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CNET Hacker Chart : Keeping up with the hackers

Posted by CNET on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, In : Security 

The number of hacking events of late is making our heads spin at CNET. By our count, there have been more than 40 computer attacks, network intrusions, or data breaches in the last few months. And they seem to be a daily occurrence.

In previous coverage we've noted that it seems to be open hacking season, written about some of the hackers and groups who are behind the attacks and speculated on their motives, so we thought we'd provide a chronological chart listing the attacks so we could ...


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How secure is your e-mail password?

Posted by Elinor Mills (CNET Writer) on Thursday, September 16, 2010, In : Security 
Access to an e-mail account opens up access to all sorts of other information that could be used to steal someone's identity and drain bank accounts, open up credit cards, and even take out loans in their name.

It's not just personal information at stake in e-mail accounts. Use of weak password-reset security questions is believed to have allowed someone to access the Yahoo e-mail account of a Twitter employee last year and then use that to access the person's Google Docs account where there w...

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From iPhones to smart grids at Black Hat, Defcon

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, July 27, 2009, In : Security 

My favorite security show each year is one at which there are no sales pitches, the speakers favor black T-shirts and dyed hair over suits and ties, and the talks tend to be controversial enough to prompt legal threats and even arrests.

I'm talking about Defcon, which starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. The event turns part of the Las Vegas strip into a geek equivalent of "Animal House" for a three-day weekend every summer.

Started in 1993 by Jeff Moss, aka Dark Tangent, Defcon bring...


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Q&A: Mark Abene, from 'Phiber Optik' to security guru

Posted by Oyya-Info on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, In : Reviews 

Mark Abene first started using computers when he was about 9 years old, and by 12 he was exploring the electronic frontier from his home in Queens, New York. On bulletin board systems he swapped information with other phone phreakers and hackers, who formed the "Masters of Deception" group and inspired a book.

Abene, whose handle was "Phiber Optik," later received a one-year prison sentence for computer-related activities committed when he was a minor from a judge who said he wanted to send ...


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Hacker named to Homeland Security Advisory Council

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Security 

Jeff Moss, founder of the Black Hat and Defcon hacker and security conferences, was among 16 people sworn in on Friday to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

The HSAC members will provide recommendations and advice directly to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Moss' background as a computer hacker (aka "Dark Tangent") and role as a luminary among young hackers who flock to Defcon in Las Vegas every summer might seem to make him an odd choice to swear allegiance to the...


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Turkish hackers breached U.S. Army servers

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Security 

Hackers based in Turkey penetrated two U.S. Army Web servers and redirected traffic from those Web sites to other pages, including one with anti-American and anti-Israeli messages, according to a report in InformationWeek.

The hackers, who go by the group name "m0sted," breached a server at the Army's McAlester Ammunition Plant in Oklahoma on January 26 and a server at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Transatlantic Center in Winchester, Va., on September 19, 2007, the report said.

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