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December 20, 2016

1 Billion Users’ Data from Yahoo Breach up for Sale on the Dark Web

In September, Yahoo announced it had been hacked, and that data from 500 million users had been compromised. A few days ago, the company announced it was hacked a second time, this time with 1 billion users’ data being compromised. Both attacks occurred back in 2013, and hacked data has reportedly been for sale on the dark web.

News about the attacks came to light after Yahoo struck a deal with telecom giant Verizon, in which the internet giants’ core business would be sold to the telecommunications company for $4.83 billion. The sale is now in jeopardy.

According to Andrew Komarov, Chief Intelligence Officer at cybersecurity firm InfoArmor, all of the hacked data [...]

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December 14, 2016

Popcorn TIme Ransomware Pardons Victims, If They Infect 2 Other Victims

Ransomware has been around for a while, and it’s a pretty nasty thing as it encrypts users’ files and forces them to pay. Now, a group of hackers, allegedly from Syria, have create a new type that gives victims a choice: they either pay up, or they infect two new users to have access to their files again.

This new type of ransomware, named Popcorn Time (unrelated to the Popcorn Time software you use to watch movies), is different from the type that hit the San Francisco Metro System last month. It forces users to either pay 1 Bitcoin, or to send their friends a link that will infect them with the ransomware. If the victim’s friends pay up, then the victim gains access to its [...]

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December 1, 2016

Hackers Compromise Israeli TV Channels With “Divine Retribution” Message

Israel has recently been swept by a wave of, reportedly, over 250 large fires, which led to dozens of arrests on suspicion of arson. Tuesday night, hackers compromised two major Israeli news channels, unexpectedly interrupting the broadcast. The hackers then showed images of Muslim holy cities and suggested the recent wave of fires was divine retribution shown in their place.

The hack came before the Knesset – the Israeli parliament – voted on a bill that aimed to prevent the use of loudspeakers for religious purposes. The bill would restrict Muslim call to prayer- known as adhan – as these would be outlawed in mosques.

Programs on Channels 2 and 10 were [...]

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November 21, 2016

Hackers Seen Gloating on the Dark Net after Tesco Bank Theft

During the weekend of 5-6 November, Tesco Bank was hacked and £2.5 million pounds were stolen from its customers. Cybersecurity firm Cyberint probed the dark net for clues and caught hackers gloating.

According to the Israeli company, hackers were gloating on a variety of dark net platforms, such as AlphaBays’ forum, Hacking Forum and other lesser known pages. Reportedly hackers, were claiming the bank was a “cash milking cow”, and that it was “easy to cash out”. One of them even claimed he used to cash out £1.000 on a weekly basis, without being noticed.

Cyberint says it found discussions claiming a tool “brute forced” access to Tesco’s clients’ bank accounts. Its use [...]

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