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Turkey launches probe after hackers leak civilian data and taunt president - 0 views

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    "Turkey on Wednesday launched an investigation after a hacker or hackers posted a database online containing the personal information of nearly 50 million Turkish citizens - more than half of the country's population - and a message taunting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The population of Turkey is around 78 million. Experts say the leak could be one of the largest public leaks of its kind."
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Riding with the Stars: Passenger Privacy in the NYC Taxicab Dataset - Research - 0 views

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    "The most well-documented of these deals with the hash function used to "anonymize" the license and medallion numbers. A bit of lateral thinking from one civic hacker and the data was completely de-anonymized. This data can now be used to calculate, for example, any driver's annual income. More disquieting, though, in my opinion, is the privacy risk to passengers. With only a small amount of auxiliary knowledge, using this dataset an attacker could identify where an individual went, how much they paid, weekly habits, etc. I will demonstrate how easy this is to do in the following section."
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Hacker Steals Millions of User Account Details from Education Platform Edmodo - Motherboard - 0 views

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    "A hacker has stolen millions of user account details from popular education platform Edmodo, and the data is apparently for sale on the so-called dark web. Teachers, students and parents use Edmodo to work on lesson plans, assign homework, and more. The organization claims to have over 78 million members."
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Snowden Docs: British Spies Used DDoS Attacks Against Anonymous - 0 views

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    "The new documents reveal that a GCHQ unit dubbed the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group, or JTRIG, launched an operation called Rolling Thunder against the hacker collective in 2011. That operation included using DDoS attacks as well as malware to slow down the hackers and later identify them, as first reported by as reported by NBC News on Wednesday."
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Hacker Claims 7 Million Dropbox Accounts Compromised, Dropbox Denies Hack - 0 views

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    "Dropbox is at the centre of a leak scandal, following the releasing of 400 usernames and passwords by an anonymous user on Pastebin. The hacker claims the initial dump is just a portion of the 6,937,081 Dropbox accounts he claims to have compromised on Tuesday. He then requested Bitcoins in payment before he would allow access to more accounts."
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Hackers are selling powerful cyber weapons to anyone with the money to buy them - 0 views

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    "This person or group, who go by the names BestBuy and Popopret, recently spammed an ad to folks on Jabber, an instant messaging service. They offered to perform a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on whomever their client(s) wanted, and they backed up their offer by claiming to wield the ability to perform some of the strongest DDoS attacks ever seen. Recent events in the history of the internet show us that these kind of attacks - if these hackers indeed have the power they claim - can wreak internet havoc by blocking user access to a range of some of the web's most popular destinations."
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Facebook Is Breached by Hackers, Putting 50 Million Users' Data at Risk - The New York Times - 0 views

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    "Three software flaws in Facebook's systems allowed hackers to break into user accounts, including those of the top executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, according to two people familiar with the investigation but not allowed to discuss it publicly. Once in, the attackers could have gained access to apps like Spotify, Instagram and hundreds of others that give users a way to log into their systems through Facebook."
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Why appeasing governments over encryption will never work | Comment is free | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "In case you're wondering what could be wrong with entrusting secret keys to the government for use "in exceptional circumstances", just ponder this: a few months ago, hackers (suspected to be Chinese) stole the personnel records of 21.5 million US federal employees, including the records of every person given a government background check for the last 15 years."
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TerraCom and YourTel threaten journalists who exposed massive personal data breach - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Journalists discovered that two companies had posted the personal data of 170,000 customers online. The leak, which exposed the victims to identity theft and fraud, was reportedly so bad that social security numbers, passport scans, financial data and home addresses were indexed by search engines. Rather than merely address the problem, however, TerraCom and YourTel threatened the reporters, referring to them as "hackers" and accusing them of "numerous violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act"
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Millions of hacked LinkedIn IDs advertised 'for sale' - BBC News - 0 views

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    "A hacker is advertising what he says is more than one hundred million LinkedIn logins for sale. The IDs were reportedly sourced from a breach four years ago, which had previously been thought to have included a fraction of that number. At the time, the business-focused social network said it had reset the accounts of those it thought had been compromised."
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Snapchat Hacked: 'The Snappening' - Business Insider - 0 views

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    "A giant database of intercepted Snapchat photos and videos has been released by hackers who have been collecting the files for years. Shocked users of the notorious chat forum 4chan are referring to the hack as "The Snappening," noting that this is far bigger than the iCloud hacks that recently targeted celebrities."
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Security flaw found in school internet monitoring software | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "One of the most widely used tools for monitoring and restricting pupils' internet use in UK schools has a serious security flaw which could leave hundreds of thousands of children's personal information exposed to hackers, a researcher has warned."
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UK government plans to weaken encryption 'threatens way of life, privacy and economic stability', warns Apple - 07 Jan 2016 - Computing News - 0 views

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    "Apple has warned the UK government that proposals in the draft Investigatory Powers Bill to demand technology firms weaken encryption would make the data of millions of law-abiding citizens less secure and make it easier for hackers to "cause chaos"."
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British mobile phone users' movements 'could be sold for profit' | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Many people unwittingly sign up to be location-tracked 24/7, unaware that the highly sensitive data this generates is being used and sold on for profit. Campaigners say that if this information were stolen by hackers, criminals could use it to target children as they leave school or homes after occupants have gone out."
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British Parliament hit by cyber security attack - media reports - The Economic Times - 0 views

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    ""Closer investigation by our team confirmed that hackers were carrying out a sustained and determined attack on all parliamentary user accounts in an attempt to identify weak passwords. These attempts specifically were trying to gain access to our emails. "
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For two years, criminals stole sensitive information using malware hidden in individual pixels of ad banners / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The criminals were able to send banner ads and javascript to their targets' computers by pushing both into ad networks. These networks aggressively scan advertisers' javascript for suspicious code, so the criminals needed to sneak their bad code past these checks."
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Can Blockchain and Privacy Save Facebook? - Hacker Noon - 0 views

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    "Facebook could also shift monetization from ads to ecommerce via blockchain-based payments and services"
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