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Samburaj Das

Samburaj Das

Samburaj is the contributing editor at Hacked and keeps tabs on science, technology and cyber security.

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Activism

Alleged FBI Hacker Lauri Love Ordered to US Extradition by UK Home Secretary

Posted on November 15th, 2016.

The long-running court saga of Lauri Love, a British hacker and activist accused of compromising and stealing data from the likes of the FBI, NASA and the US Federal Reserve has been ordered by the UK’s home secretary for his extradition to the United States. 31-year-old Love who has Asperger’s syndrome launched a legal challenge to...

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Breaches

The Largest Breach of 2016: 412 Million FriendFinder Accounts Exposed

Posted on November 14th, 2016.

    FriendFinder Networks, the parent company behind the likes of AdultFriendFinder, Cams, Penthouse, iCams and Stripshow has been hacked, with six databases from the company compromised, according to breach notification website LeakedSource. A Local File Inclusion (LFI) exploit was all it took for server breaches that led to a...

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Breaches

Hackers Steal Money from 20,000 Tesco Bank Customers

Posted on November 7th, 2016.

 Tesco Bank, the banking arm of the supermarket behemoth has suspended it online banking services while freezing all online transactions after cybercriminals siphoned money from customer accounts over the weekend.

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Cybersecurity

Can Electronic Voting Machines Be Hacked?

Posted on November 6th, 2016.

With the election now in just weeks and the republican nominee, Donald Trump, stating numerous times that it will be rigged, electronic voting once more takes center stage with concerns raised that electronic voting machines could be hacked. Unlike Britain, which uses only paper ballots, USA uses electronic voting. Although paper ballots...

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Cybersecurity

LastPass Password Manager Goes Free Cross-Platform

Posted on November 3rd, 2016.

LastPass, arguably the most widely used password manager around is passing on some welcome news to its users. Starting Wednesday, LastPass users will be able to sync their passwords across multiple devices and platforms, for free. The cross-platform sync for users’ credentials, previously a perk enjoyed by paying members, will now be...

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Cybersecurity

Botnet DDoS Attacks More Sophisticated Than Ever

Posted on November 1st, 2016.

  A new report by security firm Kaspersky Lab has revealed that as many as 67 countries’ resources and installations have been targeted by botnet-based DDoS attacks, in Q3 2016 alone. The world received a rude jolt of the increasing threat of cyberattacks when DNS provider Dyn was targeted in an unprecedented DDoS attack in October...

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Cybersecurity

Chinese White Hats Win $200,000 for Hacking iPhones, Google Devices

Posted on October 26th, 2016.

  The Pwn2Own contest, a hackathon run by security firm Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) in Japan sees this year’s winners in Keen Lab, a popular crew of Chinese hackers who hacked Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Nexus device. Keen Lab compromised the iPhone 6s by targeting two iOS vulnerabilities to steal pictures from an...

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Cybersecurity

A DDoS Attack is Crippling the Internet & One Cryptographer Called It

Posted on October 21st, 2016.

A number of popular websites including the likes of Twitter and Reddit were taken down today after a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks targeted DNS service Dyn. Put a marker down on this day. It is one to be remembered. Large DDoS attacks have relentlessly targeted major DNS host Dyn, leading to websites of the likes...

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Darknet

Darknet Drug Vendor Extradited from Romania…to Colorado

Posted on October 19th, 2016.

The alleged leader of a darknet drug trafficking group has been extradited from Romania to Denver, to face multiple criminal charges. The alleged leader of the drug ring is suspected to be the brains behind the darknet vendor “ItalianMafiaBrussels”. Filip Lucian Simion, a 23-year-old man was extradited from Romania to Denver, Colorado to...

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Cybersecurity

The New York Times Website is Offline

Posted on October 19th, 2016.

The New York Times is down and cannot be accessed anywhere in the world. An attempt to reach the homepage of The New York Times throws up the following error. The NYT’s server is unresponsive globally, and has been down for about 90 minutes at the time of publishing. Meanwhile, the publication’s official Twitter account has admitted that...

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Activism

Anonymous Inspired Comic ‘Hacktivist’ is Being Adapted for TV

Posted on October 18th, 2016.

Hacktivist, a graphic novel inspired by global hacking activist collective Anonymous and created by actress Alyssa Milano will be adapted for the small screen at a time when another Anonymous-inspired TV show Mr.Robot, is garnering rave reviews. Alyssa Milano, an actress who has appeared in feature films and network TV shows is known for...

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Bitcoin

Busted: FBI Spots Belgian Policeman Buying Grenades, Guns on the Dark Web

Posted on October 14th, 2016.

After warrants were issued for his arrest, a Belgian policeman was apprehended in a police operation after the FBI spotted him purchasing grenades and handguns on the dark web. A 35-year-old Belgian policeman, from the city of Charleroi in Belgium was arrested in late September by local authorities after the FBI spotted him purchasing...

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Cybersecurity

Atomic Energy Director: Nuclear Power Plant Saw ‘Disruptive’ Cyber Attack

Posted on October 11th, 2016.

The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog revealed that a nuclear power plant was the target of a disruptive cyberattack two to three years ago. “We never know if we know anything…” said the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the world’s foremost nuclear watchdog, when it comes to cyberattacks targeting...

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Bitcoin

Alleged Bitcoin Thief in Dark Web Phishing Scheme Arrested

Posted on October 6th, 2016.

A man accused of stealing bitcoin from darknet marketplace accounts after tricking users to reveal their credentials via a phishing scheme has been arrested and sees multiple marches. Michael Richo, a 34-year-old from Wallingford, Connecticut was arrested yesterday by the FBI following a criminal complaint against him. The complaint...

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Bitcoin

DDoS Attackers Pick Bitcoin Websites for Targets

Posted on October 4th, 2016.

Bitcoin exchanges and news outlets figure prominently in the targeted list for DDoS attacks by cybercriminals, usually for purposes of extortion, in bitcoin. DDoS attacks are arguably the most prominent and crippling form of cyberattacks, capable of taking down entire platforms, besides mere website. A notable example is the seemingly...

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Web

Netflix Outage Sees This Weekend’s Binge Watching Die

Posted on October 1st, 2016.

Netflix goes down and the world erupts in collective despair. This Saturday afternoon (Eastern Time), Netflix went offline. Not entirely offline. The homepage still loads, with a big buffet offering of Netflix original TV shows and movies. This spread is just a tease, however, as users are instead greeted with an error message in any...

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Bitcoin

Europol Cites Bitcoin, Darknet as Enhancing Cybercrime

Posted on September 29th, 2016.

Cryptocurrencies, specifically Bitcoin, remain the currency of choice for much of cybercrime, Europol’s Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) 2016 report says, adding that whether it is used as payment for criminal services or for receiving payments from extortion victims. Even so, key members of the Bitcoin community, such...

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Bitcoin

[Updated] A College Non-Profit Handed Out Free Bitcoin to Chicago Students

Posted on September 26th, 2016.

Editor’s note: The article has been updated with insights from BEN executive director Dean Masley. The Blockchain Education Network, a grassroots non-profit college collective of cryptocurrency enthusiasts and advocates distributed free bitcoin to students in multiple Chicago campuses this weekend. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that...

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Breaches

Breaking: Yahoo Admits to Data Breach of 500 Million(!) User Accounts

Posted on September 22nd, 2016.

Yahoo has revealed that information related to at least 500 million user accounts were stolen from its network in a 2014 incident. The perpetrator, the company believes, was a state-sponsored hacker. In a significant announcement, Yahoo has revealed that the information of some 500 million user accounts have been impacted and stolen from...

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Breaches

Report: Yahoo! Will Confirm “Massive” Data Breach

Posted on September 22nd, 2016.

Yahoo! is expected to confirm its unwelcome distinction of being the victim of the largest data breach on record. A report has the tech giant is expected to disclose details of a hack that has affected some 200 million Yahoo users.