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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 Findiko─člu, suspected of $45 million in card fraud and facing 247 years in jail.

Sony Pictures breached - or was it?


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


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

Call of Duty

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.

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week


It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

The data breach apocalypse that wasn't - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Malware, spam and hacking - and not all bad news, either!

Watch 60 Second Security for Aug 9, 2014...

Serial hacker Cameron Lacroix gets four year jail term after taking plea bargain

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A serial hacker with a long history of computer offences has pleaded guilty to computer intrusion and access device fraud charges, accepting a sentence of four years in jail in return for his plea.

Ransom-taking iPhone hackers busted by Russian authorities


The mystery of the ransom messages from "Oleg Pliss," and the iDevice locking attack that popped up in Australia and the US last month, appears to have been solved.

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

LulzSec hacker Sabu walks free after "extraordinary" FBI cooperation


After spending seven months in prison, former LulzSec hacker-turned-snitch Hector Xavier Monsegur (aka "Sabu") has finally been sentenced.

Weev invoices feds for 'kidnapping' him for 3 years


The self-confessed troll convicted of hacking AT&T - a conviction recently overturned - wants one bitcoin for every hour he spent in jail.

Cybercrime boss offers a Ferrari for best online scam

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A top cybercrime boss has offered up a sports car to the hacker who comes up with the best online scam, according to the head of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3).

US Navy sailor allegedly led team that hacked government computers

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A US Navy systems administrator stationed on the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman acted as ringleader for a gang of anti-government cyber crooks, prosecutors alleged last week.

FBI informant Sabu tied to foreign cyber attacks


The former LulzSec leader "Sabu" (aka Hector Xavier Monsegur) coordinated hundreds of attacks against foreign government computers throughout 2012 while working as an FBI informant.

Notorious troll and hacker Weev has conviction overturned

Weev conviction overturned, CFAA left to wobble along

The courts have overturned Weev's conviction without having to deal with the sticky subject of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. They did it on grounds that surprised nobody: namely, venue.

Revenge-porn 'scumbags' slapped with $385,000 judgment

Revenge-porn 'scumbag' slapped with $385,000 judgment

They had a racket wherein one site posted sexually explicit photos without permission of subjects. When victims panicked and asked for the photos to come down, they got sent to another site that charged as much as $350 each to remove the illicit content.

AnonGhost hackers deface a fake bank site

AnonGhost hackers deface a fake bank site

"We are watching you / Don't close your eyes," they wrote on the site, which conceivably might have been scary if they'd actually managed to hack their (presumably) intended target, Yorkshire Bank.