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NSA leak fuels rise in hacking for crypto mining: report

Washington - Illicit cryptocurrency mining has been surging over the past year, in part due to a leaked software tool from the US National Security Agency, researchers said Wednesday.

Russian hacker behind massive botnet pleads guilty

Washington - A Russian hacker who at one time gained control over as many as 100,000 computers globally via botnets he created pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Connecticut court to computer crimes and identity theft.

Iranians targeted by smartphone surveillance operation: report

Paris - Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point on Friday said a surveillance operation had targeted the smartphones of several hundred Iranian citizens via malware implanted in their handsets, indicating Tehran was responsible.

US charges govt-linked North Korean in WannaCry, Sony hacks

Washington - The US charged a North Korean programmer Thursday with some of the most dramatic global hacking cases of recent years, alleging they were carried out on behalf of the regime in Pyongyang.The hacks included the WannaCry 2.

Google blocks accounts in 'influence operation' linked to Iran

San Francisco - Google said Thursday it blocked YouTube channels and other accounts over a misinformation campaign linked to Iran, on the heels of similar moves by Facebook and Twitter.

Google blocks accounts in 'influence operation' linked to Iran

San Francisco - Google said Thursday it blocked YouTube channels and other accounts over a misinformation campaign linked to Iran, on the heels of similar moves by Facebook and Twitter.

US warns Russia it will 'not tolerate' election meddling

Geneva - US national security advisor John Bolton said he warned his Russian counterpart on Thursday that Washington would not tolerate interference in November's mid-term elections, after fresh evidence emerged of Russian meddling.

Hackers target smartphones to mine cryptocurrencies

Paris - Has your smartphone suddenly slowed down, warmed up and the battery drained down for no apparent reason? If so, it may have been hijacked to mine cryptocurrencies.This new type of cyberattack is called "cryptojacking" by security experts.

Facebook stops misinformation campaigns tied to Iran, Russia

San Francisco - Facebook said Tuesday it stopped stealth misinformation campaigns from Iran and Russia, shutting down accounts as part of its battle against fake news ahead of elections in the United States and elsewhere.

Anonymous hackers target Spain sites in Catalonia protest

Madrid - Hackers from the Anonymous collective claimed responsibility for bringing down government websites in Spain on Monday in a protest against Madrid's efforts to block Catalonia's separatist drive.

Hackers at convention aim to make voting systems more secure

Las Vegas - At the hacking convention Def Con, a number of tests will be run to see how secure voting machines are. The exercise aims to identify potential security flaws in technology ahead of the November U.S. elections.

Three Ukrainians arrested for hacking over 100 US companies

Washington - Three Ukrainians have been arrested for hacking more than 100 US companies and stealing millions of credit and debit card numbers, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

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.
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Three men have pleaded guilty to US charges stemming from the Mirai botnet attacks that shut down parts of the internet last year
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The logo to represent the hacking community LulzSec
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New Chinese operating system named NeoKylin OS, looks almost exactly like Windows XP.
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Screenshot from the Mr. Robot TV show
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Screen capture of hacked website
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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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LORAN Station Malone, Florida: View of middle section of transmitter banks.
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