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Leaked documents reveal New Zealand planned to hack smartphones

A leaked top secret document has revealed that New Zealand and its spy partners attempted to exploit weaknesses in smartphone browsers to hack into the devices without informing companies or the public. The information was obtained by Edward Snowden.

New hack leaves millions of home WiFi routers open to attack

A major security flaw has been found in software used by millions of consumer WiFi routers. The error could allow attackers to execute code on the router at the kernel level, potentially exposing every device and file on your home network.

FBI issues search warrant after man claims he hacked plane

The FBI has issued a search warrant for a man who claims to have successfully hijacked aircraft during flight. He used his laptop computer to hack the plane's systems and temporarily gain control of the engines, causing it to fly sideways.

Washington Post mobile site hijacked by Syrian Electronic Army

The mobile-friendly version of the Washington Post's website was hijacked for a short time Thursday night by hackers claiming to be from the Syrian Electronic Army. Visitors found warning pop-up messages from the hackers.

Two of the most popular GTA V PC mods include active malware

Two of the most popular third-party mods for the recently-launched PC edition of Grand Theft Auto V have been found to secretly install malware, prompting a tightening up of registration procedures on several key mod download sites.

What you need to know about 'Venom', billed Heartbleed 2 by some

An "extremely critical" bug has been found in virtualisation software relied on by web hosts across the Internet. Named "Venom", some have been calling it "Heartbleed 2.0" as it could allow an attacker to gain access to the entire contents of a server.

Huge security flaw found in Lenovo laptops and computers

Just months after Lenovo was found to be installing adware on its computers, it has now been revealed that the company has left "massive security risks" in its own software supplied with its machines leaving users vulnerable to attack and exploit.

China blames foreign malware for Internet outage

China has blamed malware originating from "overseas servers" for causing a widespread Internet outage in the country last weekend. The unusual attack resulted in several users being redirected to one of two websites when browsing online.

Millions of WordPress sites are at risk of hijacking

A major vulnerability has been discovered in the WordPress content management system that makes it possible for hackers to gain complete control of the administration area and even the web server that WordPress is running on.

Russia hacked the White House, accessed the President's schedule

The same Russian hackers that recently damaged the State Department hacked into sensitive parts of the White House managed to access information including details of the president's schedule, according to a new report.

One man could have deleted every video on YouTube

A security researcher has uncovered a way of deleting every single video from YouTube by sending a simple request to Google servers. The company has now fixed the incredibly serious flaw that could have removed all of the content from its site.

The Bitcoin blockchain could be spreading malware across the web

A new report has suggested that the core of Bitcoin could be used by hackers to deliver harmful, dangerous malware to unsuspecting users of the cryptocurrency network if malicious files were uploaded instead of transactions to the Bitcoin blockchain.

Researchers hack computers by firing blasts of hot air

Researchers have found a way to hack into secure computer systems by firing blasts of hot air, tricking the computer's thermal sensor and allowing the researchers access to the computer even when not connected to the internet.

98% of UK firms have no cyber-attack insurance

A new UK government report has found that nearly all large firms do not possess any form of insurance that would help them to recover from a major cyber-attack, despite 81% of those surveyed having experienced a security breach in the past 12 months.

New Cryptolocker variant targets gamers by encrypting game files

A new version of the Cryptolocker malware has found its way onto the Internet. Named TeslaCrypt, this time gamers are the target as files of several major games are encrypted and locked down with players held to ransom for their unlock.

Snowden documents reveal extent of CIA hacking of Apple security

Documents released by Edward Snowden have shown that the CIA has spent almost a decade trying to break through the security around Apple devices so that they could secretly plant malware onto the devices and monitor users.

FREAK security flaw in HTTPS affects Windows too

A decade-old flaw in the HTTPS protocol that could allow hackers to decrypt secure traffic between web browsers and servers, including payment details, has been confirmed to be present on Windows as well as Android and iOS devices.

New Android malware spies on you even when phone is shut down

Security researchers have discovered a new form of malware attacking Android smartphones that allows hackers to control the device even if it appears completely shut down to the user.

Chef Jamie Oliver's website infected users with malware

A spokesman for celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has acknowledged that malicious code on his self-branded website contained malware that could have given hackers control of users' computers as they browsed for recipes.

Anonymous 'OpDeathEaters' to combat child sex abusers online

High-profile hacktivist group Anonymous have announced that they are planning an action day to expose child abusers and those who cover them, freely publishing the information to inform the public of the scope of abuse.

Users of pirated copies of Today Calendar told "walk the plank"

The developer of the popular Android calendar app Today Calendar has started to fight piracy of his product by adding pirate-themed messages to the app that suggest users of pirated copies "walk the plank" or attend a "pirate party."

BMW patches flaw that could have allowed hackers to unlock cars

German car manufacturer BMW has patched a flaw in software used across its product family of cars that would have allowed hackers to unlock the doors of other peoples' cars. Over 2.2 million cars have been affected.

Lizard Squad attacks Malaysia Airlines website, replaces homepage

Hacking group Lizard Squad took control of the Malaysia Airlines website homepage for a while earlier today, replacing it with a high-profile mocking of the disasters that have struck the troubled company in the past year.

The Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2014 is here; '123456' still top

SplashData has released its updated list of the Top 25 Worst Passwords for 2014, continuing the new tradition since 2011. As might be expected, "123456" still tops the chart, followed in second place by the decidedly simple "password."

Anonymous contributes to #JeSuisCharlie, takes jihadist site down

The hacktivist group Anonymous is stepping up to the challenge of defying the terrorist acts that took place in France last this week by launching a new offensive against extremism-promoting Islamic websites in the wake of the disaster.

Sony gets $15 million from The Interview online

Sony has announced that its controversial comedy film about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has raised over $15 million in revenue from online streaming services since it became available on Christmas Eve.

MPAA: 'It is a despicable, criminal act'; Obama weighs in, too

In his last press conference of the year, President Obama said he wished Sony had not pulled "The Interview." He and his family head to Hawaii for a holiday break.

'Citizenfour' shortlisted for Oscar; 'The Interview' release idea

In the wake of the Sony hack, Edward Snowden and his perils have made the Oscar documentary shortlist. "Citzenfour" is among the list of 15, which will be down to five when nominations are announced in January.

Dropbox breached, 6 million usernames and passwords stolen

Four hundred usernames and passwords for Dropbox accounts gathered from users have been posted online in plain text format with an assurance that over 6 million more have also been collected.

Unpatchable USB-stick infecting malware now in the wild

An unpatchable malware infecting the firmware powering USB drives is now available in the wild, giving hackers undetectable abilities to use the sticks as hosts to malicious software that is automatically loaded when connected to a new computer.
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Messages displayed to visitors after the Syrian Electronic Army hijacked the Washington Post s mobil...
Messages displayed to visitors after the Syrian Electronic Army hijacked the Washington Post's mobile site on 14/05/2015
Israeli military website hacked by Anonymous
Israeli military website hacked by Anonymous
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Screen capture of hacked website
Screen capture of hacked website
Screen capture of hacked website
The message left to MIT on their website.
The message left to MIT on their website.
Lizard Squad attacked the Malaysia Airlines website  replacing the homepage.
Lizard Squad attacked the Malaysia Airlines website, replacing the homepage.
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A screen shot of the Twitter account for the US Military Central Command  which was apparently hacke...
A screen shot of the Twitter account for the US Military Central Command, which was apparently hacked.
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Lizard Squad attacked the Malaysia Airlines website  replacing the homepage.
Lizard Squad attacked the Malaysia Airlines website, replacing the homepage.
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The Syrian Electronic Army infiltrated The Guardian s Twitter feeds
The Syrian Electronic Army infiltrated The Guardian's Twitter feeds
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