Report: Hackers Would Rather Steal Your Twitter Account Than Your Credit Card

Report: Hackers Would Rather Steal Your Twitter Account Than Your Credit Card

You keep an eye on your credit report and fastidiously pore over each and every statement to guard against identity theft and a drained bank account, and that’s good. But a new report says stolen Twitter accounts are more valuable to hackers on the black market than a stolen credit card number, so keep that password close as well. [More]

Meetup.com Would Rather Stay Offline Than Pay $300 Ransom To Hackers

Meetup.com Would Rather Stay Offline Than Pay $300 Ransom To Hackers

Where is Liam Neeson à la Taken (and don’t forget Taken 2: Someone Else Gets Taken) when you need someone to handle a kidnapping? Or in Meetup.com’s current scenario, a sitenapping? The site has been down since Thursday, citing a wave of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. But in a blog today, the company said it’s not going to pay a $300 ransom to the hackers responsible to get its site back. [More]

Secret Service: Hackers Behind Target Attack Used Specially Designed, Sophisticated Malware

Secret Service: Hackers Behind Target Attack Used Specially Designed, Sophisticated Malware

A House subcommittee that’s looking into the massive theft of Target customers’ personal and financial information heard from a Secret Service official who says that the hackers responsible had been preparing long and hard for the “highly technical” attack, using sophisticated malware that likely was designed specially to infiltrate Target’s system. [More]

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Today In Major Credit Card Breaches: Hotels, Hotel Restaurants

Major credit card hacks: they’re not just for big box retailers or upscale department stores anymore. The newest place your credit card info is being stolen from? Hotels. [More]

Hacker Group Briefly Takes Over Some Of CNN’s Social Media Accounts

Hacker Group Briefly Takes Over Some Of CNN’s Social Media Accounts

When a website gets hacked, what’s the best place to read news about that hack? Well at least in CNN’s case, the news organization wasn’t shy about revealing that some of its social media accounts and blogs were the victim of a hack attack last night. Everything appears to be back to normal now. [More]

Homeland Security Warns Retailers About Malware Used In Target Hack

Homeland Security Warns Retailers About Malware Used In Target Hack

While you might imagine other big retailers sitting back and having a good ol’ chuckle at the expense of Target, the reality is more like they’re all shaking in their boots. Because if a massive data breach could hit Target, it could happen to any merchant (and probably will hit more). The government wants retailers to be ready, and has released a bunch of information about the methods used in the attack to prepare them. [More]

Snapchat Says It’ll Release More Secure Version Of App In Wake Of Hack

Snapchat Says It’ll Release More Secure Version Of App In Wake Of Hack

This week many Snapchat users were likely shocked to found out that 4.6 million usernames and the phone numbers connected to them were leaked online by a group of hackers. In response to the hack, Snapchat says now that it will release an updated version of its app that will allow users to opt out of the “Find Friends” feature that was exploited. [More]

iOS App Vulnerability Allows Hackers To Attack Device Via WiFi

iOS App Vulnerability Allows Hackers To Attack Device Via WiFi

A group of mobile security researchers say they have discovered a vulnerability in many mobile apps running on iOS that could allow a hacker to hijack the information being provided to a mobile device when used over an unsecured WiFi network. [More]

Could someone lift your print and use it to gain access to your phone?

Did These Hackers Just Win $20K, Booze & A Dirty Book By Beating Apple’s Touch ID?

Someone — or, as it turns out, a number of someones — might be the proud new owner(s) of a couple books, a bottle of wine and another of bourbon and oh yeah, around $20,000 in cash after a hacker group claims to have beaten Apple’s new fingerprint scanner, Touch ID. This, just a few days after the iPhone 5S descended on the public. [More]

The system is down.

Since 2:24 today I’ve been trying to read an article about why I should bring my lunch to work on NYTimes.com but I can’t, and not because I suddenly lost the ability to read. Why? The New York Times Twitter says the site is experiencing “technical difficulties.” But a spokeswoman tells Jeff Bercovici at Forbes.com that: “Our initial assessment is that this is most likely the result of a malicious external attack,” she emails. “We are working to fix the problem.” [via Twitter and Forbes.com]

SEA taking credit on Twitter.

Manipulating Outbrain Service Allows Group To Hack Sites Of Washington Post, CNN, Time

It’s been a few months since we last heard from the Syrian Electronic Army, but the hackers appear to be back in full effect with a short takeover of the sites of the Washington Post, CNN and Time earlier today. You might remember those guys as the group behind hacks of The Onion and the Associated Press this past spring. [More]

Denny’s Wants To Be Like All The Cool Companies, Pretends To Get Hacked

Denny’s Wants To Be Like All The Cool Companies, Pretends To Get Hacked

With all of the prominent companies getting Twitter-hacked this week, it was only a matter of time before some plucky young firm decided to pretend to get hacked so they could look as prominent as Burger King or Cadillac and soak up all of the free publicity. It happened yesterday, and that plucky go-getter of a company is…Denny’s. [More]

Apple And Amazon Quietly Change Security Procedures After 'Epic Hack'

Apple And Amazon Quietly Change Security Procedures After 'Epic Hack'

It was inevitable that one of the companies called out in Mat Honan’s piece about a few hackers destroying his digital life would change some of the loophole-laden security procedures that helped the baddies gain access to the tech journalist’s accounts. So we’re relieved to learn that Apple and Amazon have both closed the particular weak spots that allowed a few determined people to reset all of Honan’s key passwords for services like Google and iCloud, and to remotely wipe the hard drives of all of his Apple devices connected to iCloud. [More]

It Took Half An Hour For Hackers To Totally Shred Tech Journalist's Digital Life

It Took Half An Hour For Hackers To Totally Shred Tech Journalist's Digital Life

Hackers wanted access to technology journalist Mat Honan’s Twitter account. It doesn’t just have 16,000 or so followers, but was tied to Gizmodo’s account, allowing for exponentially more mischief and, above all, lulz. So how did they get access to his account and destroy most of his digital life in the process? Knowledge of how different companies confirm customer identities and how their password retrieval systems work are all that a determined person needs to get into your life and mess everything up. The weakest links in this rather insecure chain? Apple and Amazon. [More]

Expert: Credit Card Data On Old Xbox Hard Drives Is Vulnerable (Updated)

Expert: Credit Card Data On Old Xbox Hard Drives Is Vulnerable (Updated)

If you’ve ever gotten rid of an old Xbox 360 hard drive, a determined hacker could find a way to extract your credit card information from the device. As part of a study meant to expose Microsoft’s lax protection of consumer data, researchers bought a refurbished Xbox 360 and used hacking tools to plunder the device for info that identified the previous owner, as well as the owner’s credit card details. They say old data isn’t safe even if the hard drives have been formatted. [More]

Report: Air Force Officials Kept Quiet For 2 Weeks About Drone Virus

Report: Air Force Officials Kept Quiet For 2 Weeks About Drone Virus

When news broke last week that some of the Air Force’s drone aircraft had been infected with a virus, Air Force network security experts reportedly found out about the breach when everyone else did. Officials at a Nevada Air Force base may have known about the problem for as long as two weeks and never reported the issue to security. [More]

Mocking Hacker Stock Photo Art

Mocking Hacker Stock Photo Art

It can be so hard to find just the right photo to illustrate a story about hacking. Luckily, stock photo agencies have stepped up to the challenge. [More]

Hackers Say They've Stolen Email Addresses, Passwords Of Sony Pictures And Sony BMG Customers

Hackers Say They've Stolen Email Addresses, Passwords Of Sony Pictures And Sony BMG Customers

Sony’s troubles with hackers continue. Now that the company has recovered from the PlayStation Network outage and lengthy rebuilding process, hackers claim to have stolen and posted email addresses and passwords from 50,000 Sony customers on the Sony Pictures and Sony BMG sites. [More]