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Facebook hacks its workers into Hacktober smithereens

Posted November 30, 2012 Slimy worms! Disguised as Facebook news! Unleashed on unsuspecting Facebook employees – by its own engineering team! This was the second year that Facebook celebrated Hacktober, a month-long feast of self-inflicted cyberattacks designed to tune staff’s threat perception. Read the story now.

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Hacker selling $700 exploit that hijacks Yahoo email accounts

Posted November 26, 2012 A hacker is selling a $700 zero-day exploit for Yahoo Mail that lets an attacker leverage a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability to steal cookies and hijack accounts. Read the full story on Naked Security.

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Goatse hacker Auernheimer found guilty of breaching AT&T to access customer iPad data

Posted November 22, 2012 A hacker claims he was disclosing a security flaw responsibly. But IRC transcripts show that the Goatse hacking group was instead musing about shorting AT&T stock, discussed selling 120,000 email addresses to spammers, and never told AT&T about the vulnerability in the first place. Here’s the full story.

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Experian defends database security practices in face of investigations

Posted November 20, 2012 Data brokers are on the hot seat as the Irish regulators begin an investigation into Experian’s security methods and the US Congress demands more transparency into what’s collected and how it’s handled. Read the story now.

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NASA suffers major data breach over stolen laptop that wasn’t encrypted

Posted November 15, 2012 The space agency is now, finally, after yet another unencrypted laptop theft, scrambling to require full disk encryption agency-wide. Read more.

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Stolen cellphone databases switched on by major US carriers

Posted November 1, 2012 AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint have flipped the switch on databases that will track stolen cellphones and block them from being used on the major carriers’ networks. Now, just make sure you’ve got your phone’s ID number written down somewhere, and try not to go into a cellphone coma on the […]

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Attacker grabs data for 3.6 million South Carolina taxpayers; governor wants to see culprit “brutalized”

Posted October 29, 2012 She’s got a right to be incensed, with 77% of the state’s population’s Social Security numbers being snatched out from under the Department of Revenue. But what’s the appropriate penalty for the department, for the crime of leaving the data unprotected? Read the full story on Naked Security.

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Thieves rig Barnes & Noble PIN pads to steal credit card data

Posted October 24, 2012 Hackers tampered with point-of-sale terminals at 63 bookstores to hijack customers’ credit card and PIN information. Keep an eye on your statements and watch for unauthorised transactions. Read it now.

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‘Parasite’ porn websites steal and spread images and videos of young people

Posted October 24, 2012 A new study shows that 88% of sexually explicit photos and videos of children and other young people found online have been lifted from legitimate source sites, including social networking sites such as Facebook, video sites such as YouTube, or stolen/lost phones. Read more.

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Accidental data leak helps wipe $22bn off Google’s stock value

Posted October 19, 2012 They’re assuredly hitting the roof at financial printer R.R. Donnelly, where whoever hit the “send” button on Google’s quarterly results must have missed the “Pending Larry Quote” note clearly marked on the first page. Talk about a costly accidental data leak… For more, here’s the story.

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