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Facebook proactively searching for compromised user data

Facebook proactively searching for compromised user data

We see it a lot lately — some hacker makes a big data grab, then dumps the info in a dark corner of the web. The most recent victim of polarizing headlines about compromised data has been Dropbox. While claiming the username/password combinations taken were dated, they still faced a lot of furrowed brows at the data grab. Securing your own servers is a smart measure, but Facebook — perhaps the biggest data fish in the sea — is taking it a step further, and has taken to hunting in the deep waters.

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Russian hackers use Windows flaw to target NATO and more

Russian hackers use Windows flaw to target NATO and more

Hackers have been in the news on a regular basis -- sometimes for their escapades, other times for their convictions. The latest among them is a Russian hacking collective that has been spying on high-profile targets for the last five years. The collective is being referred to as the Sandworm Team by iSight Partners, which made the discovery, due to Dune references spotted in the hackers' code. The hacking efforts are said to be ongoing even now, and involve phishing tactics to infect the various targets' computers.

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Kmart registers hacked, customers’ credit & debit cards numbers stolen

Kmart registers hacked, customers’ credit & debit cards numbers stolen

Retail chain Kmart has just announced that its in-store payment systems have been compromised for over a month now, and there is a strong chance that customers' credit and debit card numbers have been compromised. Details are still scarce at this point, but it is clear that Kmart joins recent retail victims Target and Home Depot in having their registers affected by malware.

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Yahoo servers breached via Shellshock bug

Yahoo servers breached via Shellshock bug

Remember the shellshock bug that caused a lot of hoopla in recent weeks? According to Future South Technologies security researcher Jonathon Hall, some of Yahoo's servers have been breached by hackers via the security vulnerability. The researcher took to Reddit to talk about his discovery, saying that he had contacted Yahoo before going public, but then had to eventually contact both the FBI and "several media outlets" before the company responded to his message. In its response, according to Hall, Yahoo confirmed the security breach.

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Google says thousands of pics were deleted in wake of celeb hacking scandal

Google says thousands of pics were deleted in wake of celeb hacking scandal

In the aftermath of a large hacking attack that saw the personal photos of many celebrities released on the internet earlier this year, Google has now come forward saying that "tens of thousands" of said images were removed from the search giant's services promptly after requests were made. This disclosure comes almost immediately after Google was threatened with a $100 million lawsuit from lawyers representing the celebrities who had their pictures stolen.

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Chase bank says 76 million affected in data breach

Chase bank says 76 million affected in data breach

Data breaches seem to be a daily occurrence of late, with companies left and right reporting they’ve been hacked. The latest puts the info grab a little too close to home, though, as JP Morgan Chase reveal they’ve been compromised. The scope of the breach makes it the largest we’ve ever seen.

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Lawyer wants to sue Google over celeb photo hack

Lawyer wants to sue Google over celeb photo hack

With the recent celebrity photo hacking scandal, iCloud was quickly pointed to as a reason for us seeing far too much of those affected. Apple was quick to respond by pointing out the breach occurred by brute force, and not as a result of their lax security. Now, a lawyer representing some of the celebrities affected, is suing Google.

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Hackers charged for swiping military and Xbox data

Hackers charged for swiping military and Xbox data

The Department of Justice has announced that four hackers, part of what is being referred to as an "international computer hacking ring" -- have been charged for stealing data and software related to the Xbox and belonging to the military. Two of the four hackers have plead guilty to the charges.

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Bash bug affects OS X, Linux: “worse than Heartbleed”

Bash bug affects OS X, Linux: “worse than Heartbleed”

The Bash Bug - also going by the nickname "Shellshock" - has been discovered this week and identified as a serious threat to computers of all kinds around the world. The vulnerability exists inside Bash, an element inside operating systems like Mac OS X, Linux, and Unix.

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Nationwide restaurant chain Jimmy John’s hacked

Nationwide restaurant chain Jimmy John’s hacked

Another retail shop has been hit with a point-of-sale information breach. Jimmy John's, a nationwide sandwich shop operating over 1,900 stores, reports they’ve been hacked. Just like Home Depot and Target ahead of them, this one points right back to the point of sale terminal.

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This Emma Watson hoax is proof the internet is broken

This Emma Watson hoax is proof the internet is broken

Behold the viral bot-owners. After Emma Watson’s speech at the United Nations aimed at Gender equality earlier this week, a viral campaign was launched in the opposite direction. A website suggesting there’d be a leak of nude photos of the actress went up - "EmmaYouAreNext" was released and a viral marketing scheme was hatched.

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Like Google, DuckDuckGo has been blocked in China

Like Google, DuckDuckGo has been blocked in China

Here’s an interesting one: China is blocking DuckDuckGo. the very private search engine, and newly found option in iOS 8, is reportedly being blocked in China. In response to a Twitter question asking why a device with iOS 8 — and DuckDuckGo enabled — wouldn’t connect to the search engine, CEO Gabriel Weinberg acknowledged the Chinese stiff-arm.

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