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NYPD cop arrested for hacking into FBI, traffic databases

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The NYPD cop installed a hidden camera and hacked into databases containing personal information about victims of traffic accidents so he could pose, among other things, as an attorney who could help them with legal claims.

Alleged US Army hacker Lauri Love wants his computers back

Alleged US Army hacker wants his computers back

A man arrested on suspicion of hacking into the computer systems of the United States Army and other federal agencies is petitioning for the return of his encrypted computers and storage devices.

Hackers force closure of Canadian Bitcoin exchange Cavirtex

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Canada's largest Bitcoin exchange - Cavirtex - has announced its closure, saying the latest in a string of hacking attacks may have left hashed passwords and 2FA "secrets" compromised.

Baby monitor hijacked; change default password urges Foscam

Baby monitor hijacked; change default password urges Foscam

A nanny was spooked last week by a cyber creep peeping in on her via a baby monitor while she changed a baby's diaper.

Anonymous journalist Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months in jail

Anonymous journalist Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months in jail

Barrett Brown has been sentenced to 63 months in prison on charges related to the Stratfor hack.

Hackers leak bank emails after extortion attempt fails

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Serial cyber-extortionist gang Rex Mundi has published a cache of emails apparently stolen from the servers of Swiss bank Banque Cantonale de Geneve (BCGE).

When a prank goes wrong: Student indicted after hacking rival college's calendar

Student indicted after hacking rival college's calendar

A Georgia Tech student allegedly rigged football rivals, University of Georgia's calendar with a "get ready to lose" message. Unfortunately, that prank's a felony.

Bitstamp loses $5 million in BTC after security breach, suspends service

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Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp suspended operations on Monday after hackers swiped up to 19,000 bitcoins (worth approximately $5.2m) over the weekend.

MIT sites defaced in lead-up to anniversary of Aaron Swartz's death

MIT sites defaced in lead-up to anniversary of Aaron Swartz's death

The anniversary of the death of Aaron Swartz has been commemorated with an attack on the institution from which he siphoned documents.

Hacking group publishes Xbox One SDK, threatens to leak unreleased game builds

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Microsoft's festive woes continue after a hacking group managed to get hold of and subsequently release the November 2014 Xbox One software development kit (SDK).

Japanese newspaper makes bold claim about Mt Gox's giant 2014 Bitcoin loss

Japan-based Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox imploded in 2014 with the loss of $0.5B's worth of Bitcoins.

The question is, "Where did they go?"

The email that caused a literal meltdown - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Enjoy the last episode of "60 Second Security" for 2014!

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Sony tormentors leak celebrities' phone numbers, aliases

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Those affected include Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

German court blocks US extradition for "number two" hacker

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Germany's top court has blocked the extradition to the US of Ercan Findikoğlu, suspected of $45 million in card fraud and facing 247 years in jail.

Sony Pictures breached - or was it?

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Sony has been in the computer security spotlight several times before, from rootkits and jailbreaking to industrial-scale data breaches.

The company is back in the limelight again after a claimed "megahack"...

Hackers blamed for unusual tweets from Jeremy Clarkson, Colombian FARC rebels

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TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson and Colombian militia group FARC may not have much in common, but this week they were linked by headlines blaming hackers for potentially embarrassing Twitter messages.

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg sentenced to 3.5 years in jail over CSC hack

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg sentenced to 3.5 years in jail over CSC hack

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and an accomplice identified only as "T2" were convicted of hacking into a server belonging to American tech giant CSC in February 2012.

BadUSB - now with Do-It-Yourself instructions

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Many fimware hacks are benign or even beneficial, like tweaking the ISO range on your digital camera or removing the bloatware from your mobile phone.

But what if even a humble USB flash drive could be turned into a delinquent diddler of your data, or a vindictive vector for viruses?

International hackers charged over Call of Duty and Apache helicopter software theft

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Hackers from Australia, Canada and the US have been charged with breaking into the networks of games developers and the US Army to steal software worth at least $100m, according to prosecutors.

Serial hacker pleads guilty to bank bitcoin blackmail

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A 22-year-old with a lengthy history of convictions pleaded guilty last week to charges of blackmail and fraud, after threatening to reveal details of thousands of phished bank accounts if the bank involved refused to pay up.