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Dixons Carphone Confirms it Was Hacked, and Credit Card Details May Have Been Exposed

Things haven't been looking too great for Dixons Carphone. Not only has the company had to shut down 92 Carphone Warhouse stores, a move blamed on changing consumer phone-buying habits, the company has now confirmed it has been hacked. What's more some 5.8 million credit card details may have been exposed in the process, alongside 1.2 million instances of non-financial personal data. Read More >>

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China Hacked a Navy Contractor and Stole 600GB of Data

Hackers working for the Chinese government compromised a US Navy contractor and stole a massive cache of highly sensitive data, including details about a planned supersonic anti-ship missile, American officials said Friday. Read More >>

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Canadian Banks: Cyber Thieves Claim They Have Stolen 40,000 Clients’ Data

Two of Canada’s biggest banks fear that they’ve been the victim of a data breach and are urging customers to take the necessary steps to protect themselves. Both banks claim that they were contacted by “fraudsters” on Sunday who claimed to have stolen personal and financial information, and both banks appear to think the claim is legitimate. Read More >>

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French Teens Arrested for Hacking Vevo, Defacing Despacito Music Video

Last month, a handful of extremely popular music videos on YouTube were defaced. Now two 18-year-old French citizens are in police custody and have been charged with crimes related to the hack of Vevo YouTube accounts. Read More >>

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Nation-State Hackers Could ‘Self-Destruct’ Half a Million Routers, Researchers Warn

Security researchers said Wednesday that at least 500,000 home and small business routers in up to 54 countries are infected with a new breed of malware called VPNFilter, a prior version of which wreaked havoc across Ukraine. Read More >>

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Prosecutors Claim ‘WannaCry Hero’ Marcus Hutchins Admitted He Wrote Banking Malware

Here's an update in a story we haven't heard from since last August, regarding the accusations levelled at Marcus Hutchins, the security researcher who shot to fame after discovering a way to halt the spread of the WannaCry ransomware that affected systems all over the world last year. Hutchins himself was later arrested by the FBI while visiting the US, accused of writing the code for banking trojan Kronos, and later pleaded not-guilty after being released on bail. Read More >>

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Equifax Board Members Keep Their Jobs Despite Data Breach Blunders

After a calamitous data breach exposing the personal information of more than 145 million U.S. citizens and over 700k UK residents, Equifax shareholders this week voted to re-elect all of the company’s board members following its first annual shareholder meeting since the incident. Read More >>

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Researchers Find Mysterious Russia-Linked Malware That Hijacks Anti-Theft Software Lojack

Security researchers are warning that malware with suspected links to Russian cyber-espionage group Fancy Bear is turning up in installations of Lojack, an anti-computer theft program used by many corporations to guard their assets. Read More >>

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GitHub Tells Some Users It Accidentally Stored Their Passwords in Plain Text But Hey, NBD

Code repository GitHub warned “a select number of users” on Tuesday that due to a flaw in its password reset system, the company had stored their passwords in plain text on internal logs. Read More >>

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Man Gets Jail Time for Trying to Hack a Prison and Release His Friend

A Michigan man will spend the next seven years and three months behind bars as punishment for attempting to hack a county jail’s computer system and altering prison records to get his friend released early. Read More >>

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This iOS Security App Notifies You If Someone Tampers With Your Mac

Security experts often warn that it’s much easier for hackers to compromise a device if they have physical access to it. This security scenario is often referred to as an “evil maid” attack, the idea being that an attacker could sneak into a target’s hotel room and tamper with his laptop while he’s out of the room—or, in Patrick Wardle’s case, out on a Tinder date. Read More >>

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The Russians Have Been Hacking Routers All Over the World, Says US and UK

Yesterday the reports surfaced that the government is preparing for a Russia-backed cyberattack, with the intention of compromising embarrassing information about government officials. While preparations are supposedly being made to retaliate if need be, today the official word expands beyond trying to exploit politicians' personal information. According to a joint statement from the National Cyber Security Centre, FBI, and US Department of Homeland Security, Russian-backed hackers have actually been involved in a months-long campaign to compromise routers, switches and firewalls around the world. Read More >>

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The Government’s Set Aside £9 Million to Tackle Dark Web Crime

There are times when I wonder whether our government is genuinely scared of technology. Despite the fact the Home Office decided to cut police funding by £100 million last year, it's still scared enough of the dark web to set aside £9 million in dedicated funding designed to tackle the underground world of online crime. Read More >>

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Lord & Taylor and Saks Have Been Hacked to the Tune of Five Million Payment Card Accounts

Cybercriminals who ran off with info on five million payment cards from Saks Fifth Avenue (including its discount brand) and Lord & Taylor databases appear to be preparing to sell them on the dark web, according to a Sunday report from Gemini Advisory. Read More >>