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National Crime Agency website DDoSed by Lizard Squad

NCA busts a bunch of blokes who allegedly used Lizard Squad's DDoS service.

Guess what happens next?

What Ashley Madison got right

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Every cloud has a silver lining. Even for Ashley Madison customers.

OK, it's a tiny silver lining, but the stolen passwords were hashed decently...

This email scam targeting businesses is a billion-dollar problem, FBI warns

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The FBI issued a warning last week about email scams that have cost businesses $1.2 billion in fraudulent wire transfers since 2013.

"Nigerian Prince" scams these are not...

PayPal patches potential payment-stealing vulnerability

An XSS hole could apparently have allowed a crook to pop up a realistic PayPal "pay page" and steal the victim's card data.

Paul Ducklin takes a look...

National Crime Agency snares teens who used Lizard Squad DDoS tool

National Crime Agency snares teens who used Lizard Squad DDoS tool

The NCA says it wants to reform the teens caught up in its operation targeting users of LizardStresser, an online tool for attacking websites. Is a stern talking-to enough? Or should they face jail time?

How a crook could have taken over your Facebook pages

A Facebook bug hunter just found a hole through which crooks could take over your personal Facebook pages.

Facebook fixed it PDQ...

Should companies be held responsible for a customer data breach? [POLL]

How much of the blame should you shoulder if you could have done more to protect your network and your customers?

Have your say in our poll...

Facebook spammer Sanford Wallace guilty of sending 27 million messages

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"Spam King" Sanford Wallace admitted sending 27 million emails through 500,000 compromised Facebook accounts. Now he faces three years behind bars.

Phone feared drowned posts selfies of adventures with firefighters

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Soggy though it was, and passcode-protected it was not, its Facebook posts show it played a mean game of table tennis with its new buddies.

Ashley Madison data breach leads to extortion attempts

"Send me 1.00000001 bitcoins or I'll tell your spouse you were cheating" seems to be how it goes down...

Meet "SexyCyborg" and her high-heeled shoes... with hacking tools inside!

Meet "SexyCyborg" and her high-heeled shoes... with hacking tools inside!

American TV show, Mr Robot, inspires Chinese web developer to create her own hacking toolkit - hidden away in her high heels.

Teen nabbed after attacks on UK government and FBI sites

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His lawyers claim that their client was only on the "periphery" of the conspiracy, but that didn't stop him from boasting about it.

Google customers lose data after lightning strikes

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Four lightning strikes hit the grid powering a data center in Belgium, triggering the data equivalent of coughing, sputtering and fainting.

Alleged sextortionist arrested in Texas - Here's how to protect yourself

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The 26-year-old man was charged with internet stalking, producing child abuse images, and coercing a minor into sexual activity.

Ashley Madison hackers keep on going, post even BIGGER trove of data

Ashley Madison hackers keep on going, post even BIGGER trove of data

The hackers behind the massive breach of user data from AshleyMadison.com posted another dump of data from the cheaters' dating site, even larger than the one earlier this week.

China vows to "clean the internet" in cybercrime crackdown, 15,000 arrested

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The Ministry of Public Security in China said this week that 15,000 people have been arrested since the launch of a major anti-cybercrime operation called "cleaning the internet."

Credit card info for 93,000 Web.com customers nabbed in data breach

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Customers should keep an eye out for bogus charges on their credit/debit cards!

Ashley Madison hackers follow through on threat, dump user database online

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The 9.7 GB dump contains names, emails, addresses, sexual preferences and credit card transactions of 37 million members.

Mumsnet DDoSed, SWATted, hacked - oh, and change your password, too!

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Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts has announced that an intruder managed to gain access to some parts of the administration functions on the site. Mumsnet also suffered a DDoS attack, and Roberts and another member of Mumsnet were SWATted.