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

What the future of crime looks like

New York (CNN) — Robbing someone at gunpoint in an alleyway isn't just a crime. It's bad business.

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, …

The Future

Mac attack! Nasty bug lets hackers into Apple computers

New York (CNN) — Some Apple Macs have a particularly terrible flaw that lets hackers sneak in and remain undetected, a security researcher has found.

It means a hacker could -- from far away -- force a Mac into a coma. Personal, corporate or government Macs could be spied on in a way that even the …

Security

Experian - The worst hacks of all time - CNNMoney

Experian unknowingly sold the personal data of millions of Americans to a fraudster, who then sold that to identity thieves around the globe, putting the information in a database that criminals accessed 3.1 million times.

Hieu Minh Ngo, a scam artist in Vietnam. posed as a private investigator in …

Experian

IPhone hacked? Here's how to get back into Messages

(CNN) — If you received a strange string of characters that instantly crashed your iPhone, you might have trouble getting back into your Messages app.

Apple has released a temporary fix while it works on a more permanent solution to the problem.

Here's how to get back into Messages:

1) Hold down the …

iPhone

Adult dating site hack exposes sexual secrets of millions

(CNN) — More than 3.5 million people's sexual preferences, fetishes and secrets have been exposed after dating site Adult FriendFinder was hacked.

Already, some of the adult website's customers are being identified by name.

Adult FriendFinder asks customers to detail their interests and, based on …

Cross-dresser fears adult site hack will 'out' him

(CNN) — "Kim" is a cross-dresser in the Midwest. And he's worried the personal information exposed by the recent adult website hack could reveal his secret double life.

The Adult FriendFinder hack laid bare more than 3.5 million people's sexual preferences and fetishes.

One AdultFriendFinder.com user …

Data Breach

Your worst hacking nightmares - and likely more to come

(CNN) — What's worse: Your deepest sexual secrets exposed? Or a cyberattack on the country's financial system?

If you were freaked out by the Adult FriendFinder hack, the other risks should really keep you up at night.

Stock market trading is electronic, and often automated and lightning-fast. We're …

Nightmares

Hackers are draining bank accounts via the Starbucks app

(CNN) — Thieves are stealing money from people's credit cards, bank and PayPal accounts -- by first tapping into their Starbucks mobile app.

Starbucks on Wednesday acknowledged that criminals have been breaking into individual customer rewards accounts.

The Starbucks app lets you pay at checkout with …

Starbucks

Consumers tell banks: Protect our data or else!

(CNN) — Consumers have a stern warning for banks: Keep our data safe or we're through.

That's according to a survey of more than 1,000 Americans conducted for public relations and communications firm Makovsky by market researcher Ebiquity in March. The survey results will be released later …

JPMorgan Chase

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

(CNN) — Get ready for a facepalm: 90% of credit card readers currently use the same password.

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 166816 or …

Security

2.7 million taxpayers had identities stolen last year - IRS

(CNN) — The IRS says 2.7 million taxpayers had their identities stolen last year. The agency is now pledging to make the tax filing system more secure by 2016.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen spoke before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, saying the agency is teaming up with tax software …

Internal Revenue Service

A hacker stole our $3,500 tax refund

(CNN) — For newlyweds Eric and Lauren Oxford, two teachers living on meager salaries in Massachusetts, their expected $3,500 tax refund meant everything.

They've been saving up diligently since 2013. Combined with their summertime lump pay, they'd have just enough to start shopping for their first …

Tax Fraud

Revenge porn hacker: 'Scary how quickly I would drop my morals'

(CNN) — When he was 23, Charlie Evens was hired by Hunter Moore, a man who's been dubbed the "king of revenge porn," to hack into women's email accounts.

He was able to steal nude photos and sold them Moore, who posted them on his website, IsAnybodyUp.com. The site has since been taken down. Both …

Loopholes

Nearly 1 million new malware threats released every day

(CNN) — Companies are struggling to fend off cyber attacks as hackers get faster, sneakier and more creative.

New reports from the Internet security teams at Symantec and Verizon provide an alarming picture of how difficult it's becoming for computer users to stay safe online.

Last year was a big one …

Security

How hackers spied on Asia for a decade

(CNN) — A group of hackers with suspected ties to Beijing has spent the past decade targeting governments, journalists and companies across Asia, according to cybercrime experts.

The activities of the group -- dubbed APT30 -- were detailed in a report published Monday by FireEye, a U.S.-based …

Security

Ex-NSA director: China has hacked 'every major corporation' in U.S.

(CNN) — The Chinese government -- seeking to steal valuable secrets -- has hacked into the computers at every major American company, according to the nation's former spy director.

Mike McConnell, who served as director of national intelligence under President George W. Bush, made the comments …

Asia

Premera health insurance hack hits 11 million people

(CNN) — A large American insurer said Tuesday that hackers broke into its computer systems last year, exposing the data of 11 million people.

Premera Blue Cross, based in the Pacific Northwest, said hackers "may have" accessed millions of health profiles that included Social Security numbers, …

Insurance

FBI looking into whether ex-CIA and FBI officials' info was hacked

(CNN) — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are looking into an Internet post made this week that claims to have revealed the home addresses of current and former top CIA, FBI and DHS officials.

An unidentified person -- or group -- uploaded the list to Pastebin.com, a website that allows …

FBI

You got hacked. Cybersecurity stocks soar

(CNN) — Companies keep getting hacked. And that's music to the ears of the executives and investors in cybersecurity companies.

February has been a phenomenal month for the overall stock market. The S&P 500 is up about 6%. But companies that help mitigate the damage from major attacks have done even …

Stocks

The NSA failed to hack your phone

(CNN) — OK, so the U.S. National Security Agency may have attempted to hack your mobile phone. But relax! It looks like it failed to pull off the attack successfully.

Gemalto, the world's largest manufacturer of SIM cards, said it believes it was jointly hacked by U.S. and U.K. spy agencies.

At the …

National Security Agency (NSA)

The worst hacks of all time

Small Business

Hackers are stealing your tax refund

(CNN) — The recent slew of massive hacks are costing you money -- your U.S. government tax refund.

Last year alone, hackers stole more than 6.5 million Social Security numbers. The number of SSNs stolen this year might be significantly higher, given the recent Anthem hack of 80 million customers. …

Security

SIM cards hacked by U.S. and U.K. spies - report

(CNN) — A new privacy scare has surfaced for cellphone users around the world.

A report by The Intercept claims spy agencies from the U.S. and U.K. jointly hacked into the world's largest manufacturer of SIM cards in order to monitor mobile phones around the world.

The Intercept was co-founded by …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Super-sneaky malware found in companies worldwide

(CNN) — A shadowy hacking group has infected computers at companies, universities and governments worldwide with the sneakiest malware ever.

That's according to a report Monday by Internet security company Kaspersky, which described a hacking campaign "that exceeds anything we have ever seen …

Security

Automakers don't protect you enough from car hackers, senator says - Feb. 9, 2015

Car makers are not doing enough to protect your safety and privacy from hackers, according to a new report from Senator Ed Markey.

We don't yet live in a world where hackers can crash your car. But computer engineers widely agree we're heading in that direction by connecting our cars to the Internet.

Security

Iran hacked an American casino, U.S. says

(CNN) — It's been a year since American billionaire Sheldon Adelson's casino company was hacked. Now the blame is officially being placed on Iran.

For the first time, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the Iranian government was behind a damaging cyberattack on the Sands Las Vegas …

Middle East

Bitcoin fallacy led to Silk Road founder's conviction

(CNN) — Despite all the hype, Bitcoin isn't anonymous. It's electronic cash. And like anything digital, it leaves a trail of bits.

The latest example? The guilty verdict in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the kingpin behind the online drug bazaar Silk Road.

His attorney took a stunningly odd approach to …

Bitcoin

Hackers stole from 100 banks and rigged ATMs to spew cash

(CNN) — Hackers have stolen approximately $1 billion in what could be one of the largest bank heists ever, according to a new report from the Internet security firm Kaspersky Lab.

Kaspersky said Sunday it has uncovered how hackers surreptitiously installed spying software on bank computers, …

Security

Hundreds of ISIS social media accounts shut down

(CNN) — Hundreds of social media accounts apparently linked to terrorist group ISIS have been shut down.

Hacking group Anonymous claimed responsibility for targeting nearly 800 Twitter accounts, 12 Facebook pages and over 50 email addresses because of their links with ISIS.

Twitter did not respond to …

Social Media