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Microsoft Outlook hacked in China over the weekend

Microsoft Outlook hacked in China over the weekend

Watchdog GreatFire.org, which we've previously spoke of, has reported that Microsoft Outlook users in China were attacked over the weekend, something that has notably followed the nation's blocking of Gmail. It was reportedly a man-in-the-middle-attack that targeted those using IMAP and SMTP to get their email in a client, and though there are no official reasons for why it happened or who was responsible, GreatFire has some speculation about what went down and who was responsible for the breach.

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NSA said to have hacked North Korea before it hacked Sony

NSA said to have hacked North Korea before it hacked Sony

If you have ever wondered why the US seemed rather quick at pointing the finger at North Korea for the recent disastrous hacking of Sony's servers, then this might be the answer. According to leaked NSA documents, the US government's agency notorious for its spying activities apparently tapped into North Korea's networks even before the Sony attacks, providing President Obama with the hard evidence needed to make that public accusation. Sadly, that knowledge came too late to protect Sony despite North Korea's not so subtle threats.

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NY Post, UPI Twitter hacks see Pope announcing WWIII

NY Post, UPI Twitter hacks see Pope announcing WWIII

Friday afternoon saw the Twitter accounts of both the New York Post and United Press International (UPI) hacked and announcing that China had fired a missile on a U.S. ship, along with the Pope declaring the incident the start of World War III. The compromised accounts of the two news agencies posted tweets about a Federal Reserve emergency meeting and other banking matters. Fortunately the agencies quickly realized their social network accounts had gone awry, and took back control.

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UK teen arrested for PlayStation, Xbox hackings over Christmas

UK teen arrested for PlayStation, Xbox hackings over Christmas

Friday saw the arrest of an 18-year-old man in the UK for his involvement in the hackings that took down both the PlayStation and Xbox online gaming networks for several days last month starting on Christmas. The incident saw a number of headlines after the holiday, as gamers were unable to get online for an increasingly frustrating period of time, and hacking group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility. The unnamed teen was arrested by police near the city of Liverpool on suspicion of not only hacking, but also "swatting."

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White House sanctions North Korea in response to Sony hack

White House sanctions North Korea in response to Sony hack

In an apparent attempt to thwart future cyber attacks, the United states has issued sanctions against North Korea. The sanctions are a response to “ongoing provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies, particularly its destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment”. Sanctions are part of The White House’s previous statement that any response to North Korea regarding the Sony hack would be “proportional”, though the sanctions aren’t final. The White house is calling them the “first part” of a full response.

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PSN, Xbox Live takedowns were ‘marketing scheme’, say hackers

PSN, Xbox Live takedowns were ‘marketing scheme’, say hackers

A Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack is something that can have a ripple effect throughout the Internet, and typically not a good one. On Christmas Day, we saw both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live go down — and with regard to the PSN, down hard. That was all a ‘marketing scheme’ according to the group claiming responsibility for it. "Just how is a DDoS a marketing ploy?", you might ask. As it turns out, the hacker crew behind the attacks are now selling their DDoS services.

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The Interview download includes Android hacker attack

The Interview download includes Android hacker attack

Several weeks ago Sony Pictures was hacked by a group that claimed to have done so that The Interview would not be released. Once it was clear that the film WAS still going to be released as normal, they issued further threat that anyone who saw the film would be in danger of physical attack. Most recently there's been a hack embedded within a torrent - that's an illegal download, in this case, and it's hitting Android users in South Korea specifically.

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North Korea’s internet is down in wake of The Interview

North Korea’s internet is down in wake of The Interview

Late Sunday, the 22nd of December, North Korea began suffering a major internet outage cross-country. This sort of internet failure is not common in North Korea, and researchers have suggested that it's very possible the country is under a concentrated DDoS attack. This would be a denial-of-service for North Korea shortly after the FBI suggested whoever was responsible for the digital attack on Sony would suffer costs and consequences. Meanwhile President Barack Obama suggested that "we will respond proportionally, and we will respond in a place and time and a manner that we choose."

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Staples says 1 million cards fell victim to latest hack

Staples says 1 million cards fell victim to latest hack

Office goods retailer Staples recently saw themselves fall prey to hackers, much as Target, The Home Depot, and a laundry list of retailers ahead of them have. The company has now addressed the hack, saying that over one million unique cards were compromised. The hack also affected more than 100 point-of-sale systems at 1,400 stores. Staples didn’t say if the breach was nationwide, or if a specific geography was affected. The window for this hack was short, though, only lasting about a month.

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Sony Pictures demands hacked data be deleted

Sony Pictures demands hacked data be deleted

The Press has been issued a demand from Sony Pictures that all leaked information from the recent hack of their systems be deleted. This demand was made with regard to the hack that's rumored to have been executed by North Korea in retaliation for the release of the movie The Interview. This movie depicts a humorous take on an assassination attempt on the leader of North Korea, and North Korea was presumably not especially happy to hear that it was being made.

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