortunate situation. A hacker is demanding 9,000 bitcoins to remove ransomeware that is holding the hospital’s computers hostage, with the hospital’s CEO saying the situation is an “internal emergency.” The issue has been ongoing for about a week, and is preventing hospital staff from accessing essential data like patient files and test results.

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Hackers publish data on thousands of DHS and FBI workers

Hackers publish data on thousands of DHS and FBI workers

Following the publication of data belonging to about 10,000 Department of Homeland Security workers, hackers have now published the contact info belonging to 20,000 FBI workers, information they acquired by breaching a Justice Department database. The hackers also poked fun at Homeland Security, saying in a tweet that it took it a week to realize that it has been breached. As well, the hackers dropped a #FreePalestine hashtag into some of their tweets.

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DOJ and Homeland Security hacked by ‘impersonator’

DOJ and Homeland Security hacked by ‘impersonator’

Unfortunately, 2016 has brought news of another government data breach, this latest one affecting workers at both Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. Information on thousands of employees was accessed by an intruder, though a Justice Department spokesperson has said there is no evidence at this time that "personally identifiable information" was breached. When the hack took place is unclear, but it marks the latest in a growing number of federal security failures.

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Alleged hacker charged with stealing scripts, celebrity IDs

Alleged hacker charged with stealing scripts, celebrity IDs

An alleged hacker has been charged with stealing television scripts, celebrity social security numbers, explicit personal videos, and more through the use of phishing techniques and malware. None of the victims have been named, however they’re said to include a comedy film, “hip-hop biopic,” professional athletes, and actors, among others. The data theft came to light after the alleged hacker reportedly tried to sell some of the content to a well-known radio host.

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UK police make first arrest in VTech hacking scandal

UK police make first arrest in VTech hacking scandal

UK authorities have revealed that police have made their first arrest in relation to the hacking scandal surrounding VTech, an electronic toy maker, which was disclosed late last month. The 21-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of being involved with the unauthorized breach of the company's servers, resulting in the theft of personal data on over 6 million children.

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VTech’s ‘Learning Lodge’ hack exposes kids’ data

VTech’s ‘Learning Lodge’ hack exposes kids’ data

In a statement today, VTech, maker of gadgets for children, announced that its customer data has been breached. According to the company, an “unauthorized party” accessed data within the Learning Lodge app store database earlier this month; that database has neither banking info nor certain personal identification details like social security numbers, but does have 'general' profile info.

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UK police arrest 5th teen connected to TalkTalk hacking

UK police arrest 5th teen connected to TalkTalk hacking

It's been a few weeks since we've heard from UK officials investigating the hacking of telecom company TalkTalk. The cyberattack, and subsequent ransom demand, occurred in late October, with police making the first arrest several days later. The Metropolitan Police have now revealed they've made a fifth arrest, with the suspected hacker being yet another teenager. With a search warrant in hand, officers visited the 18 year old boy's home in Wales, arresting him on suspicion of blackmail.

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