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Beware Twitter "password check" sites - there are fakes, and there are fake fakes!

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After a widely publicised hack or data breach, you'll often find "password check" sites springing up.

Some of them are legitimate, but other password check sites are as bogus as they sound on the surface...

Associated Press Twitter hack spreads fake White House bomb story, pushes down Dow Jones

With just under two million followers, AP's Twitter account has a wide reach, and is influential.

Influential enough, it seems, that a false rumour from the AP feed can have a visible affect on the stock market.

Syrian Electronic Army hacks NPR, vandalizes headlines

Syrian Electronic Army hacks NPR, vandalizes headlines

The Syrian Electronic Army appears to have hacked into accounts belonging to the NPR media network, and defaced news stories.

Bill Gates's social security number, address, credit report and more... published by hackers

Bill Gates's social security number, address, credit report and more... published by hackers

Bill Gates is the latest celebrity to have had his personal information published on a website that has exposed the social security numbers, addresses and personal financial information of a number of people in the public eye.

Equifax and Transunion say hackers stole celebrity credit reports

Equifax and Transunion say hackers stole celebrity credit reports

After the social security numbers, addresses and financial details of some of the USA's top celebrities were posted online, top credit bureaus have come forward and acknowledged that fraudulent and unauthorized access to their records has taken place.

Mega-hack of celebrities exposes social security numbers, credit reports, and more...

Mega-hack of celebrities exposes social security numbers, credit reports, and more...

Beyoncé, Michelle Obama, Paris Hilton and more public figures have had their personal information exposed on the internet.

But who is behind it?

Second iPhone passcode hack vulnerability discovered

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You too can get into somebody's locked iPhone, particularly if you have a prehensile tail and don't mind (almost) placing a phony emergency call. Which you a) probably don't and b) hopefully do.

NBC website hacked and distributes malware - here's what happened

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The latest high-profile organisation to fall victim to cybercriminals is the US television network NBC.

NBC's website was "owned" and used as a go-between in a campaign to infect online visitors automatically.

Unlock an iPhone without the passcode - harmless trick or computer crime?

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A YouTube video showing you how to unlock an iPhone 5 without the passcode has racked up nearly 300,000 hits over the past two weeks.

Paul Ducklin looks into the good and the bad of the story...

Questions and answers about the Twitter hack

Questions and answers about the Twitter hack

Everything you need to know about the Twitter hack, and how you should respond to it - in simple English.

Twitter hacked, at least 250,000 users affected: what you can do to protect yourself

Twitter is the latest web property to admit that intruders seem to have been wandering around its network for some time.

Paul Ducklin investigates and offers some advice on what to do next...

Chinese hackers break into the New York Times, steal every employee's password

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Chinese hackers have been infiltrating the newspaper's networks, broken into the email accounts of senior staff, stolen the corporate passwords for every Times employee and used those to gain access to the personal computers of 53 employees.

Sony fined £250,000 after hackers gained access to millions of gamers' details

Sony offers games, subscriptions and virtual cash as part of $15m PSN breach settlement

"There’s no disguising that this is a business that should have known better," says ICO director.

How many headlines do there have to be before companies take data security more seriously?

Boutique babycare website hack - not just the Big Guys at risk

Even if you run a tiny website and don't have much to hide, you (and your customers) are nevertheless at risk from criminals.

For example, @JokerCracker, who openly gives his reason for hacking as, "It's just a personal challenge".

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

Here you go. All the stories we wrote in the past seven days, in case you missed anything (or just want to read them again).

Monday review: the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review: the hot 20 stories of the week

Here you go. All the stories we wrote in the past seven days, in case you missed anything (or just want to read them again).

Thieves rig Barnes & Noble PIN pads to steal credit card data

Thieves rig Barnes & Noble PIN pads to steal credit card data

Hackers tampered with point-of-sale terminals at 63 bookstores to hijack customers' credit card and PIN information.

Keep an eye on your statements and watch for unauthorised transactions.

How a single spam from China ended up as an attack on the White House

How a single spam from China ended up as an attack on the White House

FoxNews leads today with a story entitled "Washington confirms Chinese hack attack on White House computer."

It sounds very dramatic, but which computer? What attack? Where in China? Find out the story behind the story.

Microsoft RDP - Remote Desktop Protocol or Routine Darkside Probe?

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Leaving RDP open to the internet is a little bit like giving a visitor a seat in the corner of your server room and saying, "I'll just leave you here while I go for lunch. Don't touch anything, will you?"

What could possibly go wrong?

FBI hits back at Anonymous - your claims are TOTALLY FALSE

FBI hits back at Anonymous - your claims are TOTALLY FALSE

FBI pwned? Had UDID data? Sez who?