The attacker says it's just the tip of the iceberg, claiming that s/he's "sitting on thousands of passports" belonging to law enforcement and military personnel.
"Almost everybody who received the email took the bait," one government source told a news outlet. Any cognitive behavioralists out there who can tell us how to overcome the impulse to click on such a well-nigh-irresistible lure?
Thousands of people across Europe and, more specifically, in Ireland have had their credit card and personal details stolen after a company which runs reward schemes was hacked.
Bicointalk.org was hacked on Wednesday, just hours after the FBI shut down online marketplace Silk Road. The site's administrator, who admitted that the attack was "worse than I thought", is offering 50 Bitcoins (around $6,500) to the first person to explain in detail how the attack occurred.
Google's domain serving the Palestinian territories, Google Palestine, was hijacked on Monday by hackers urging Google to rename Israel to Palestine in Google Maps (and the rest of us to listen to Rihanna).
The Syrian Electronic Army attacked an internet domain name provider today taking down for a short time the websites of The New York Times and Twitter for some users,
Lakeland has suffered a "sophisticated and sustained" attack in which two encrypted databases were accessed. It says it's found no evidence that data was stolen but has reset customers' passwords to be on the safe side.
Fortunately, the few passwords that were nabbed were salted and hashed. Also, the company doesn't request sensitive information such as Social Security Numbers and doesn't store financial data such as credit card numbers or bank accounts.
Kudos for good security practices, guys.
A weight loss spam campaign, being sent from hacked email accounts, is being seen in extremely high numbers.
SophosLabs expert Fraser Howard investigates.
The Bitcoin exchange Bitcoinica took its servers offline after they discovered $90,000 USD worth of bitcoins was stolen from its systems. This is the second time this year Bitcoinica have been targeted.
A hacker in Romania has been arrested and accused of breaking into NASA and causing $500,000 in damages.
The popular sportswear manufacturer Adidas has suffered a "sophisticated, criminal cyber attack" made against a number of its sites.
Hackers successfully broke into 93,000 accounts at Sony over the last few days, once again impacting users of the Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network (PSN) and Sony Online Entertainment services.