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Passwords of seven million Minecraft players being sold online

The passwords to over seven million user accounts owned by members of a popular Minecraft community have been hacked and are now being offered for sale on the dark net. The community, Lifeboat, didn't notify users until three months after the breach.

New Android malware silently installs ransomware from website

A new form of malware using online advertisements to sneak ransomware onto Android devices has been discovered in the wild. The malware loads "Dogspectus" onto phones and doesn’t require any user interaction, operating completely silently.

Spotify denies it was hacked as lists of passwords appear online

A list that contains hundreds of Spotify usernames, email addresses and passwords has appeared online. Spotify says it wasn't hacked but users have confirmed many of the details are valid and have reported problems with their account.

Emergency Android update fixes critical exploit bug

Google has rushed out a critical Android security update that fixes a bug that could allow attackers to compromise a phone using a malicious app in the Google Play Store. The fix will not be available on the majority of Android handsets though.

BBC, MSN and New York Times infected with ransomware

A number of major news sites have inadvertently hosted ransomware that could infect visitors' computers and permanently encrypt files. Publishers including the BBC, MSN and The New York Times are amongst those affected in the widespread campaign.

Can you hack a Chromebook? Google offers $100k for your time

Google has set a challenge to security research and friendly hacking communities. It will pay $100,000 to anyone who details a working exploit that gives them remote and persistent access to a Chromebook computer, an attractive new reward.

Adobe: Patch Flash now to prevent hackers accessing your PC

Adobe has released a critical security update for its Flash media player across all supported platforms. It includes a patch for a gaping security hole being actively exploited by hackers, the latest in a long line of problems with the aging plugin.

Triada Trojan 'almost impossible' to detect, very sophisticated

A new Trojan malware has been discovered that is capable of making in-app purchases and gaining root access to phones. It could affect as many as 60 percent of all Android devices, is very sophisticated and almost impossible to remove.

'Over half' of all wireless mice vulnerable to 'Mousejack' attack

A warning has been issued after security researchers discovered many wireless mice are vulnerable to attacks that could give hackers control of a computer. Wireless mice usually work over unencrypted connections, putting them at risk of attack.

Seven-year old Linux bug potentially devastating to devices

A potentially devastating vulnerability in one of the core components of the Linux operating system threatens to leave billions of computers, servers, routers and other embedded hardware open to remote attack. It has been left unpatched for years.

Google offering 2GB free storage as reward for updating security

Google is giving users 2GB of free Google Drive cloud storage in return for spending two minutes of their time to complete a Security Checkup. The offer is part of Safer Internet Day, designed to raise awareness of security issues online.

66% of Android devices at risk as zero-day flaw found in Linux

A zero-day flaw found in the Linux kernel has put as many as 66 percent of Android devices at risk of exploit by hackers and malware creators. The bug also affects millions of desktop computers and Linux servers around the world.

Twitter goes down affecting millions of users around the world

Shock and disappointment to millions: Twitter went down this morning and people across the globe are up in arms. The site is not accessible through desktop or mobile services.

LastPass users warned of sophisticated phishing attack

A flaw in the popular password manager software LastPass has been discovered by a security researcher. It allows a hacker to design an exceptionally convincing phishing attack and persuade the user to give up the root password protecting their details.

34k Steam users saw each other's details in 'Winter Fail' outage

Over five days after users of the Steam PC gaming service were shown private account details of other members, Valve has responded with a statement explaining what went wrong. A configuration error caused the security issue, affecting 34,000 users.

New password system replaces words with pictures and icons

A group of security researchers have created a potential password replacement system that uses memorable patterns, pictures and codes instead of the traditional phrase or string of characters. The system is supposed to be easier to use than passwords.

Twitter warns users targeted in state-sponsored cyber-attacks

Twitter has warned some users that they may have been targeted in a recent state-sponsored cyber-attack. The site now issues notices if a government tries to compromise user accounts, following Facebook and Google.

WordPress hit by hackers, 30,000 passwords force reset

Popular blog hosting site WordPress has announced that 30,000 passwords will be reset in the wake of the discovery of a security breach. WordPress now powers over a quarter of all the websites online.

UK police campaign to target teenage hackers aged 12-15

Britain's National Crime Agency has launched a new advertising campaign targeting the parents of teenage hackers. Research has found the average age of hackers has fallen to just 17, prompting the police to alert parents to tell-tale signs.

Lizard Squad claims responsibility for Black Friday PSN outage

Hacker group Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for a major service outage on Sony's PlayStation Network for hours on Black Friday. Gamers found they couldn't login or play online, adding another attack to the list of Lizard Squad's claimed actions.

4th largest data breach ever affects 5m parents, 200k children

The Chinese maker of some of the most popular tablet computers for young children has suffered a severe data breach. Hackers accessed VTech's servers and stole the personal information of nearly 5 million parents and over 200,000 kids.

Amazon is warning users that their password may have been leaked

Just days away from Black Friday, Amazon is reportedly emailing a currently unknown number of users to inform them their password may have been visible during a potential leak of the company's database. It remains unclear how the breach happened.

Dell apologises as serious security vulnerability found in PCs

Computer manufacturer Dell has issued an apology to customers amid concerns that the company has bundled intrusive software with its laptops. The allegations are similar to those directed at Lenovo after the Superfish adware scare earlier this year.

Google can remotely reset the password of most Android phones

A report prepared by the New York District Attorney's Office has found Google is capable of remotely resetting the password on the majority of Android devices if ordered to by a court. The findings are the latest development in the war on encryption.

200,000 Comcast customer passwords found for sale on the dark web

Comcast has confirmed that 200,000 of its customer email addresses and passwords have been found for sale on the dark web, forcing it to contact the affected people and automatically reset their accounts.

Badly coded ransomware encrypts your data but forgets the key

Ransomware is nothing new. The malware works by encrypting files on the target's computer and charging the owner if they ever want to see them again. Unfortunately, a bug in one such program means it always forgets the key, making decryption impossible.

Thousands of Android apps infected with 'unremovable' malware

Security researchers have discovered a new form of Android malware that is virtually impossible to remove and is present in thousands of apps. Described as "trojanized adware", the creators are out to make money by injecting ads into phones.

Hackers access almost 2,000 Vodafone customer accounts

Mobile network Vodafone has confirmed hackers have accessed its database and obtained the details of nearly 2,000 customers. Phone numbers and bank sort codes are among the stolen information.

Millions of websites at risk of hacking from critical Joomla bug

The Joomla bug, one of the most popular website management systems, could allow hackers to control millions of sites by remotely executing code that would provide access to admin control panels. The critical vulnerability was patched earlier this week.

TalkTalk warns of 'significant and sustained' major cyber-attack

UK broadband provider TalkTalk has said its website has been targeted by hackers in a "significant and sustained" cyber-attack. The company's four million customers may have had personal details and card data stolen as an investigation begins.
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