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Monday review - the hot 25 stories of the week


From Sony through Pirate Bay to the latest evolution of banking malware...

Here's our weekly roundup so you can catch up easily.

Teenager pleads guilty to massive Spamhaus DDoS attack

Hacker. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

A 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to taking part in the 2013 DDoS attack - the largest ever - against Spamhaus and internet exchanges.

Microsoft pulls Patch Tuesday fix - "Outlook can't connect to Exchange"


Part of Patch Tuesday is now only partly available as Microsoft recalls its already-delayed Exchange 2010 update.

Paul Ducklin takes a look...

12 Days competition: Day 4 - This isn't the iCloud hack you're thinking of

Can you work out the answer to our question in Day 4 of our 12 Days of Christmas competition?

'Annie', 'Fury', other Sony blockbuster movies pirated after network attack

Sony Pirates

At least five new movies have been leaked online after Sony Pictures' computer systems were attacked last week.

WordPress issues critical security fixes, closing remote anonymous compromise bug and more


WordPress has just published a critical security release.

If you're still on WordPress 3, this is about as critical as it gets, because one of the fixes closes a "remote anonymous compromise" bug.

Anonymous e-hijacks KKK in wake of threats against Ferguson protesters

Anonymous e-hijacks KKK in wake of threats against Ferguson protesters

Attackers affiliating themselves with the Anonymous brand of hacktivists have resulted in two hijacked Twitter accounts, doxing of alleged Ku Klux Klan members, and 4 DDoSed sites.

100 Bitcoin bounty slapped onto head of blackmailer who DDoSed Bitalo

Bitcoin. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

No, thank you, we will *not* pay you 1 Bitcoin to stop the attack and teach us about our supposed vulnerabilities, Bitalo said, after being threatened with a DDoS. Instead, we will pay 100x that amount to track you down.

'Anti-Facebook' Ello: swamped with privacy-hungry refugees, bouncing back from DDoS

Ello logo

Either somebody really, really hates the idea of a social media platform that doesn't sell ads based on user data, or Ello is so popular it got trampled. Either way, it's been an outage-plagued few days for the service that thinks ad-based social networks are corrupt.

Disgruntled employees are increasingly e-sabotaging businesses, FBI says

Disgruntled employees are increasingly e-sabotaging businesses, FBI says

Employees with an axe to grind are increasingly sticking it to their current or former employers by carrying out "computer network exploitation and disruption", the FBI says.

Patch Tuesday wrap-up, September 2014 - why even a single-bit data leak is worth fixing

Here's what you need to know about the September 2014 Patch Tuesday updates from Microsoft and Adobe... breached, injected with malware breached, injected with DoS malware

Federal health officials have discovered that the US insurance exchange site was breached in July, when an intruder uploaded malware with the apparent motive of using the system to launch cyberattacks against other sites.

"Lizard Squad" hackers force PSN offline and Sony exec from the sky

"Lizard Squad" hackers force PSN offline and Sony exec from the sky

Hackers calling themselves "Lizard Squad" tweeted a bomb threat that forced a plane with Sony Online Entertainment's president on board to divert for an emergency landing on Sunday. At the same time, a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack flooded traffic to Sony's PlayStation Network, forcing the gaming network offline for a short time.

Sophos Techknow - Firewalls Demystified [PODCAST]


The word firewall has a lot more shades of meaning in 2014 than it did in 1994.

So...who better to help us to demystify the modern firewall than Sophos security expert Chester Wisniewski?

Tor Project is NOT getting sued for enabling revenge porn site PinkMeth

Tor Project is NOT getting sued for enabling revenge porn site PinkMeth

A Texas revenge-porn victim is suing the operators of revenge-porn site and was (until her lawyer figured out just what, exactly, the anonymising service Tor actually is) suing The Tor Project for helping PinkMeth to operate anonymously.

FCC DoSed into silence as John Oliver roused net neutrality trolls

Silence. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Within hours of the comedian's brilliant, 13-minute rant, the FCC's comment section was crushed by a database DoS attack. The DoS rendered the site incapable of accepting any public comment at all, be it trollery or sanity.

FitzRoy, Oleg Pliss, Spotify and TrueCrypt - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


Did FitzRoy get hacked? Who is Oleg Pliss? What's up with Spotify? Where has TrueCrypt gone?

60 Second Security - 31 May 2014

Apple iOS ransomware mystery deepens - "Oleg Pliss" pops up in LA

The mysterious Oleg Pliss, who popped up on iPhones in Australia earlier this week, demanding $100 "for unlock device," is back.

Now we're hearing reports from Southern California...

Anonymous takes on Boston Children's Hospital in #opJustina

Anonymous takes on case of custody battle over US girl, goes after Boston Children's Hospital

Last week, outrage over the case of Justina Pellitier rose to a head and burst into cyber warfare when people affiliating themselves with Anonymous launched #opJustina. DDoS attacks preceded the #op launch and continued throughout the week.

Google reports new shenanigans in ongoing Turkish internet blockade


Turkey recently blocked Twitter and YouTube, as well as Google's free Public DNS servers that many people used to get around the blockade.

Now Google reports another layer of "active intervention" by Turkish ISPs...