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Here's How Much Your Social Security Number Is Worth on the Dark Web

If you’ve ever wondered how much your Social Security number is worth, here’s a hint: About as much as your password to a pornographic …

Australia is pouring $178 million into cybersecurity measures

Australia is spending AU$230 ($178) million over the next four years to beef up its cybersecurity measures. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched the new strategy in Sydney, where he also admitted that the country has offensive hacking capabilities. He didn't say whether Australia ever used …

Big Paydays Force Hospitals to Prepare for Ransomware Attacks

Infected by ransomware, hospitals around the country have been forced to pay hefty sums to criminal hackers.<p>One of the most extreme cases took place in February, when Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center handed over $17,000 to hackers who took over its systems. Since then, two other hospitals in …

Cybersecurity

Facebook was the victim of a backdoor hack

Even a tech giant like Facebook isn't immune to significant security breaches. Devcore's Orange Tsai recently discovered that someone had installed a backdoor on one of Facebook's corporate servers (that is, not the social network itself) in a bid to swipe workers' login details. While it's not …

Info on every voter in Mexico was publicly accessible on an Amazon server

Personal information on every voter in Mexico was left sitting out in the open on an Amazon server until Friday, according to <i>Scientific American</i>. Information on 87 million voters — including their names, addresses, birthdates, and national identification numbers — is said to have been openly …

Delete QuickTime From Your PC Immediately, Government Advises

Do you still have QuickTime for Windows on your PC? Get rid of it, pronto.<p>That’s the advice coming from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team …

Hackers broke into hospitals despite software flaw warnings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The hackers who seriously disrupted operations at a large hospital chain recently and held some data hostage broke into a computer …

6 easy and affordable data security tips that actually work

By: Kevin Shahbazi, CEO of LogMeOnce<p>How much time do you spend thinking about protecting your data? When was the last time you changed your passwords? If someone tried to hack into your organization or personal computer, would you know about it?<p>Unfortunately, most cyber attacks and data breaches go …

Watch Out For the Newest Email Scam—Almost-Real Speeding Tickets

Some residents of the Philadelphia suburb Tredyffrin have reportedly been receiving emails notifying them of fictitious speeding tickets, and …

Hungary's government website temporarily shut by cyberattack

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's government says its computer network came under attack from outside the country, temporarily blocking access to …

Iranian hacker indictment part of US name-and-shame tactic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The indictment charging seven Iranian hackers with attacking dozens of banks and a small dam near New York City is part of a …

Pentagon Chief Used Personal Email Account for Nearly a Year

Defense Secretary Ash Carter used his personal email account for government business for nearly a year, until December 2015, when news reports …

Adele's personal photos, including baby scan, reportedly 'stolen by hacker'

LONDON — Adele is allegedly the latest celebrity to have her private photos leaked online, after photos of the singer and her family reportedly …

These Types Of Hackers Are Driving Cyber Attacks Now

Screens go blank at a Ukrainian power provider. A hospital is reduced to pen and paper record keeping. These aren’t scenarios from the latest video …

Security firms claim Chinese hackers are behind U.S. ransomware attacks

<i>(Reuters)</i> – Hackers using tactics and tools previously associated with Chinese government-supported computer network intrusions have joined the booming cyber crime industry of ransomware, four security firms that investigated attacks on U.S. companies said.<p>Ransomware, which involves encrypting a …

Phishing season in full swing as tax deadline looms

NEW YORK (AP) — Tax day is a little more than a month away, which means phishing season is in full swing.The IRS says it's seen a "surge" this year …

Apple Users Targeted In First Known Mac Ransomware Campaign

Apple Inc. customers were targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Macintosh computers using a pernicious type of software …

The FTC's chief technologist explains why changing your password actually makes your personal data less secure

It sucks. It feels like you're being prompted to do it every other day instead of a few times a year, and it's hard to keep track of what you changed the password to.<p>It's annoying, but necessary for maintaining your cybersecurity, right?<p>Well, it turns out that the approach may not even be …

Your computer mouse may be opening the door for hackers

If you think about catching a cold, you know you feel miserable, but you don't have a clue how you got it. You can catch a cold from standing close to someone who's sick or turning a doorknob that they touched.<p>That's similar to how airborne viruses infect computer systems with malware. These …

The IRS is using a system that was hacked to protect victims of a hack—and it was just hacked

The US Internal Revenue Service said last week that the number of records it lost in a 2015 data breach is higher than it previously thought. When the agency first announced in May 2015 that hackers had broken into its website and stolen tax transcripts, it said that about 100,000 people were …

Identity Theft

Hacker behind elaborate $55-million ATM scheme pleads guilty in US court

A Turkish hacker behind one of the biggest financial heists in history has pleaded guilty in a US court. He was extradited from Germany last …

Corruption

Malware hints that Hacking Team is back

Hacking Team has largely stayed under the radar after a gigantic leak exposed its spyware-selling ways, but the company <i>might</i> be on the rebound. Security researchers have noticed that recent Mac malware installs a version of Hacking Team's Remote Code Systems tool from around October, or three …

Even Snapchat falls victim to phishing attempts

Snapchat bragged about its eight <i>billion</i> daily video views on Monday, but over the weekend something happened that the ephemeral social app is probably less enthusiastic to admit: it's just as susceptible to phishing attempts as anyone else. A post on the company's blog says that last Friday someone …

The Los Angeles County Health Department Is The Latest Victim Of A Ransomware Attack

The Los Angeles County Health Department is the latest victim of a ransomware attack, just days after a Los Angeles hospital coughed up $17,000 to …

Over 700,000 People Got Screwed in Last Year's IRS Data Breach

Remember when thieves took advantage of crappy security on the IRS’ online tax transcript website and stole the personal information of 100,000 …

UC Berkeley warns 80,000 people over potential data theft

The University of California, Berkeley is warning 80,000 people -- including current and former students, faculty and vendors -- that hackers have accessed a computer system that stored their Social Security and banking information. The university says it has not found evidence hackers "accessed, …

US: Sophisticated attackers hacked Ukrainian electric grid

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. investigation found that a December hack on the Ukrainian power grid was coordinated and highly sophisticated.<p>The report …

L.A. Yellow Cab's phone lines tied up in hacker attack and ransom demanded, firm says

Yellow Cab of Los Angeles has had its primary phone lines tied up by hackers since Wednesday night, forcing customer requests to be rerouted to a backup dispatch center, a company spokesman said Friday.<p>Customer data doesn’t appear to have been compromised in the attack, spokesman Marco Soto said. …

Los Angeles

IRS identifies more cyberattacks to access tax data

<i>(Reuters) –</i> The Internal Revenue Service said on Friday an investigation into a hacking attack revealed in May found that cyber criminals had made attempts to gain access to about 390,000 additional taxpayer accounts.<p>The tax agency said 295,000 taxpayer transcripts were also targeted but access was …

Hackers Take Aim at Poorly Secured Phones and Apps in 2016: Report

The last few years have seen breaches of unprecedented scale as organizations like Sony and the government's Office of Personnel Management have found themselves under threat — but the cyber-war of 2016 will take place on smartphones, suggests a new report from HP Enterprise.<p>"Mobile devices and …

Apps