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11 April 2011 | 6,713 views

TJX Hacker Albert Gonzalez Claims Government Made Him Do It

The latest news from the tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy camp is that Albert Gonzalez the TJX hacker who was convicted in 2009 was authorized to hack by the US Government. Back in 2009 we posted about that too – TJX Hacker Albert “Segvec” Gonzalez Indicted By Federal Grand Jury. And now he’s saying his actions […]

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30 March 2011 | 6,690 views

NASA Systems At Risk From Hacking Attacks

It’s not surprising really, when I learned that the recently retired NASA space shuttle was still using 5.25″ floppy drives – I suspected that much of the NASA IT architecture was probably antiquated. Also the recent SCADA related security scare, indicated the industrial and large-scale systems probably aren’t the most secure around. Combine those two […]

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21 March 2011 | 13,360 views

Dutch Court Rules Wi-Fi Hacking Legal In Holland

Interesting case and a very interesting interpretation of the laws of Holland which lead to this decision which means the Dutch can hack in Wireless routers legally. We published a story about the ethics of jacking open Wi-Fi connections way back in 2006, when a supposed ethics expert said it was ok: Jacking Wifi is […]

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10 February 2011 | 13,687 views

Tunisia Running Country Wide Facebook, Gmail & Yahoo! Password Capture

We have mentioned Facebook plenty of times, they have had their fair share of security issues and we have mentioned Tunisia once way back in regards to Internet Repression. It seems like the government of Tunisia have been basically phishing their users with fake versions of login pages for Facebook, Gmail and Yahoo!. It only […]

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07 February 2011 | 13,219 views

Canadian Dating Site PlentyofFish.com Hacked

Something which caused some kind of stir last week was the hacking of the Canadian dating site Plenty of Fish (sometimes known as PoF) which rose to fame on the Webmaster forums for SEO due to a picture of Markus Frind holding an Adsense cheque for $132,000 for two months earning. For anyone not familiar […]

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17 January 2011 | 10,739 views

China Facing Problems With Android Handsets & Pre-installed Trojans

It seems like the Chinese are always coming up with inventive ways to scam people, this time the people in their own country. Android is of course growing quickly globally and China is no exception with the availability of cheap hardware there the open-source Android OS is a natural choice. The latest scam is some […]

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15 December 2010 | 15,133 views

FBI Investigating Gawker Media User Database Password Ownage

After the non-stop action with WikiLeaks last week, the big news this week is the hack carried out on Gawker Media which exposed their users e-mail addresses and passwords. More than 200,000 password hashes (very lightly encrypted with DES) and e-mail combos can be downloaded on-line as a torrent file. Now this has had some […]

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19 November 2010 | 15,334 views

European Banks Seeing New Wave Of ATM Skimming

ATM hacking and skimming were often in the news a few years back, but since the banks ramped up the security on ATM machines – including anti-skimming devices – ATM fraud activities seemed to drop off. Remember the Pro ATM Hacker ‘Chao’ Gives Out ATM Hacking Tips and a bunch of people getting busted not […]

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19 October 2010 | 7,630 views

Facebook Apps Leaking Personal Data To Third Parties

Less than a week after our story about Facebook Introducing OTP (One-time Password) Functionality to make the site more secure, their dubious privacy standards have hit the news again. Facebook privacy has been in the news numerous times and it’s a subject we’ve also covered many times, with the sheer mass of users on the […]

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01 October 2010 | 6,524 views

Police In UK & US Charge & Arrest Multiple People Over Zeus Trojan E-banking Fraud

Zeus has been around for quite some time, we reported it about it initially back in 2009 when it was noted Zeus could evade anti-virus software. In more recent months it was noted that Zeus has become more focused and variations of Zeus were found to be targeting banks and financial organisations in specific geographic […]

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