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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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Internet slows as historically unprecedented cyber-battle ensues

Internet slows as historically unprecedented cyber-battle ensues

This week you may well have thought your connection to the internet was slowing down - in fact you would be right, and it's not just you! According to security specialists Spamhaus, a multi-national group based in both London and Geneva, there's a war going on outside no one is safe from. The beastly battle between Spamhaus and a supposed nefarious web host by the name of Cyberbunker have resulted in what the former says is a global internet slowdown.

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Microsoft confirms LIVE accounts hacked, pulls Xbox Entertainment Award app

Microsoft confirms LIVE accounts hacked, pulls Xbox Entertainment Award app

Microsoft has issued a statement confirming that some of its "high-profile" Xbox LIVE accounts that are said to belong to both former and current employees have been hacked, reports the folks over at ars technica, which was cyberattacked yesterday by the same hacking group. Known as Team Hype, the hackers are suspected to have caused a host of grief, including having possibly caused a police raid on Brian Krebs, a security reporter.

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