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Hackers claim Ashley Madison site breach, have data on 37 million users

Hackers claim Ashley Madison site breach, have data on 37 million users

A group of hackers have made their way through the security of dating network website Ashley Madison and claim they have the data of some 37 million of the service's users, in addition to financial records and other private information. This news was revealed by well-regarded security researcher Brian Krebs, who added that the those responsible for the hack go by the name Impact Team. Apparently a small amount of user data has been uploaded as proof, but the hackers are threatening to make everything public if their demands aren't met.

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Epic Games forums “compromised by a hacker”, taken offline

Epic Games forums “compromised by a hacker”, taken offline

The Epic Games forums were recently "compromised by a hacker", the company has revealed, and as a result it has taken its forums offline temporarily. Forum members began getting emails recently, and in them Epic Games details that notified users may have had their email address, username, date of birth, and password compromised. Those who use the same password elsewhere are encouraged to change it on their other accounts, and have been told that once the forums come back the passwords will have been reset.

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LastPass reveals breach that compromised user data

LastPass reveals breach that compromised user data

LastPass has revealed that it was breached recently, and that some account data was compromised as a result. The discovery was made this past Friday when, says LastPass, it found (and subsequently blocked) “suspicious activity” on its network. Encrypted user vault data doesn’t seem to have been taken, says LastPass, and there's also no sign that users' accounts were accessed. Some details pertaining to them, however, like email addresses were compromised, and so users need to update their master passwords among other things.

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OPM hack: all federal workers (possibly) had personal data stolen

OPM hack: all federal workers (possibly) had personal data stolen

Last week a massive data breach left the personal data on a reported four million federal employees compromised, but now word has it the hack was far larger in scope than previously revealed. In a recent letter it was stated that the personal data of every federal worker was stolen, as well as a large mass of details on former federal workers. The data taken is believed to be expansive, including things like health/life insurance info, pay data, military records, names, birth dates, and addresses, and more.

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Macs older than 1 year may be vulnerable to security exploit

Macs older than 1 year may be vulnerable to security exploit

A security researcher has just, reportedly, found a way to gain control of Macs using OS X. The exploits allow attackers to remotely overwrite firmware responsible for booting up the device. Once attackers isolate the flaw in a targeted machine, they could control the computer as soon as it boots up. The specific exploit discovered by Pedro Vilaca is explained in detail in an article on his blog. This attack can give a user continuous, low-level control of a Mac without any initial physical access; therefore, hackers from the other side of the globe can exploit your system.

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IRS on hack: all signs point to Russia

IRS on hack: all signs point to Russia

Earlier this week, it was reported that the IRS had been hacked and the tax returns for more than 100,000 people were swiped. That reality has not changed, but now there’s a potential culprit: Russian hackers. The news was stated by Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam, who serves as the chairman of a House subcommittee that oversees the IRS. The news itself reportedly was given to him by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who relayed the breach’s Russian origins in a phone call.

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IRS hacked; data stolen from over 100,000 taxpayers

IRS hacked; data stolen from over 100,000 taxpayers

Hackers successfully accessed—stole—personal information, including tax return data, from over 100,000 U.S. taxpayers. In a series of attacks that took place from February to mid-May, the hackers utilized the IRS's "Get Transcript" system to access all of the personal information that would be on a tax return, from birthdays and social security numbers to addresses. The motivation behind the attack is, apparently, an extensive plot to claim fraudulent tax returns using stolen identities. According to the IRS, over $5.8 billion USD in fraudulent refunds were sent out in the year 2013, alone.

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Lizard Squad teen admits guilt in 23 charges of swatting, harassment

Lizard Squad teen admits guilt in 23 charges of swatting, harassment

A 17-year-old in Canada plead guilty in court this week to 23 criminal charges of harassment, including swatting and extortion, mostly aimed at young women who played the online game League of Legends. The British Columbia resident describes himself as being a member of the hacking group Lizard Squad, and admitted to a number of swatting incidents that targeted victims in Tucson, Arizona and Florida, among other US cities.

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CareFirst health insurer hacked: up to 1.1m customers affected

CareFirst health insurer hacked: up to 1.1m customers affected

Recently we reported that the number of health care providers that have suffered some sort of breach sit at the 90-percent mark (over the last two years), and though some have taken steps to protect their networks, many are still vulnerable. Today it was announced that the health insurer CareFirst had been breached, making it the third in the United States to suffer such an attack (or, at least, to disclose as much). The attack took place in June of last year, and is said to have been sophisticated, affecting up to 1.1 million of the insurer’s customers. The company is based in Maryland but services the Washington DC region.

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Experts say researcher’s in-flight hacking claims are dubious

Experts say researcher’s in-flight hacking claims are dubious

Making headlines yesterday, security researcher Chris Roberts is being investigated by the FBI for claiming the ability to mess with a plane's flight systems from onboard. An ill-received tweet started it all, as Roberts claimed he could hack his flight's oxygen regulation. Roberts went on to tell the FBI that he hacked en-route 15 to 20 times over the several years using his laptop, modified cables, and the in-flight entertainment systems. He even claimed to be able to access engine commands and make his plane move sideways. Industry experts are calling Roberts out on his claims, citing a range of reasons why his claims are dubious, if not impossible.

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Penn State says it was hit with pair of “sophisticated” cyber attacks

Penn State says it was hit with pair of “sophisticated” cyber attacks

Penn State has revealed that it was hit with two major cyber attacks, one of which it determined originated from China. The announcement was made today, with the university saying that it first became aware of the threats on November 21, 2014 after being alerted by the FBI. According to the statement, the FBI alerted the university of a cyber attack taking place on its College of Engineering network. The university is saying that “advanced persistent threat actors” conducted the two cyber attacks, with “at least” one being based in China. The oldest discovered date of intrusion was September of 2012.

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Robots are about to replace lockpicking kits

Robots are about to replace lockpicking kits

If you're protecting treasured first edition comic collection with a combination lock, you may want to upgrade your security. traditional combo locks are about to be toast thanks to this new robot. The contraption is the creation of Samy Kamkar, the same hacker who brought us the pocket-sized KeySweeper, capable of sniffing keystrokes from wireless keyboards. With a little help from a 3D-printer and Arduino, Kamkar's device exploits a trick he discovered which allows anyone to crack a Masterlock in eight tries or less. The programmable motor is more efficient than any lock picker, opening the lock in seconds.

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