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San Bernadino iPhone Case: Major Press Agencies Are Suing the FBI

Posted on September 19th, 2016.

The Associated Press, Gannett, and VICE Media are suing the FBI to know more details about the agency’s hack of the San Bernadino killer’s iPhone.

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Toward Unbreakable Quantum Encryption for Everyone

Posted on September 12th, 2016.

Hacked recently covered the efforts of the Chinese government to build unbreakable quantum communication networks. According to analysts, quantum communications networks are so expensive that they could have a “recentralizing effect,” enabling states to recover the ground that they have lost to decentralizing digital...

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The Chinese Quantum Satellite QUESS: Toward Unbreakable Quantum Networks

Posted on September 8th, 2016.

One year ago Hacked covered the race between the US and China to develop “military super-powers” by harnessing quantum science, and noted that Chinese scientists were developing quantum communication satellites that support unbreakable encryption. A few weeks ago, China launched its first quantum satellite.

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Sony Introduces 2FA for PlayStation Users

Posted on August 26th, 2016.

In a long-awaited and overdue move, Sony has finally introduced two-factor authentication to PlayStation users who can now enable the security feature on their PlayStation Network (PSN) accounts. Five years after suffering a devastating hack that compromised the user details of some 77 million PlayStation Network users, Sony has...

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Linux Flaw Puts 1.4 Billion Android Devices at Risk

Posted on August 22nd, 2016.

A Linux flaw that allows an attacker to hijack a target’s internet traffic via a TCP connection exploit also impacts about 4 in 5 Android devices – nearly 1.4 billion Android devices – security researchers have discovered. A previously discovered Linux flaw that allowed attackers to spy on secure communications without the use of...

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Mystery Circulates Edward Snowden After Cryptic Tweet

Posted on August 11th, 2016.

Edward Snowden has left a cryptic tweet sparking concern among the masses that his safety is in question. The whistleblower recently tweeted a 64-character hex code that was traced to a bitcoin transaction amounting to 0.000911, leading many to question whether or not this was a dead man’s switch, which is an automatic message that...

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Communication

Apple Users Targeted in Phishing Campaign

Posted on June 8th, 2016.

 A cybersecurity firm has uncovered several phishing campaigns targeting Apple users’ credentials – Apple IDs and passwords – since the beginning of 2016. Cyber criminals are devising faux Apple domains purporting to be legitimate websites to engage in phishing attacks targeting Apple iCloud users in China and the UK, revealed...

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Cryptocurrency for Ransomware May Fuel “Largest Crimewave in Modern History”

Posted on April 1st, 2016.

A new cybersecurity alert by a private phishing defense firm has released a warning to all organizations that ransomware attacks are expected to increase. A new alert issued by PhishMe, a phishing defense solutions provider has asserted that ransomware attacks are on the rise and are unlikely to go away anytime soon. To the contrary, a...

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US, Canada Issue Rare Joint Alert on Ransomware

Posted on April 1st, 2016.

In a rare instance that underlines the rising threat and menace caused by ransomware, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has collaborated with the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) to release an alert on ransomware. The United States and Canada have released a joint cyber alert to warn citizens against...

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Truecaller Patches Bug That Has 100 Million Android Users at Risk

Posted on March 30th, 2016.

The world’s largest caller ID app had a significant privacy flaw, one which put the personal information of over a hundred million users at risk. A day after its discovery, the app developer has predictably patched the vulnerability with a new version of the application. The new first broke when security researchers at Cheetah Mobile...

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White Hat Shows Exploit to Hack Any Facebook Account

Posted on March 8th, 2016.

An Indian white hat hacker has revealed a vulnerability that granted him the means to hack into any Facebook user’s account. However, being the white hat that he is, the hacker promptly alerted Facebook who duly granted him a bug bounty of $15,000. It’s a good thing he’s a white hat, he could’ve made millions as a malicious hacker....

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Bugs

DoD Invites Hackers to Hack the Pentagon

Posted on March 4th, 2016.

The Department of Defense has announced that it will invite hackers to test the cybersecurity infrastructure of the Pentagon in a bug bounty program – the first ever in the history of the federal government. A pilot program by the Department of Defense will see ‘vetted’ hackers test their hacking prowess on the department’s public...

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Gamers’ Woe: Steam Suffers Mishap on Christmas to Expose User Information

Posted on December 27th, 2015.

Steam, the online game store, delivered users anything but a Merry Christmas when last minute shoppers found themselves getting directed to other users’ accounts, giving them access to other people’s personal information such email addresses, credit card information and home addresses. Gaming community websites were abuzz with frustrated...

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Prison Phone Profiteer Securus Granted Robocalling Patent

Posted on November 30th, 2015.

Readers may recall our story earlier this month about Securus, a leading prison telephony provider, being hacked and how the hackers discovered that the company was recording thousands of privileged communications that lawyers had with inmates. The Intercept had received the tip-off, along with the calls, and reported on the subject....

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Hacked Targeted by DDoS Extortionists; We’re Offering a Bounty

Posted on November 23rd, 2015.

Update: Please send your material and findings, if any, [email protected] Hacked and sister-site CryptoCoinsNews (CCN) were the targets of a DDoS attack by extortionists demanding a bitcoin payment as ransom. Early this morning (UTC), Hacked.com was the subject of a DDoS-based cyberattack designed to shut down the website in...

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Telegram Blocks 78 ISIS-Related Communication Channels

Posted on November 19th, 2015.

Popular encrypted messenger application Telegram has confirmed that it has blocked 78 ISIS-related public channels across 12 languages on its network. Following bad press about its encrypted messaging app being used by extremists of the Islamic State, Telegram has announced the shutting down of 78 ISIS-related public channels. The...

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Carnegie Mellon Denies FBI Quid Pro Quo

Posted on November 19th, 2015.

Hacked reported last week that Tor director Roger Dingledine made the bold claim that the FBI had directly paid Carnegie Mellon University researchers at their Software Engineering Institute to help uncloak Tor nodes and aid law enforcement in prosecuting Dark Web criminals. Carnegie Mellon was not consulted in most of the media...

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ISIS’ Digital Caliphate Going Dark – Darknet, That Is

Posted on November 18th, 2015.

The digital propaganda machine of ISIS has run into trouble staying afloat on the clear net, and so like most other banned information, they’re heading to the deep web. While this may severely limit the ability of the group to dutifully indoctrinate new members who aren’t skilled in the arts of Tor, the group hopes the sites...

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The DEA Digs Your Instagram Bong Selfies

Posted on November 17th, 2015.

It will come as no surprise to the average Hacked reader that the government is interested in their social media activity. People talk, and a lot of times, give themselves away, even when doing things which can get them in lots of trouble. Thus the DEA, FBI & Secret Service, all of course with some help from the NSA, are quite keen...

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Breaches

Hackers Catch Prison Phone Company Securus Recording Attorney Calls

Posted on November 13th, 2015.

In an example of Aaron Swartz’s SecureDrop technology working as intended, the Intercept received a trove of dumped Securus phone records recently. Securus, for those who have never been jailed in the United States virtually anywhere, is a phone services leader in the justice industry. That particular part of the prison industrial...