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13 November 2008 | 5,986 views

Express Scripts Offers $1million Reward for Cyber Extortionists

This is an interesting story, I’ll be watching how it develops – it’s not often you see a bounty for online crimes and especially one as enticing as 1 million dollars! That’s a hell of a sum for nailing down some dodgy hackers who are running an extortion scam after a data leak. I really […]

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29 October 2008 | 7,946 views

Google Hacking Back in The News – Google Takes Action

Google hacking was the big thing back in 2004, I actually did a talk on it in Hack in the Box 2004, it’s resurfaced again as a serious threat with Google noticing more queries relating to things like social security numbers. The Google Hacking Database has been active for years now and there are hundreds […]

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20 October 2008 | 12,765 views

DarkMarket Carding (Credit Card Fraud) Site Part of FBI Sting

You may remember the story about the Pro ATM Hacker ‘Chao’ and his Tips a while back, apparently that was the start of a big global sting operation on credit card fraud. Chao was admin/moderator on a community of carders (where they bought/sold stolen credit card info) called DarkMarket and the first to be busted, […]

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14 October 2008 | 10,996 views

Hacker Posts List of Compromised User Accounts Online

It seems that people are truly shocked when their identities get exposed, and the vast majority use the same single password for ALL of their online accounts. That’s just crazy! A ‘kind-hearted’ hacker recently exposed a bunch of online accounts (with passwords) to gain himself more status in a hacker forum (l33t sk1llz dudebro!). WHEN […]

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08 October 2008 | 4,337 views

MI6 Sells Digital Camera on Ebay Containing Terrorist Images

Another classic data leakage….and once again it happened on Ebay! This time it’s a British agency known as MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service) demonstrating a distinct lack of intelligence. How on earth does something like even happen? Even smaller agencies and companies I’ve worked with have rigorous data destruction policies when old equipment is recycled or […]

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03 October 2008 | 8,483 views

THC-ePassports – THC Clones Biometric ePassport – Elvis Presley Passport

I guess most people have been led to believe this new generation of ePassports or biometric passports are more secure, will help us keep our privacy intact and help us mitigate against identity theft. Well how wrong the propaganda is! THC (famous for their tools and research in security) has just released some technical information, […]

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17 August 2008 | 7,028 views

New MySpace and Facebook Worm Target Social Networks

Well another reason for you guys (and gals) to avoid social networks, a new worm is spreading. Again they are using the same ploys that have been leveraged for years on e-mail and instant messaging. Trust is gained as the message or link/video/etc comes from a known source so people are more likely to click/open/play […]

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12 August 2008 | 7,617 views

TJX Credit Card Hackers Busted – Largest US Data Breach

We reported on this case back in September 2007, the largest US data breach in history so far (45 million customer records!). It seems like finally the people behind it have been busted, 11 people have been charged by US authorities. The US authorities have charged 11 people in connection with the theft of credit-card […]

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31 July 2008 | 8,341 views

Site Guesses Your Gender via Browsing History

This is a pretty old issue, but this is an interesting new implementation of an old idea. Using your browser history and by matching your browsing habits the site attempts to guess your gender with a weighting system according to the gender demographics for a list of fairly popular sites. It’s not super accurate unless […]

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29 July 2008 | 9,326 views

Widespread Flaws in Online Banking Systems

After a recent survey it shows online banking may not be as secure as you might think. People tend to think banks are the pinnacle of security and that assumption continues to their websites. Sadly however, even in my own personal experience, the truth is far from that. Many many banks have flaws that can […]

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