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Anonymous OpUSA cyberattack plan goes out with a fizzle

Anonymous OpUSA cyberattack plan goes out with a fizzle

On Monday, Anonymous and various extremist Islamic hacking collectives announced their OpUSA mission, which was a planned cyberattack against nine big-name US agencies/institutions that the hackers wanted to take down. The attack was announced in a manifesto of sorts on Pastebin, which you can read here if poor grammar is of no bother to you. Not surprisingly, the attack appears to have fizzled out with little effect.

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Syrian Electronic Army takes over E! Online’s Twitter Account

Syrian Electronic Army takes over E! Online’s Twitter Account

The Syrian Electronic Army strikes again, and this time, their target was both E! Online and Justin Bieber. In a series of tweets, the SEA stated that Justin Bieber was coming out of the closet and admitting to his homosexuality in an E! Online exclusive. The group provided links following those tweets, presumably to malware infested sites. The SEA finished up their practical joke with the tweet, "The Syrian Electronic Army was here! Fans of @justinbieber, you have been trolled."

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LivingSocial breach leaves 50 million customers vulnerable

LivingSocial breach leaves 50 million customers vulnerable

LivingSocial, a website that provides users with deals on a daily basis, has been hacked, it revealed in a memo to employees and later on with a public statement to users. According to a spokesperson, hackers breached the system and pulled quite a bit of user data, including usernames, encrypted passwords, birth dates, and email addresses of potentially 50 million users. Fortunately, financial information was not accessed.

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AP Twitter account hacked with fake White House explosion claim

AP Twitter account hacked with fake White House explosion claim

The Associated Press's Twitter account was hacked today after a tweet was sent out from the account that read, "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured." The Associated Press responded shortly after saying that its Twitter account had been compromised, and now the account has been suspended, but it should be back up shortly after Twitter and the AP resolve the issue.

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Twitter and Syrian Electronic Army go to battle

Twitter and Syrian Electronic Army go to battle

After the Syrian Electronic Army took over several of CBS's Twitter accounts recently, Twitter has focused its priorities on taking the hackers down, well at least their Twitter accounts. Twitter proceeded to shut down the SEA's official Twitter account, and the hackers responded by creating another Twitter account named @Official_SEA. This quickly led to a back-and-forth ban/account-creation battle between the two entities.

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Verizon security report itemizes annual data breaches

Verizon security report itemizes annual data breaches

Verizon has published its latest Data Breach Investigations Report, which is released annually and looks at the instances of data breaches that happened over the course of a year. According to the report, 2012 saw 621 data breaches - those that were confirmed, that is - in addition to a much higher approximately 47,000 so-called security incidents. The numbers give us a look at what kind of threats are present, and who is most affected.

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Reuters fires journalist accused of conspiring with Anonymous

Reuters fires journalist accused of conspiring with Anonymous

Matthew Keys, the journalist who was accused of conspiring with Anonymous, has been fired by Reuters today. On his Twitter account, Keys tweeted, "Just got off the phone. Reuters has fired me, effective today. Our union will be filing a grievance. More soon." David Girardin, a Reuters spokesperson, confirmed the firing. According to Keys, his termination from Reuters had no relation to his alleged involvement with Anonymous, but was due to him violating his "Final Written Warning".

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LulzSec hacker “Recursion” sentenced to a year in prison

LulzSec hacker “Recursion” sentenced to a year in prison

It has been a long process, but one of LulzSec's hackers who went by the name "Recursion" has been sentenced, receiving one year in prison for his part in a cyberattack on Sony Entertainment. After serving his year, the hacker, who's real name is Cody Kretsinger, will have to perform 1,000 hours of community service and home detention. Kretsinger plead guilty to a single count of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer, according to Reuters.

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Experts say Spamhaus attack is first of many to come

Experts say Spamhaus attack is first of many to come

Earlier today, we reported on a cyber-battle between two groups that ended up dragging the entire internet along with it. The week-long battle between Spamhaus, an anti-spam group, and Cyberbunker, a web host known for hosting spam sites, led to a "global internet slowdown", and it looks like the battle is long from being over. Spamhaus has no intention to stop until Cyberbunker is brought down.

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