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Hacker attack arrest pins Spamhaus incident on Dutchman

Hacker attack arrest pins Spamhaus incident on Dutchman

This week an arrest was made in Spain of a man suspected of taking part in a major hacker attack that earlier this year attacked the organization known as Spamhaus. The Spamhaus Project attack was reported as one that would have an epic scale, said by the spam group themselves to have slowed the internet due to support by many high-ranking assistant webpages. It was later contested as a smaller attack than suggested by Spamhaus, but the results remain: arrests are being made.

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Alleged LulzSec leader arrested in Australia

Alleged LulzSec leader arrested in Australia

The Australian Federal Police arrested a man in Sydney on Monday who claims to be the leader of Lulz Security, more commonly known as LulzSec. Though his name has not been revealed, ABC News Australia reports that he is 24-years-old, and worked in a "position of trust" in a NSW-local branch of an international IT company. Because of his work position, he had access to government client data.

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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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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 gets prison sentence for Sony Pictures hack

LulzSec hacker gets prison sentence for Sony Pictures hack

This week the man known as Cody Andrew Kretsinger has been issued a prison sentence for his part in a 2011 attack on a Sony Pictures-owned website, this incident earning hima cool 1 year in a federal cell. This particular hack ended up having the names and information of customers of Sony products stolen and leaked to the public. This information included the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of a massive amount of customers.

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Facebook Home hitting Jailbroken iPhones: Chat Heads first

Facebook Home hitting Jailbroken iPhones: Chat Heads first

Today it's been announced that those working with a Jailbroken iPhone out there in the wild may soon be able to work with the still limited-to-Android Facebook Home feature Chat Heads. While the newest version of Facebook for iOS does include an in-app iteration of the Chat Heads feature for messaging, the build announced today (by unofficial sources, of course), will allow Chat Heads to appear universally, just as it is with Android.

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Federal Aviation Administration says Android plane hijacking isn’t possible

Federal Aviation Administration says Android plane hijacking isn’t possible

On Thursday, a man named Hugo Tesco demonstrated at the Hack in a Box security conference a way to hijack an airplane using an Android device - and nothing else. Obviously, such a claim drew quite a bit of attention, including from the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Administration, both of which have come forward with statements that it simply isn't possible.

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Man charged in 2011 Anonymous attack on Koch Industries

Man charged in 2011 Anonymous attack on Koch Industries

In the summer of 2011, it was revealed that Koch Industries was one of several big-oil-and-coal names shoveling out money to climate change skeptic Dr. Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, something that made his research seem more than a tad questionable. Shortly before this, however, were attacks on Koch Industries' website by the hacker collective Anonymous, with one Wisconsin man being indicted yesterday for helping them.

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