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Welcome to the Age of Hacks

Why are we all getting hacked? It's simple economics.<p>Criminals want our data. Yes, even yours. It's more valuable than you think.<p>Celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton are a special case. Hackers target them for nude photos, because their private lives are prized treasure for creeps.<p>For …

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 …

Home Depot: 56 million cards exposed in breach

Home Depot confirmed Thursday that hackers exposed 56 million credit and debit cards during its months-long security breach.<p>The company also said it had eliminated the malware behind the attack from its payment systems.<p>Card readers that encountered the malware, which Home Depot said was a custom …

Tim Cook didn't address Apple's real privacy problem

Tim Cook is deflecting the conversation with his new statement about privacy.<p>Apple (AAPL) was all over the news earlier this month following the theft of celebrities' nude photos from their iCloud accounts. Though iCloud itself wasn't hacked, Apple's two-factor authentication -- a second, temporary …

Hack attacks = big $ for cybersecurity IPO - The Buzz - Investment and Stock Market News

High-profile cyberattacks against prominent retailers and banks may be helping newly public CyberArk. Shares have doubled.<p><i>The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does</i> …

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 …

White House hacked

Hackers have broken into an unclassified computer network used by President Obama's top advisers.<p>The Obama administration is saying little about the intrusion, only that hackers slipped into the network and their tools are "not being used to enable a destructive cyberattack," according to one …

'Bash' bug could let hackers attack through a light bulb

Say hello to the bash bug, a lesson in why Internet-connected devices are inherently unsafe.<p>Computer security researchers have discovered a flaw in the way many devices communicate over the Internet. At its most basic, it lets someone hack every device in your house, business or government building …

Russian hackers exploit Windows to spy on West

Russian hackers have taken advantage of a bug in Microsoft Windows to spy on the Ukrainian government and a scholar living in the United States.<p>That's according to iSight Partners, a cybersecurity intelligence firm that contracts with governments. In a report Tuesday, the firm said it discovered …

Home Depot hackers stole 53 million emails, too

There are more details out about Home Depot's recent security breach, which was worse than first thought.<p>An investigation found that 53 million customer email addresses were taken during the breach, in addition to the compromise of 56 million credit and debit cards the company had previously …

It looks like Russia and smells like Russia ... but is it Russia?

It's easy to say Russians are hacking the White House and major U.S. companies. It's harder to prove it.<p>When cybersecurity firms and U.S. government officials attribute attacks to the Russian government -- or independent hackers operating with Kremlin approval -- the typical evidence they use is …

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 …

Hackers attacked the U.S. energy grid 79 times this year

The nation's energy grid is constantly under attack by hackers.<p>In fiscal year 2014, there were 79 hacking incidents at energy companies that were investigated by the Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a division of the Department of Homeland Security. There were 145 incidents the previous year.<p>The …

'Sony-pocalypse': Why the Sony hack is one of the worst hacks ever

In a single week, hackers have brought a major Hollywood studio to its knees.<p>Sony Pictures is dealing with more than downed computers and frozen email. Movies have been leaked, and internal documents have exposed private company memos, along with employees' salaries, Social Security numbers and …

Hackers threaten Sony employees' families

The group that hacked Sony a few weeks ago sent an email warning employees that "your family will be in danger."<p>"We understand that some of our employees have received an email claiming to be from GOP," Sony said in a statement. "We are aware of the situation and are working with law …

The Sony mega-hack: What you need to know

The Sony Pictures hack was already bad, but it's getting much worse.<p>The Nov. 24 hack has evolved into an international crisis, filled with extortion attempts and embarrassing leaks that include details about the lives of Hollywood celebrities.<p>And everyone's guessing this is all because of the …

Bringing down Sony was frighteningly easy

The average company is one bad click, misplaced password or disgruntled employee away from getting hacked.<p>At Sony (SNE) Pictures, the company basically put out the welcome mat for hackers.<p>Leaked documents show that Sony employees kept lists of passwords in spreadsheets on their computers. Also, …