Cybersecurity: How safe are you?

By CNN Money | There's a new hacker story every day. In the fast paced world we live in, how safe are you really?

The secret hackers trying to bring down ISIS

New York (CNN) — In July, a threat emerged from an ISIS-associated Twitter account with few followers. The account alluded to an upcoming terror attack at a beach resort in Tunisia. Just a month before, a similar attack left 38 dead.

It may have gone undetected if it weren't for a rogue hacker group …


Hackers demand ransom from British telecom TalkTalk - Oct. 23, 2015

U.K.'s TalkTalk target of cyber-attack

British telecom TalkTalk said it has received a ransom demand following a "significant and sustained cyberattack" that put the data of four million customers at risk.

"We were contacted by someone claiming to be responsible, and seeking payment," the company …


How hackers broke into the CIA director's AOL account

New York (CNN) — It seems way too easy to hack into the personal email account of CIA director John Brennan.

On Monday, a group of hackers claimed credit for a breach of his email, as well as the account of Jeh Johnson, who heads the Department of Homeland Security.

The hackers were first interviewed …


Security firm: Chinese hackers tried to steal tech and drug companies' secrets

New York (CNN) — Chinese government hackers have attempted to steal the secret sauce that makes American tech and drug companies tick, according to a prominent cybersecurity company.

Determining who is behind an attack is an extremely tricky business, since hackers can easily mask their …


This is the cyber warfare Jim Webb was talking about

New York (CNN) — Jim Webb said during Tuesday's Democratic debate that the greatest "day to day" national security threat is cyber warfare.

Whether cyber warfare is the single largest threat to the United States, or merely among the biggest, is besides the point. What matters is that Webb was the …

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U.S. intel officials warn hacking is getting worse

New York (CNN) — On Tuesday, top American spy officials said cyberattacks are getting worse -- and it's time to set basic international rules to prevent a future catastrophe.

"Cyber threats to U.S. national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication and severity of …


11 million Ashley Madison passwords revealed - Sep. 11, 2015

Pastor on Ashley Madison commits suicide

As if having your most private information exposed by hackers wasn't enough ... now millions of Ashley Madison's passwords have been revealed.

A group of password-cracking hobbyists, analyzing the data released by the Ashley Madison hackers, have found …

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Ashley Madison tries to stop the spread of its leaked data - Aug. 21, 2015

The Ashley Madison hack explained

Ashley Madison is in full damage control mode right now.

The hacked dating website dedicated to helping married people have affairs is trying to stop the spread of its customers' data by going after people who have posted or shared links leading to the leaked …

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Can Ashley Madison survive the hack? - Aug. 21, 2015

The Ashley Madison hack explained

Hacks can hurt businesses badly, but usually not fatally. Ashley Madison could prove the exception.

This is a whopper of a hack. It hit a particularly vulnerable company in its sorest spot. Here are three big challenges the site will have to overcome to survive.

1) …

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Now you can search the Ashley Madison cheaters list - Aug. 19, 2015

The Ashley Madison hack explained

It was only a matter of time.

The stolen database of 32 million people who used cheating website Ashley Madison has made its way to the Web. And it's easily searchable on several websites.

Just plug in a name or email address, and you'll find out if someone who signed …

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Ashley Madison data posted by hackers - Aug. 18, 2015

The Ashley Madison hack explained

Hackers who stole Ashley Madison customers' personal information have followed through with their threat to release it to the public.

The hackers claim to have posted 32 million names, credit card numbers, email and physical addresses along with the sexual …

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Target and Visa reach $67 million deal in hacking case - Aug. 18, 2015

Here's how you can profit from hacking

Target has reached a deal with Visa to pay its card issuers up to $67 million to settle the retailer's 2013 data breach.

The deal was confirmed by both Target (TGT) and Visa (V). Neither company would comment on the amount of the payment, but the $67 million …


China arrests 15,000 suspects for alleged cybercrimes - Aug. 19, 2015

Why China is blocking Google, again

Watch out, cybercriminals! China's got eyes on you.

China's central government has arrested 15,000 people for alleged cybercrimes as part of a sweeping six-month probe called "Operation Clean Internet," according to a statement from the Ministry of Public …


The inside story of the biggest hack in history - Aug. 5, 2015

Three years ago, the world witnessed the worst hack ever seen.

And for the first time, we're now learning new details about the monstrous cyberattack on Saudi Aramco, one of the world's largest oil companies.

In a matter of hours, 35,000 computers were partially wiped or totally destroyed. Without a …

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GPS satellite networks are easy targets for hackers - Aug. 4, 2015

A pivotal network of GPS satellites doesn't properly guard its communication, making devices back on Earth susceptible to hacking, according to new research.

Lots of companies -- everything ranging from overseas shipping containers to oil drilling rigs -- use location data beamed from GPS trackers …


You can hack this high-tech rifle - Jul. 29, 2015

How I hacked a high-tech rifle

It was only a matter of time before someone would figure out how to hack TrackingPoint's Wi-Fi-connected smart rifle.

TrackingPoint makes an expensive smart rifle that easily lets novices hit targets a half mile away. It lets you digitally "tag" a target, then locks the …


Android phones can be hacked with a simple text - Jul. 27, 2015

Online safety firm: Android has a major security flaw

Android phones can get infected by merely receiving a picture via text message, according to research published Monday.

This is likely the biggest smartphone flaw ever discovered. It affects an estimated 950 million phones worldwide -- about 95% …


Cars can be hacked. What about a plane? - Jul. 22, 2015

What a hacked Jeep looks like on the road

Yes, hackers can remotely cut the engine of your 2014 Jeep Cherokee. No, they can't take down a plane.

Not yet, anyway. But it's just a matter of time.

Here's the thing about modern machines. They all operate on computer code. And when we hook them up to the …


Chryslers can be hacked over the Internet - Jul. 21, 2015

A flaw in several Chrysler models lets hackers remotely control them over the Internet, posing an unprecedented danger for American drivers.

Hackers can cut the brakes, shut down the engine, drive it off the road, or make all the electronics go haywire.

Jeep Cherokees, Chrysler 200s, Dodge Rams, and …


Hackable Chryslers need a software update - Jul. 22, 2015

Welcome to a future where cars -- like computers -- need urgent software updates.

Now that we know Chryslers can be hacked over the Internet, car owners have two options to fix them.

One, take your Chrysler to the auto dealer. Or two, download the update to a USB flash drive, plug it into your car …


Carnegie Mellon student, a FireEye intern, charged with criminal hacking - Jul. 15, 2015

The guy accused of being one of the world's top Android phone hackers is a bright young student who's been honing his skills as an intern at the cybersecurity firm FireEye.

On Wednesday the U.S. Justice Department announced a massive international bust of Darkode, an online black market for …

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Hackers score 1 million miles for helping United find security bugs - Jul. 16, 2015

Here's how you can profit from hacking

Two hackers scored an unusual bounty of one million frequent flyer miles for identifying holes in United Airlines' security system.

That's enough for each of them to circle the globe five times.

Such awards, known as a "bug bounties" are paid to any hacker that …


UCLA Health hacked, 4.5 million victims - Jul. 17, 2015

Hackers broke into the massive hospital network of the University of California, Los Angeles, accessing computers with sensitive records of 4.5 million people.

Names, medical information, Social Security numbers, Medicare numbers, health plan IDs, birthdays and physical addresses -- all were …


Ashley Madison - an online cheating site - has been hacked - Jul. 20, 2015

Love doctor: Why your spouse ends up on Ashley Madison

A dating website that helps married people cheat has been hit by hackers who threatened to release information about millions of customers.

Ashley Madison, which uses the advertising slogan "Life is short. Have an affair," said Monday it had been …

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CVS Photo website might have been hacked - Jul. 17, 2015

CVS Photo, the popular website where you can upload digital images and pick up prints at the pharmacy, appears to have been hacked.

Customer credit card data "may have been compromised," the pharmacy explained. In cases like these, it's typically hackers who break in and steal large batches of …

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Police bust huge hacker black market - Jul. 15, 2015

Here's how you can profit from hacking

On Wednesday, police around the world coordinated a major bust, closing down a massive, highly-guarded black market for hackers.

Darkode, the shuttered black market, was a website where hackers would trade their dangerous wares.

Criminals would swap huge batches …


OPM hack's unprecedented haul: 1.1 million fingerprints - Jul. 10, 2015

The hackers who stole millions of federal personnel files also took 1.1 million fingerprints, a theft that poses an unprecedented danger.

This is extremely sensitive information, especially as we increasingly use biometric scanners on phones and computers.

This could be one of the potentially worst …


America got hacked by Captain America and the Avengers - Jun. 5, 2015

Hackers steal data from federal agencies

U.S. investigators say the Chinese government is behind a data breach that stole the personnel records of 4 million federal workers.

Considering what was stolen from the Office of Personnel Management -- details about who has access to the nation's secrets -- …


My debit card has been hacked twice - Jun. 23, 2015

Here's how you can profit from hacking

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.

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 …

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