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NYPD detective charged with hiring email hackers to break into colleagues' personal accounts

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A NYPD detective has been arrested for hiring an email hacking service to pinch the login details for at least 43 personal email accounts and one cell phone belonging to at least 30 individuals.

Operation Aurora hack was counterespionage, not China picking on Tibetan activists

Operation Aurora hack was counterespionage, not China picking on Tibetan activists

Claims are made that the Aurora hackers weren't just Chinese-sponsored hackers bent on messing with Tibetan activists.

Rather it was a Chinese counterintelligence operation that sought to discover if the US had uncovered the identity of clandestine agents operating within its borders.

Sony hacking suspect smashes computers to get out of prosecution

Sony hacking suspect smashes computers to get out of prosecution

The Columbus, Ohio man has been sentenced to one year of house arrest for stymying an FBI investigation into the 2011 hacks, which saw millions of online players' data breached.

Seriously, this is how the Syrian Electronic Army hacked The Onion

Seriously, this is how the Syrian Electronic Army hacked The Onion

Satirical news publication The Onion has gone into detail about how hackers managed to steal its passwords, access its internal emails, and hijack its Twitter account.

Sex and the City author hacked, draft of new book is leaked online

Sex and the City author hacked, draft of new book is leaked online

Candace Bushnell has her Twitter hacked, and her email, and a draft version of her upcoming book leaked onto the net.

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review

Catch up with all the security news from the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Former Reuters editor Matthew Keys pleads not guilty to giving logins to Anonymous

US indicts 13 suspected Anonymous members for Operation Payback

US federal prosecutors claim that journalist Matthew Keys handed over login credentials for his former employer, Los Angeles Times' parent company, Tribune Company. Keys' defense says it was the work of an imposter.

Viber flaw bypasses lock screen to give full access to Androids

Viber flaw bypasses lock screen to give full access to Androids

Security researchers have identified a security hole in Viber that can be exploited to bypass Android smartphones' lock screen and gain full access to the device.

Twitter plays cat-and-mouse with hackers of the Syrian Electronic Army

Twitter plays cat-and-mouse with hackers of the Syrian Electronic Army

Twitter's security team appears to be playing whack-a-mole with a group of hackers who have made a name for themselves hijacking the accounts of high profile media organisations.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

Monday review - the hot stories of the week

In case you missed any recent stories, here's everything we wrote in the last seven days.

Hosting company Hostgator hacked, suspect arrested after being "rooted with his own rootkit"

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A former system administrator from hosting company Hostgator has been arrested for hacking into his former employer's network.

There's some poetic justice in how he was identified and connected with the crime...Paul Ducklin takes a look, and can't help smiling.

Pirate Bay co-founder charged with hacking offences, attempt to steal money from bank accounts

Pirate Bay co-founder charged with hacking offences

Pirate Bay cofounder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been charged in Sweden, on suspicion that he - and three other men - hacked into various organisations, and attempted to fraudulently withdraw money out of Nordea bank accounts.

FAA and security researchers at odds over airplane hack security

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The avionics bigwigs FAA and EASA have said "bunk!" to a researcher's claims that his new Android app could potentially hack planes.

OK, says fellow plane hacker "Renderman," if that's true, there's no harm in giving public access to your test labs, now is there?

Planes can be hacked remotely with Android app, researcher claims

Planes can be hacked remotely with Android app, researcher claims

A security research has cooked up an exploit framework and Android app that can be used, at least theoretically, to hack a plane, including changing its destination or even crashing the aircraft.

Movie site Vudu resets passwords after burglar nabs hard drives

Video site Vudu resets passwords after burglar nabs hard drives

Burglars broke into offices at video service Vudu late last month and stole hard drives containing customers' personal data, the company told customers in an email sent on Tuesday.

17-year-old arrested for hacking into phones, stealing and distributing explicit images of children

17-year-old arrested for hacking into phones, stealing and distributing explicit images of children

A US teenager is charged with distributing child pornography after allegedly hacking minors' cellphones through an SMS ad that installed malware, giving him access to the phones' content.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

Monday review - the hot stories of the week

It's weekly roundup time. Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

IT admin pleads guilty to hacking into and spying on New Jersey mayor's email

IT admin pleads guilty to hacking into and spying on New Jersey mayor's email

Patrick Ricciardi configured computer systems to collect all emails sent to the mayor and two high-ranking city employees.

He did it, he said, to see if his job was secure. We can say with reasonable certainty now that it is not.

Is it ever acceptable for a journalist to hack into somebody else's email?

Is it ever acceptable for a journalist to hack into somebody else's email?

Sky News journalist Gerard Tubb may have hacked into emails sent by "Canoe Man", but he will escape prosecution.

Other journalists would be unwise, says Graham Cluley, to see this as a green light for email hacking.

Google to pay $40,000 "consolation prize" to Pinkie Pie for not-quite breaking into Chrome OS

Renowned Chrome hacker Pinkie Pie, who scooped the prize at last year's Pwnium competition, didn't quite get across the line this year.

But Google will pay him a one-third-sized consolation prize anyway, for "honoring the spirit of the competition."