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350,000 users exposed by hardcore porn hack

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A hacker claims to have stolen information from 350,000 users of Brazzers, a hardcore production company based in North America, to highlight a security vulnerability.

Encrypted? Check. Strong passphrase? Check. Mailing them together? Oops.

Jailed terrorist gets 4 more months for refusing to hand over USB stick password

Encryption only helps secure your data when the keys are a secret, a lesson learned the hard way by Ernst and Young and Regions Financial.

DreamHost warns customers of possible password breach

DreamHost warns customers of possible password breach

A database server at DreamHost is illegally accessed by a hacker, and the passwords of some customers may have been compromised.

Symantec source code breach saga continues

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The wrangle between Indian cybercrew The Lords of Dhamaraja and Symantec over a source code breach in 2006 continues.

Whatever happened, the fact remains: this was a cybercrime and the "hackers" are the crooks.

Zappos turns off phones after up to 24 million customer records exposed

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Online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos.com has warned its users that it has suffered a massive data breach, impacting up to 24 million customers.

Despite what you may think, IT security *is* your business

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If you spend a lot of time paying attention to IT (in)security it can drive you to rant on occasion. This is one of those occasions, as too many companies are putting their future and their customers at risk thinking that "IT security isn't our busniess".

Stolen Stratfor mailing list used to Rickroll customers... This time

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Customers of Stratfor who had their account details published by Anonymous last month started receiving joke spam messages today containing the famous Rickroll video. This message is a pertinent reminder that many of our emails and business relationships were disclosed by cyber criminals last year and to never click links or open attachments in email messages.

Safeguards for ethical hackers spurned by Australian government

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The Australian government has thumbed its nose at legal safeguards for ethical hackers, according to security researcher Alana Maurushat.

Industry professionals say they went out of their way to submit proposals for recent reviews of cybercrime laws, but the government decided to reject them all.

Anonymous and LulzSec trawl Google Code search for security holes

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A new report suggests that Google's Code Search is being used by groups such as LulzSec and Anonymous to find passwords and other private data, gain access to secure networks and decide who their next victim should be.

Personal data of 65,000 FoxyBingo players sold for cash

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A former gambling industry worker who sold personal data relating to over 65,000 online bingo players has been found guilty under the Data Protection Act.

Adidas tripped up by cyber attack and takes down sites

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The popular sportswear manufacturer Adidas has suffered a "sophisticated, criminal cyber attack" made against a number of its sites.

Scarlett had her Yahoo eyeballed - how to avoid it happening to you

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Advice for Scarlett Johansson on how to ensure that her Yahoo mail and private photos can *never* be automatically forwarded.

Socialbot Network finds it easy to harvest data from Facebook users

Socialbot Network finds it easy to harvest data from Facebook users

Researchers have claimed that Facebook's inbuilt security systems are "not effective enough" at stopping automated identity theft, after running a large-scale infiltration of the network using Socialbots.

Top journalists' email passwords made public, as scandal impacts over 200,000

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A security scandal is making news headlines in Sweden as claims are made that newspaper journalists and politicians were spied upon, hundreds of thousands of users have their details exposed, and a major blogging portal shuts its doors.

Hackers steal data on nuclear plants and fighter jets

Hackers steal data on nuclear plants and fighter jets

A high-tech military contractor, which suffered an attack from hackers earlier this year, is reported to have lost sensitive data related to defence equipment including fighter jet planes and nuclear power plant plans.

Researcher who found security flaw threatened by firm he was trying to help

Researcher who found security flaw threatened by firm he was trying to help

When security researcher Patrick Webster recently alerted his investment fund company of a glaring security lapse, he was thanked with a legal threat and notice that he just might be billed for the security fix.

National Identity Fraud Prevention Week shares some good tips

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A survey released to tie in with National Identity Fraud Prevention Week reveals that 7% of UK residents, or 4 million of us, have been victims of identity fraud, with the average cost of this being just above £1000.

Massachusetts Attorney General to investigate iTunes fraud

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley stated this week that her office will begin an investigation targeting Apple Computers. She is looking into whether Apple is in compliance with her state's data breach notification laws related to fraud occurring on the iTunes store.

China denies hacking high-tech weapon maker

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Accusations fly that China may have been responsible for hacking a weapons maker, while Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is criticised for not reporting the attack to the Japanese defence ministry earlier.

Hackers attack high-tech military contractor, break into submarine manufacturing plant

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan's biggest defense contractor, has revealed that it suffered a hacker attack in August that caused some of its networks to be infected by malware.