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February 13 2014

Sands' Casino Websites Are Still Down, Days After Cyberattack

Local and federal authorities are investigating the attack that brought down all Sands' Hotels and Casinos websites across the U.S. and Asia on Monday, including those of the Venetian Las Vegas and Palazzo

The FBI and Secret Service are among those investigating the attack, according to the Las Vegas Sun. All of the websites across both continents remain down more than two days after they were targeted by hackers.

A. G. Burnett, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, said Thursday that no customer information, including credit card data, was compromised in the attack. "That's not what happened at Sands, according to our information," he told AP. Read more...

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February 12 2014

Report: Ethiopian Government Hacks Journalists in U.S. and Europe

The Ethiopian government reportedly used surveillance technology created by an Italian company to hack into the computers of Ethiopian journalists in the United States and Europe

Journalists at the Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT), a news organization comprised mostly of Ethiopian expatriates, were targeted with spying software made by the Italian company company Hacking Team, according to a new report by Citizen Lab, a nonprofit research lab that investigates surveillance technology across the world

The investigation, released on Wednesday, is another example of how governments around the world are increasingly using hacking tools. These are often purchased from vendors that design and market them specifically for law enforcement agencies — but often governments end up using them against dissidents or journalists. Read more...

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February 01 2014

Syrian Electronic Army: We Hacked eBay and PayPal

The Syrian Electronic Army, a notorious hacking group, says it claimed two big-name victims Saturday: eBay and PayPal.

While a hack on PayPal could put millions of peoples' bank information at risk, the hackers said this attack was a "hacktivist operation," and that they did not target account information. Instead, the SEA claimed it was able to replace the homepages of eBay and PayPal in France, Israel and the UK with its own logo

"We didn't do it to hack people accounts," SEA member Th3 Pr0 told Mashable. Th3 Pr0 said the SEA compromised eBay's domains manager, which allowed the hackers to shut down the website or redirect it another server. Th3 Pr0 added that the SEA was able to display its logo on various eBay and PayPal homepages for about 30 minutes. Read more...

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Must Reads: Killer Asteroids, Ex-TSA Agent Confessions and More

During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles.

Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated list of can't-miss stories from around the web to read and reflect on. (You can find last week's must reads here.) Read more...

In the Beginning, There Was a Nipple | ESPN

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January 25 2014

Inside the Syrian Electronic Army Hack on CNN

One of the two main hackers of the infamous Syrian Electronic Army, only known as "Th3 Pr0," was browsing Twitter on Thursday night, when he saw something he didn't like

It was a CNN story on a recent report that alleged Bashar al-Assad's regime is guilty of "systematic torture and killing" of thousands of detainees. After reading the article, Th3 Pr0 sent a chat message to another prominent member of the Syrian Electronic Army at 10:26 p.m. Syria time (3:26 p.m. ET)

"Let's hack the CNN and spread some truth," Th3 Pr0 said he told fellow hacker "The Shadow." Read more...

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Pimp My Vape: The Rise of E-Cigarette Hackers

It's foggy outside the Henley Vaporium in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. Gray clouds, swirling like ghosts, cling tightly to the sidewalk and century-old brick buildings

The haziness from the street matches the air inside the shop. It's a different type of cloudy, though — lighter, with a sweet aroma. Water vapor from e-cigarettes.

"You can barely see two feet in front of you when these guys are in here," laughs Peter Denholtz, the shop's co-owner

He points to a handful of twenty-somethings near the back. The men and women, most of whom don button-up shirts and flat-brim hats, chat anxiously around a glass counter covered with screwdrivers, wires and small metal tubes Read more...

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January 15 2014

NSA Bugs Can Spy on 100,000 Computers, Even When They're Offline

The National Security Agency has planted spy software and hardware into 100,000 computers worldwide, not 50,000 as previously reported

These bugs allow the agency to conduct surveillance even on computers that are offline — or air-gapped, as they are referred to in spy lingo, per documents leaked by Edward Snowden

The implants are tiny radio transceivers that must be surreptitiously planted inside a computer, either before being shipped to manufacturers or afterward by an agent with access to the computer as part of a so-called "black bag job." The transceivers, which can look like normal USB plugs, then "infiltrate" and "exfiltrate" data from the hacked computers to an NSA relay station the size of a large suitcase, up to eight miles away Read more...

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January 10 2014

Target Now Says 70 Million Were Affected by Data Breach

Target said 70 million customers were affected by a data breach at its stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, an increase from a previous estimate of 40 million customers.

The change came during Target's ongoing forensic probe, which revealed that "certain guest information — separate from the payment card data previously disclosed — was taken during the data breach," according to a press release from the company. Target says the theft is not a new breach. The stolen information includes names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for those 70 million or so customers.

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January 01 2014

Skype's Twitter, Facebook and Blog Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

Skype is the latest victim of hacking by the Syrian Electronic Army.

The VoIP service's Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as its official blog, were compromised Wednesday afternoon

Around 4:30 p.m. ET, Skype's Twitter account published a tweet that discouraged people from using Microsoft emails, and retweeted a similar message originally posted on the SEA's Twitter account. The two hacked tweets remained on Skype's account as of 6:30 p.m. ET.

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An identical message appeared on Skype's Facebook page, but was quickly removed, according to TheNextWeb

Two posts on the company's official blog also show signs of hacking by the SEA. One post is entitled "Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army.. Stop Spying!" Read more...

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Use This Tool to Check if Your Snapchat Account Was Compromised

Two developers have created a tool that helps Snapchat users check if their accounts were compromised following a massive leak of information that included usernames and phone numbers

Will Smidlein and Robbie Trencheny built "GS Lookup - Snapchat" on Wednesday to "help the public quickly understand if they were affected so that they could take the appropriate actions," Smidlein told Mashable in an email.

Approximately 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers leaked online Tuesday night after anonymous hackers posted them on a website called SnapchatDB.info, which is now suspended. Visitors to the site were able to download the information as an SQL dump or CSV file. Read more...

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December 29 2013

Hacker Tried to Sell Access to Compromised BBC Server, Report Says

A notorious Russian hacker offered on Christmas to sell access to a British Broadcasting Corporation server through an underground forum, according to Reuters.

Cybersecurity firm Hold Security LLC, which monitors underground forums for potentially stolen information, alerted Reuters to the incident, and pegged the hacker as someone who goes by the aliases "HASH" and "Rev0lver." The reportedly compromised site, ftp.bbc.co.uk, is a file transfer protocol, which are generally used for moving large files on the Internet.

"It's definitely a notch in someone's belt," Hold Security founder Alex Holden told Reuters. Read more...

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December 27 2013

Is Target to Blame for Data Breach? Let the Lawsuits Begin

The lawsuits started almost immediately after Target’s admission that hackers had stolen information related to the credit-card accounts of 40 million shoppersAt least 11 customers are now pursuing class-action suits against the retailer, claiming it was negligent in protecting their data.

Losing control of sensitive customer data is a fact of life for American companies. They’re collecting more of it, and they are often outgunned by hackers, who are highly motivated to get at it. It’s not even clear how much legal responsibility they have to protect it. “There is limited judicial guidance on what constitutes negligence in the cybersecurity area,” says Craig Newman, a partner at Richard Kibbe & Orbe who follows legal issues related to security. Read more...

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December 21 2013

Credit Cards Stolen from Target Are Flooding the Black Market: Report

Credit-card data stolen during a massive data breach at Target last month is hitting the black market, according to multiple reports.

Cybersecurity firm Easy Solutions "noticed a 10- to 20-fold increase in the number of high-value stolen cards on black market websites, from nearly every bank and credit union," The New York Times reported. Easy Solutions did not immediately respond to Mashable's request for comment

Security blogger Brian Krebs, who broke the original story about the Target hack, also reported on Friday that thieves have been selling batches of 1 million cards at "$20 to more than $100 per card." Read more...

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December 10 2013

Man Who Joined Anonymous Attack for '1 Minute' Fined $183,000

A 38-year-old man was sentenced to two years probation and a hefty fine for participating in a distributed denial-of-service attack organized by hacker collective Anonymous against the webpage of Koch Industries in 2011.

The surprising part? He only joined the attack for one minute.

Eric J. Rosol, a Wisconsin resident, was charged with being part of Anonymous’ attack on the Kansas-based company, Kochind.com, on Feb. 28, 2011, using a popular DDoS tool, which was found on his computer

Rosol, however, says he was part of the attack for one minute. He pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer, and was sentenced to two years of federal probation and ordered to pay $183,000, the Department of Justice said in a statement acquired by IT World. The monetary amount is equal to what Koch paid for a consulting group to come in post-attack and fix their website. The attack itself only took Koch’s website down for about 15 minutes. Read more...

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December 07 2013

How the FBI Used Hacker Tricks to Track Down a Would-Be Bomber

Malicious hackers commonly use phishing emails to lure would-be victims into clicking a seemingly harmless link that will actually install malware on their computers, allowing the perpetrators to siphon data, or even spy on their victims

But the FBI is increasingly using the same techniques in its investigations; that's how it tried to track down a suspect who was making a series of bomb threats last year, according to The Washington Post, which confirms that the feds are relying on hacker's tricks to fight crime.

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