NPR’s web publishing system, along with its social media accounts, were compromised late Monday night by a group supporting embattled Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The group, calling itself the “Syrian Electronic Army,” claimed credit for incident which resulted in several headlines being rewritten as “Syrian Electronic Army Was Here.” The headlines popped up across the public news provider’s main and affiliate websites.
The new bracelet is considered to be a “personal alarm” for human rights activists in dangerous parts of the world. It can be activated by either pulling on it or pulling it off violently. Once activated it sends a signal that can get help to the person in trouble.
Usually when two people or companies get into a spat, very few bystanders get affected. This time a spat between Spamhaus and Cyberbunker is slowing down the global web. Everyone seems to have been affected in some way shape or form. It seems that Cyberbunker has unleashed a nuclear denial of service (DDOS) attack in the ongoing grudge match.
Matthew Keys, the now-suspended Reuters deputy social media editor accused of assisting the hacking conglomerate known as “Anonymous,” has gotten himself two lawyers and a defense.
What appears to be personal details of up to 20 public figures have been posted online. In what appears to be a connected incident, credit record firm Equifax has confirmed records for four people have been accessed unlawfully.
American torrenters beware: a six-strike anti-piracy plan will go into effect on Monday, February 25. The plan, called the Copyright Alert System (CAS), was created in coordination with the entertainment industry and will operate on AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon services.
The phone numbers, emails, and email subject lines of users who contacted three major Internet companies for support have been compromised after hackers infiltrated Zendesk’s system. The three customers: Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr, according to a Wired report.
Emails of several of the Presidents’ Bush’s family and friends were hacked by Guccifier. The emails revealed personal family correspondence concerning the elder President Bush’s health and the younger President Bush’s self portraits. Apparently the hacker “only” obtained personal family information and not national security secrets. Still revealing personal family emails about President George H. W. Bush’s failing health that feels incredibly intrusive.
The New York Times claims that it suffered a major hacking operation, and was infiltrated by what appears to be Chinese hackers over the last four months, according to a report published by the Times on Wednesday, January 30th. The hackers were apparently retaliating against the international news organization for its critical story of new Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao’s wealth, and gained access to the passwords of every Times employee. Especially targeted were the journalists who wrote the story on Wen and his family.
Where does the right to free speech end? According to a recent French ruling, it ends with racist Tweets. Twitter had refused to release the identities of users who had posted anti-Semitic Tweets. That’s when the court stepped in and said hand over the information.
As big and open as the Internet feels, it’s not difficult for governments to control what goes on it. That’s the case with “Mehr,” Iran’s version of YouTube.
For many years operators of questionable video content sites assumed they are untouchable if they don’t actually host any copyright-infringing material. That assumption has proved incorrect in several countries, with theUnited Kingdomthe latest example.
Unfortunately cell phone theft is happening more and more these days. Most people know to call their wireless carrier to prevent outrageous calls, Sometimes they can get their private information wiped from their phone. Still cell phone insurance is costly and purchasing a replacement phone is even more expensive. For many of us, it also means losing a lot of personal information that may not automatically back up to Google or the iOS cloud.
For years one of the many selling points of buying an Apple computer was the fact that they rarely got a virus or a trojan. Unfortunately for at least 550,000 Mac owners worldwide, they have computers that are infected with the Flashback Trojan. Apple already knows about it and has already sent out a fix but that doesn’t mean that the infected computers are fixed. It’s a bit like shutting the barn door after the horse has gotten out.
Email scams are certainly nothing new and plenty has been written about how to avoid them. Still, reminding people that the supposed security email in their inbox is really only a more sophisticated scam, bears repeating. There are of course, security scam emails like the one copied at the bottom as well as a more sophisticated “Nigerian” type scam that not only hijacks your address book but also signs your name to the email.
Some supporters of Anonymous who’ve downloaded tools to help in attacks may have unwittingly installed malware. Who’s responsible for this ironic infection remains unclear, but what if it’s the work of officials?