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Sands Hotel hacked earlier this year, brought system to its knees

Sands Hotel hacked earlier this year, brought system to its knees

A new report details a troubling assault on the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where a group of Iranians hacked the company’s internal system and brought it to its knees. An entire casino at the mercy of hackers, but it likely wasn’t for the reasons you’d think. No money was taken; instead, it was a digital offensive, possibly due to Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson’s remarks made late last year. A message left on the Sands’ server echoed as much, showing that political disagreements can have actual consequence outside of war.

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Sony Pictures hack may be about ‘The Interview’ after all

Sony Pictures hack may be about ‘The Interview’ after all

The hacking of Sony Pictures has yielded some interesting takeaways. We know a large studio is not safe from digital assault, and we’ve seen more than our fair share of details surrounding stars and their pay. Seeing film budgets is interesting, but we still haven’t been down to brass tacks. What’s this all about? Why hack Sony Pictures? Speculation about the incoming movie The Interview suggested a link to North Korea, who have since refuted that assertion. The hackers, though — their recent demands suggest North Korean ties.

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Sony PlayStation store was down last night; hackers to blame?

Sony PlayStation store was down last night; hackers to blame?

Overnight, Sony’s PlayStation store went down. For roughly two hours, the online portal for PlayStation users was unavailable, and a hacker conglomerate is taking responsibility. The Lizard Squad, which cryptically refer to themselves as “lizards” who “want to watch the world burn”, seem to be claiming responsibility for the disruption in service. In a Twitter post right around the same time as the PlayStation store went down, The Lizard Squad said “PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad”. Sony said they were aware of the service disruption, and are looking into it.

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Hackers email Sony employees, say families are ‘in danger’

Hackers email Sony employees, say families are ‘in danger’

Things may have just gone from bad to worse for Sony. A recent hack gave us all kinds of info about the inner workings of Sony pictures, with everything from employee passwords to full films being leaked. Now, it seems the hackers are making threatening remarks to Sony employees via email. While they don’t necessarily make any direct threats of harm, they do say employees who don’t comply will “suffer damage”. The hackers are also threatening the families of employees.

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Sony Pictures tipped to name North Korea as cyberattack source

Sony Pictures tipped to name North Korea as cyberattack source

The cyberattack against Sony Pictures has been ongoing since it first appeared last week, effectively bringing the studio to a halt by taking over its corporate network and, later on, leaking data following threats of such. Though Sony has been relatively quiet on the matter, the FBI recently released a warning about a malicious software attack in the United States, something believed to be a reference to the Sony breach. In that FBI report -- obtained by Reuters -- it was said some of the software used by the hackers had been compiled in Korean.

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Iranian hackers breached global companies, say researchers

Iranian hackers breached global companies, say researchers

Cylance, a US-based cyber security firm, has reported that Iranian hackers have breached "top" companies across the globe, including aerospace firms, energy companies, universities, and more. Affected companies are located in the US, France, Germany, China, England, Saudi Arabia, India, and Israel, according to the researchers, and were targeted under an effort that has been ongoing for the past couple years. Though no specific companies have been specified, the infiltration could let the hackers cause physical damage in due time.

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FBI malware warning hints at Sony Pictures attack

FBI malware warning hints at Sony Pictures attack

The FBI has issued a warning about dangerous malware, and Reuters has acquired a five-page confidential document on it the agency sent to unspecified companies in the U.S. today. That document reportedly contains some information about the malware, and reports that it has been used in a "destructive cyberattack" in the US. The agency did not specify which company has fallen victim (nor if there is more than one), but it is believed to be related to the recent massive attack against Sony Pictures.

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Sony Pictures movies leaked online following network hack

Sony Pictures movies leaked online following network hack

Following the news last week of the hacking of Sony Pictures' network by a group calling themselves "#GOP," or Guardians of Peace, DVD screener copies of several of the studio's movies have been leaked online. As was previously reported, the hackers threatened Sony with a list of unspecified demands, saying sensitive data would be released if the movie studio didn't cooperate. It appears that this could be the first of such leaks.

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks Walmart, media sites

Syrian Electronic Army hacks Walmart, media sites

The Syrian Electronic Army, which has pulled off a bunch of often annoying hacks in the past, has been relatively quiet in recent times. That ended on Thanksgiving, when the collective posted a tweet referencing the holiday and users across the global began seeing popups from the SEA appears on several websites. Multiple media websites were affected, including CBC.ca and The Boston Globe, as well as Wal-Mart's Canadian website. Though no user data is known to have been compromised, many users were redirected to the hackers' logo, according to Reuters.

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Sony Pictures hack tipped as an inside job

Sony Pictures hack tipped as an inside job

Sony Pictures was swept up in a widespread attack recently, something that came to light after a screenshot of a compromised computer in one of the company's offices was posted to Reddit. Through that screenshot we saw mention of some unspecified demands and a threat to leak data if the demands weren't met. That has spawned different tidbits of information coming from different sources alleging knowledge of or access to the situation, the most recent of which suggests the hack was, in part at least, an inside job.

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