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Google’s “war against account hijackers” results in a 99.7% reduction

Google’s “war against account hijackers” results in a 99.7% reduction

We've all heard about the travel money scam - a friend contacts you via IM or email frantic, saying they are overseas and have lost all their money and need some to get help. Many other variations exist, as well as other scams altogether. The hijacking attempts reached their peek in the summer of 2011, prompting Google to declare a "war against account hijackers." Earlier today, the company announced that Google account hacking has been reduced by 99.7-percent since then.

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Burger King Twitter account hacked to show McDonald’s superiority [UPDATE]

Burger King Twitter account hacked to show McDonald’s superiority [UPDATE]

Hacking into systems and servers to play some harmless pranks isn't anything new, but today Burger King's official Twitter account was breached and the hackers appeared to be die-hard McDonald's fans, because they ended up changing the page's branding to the McDonald's logo and name, and mentioned that Burger King "just got sold to McDonald's because the Whopper flopped."

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Facebook security reveals zero-day Java attack

Facebook security reveals zero-day Java attack

It's never good when you have to make an official report to the public about a hacker attack your multi-billion dollar social network has had. That's what's happened this week as Facebook's Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan lets it be known that several engineers on staff with Facebook had been the subject of a zero-day Java exploit. The good news is that no customer data was exposed (that's your stuff), the bad news is that Facebook wasn't the only company targeted by this attack.

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Hackers warn of zombie apocalypse in news station hack

Hackers warn of zombie apocalypse in news station hack

While hackers are usually notorious for breaking into databases and stealing personal information, some hackers simply breach into systems just for the fun of it. Case in point: someone (or possibly even a group) hacked their way into the KRTV affiliate of the Montana News Network and its CW station, prompting an emergency alert message warning viewers of an impending zombie apocalypse.

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Bamital Botnet destroyed: Microsoft, Symantec victorious

Bamital Botnet destroyed: Microsoft, Symantec victorious

This week the Botnet known as Bamital has been reported dead by the two warriors that claim to have killed it: Symantec and Microsoft. This report shows that the death of said botnet will take down its abilities in full: hijacking search results galore being the main evil this Bamital creature was working with. Each time a user in the line of fire searched for something using search engines from whens they'd be sent to a malicious 3rd party site, having malware installed from that point.

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