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Google reports new shenanigans in ongoing Turkish internet blockade

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Turkey recently blocked Twitter and YouTube, as well as Google's free Public DNS servers that many people used to get around the blockade.

Now Google reports another layer of "active intervention" by Turkish ISPs...

Hootsuite suffers DoS attack, reassures users

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Social media management tool Hootsuite has recovered from a denial of service (DoS) attack which left users unable to use the system for some time yesterday.

DDoS attack takes out NATO websites, Ukraine connection claimed

DDoS attack takes out NATO websites, Ukraine connection claimed

Pro-Russian Ukrainian hacktivist group, 'Cyber Berkut', claim to be behind the attacks on the main NATO public website. NATO insisted there was "no operational impact", but further cyber incidents are likely to emerge from the current political struggle between Russia and Ukraine.

Meetup.com DDoSed by extortionist, refuses to pay ransom

Meetup.com DDoSed by extortionist, refuse to pay ransom

The site's been under attack since Thursday. The cyber-extortionists behind it have demanded $300, but Meetup won't pay even this ridiculously small amount, for very good reasons.

10,000 euro bounty offered for Wurm Online DDoSer

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A bounty of 10,000 euros (around $13,700) has been offered in return for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for a recent DDoS attack on MMORPG Wurm Online.

Why we need to rethink how we view security

Why we need to rethink how we view security

When we look at some of the biggest security headlines of the past year - Target data breach, Cryptolocker ransomware, Snowden/NSA leaks - there's one big lesson we can all be taught: secure everywhere.

Internet Explorer, .NET, IPv6 and Shockwave top the February 2014 Patch Tuesday list

Monster super-critical Patch Tuesday for February 2013

February's patch roundup sees seven patches from Microsoft and one from Adobe. All supported versions of Windows are impacted, be sure to update as soon as possible.

TDoS extortionists jam phone lines of public services, including hospitals

TDoS extortionists jam phone lines of public services, including hospitals

The scammers are hiding behind cheap, automatic calling and internet phone services for anonymity, sending disabling waves of call volumes when their demands for money aren't satisfied.

Sophos Techknow - Understanding Botnets [PODCAST]

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Botnets, short for "robot networks", are more than just malware: they're the money making machinery of modern cybercriminals.

Paul Ducklin and James Wyke help you to understand the What, How and Why of this troublesome topic...

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Polish programmers jailed for 5 years for DDoS and cyber-extortion of online casino

Polish programmers jailed for 5 years for DDoS and cyber-extortion of online casino

Two online gaming programmers from Poland have been jailed for trying to cyber-extort the owner of an online marketing company based in Manchester, UK, and the CEO of an unnamed US internet software host.

Hackers throw 16 attacks at HealthCare.gov plus a DoS for good measure

Hackers throw 16 attacks at HealthCare.gov plus a DDoS for good measure

None of the attacks have been particularly damaging, and the DDoS tool, dubbed "Destroy Obama Care", was never actually triggered. Now, the government's doing pen testing, which likewise hasn't come up with any egregious holes in the site's defense.

Anonymous threatens Singapore with hacking attacks, calls for November 5 protest... perhaps

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An anonymous person, claiming to be Anonymous, recently fired off a hacking threat against Singapore's financial systems.

Should this threat be taken seriously?

NSA: No we weren't hacked, we just broke our website

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The official NSA website NSA.gov was offline for several hours on Friday, prompting immediate wild speculation that it had been taken down by a DDoS campaign.

12-year-old Canadian boy admits to hacking police and government sites for Anonymous

12-year-old Canadian boy admits to hacking police and government sites for Anonymous

The fifth grader from Montreal pleaded guilty to DDoS, website defacement and accessing databases by exploiting security holes. He wasn't politically motivated, his lawyer said, and swapped his ill-gotten information for video games.

Doctors disabled wireless in Dick Cheney's pacemaker to thwart hacking

Doctors disabled wireless in Dick Cheney's pacemaker to thwart hacking

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney's doctors disabled his pacemaker's wireless capabilities to thwart possible assassination attempts, he said in an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes".

Busts, Bounties and Backdoors - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Who's "Paunch"? What happens when you arrest him? How do you win $100k from Microsoft? Could there really be a backdoor in Adobe's code?

Find out the answers in this week's episode!

US indicts 13 suspected Anonymous members for Operation Payback

US indicts 13 suspected Anonymous members for Operation Payback

Operation Payback was first launched in support of file-sharing sites but evolved to back WikiLeaks and to retaliate against the companies that shut down processing of the site's financial support. All participants had to do was to click a link, download the tool, and launch an attack...

Schoolboy arrested over Spamhaus DDoS, world's biggest cyber attack

London schoolboy arrested in Spamhaus DDoS, world's biggest cyber attack

Police are linking the 16-year-old to the March DDoS attack against Spamhaus - an attack of unprecedented force that rippled through the internet, affecting the London Internet Exchange and causing worldwide disruption.

Using heartbeats as passwords to secure medical devices

Using heartbeats as passwords to secure medical devices

It is time to start thinking of our hearts as random number generators that can serve as passwords to secure medical devices that are vulnerable to hacking, US researchers at Rice University have proposed.