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All four major browsers fail Pwn2Own exploit competition

All four major web browsers have failed to survive exploits at the Pwn2Own hacking contest running alongside the CanSecWest 2015 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Security researchers were testing them in exchange for cash.

U.S. Marine Corps urges 'vigilance' after online Islamist threat

Washington - The U.S. Marine Corps on Sunday urged "vigilance" after a group claiming to be Islamic State hackers published what they said were the names and addresses of 100 military personnel and urged supporters to kill them.

U.S. State Department servers shut down to clean up malware

Washington D.c. - The U.S. State Department said it was briefly shutting down internet service to clean up malware that might have been inserted after a hacking attack in November.

CIA elevates hackers to a powerful new role inside the government

On Monday, March 9, 2015, the CIA's hackers have just been moved up to a new position, and one of more power. John Brennan, CIA director, called for a "massive reorganization" of the CIA hierarchy and priorities, focusing on its hackers and hacking.

Syrian group hacks French newspaper's Twitter account

Paris - A group of pro-Syrian regime hackers briefly took over the Twitter account of France's Le Monde newspaper early Wednesday, tweeting several messages including one reading "Je ne suis pas Charlie".

Pro-IS hackers take over US Centcom social media accounts

Washington - A group declaring support for Islamic State jihadists hacked US Central Command's social media accounts on Monday, forcing the military to take down the command's Twitter feed.

Sony boss claims no financial loss after hacking scandal

According to Sony Corp Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai, the cyber-attack in November has not had a significant financial impact on the studio, two weeks after it released The Interview online and in selected theaters.

U.S. spymaster dined with N.Korea general responsible for Sony hack

New York - The U.S. intelligence chief revealed Wednesday that he dined with the North Korean general believed responsible for hacking Hollywood studio Sony, during a secret mission to Pyongyang two months ago.

N. Korea slams 'hostile' U.S. sanctions over Sony hack

Seoul - North Korea on Sunday lashed out at fresh sanctions imposed by the United States in retaliation for its alleged cyber attack on Sony Pictures, criticising Washington for refusing a proposed joint investigation.

US slaps sanctions on North Korea after Sony hack

Washington - The United States imposed new sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for a cyber attack on Hollywood studio Sony Pictures.

Sony's PlayStation offline, Microsoft's Xbox restored

Washington - Microsoft's online network for its Xbox gaming console was restored to nearly full service after an allegedly coordinated Christmas Day hack brought it and Sony's PlayStation network down.

Russia says N.Korea comedy 'scandalous', slams U.S.

Moscow - Russia has slammed the United States over a raunchy comedy featuring a fictional plot to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, saying Pyongyang's anger was understandable.

'The Interview' draws crowds of US free speech advocates

Los Angeles - A fictional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un drew throngs of moviegoers, as it became an unlikely symbol of free speech thanks to hacker threats that nearly scuppered its release.

Sony streams North Korea comedy online

Los Angeles - Entertainment giant Sony streamed "The Interview," the movie that has outraged North Korea for lampooning dictator Kim Jong-Un, giving an early online Christmas present to US viewers.

North Korea's Internet down again, say U.S. experts

Washington - North Korea's connections to the Internet were cut for the second day running Tuesday, according to a U.S. Internet research group that has been tracking the country's struggle to stay online.

Op-Ed: North Korea offline following Sony cyber attack

Pyongyang - Internet experts said North Korea was offline Monday, and there was no immediate explanation of why or for what reason. The U.S. State Department declined to comment, saying that if it is true questions should be directed to Pyongyang.

App that lets hackers break into iPhones just got scarier

Elcomsoft Phone Breaker, the app that some think hackers used to break into Kate Upton's iCloud account in September, just got a massive update that makes it even easier to steal information.

Hackers trick way into ICANN computers

San Francisco - The private agency that acts as a gatekeeper for the Internet said that hackers tricked their way into its computers.

Drug companies hacked by FIN4

Cyberspies have reportedly hacked into the emails of a number of publicly traded companies. Most of these operate in health care and pharmaceuticals.

Pirate Bay's co-founder sent to prison for hacking

Copenhagen - A Danish court sentenced co-founder of Pirate Bay website, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, to a lengthy, 42 months in jail for hacking.

Hacks can wipe any Samsung phone using 'Find my Mobile' feature

A security researcher has discovered a vulnerability in Samsung's "Find My Mobile" feature that could let hackers interfere with phones over the Internet.

Apple, FBI investigate massive celebrity photo 'hack'

Los Angeles - The FBI and Apple were urgently investigating after an apparent massive hack of a cloud data service unleashed a torrent of intimate pictures of dozens of celebrities across the Internet.

Yahoo News hacker tweets about Ebola outbreak in Atlanta

Some Yahoo News users panicked after hearing about an Ebola outbreak in Atlanta. Apparently a hacker got into a major Twitter account for the company and sent this information out as a joke.

10,000 Facebook users are infected with 'color change' malware

New reports from Security Company Cheetah Mobile state that the Facebook color change app has reappeared and 10,000 or more users are now infected.

Chinese hackers break into vital Canadian system

Canadian government officials have released a statement which says hackers briefly gained access to a vital research site. Now some computer systems are undergoing a full overhaul for added security.

Norway's massive cyber-attack the work of one lone teenager

Bergen - Recently we heard that Anonymous Norway had taken responsibility for what was thought to be the country's biggest-ever network attack. However, police now have in custody a 17-year-old hacker, who claims he was the one that did it.

Anonymous Norway claim massive cyber-attack on Norwegian banks

Oslo - A massive cyber-attack was launched Tuesday, simultaneously affecting many of the top banks and financial institutions in Norway. Dubbed the country's biggest-ever network attack, responsibility has already been claimed by Anonymous Norway.

Moscow accuses U.S. of 'abducting' Russian MP's son

Moscow - Moscow accused Washington on Tuesday of abducting the son of a Russian lawmaker who was arrested in the Maldives on suspicion of being one of the world's most prolific traffickers of stolen credit card details.

Indictment in The Pirate Bay co-founder case made public

Copenhagen - Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, hacker and co-founder of The Pirate Bay, has been behind bars in Denmark since November last year. Up until now, his court appearances have been behind closed doors, but a freedom of information request has changed things.

Teenagers hack Bank of Montreal ATM

Winnipeg - Two 14-year-old boys hacked a BMO ATM in a Safeway. They then went over to a nearby bank branch to tell them that their nearby location was insecure.
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