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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.

Android phones on AT&T and Verizon vulnerable to attack

A flaw in the implementation of a security feature on the mobile networks of U.S. providers AT&T and Verizon could put every connected Android device at risk of eavesdropping and identity spoofing, according to a recent report.

'Killer USB' immediately fries computers by discharging 220V

A Russian hacker has revealed a design for a USB stick that can kill any device it is connected to within seconds. The normal-looking pen drive fries the motherboard of any unsuspecting computer, phone or tablet by forcing 220 volts of power over USB.

Microsoft pays security researcher $24k reward for Hotmail hack

A security researcher who successfully managed to hack Microsoft's Hotmail email service has received $24,000 in reward money after disclosing the details, adding to the increasing numbers of people making thousands in bug bounties.

Huawei refuses to patch serious flaws in routers used worldwide

Wi-Fi router manufacturer Huawei has said it will not release fixes for a series of critical flaws in its products. The routers, all built in the last five years, could make it easy for hackers to attack devices on a user's network.

Stagefright returns: Android devices infected by MP3 files

The security company that uncovered the critical "Stagefright" issue in Android this summer has warned the attack has evolved and now infects devices from malicious multimedia files, circumventing updates that have remedied the original bug.

650,000 Chinese smartphones behind massive web server outage

It has been discovered that a massive DDoS attack that took out a web server was fuelled by spam requests originating from the combined might of 650,000 Chinese smartphones. The server was forced offline by the massive overload.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management hack 'much bigger'

Washington - A recent computer hack, targeting the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, was worse than previously reported, with millions of fingerprint records taken.

App Store security breached as malware found buried inside apps

In what is thought to be a first for the platform, Apple has confirmed its usually secure App Store has been subjected to a large-scale malware distribution effort affecting several major apps used by hundreds of millions of people.

Flaw lets hackers connect to Seagate hard drives, download files

Several serious vulnerabilities have been found in Seagate's range of wireless hard drives. A flaw could allow an attacker to remotely download files with root access using a hidden default user account present on the drives.

'Spam king' hacked 500,000 Facebook users, sent 27m spam messages

A Las Vegas man who called himself the 'Spam King' while he used phishing attacks to gain passwords for 500,000 Facebook accounts before sending over 27 million spam messages has pleaded guilty in court.

Hackers upload 20GB more Ashley Madison data, possibly CEO emails

Hackers have released another massive swathe of data gathered from the servers of cheating site AshleyMadison.com. The group, known as Impact Team, have followed 9.7GB of customer records with a 20GB data dump that may include emails to CEO Noel Biderman.
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Israeli military website hacked by Anonymous
Israeli military website hacked by Anonymous
http://www.sharonet.co.il/
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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The message left to MIT on their website.
The message left to MIT on their website.
The  Killer USB  stick in action
The "Killer USB" stick in action
Dark Purple (YouTube)
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
Screenshot of the Ashley Madison website on 20/08/2015 as hackers uploaded another 20GB of stolen da...
Screenshot of the Ashley Madison website on 20/08/2015 as hackers uploaded another 20GB of stolen data
AshleyMadison.com
Screen capture of hacked website
Screen capture of hacked website
Screen capture of hacked website
Lizard Squad attacked the Malaysia Airlines website  replacing the homepage.
Lizard Squad attacked the Malaysia Airlines website, replacing the homepage.
TechCrunch
Lizard Squad attacked the Malaysia Airlines website  replacing the homepage.
Lizard Squad attacked the Malaysia Airlines website, replacing the homepage.
TechCrunch
The Syrian Electronic Army infiltrated The Guardian s Twitter feeds
The Syrian Electronic Army infiltrated The Guardian's Twitter feeds
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