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Russia targeted by almost 25 million cyber-attacks during World Cup: Putin

Moscow - Russia was the target of almost 25 million cyber-attacks during the World Cup, President Vladimir Putin said, though he did not indicate who may have been behind the attacks.

Death by leaks: Russian hacking helped sink Clinton 2016 campaign

Washington - In September 2015 an FBI cybersecurity agent called up the Democratic National Committee, just gearing up for the coming presidential election, to report that Russia-linked hackers had penetrated their network.

NHS data breach affects 150,000 patients

London - An NHS data breach has affected 150,000 patients in England, according to the British government. The NHS is blaming a coding error. Data was shared for clinical audits and research on the patients who had opted out of any data information sharing.

Ex-CIA officer charged over damaging leak to WikiLeaks

Washington - A former employee in the CIA's cyber-spying operation was indicted Monday on charges of leaking hacking tools to WikiLeaks in one of the most damaging of the agency's breaches in recent years.

US blacklists Russian firms tied to FSB hacking ops

Washington - The United States placed five Russian companies and three individuals on its sanctions blacklist Monday for allegedly supporting the FSB intelligence agency's hacking operations, including a firm involved in subsea operations.

US disrupts Russian botnet of 500,000 hacked routers

Washington - The US Justice Department said Wednesday that it had seized an internet domain that directed a dangerous botnet of a half-million infected home and office network routers, controlled by hackers believed tied to Russian intelligence.

Ecuador spied on Assange at London embassy: report

London - Ecuador spied on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its London embassy where he has been living since 2012, initially to support him but things changed after he hacked the mission's computers, the Guardian reported Wednesday.

Global hotel room doors were vulnerable to hacking

The majority of electronic hotel door locks worldwide were vulnerable to hacking, according to a new assessment. This raised several security concerns. The vulnerability now appears to have been resolved.

$35 mn penalty for not telling investors of Yahoo hack

San Francisco - US securities regulators on Tuesday announced that Altaba will pay a $35 million penalty for not telling them hackers had stolen Yahoo's "crown jewels.

US, Britain warn of Russian campaign to hack networks

London - Russian government-sponsored hackers are compromising the key hardware of government and business computer networks like routers and firewalls, giving them virtual control of data flows, Britain and the United States warned Monday.

India defence website 'hacked', 3 other govt websites down

New Delhi - India's defence minister said the department website was hacked on Friday, with the web portals of at least three other government departments including the interior, law and labour ministries also appearing to be down.

Prague extradites Russian hacker to US

Prague - The Czech Republic on Friday said it had extradited a Russian hacker to the United States where he is wanted for alleged cyberattacks on social networks.

Facebook security chief changes role to focus on election fraud

San Francisco - Facebook's chief of security said late Monday his role has shifted to focusing on emerging risks and election security at the global social network, which is under fire for letting its platform be used to spread bogus news and manipulate voters.

US accuses Russian government of hacking infrastructure

Washington - The Russian government is behind a sustained hacking effort to take over the control systems of critical US infrastructure like nuclear power plants and water distribution, according to US cyber security investigators.

Hackers tried to cause Saudi petrochemical plant blast: NYT

Washington - Cyber-attackers tried to trigger a deadly explosion at a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia in August and failed only because of a code glitch, The New York Times reported.

Trump yet to order spies to retaliate against Russia: NSA chief

Washington - President Donald Trump has not yet ordered his spy chiefs to retaliate against Russian interference in US elections, the head of the National Security Agency told lawmakers Tuesday.

Ukraine arrests 'Avalanche' cybercrime organiser: police

Kiev - Ukrainian has detained one of the organisers of the massive Avalanche cybercrime network, police said on Monday, over a year after the global ring was busted in an international raid.

Czech president wants hacker 'extradited to Russia' not US

Prague - The Czech Republic's pro-Moscow president has repeatedly lobbied for a Russian hacker held in Prague and wanted by the US to be extradited to Russia, the justice minister was quoted as saying Saturday.

Global cybercrime costs $600 bn annually: study

Washington - The annual cost of cybercrime has hit $600 billion worldwide, fueled by growing sophistication of hackers and proliferation of criminal marketplaces and cryptocurrencies, researchers said Wednesday.

N. Korea cyber threat 'more aggressive than China': US firm

Seoul - North Korean hackers are becoming more aggressive than their Chinese counterparts, a leading US cybersecurity firm warned Tuesday, as it identified a Pyongyang-linked group as an "advanced persistent threat".

Kremlin 'categorically' denies Russia behind NotPetya cyber-attack

Moscow - The Kremlin on Thursday denied an accusation by Britain that the Russian military were behind last year's "NotPetya" cyber-attack that started in Ukraine and Russia before spreading globally, affecting thousands of computers.

Japan's crypto exchange Coincheck sued after massive heist

Toukyo - Cryptocurrency traders filed a lawsuit Thursday against Japanese exchange firm Coincheck, seeking repayment after hackers raided hundreds of millions of dollars in digital assets.

Thousands of websites infected by 'crypto mining' malware

Washington - Thousands of websites around the world, including many operated by governments, have been infected by hackers using the sites' computing power to "mine" cryptocurrencies, security researchers said.

Marathon Kim Dotcom case back in New Zealand court

Wellington - Internet mogul Kim Dotcom's legal case returns to court in New Zealand Monday for what may be the Megaupload founder's final chance of avoiding extradition to the United States.

New raids on Japan crypto exchanges after Coincheck hack

Toukyo - Japan said on Friday it had carried out raids on a number of cryptocurrency exchanges following a massive hack that saw thieves steal $530 million in virtual currency.

UK judges block US extradition of alleged hacker Lauri Love

London - British judges on Monday agreed to block the extradition to the United States of a man accused of hacking into thousands of American government computers in a ruling that could set a precedent for similar pending cases.

UK judges block US extradition of alleged hacker Lauri Love

London - British judges on Monday rejected a US request for the extradition of a man accused of hacking into thousands of US government computers, an AFP reporter in the court said.

Dutch spies watched as Russians hacked US Democrats: report

Den Haag - Dutch intelligence services have provided "crucial evidence" to US counterparts about Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, Dutch media reported Friday.

NSA contractor pleads guilty in embarrassing leak case

Washington - A former contractor for the US National Security Agency's elite hacking group has agreed to plead guilty to removing classified documents in a case that highlighted a series of disastrous leaks of top-secret NSA materials.

New vulnerability exposed for smartphones

Hackers can easily guess your phone PIN using its sensor data, according to new research into mobile device security vulnerabilities from Nanyang Technological University.
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LORAN Station Malone, Florida: View of middle section of transmitter banks.
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A screen shot of the Twitter account for the US Military Central Command, which was apparently hacked.
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