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Apple Says Systems Not Breached After Hackers Threaten To Wipe Millions Of iPhones

Earlier this week, a group of hackers claimed to have email addresses and passwords for hundreds of millions of Apple accounts, and that it would use this information to remotely erase massive numbers of iPhones if a ransom weren’t paid. For its part, Apple says no account information was stolen from its servers. [More]

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Hackers Say They Will Wipe iPhones Unless Apple Pays Ransom

Hundreds of millions of iPhone owners may be up a creek next month, at least according to a hacker group that claims to have unprecedented access to the devices and is threatening to remotely wipe them clean if Apple doesn’t pay up. [More]

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Is Your DVR Acting Funny? It Might Be Attacking The Internet

It’s pretty obvious when a major internet service provider is under some kind of attack: The service gets bad and slow, error messages pop up all over, and everyone basically knows something is not right. But it’s a lot harder to tell is some other web-connected device you use is acting strange because it’s old, or is broken… or remotely attacking the internet on the other side of the globe. [More]

Adam Fagen

Neiman Marcus Agrees To Pay $1.6M To Settle 2013 Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit

Three years after Neiman Marcus disclosed that it had become the victim of a hack attack in 2013, exposing the credit card information of more than 350,000 customers, the upscale retailer has reached a $1.6 million settlement in the subsequent class action lawsuit.  [More]

Tom Raftery

Several High-Profile Twitter Accounts Hacked Overnight

If you happened to be on Twitter in the early hours of the morning here in the U.S., you may have noticed some strange activity: Several major news sites’ accounts, along with accounts of various European political bodies, were hacked ahead of elections in the Netherlands. [More]

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You Can Hack A Phone Just By Using Sound Waves, Researchers Find

It sounds like wild science-fiction stuff: Play the right sequence of music through a speaker, and you can take over any device that “hears” it. And yet, a bunch of scientists have just announced that under the right circumstances, you can do exactly that thing. [More]

Verifone, Largest Maker Of Card Payment Terminals, Targeted By Hack

Verifone, Largest Maker Of Card Payment Terminals, Targeted By Hack

Verifone, the company behind many of the payment systems you see at retailers across the country, is reportedly the latest hack attack victim. [More]

Nicholas DiMaio

Toys ‘R’ Us Says Rewards Accounts Being Attacked Using Data Stolen Elsewhere

Here’s another example of why you should take experts’ advice when they say not to use the same password on multiple sites: Hackers have been apparently been attempting to breach accounts of Toys ‘R’ Us rewards program members using data they got from other hacks. [More]

Mike Mozart

Court To Review Target’s $10M Customer Data Breach Settlement

Nearly two years after Target agreed to set up a $10 million fund to reimburse customers affected by its massive 2013 holiday season data breach, a federal appeals court has ordered the judge in this lawsuit to review the settlement. [More]

Eric Hauser

Samsung “Smart” Camera Is Ridiculously Hackable

A security camera in your house, that you can access remotely, might seem like a good idea at first. You can log into it from anywhere, to see what’s going on and if it really was the cat who opened your kitchen cabinets every day last week. But the problem with a thing you can access remotely is that a sufficiently determined bad actor can, too. And sometimes it doesn’t even take much determination to do. [More]

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Ransomware Spreading Onto Smart TVs, Is A Pain To Fix

Streaming TV has been a boon for consumers. Programming is everywhere, right at our fingertips, as soon as we get our screens online. But that connectivity comes with a big risk: wherever there’s an internet connection, there’s a possibility for bad guys to show up. And now they are showing up in the real world, holding TV sets hostage with ransomware and demanding cash to let you access your own stuff. [More]

Yahoo

Yahoo Confirms Another Major Data Breach; More Than 1 Billion Users Affected

Remember how, just three months ago, Yahoo had to admit that data for more than 500 million of its users had been compromised in 2014? It seems ridiculous to refer to something that hit 500 million people as the “smaller” of anything, but it turns out that was only the second overwhelmingly huge data breach Yahoo suffered in recent years. This week, it’s admitting a previous, even larger intrusion that hit more than a billion — yes, with a B — user accounts. [More]

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Pranksters Reportedly “Hack” McDonald’s Drive-Thru To Be Vulgar To Customers

There are any number of issues one might encounter when ordering at the drive-thru of their local fast food restaurant — the intercom is broken, you can’t hear the employee, or you receive the wrong order. Customers of one North Carolina McDonald’s recevied a different surprise when placing an order: The “employee” on the other end of the intercom was shouting rude and vulgar language back at them. [More]

Adam Fagen

Hackers Breached San Francisco Transit System, Held It Hostage All Weekend

San Francisco residents bustling around this weekend to visit friends and knock out some holiday shopping were treated to an unexpected surprise: all rides on MUNI rail were free. It wasn’t due to a gesture of goodwill from the transit operator, though; it was because hackers had managed to lock out the fare system and were holding it hostage. [More]

Latest Hack Of Adult Friend Finder Parent Company Leaves 412 Million Users Exposed

Latest Hack Of Adult Friend Finder Parent Company Leaves 412 Million Users Exposed

More than a year after online dating site AdultFriendFinder.com suffered a hack that exposed sensitive account information for nearly four million users, the website and its parent company have reportedly been hit with a much larger breach affecting some 412 million accounts. [More]

Yahoo

Yahoo Knew About Giant Hack As Early As 2014

Back in September, Yahoo was forced to admit that it had suffered a security breach — a big one. A “whoops, there goes 500 million users’ data” one. Since then, both the public and potential acquirer Verizon have been asking: what did Yahoo know, and when did they know it? And the answer now seems to be: not as much as they should have, but way earlier than they said. [More]

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Webcam Maker To Recall Products Linked To Last Week’s Internet Crash

In the wake of a denial of service attack that bogged down sites like Twitter, Github, Reddit, Airbnb, and many others at various times on Friday, one company is recalling webcams that may have been used to aid hackers in taking these popular sites offline.
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