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Police bust huge hacker black market

On Wednesday, police around the world coordinated a major bust, closing down a massive, highly-guarded black market for hackers.<p>Darkode, the shuttered black market, was a website where hackers would trade their dangerous wares.<p>Criminals would swap huge batches of stolen data. Identity thieves would …

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My debit card has been hacked TWICE

I'm only 21, and I've had my debit card hacked twice. Your first reaction might be to think I'm young and foolish. But hear me out.<p>I use my debit card to make purchases at pretty standard places -- Subway, H&M, CVS -- and I only make ATM withdrawals at my bank ATM. I've also tried to follow best …

What the future of crime looks like

Robbing someone at gunpoint in an alleyway isn't just a crime. It's bad business.<p>That's because it isn't scalable. Now, criminals can rob millions of people at a time using new technologies. Both businesses and individuals are at risk, but there are ways to mitigate the danger, according to Marc …

Hackers are draining bank accounts via the Starbucks app

Thieves are stealing money from people's credit cards, bank and PayPal accounts -- by first tapping into their Starbucks mobile app.<p>Starbucks (SBUX) on Wednesday acknowledged that criminals have been breaking into individual customer rewards accounts.<p>The Starbucks app lets you pay at checkout with …

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This code can hack nearly every credit card machine in the country

Get ready for a facepalm: 90% of credit card readers currently use the same password.<p>The passcode, set by default on credit card machines since 1990, is easily found with a quick Google searach and has been exposed for so long there's no sense in trying to hide it. It's either <i>166816</i> or <i>Z66816</i>, …

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What we know about the bank hacking ring - and who's behind it

It looks like a few Russian hackers have just pulled off the biggest bank heist ever.<p>The numbers are shocking: hundreds of millions of dollars were stolen from 100 banks in 30 countries. The exact amount is unknown at this point. On top of that, the banks could lose possibly hundreds of millions …

Take down any website for $3

The hacking group that claims it took down the Xbox and PlayStation networks on Christmas can now help you take down any website for the low, low price of $2.99.<p>Lizard Squad on Tuesday launched its "Lizard Stresser" website, which offers denial of service attacks to paying customers.<p>Denial of …

FBI's 10 most wanted cyber criminals

This 34-year-old Romanian is accused of duping Americans with fake auction posts on several websites, including Cars.com and AutoTrader.com.<p>Popescu's targets thought they were bidding on real cars. But they never got the cars they purchased -- or saw their money again. Popescu and his associates …

Did you visit HuffPo last week? You might have a virus

This past week, The Huffington Post and several major websites displayed malware-laced advertisements that infected computers and locked them down.<p>The cyberattack and extortion campaign was discovered by researchers at cybersecurity firm Cyphort. The hackers are demanding money to unlock computers …

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Staples hack exposes 1.2 million credit cards

After a two-month wait, Staples on Friday evening announced hackers broke into its computers and stole data on 1.16 million shoppers' credit cards and debit cards.<p>Staples first announced it was investigating a potential data breach in the Northeast in October. Staples released details of its …

This is how your Gmail account got hacked

If your Gmail account got hacked, blame your friends.<p>You are 36 times more likely to get scammed if your contacts' accounts have been hacked, according to a study released this week by Google (GOOG).<p>It's rare. On an average day, only nine in 1 million accounts gets stolen. But when it happens, the …

Online ads are attacking you

An especially sneaky type of hack is on the rise. Hackers can infect your computer by piggybacking on Web ads -- even on trusted websites.<p>Hackers are slipping malware into legitimate-looking online advertisements. When you visit sites that serve those ads, you're automatically and unknowingly …

7 safety tips from hackers

It's easy to get hacked. And yes, it can happen to you.<p>Follow this advice from actual hackers, and you'll be a lot safer online.<p><b>1. Turn off your phone's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.</b> Hackers are religious about this. Keeping these features "on" all the time makes it easy for strangers to slip into your …

Stolen credit card price tag: $102

When retailers are breached and your data becomes vulnerable, it's often floating around the dark web.

Home Depot next? - 5 of the biggest-ever credit card hacks - CNNMoney

Major retailers are getting slammed by hackers this year -- and they're losing our credit and debit cards.<p>Home Depot (HD) might be the latest one. The company is investigating a virtual break-in to see if any customer data was lost. Sources tell cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs the Home Depot …

Wi-Fi flaw gives up your password

Some popular home Wi-Fi routers use dumb computer chips that let hackers steal your password with a single try.<p>Swiss security researcher Dominique Bongard said many popular routers' computer chips use a "random number generator" intended to safeguard your password -- but it turns out those "random" …

Why you'll keep getting hacked

Don't like getting hacked? Sorry, you'd better get used to it.<p>Every few weeks, we learn about another data breach. It's the privacy world's version of an oil spill. A hacker breaks into a company and grabs a database of our personal details. They're sold on the black market, and the exposure puts …