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Goatse Security’s Andrew Auernheimer Found Guilty Of Charges Related to Massive AT&T Hack

Not teen proof. (Photo: Apple)

Goatse Security hacker Andrew Auernheimer, age 26, has been found guilty on federal charges related to downloading the data of over 100,000 iPad owners from AT&T’s website. Wired reports that the jury that heard Mr. Auernheimer’s trial in a New Jersey federal court only took hours to reach a verdict, finding him guilty of identity fraud and conspiring to access a computer without authorization.

Mr. Auernheimer, using the Twitter handle @rabite, tweeted that he knew “there would be a guilty here” and he will appeal. Read More

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Anonymous Celebrates Guy Fawkes Day By Hacking ImageShack

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Guy Fawkes Day celebrations of a sort began online Sunday when hackers defaced multiple NBC web sites in addition to a fan page for pop singer Lady Gaga. Anonymous has disclaimed any association with the NBC hacks, but today, as part of an effort they’ve dubbed “Operation Vendetta,” the hacktivist collective has been tearing through several other high-profile sites. Hits include image host ImageShack and pages belonging to the Australian government.

Many media outlets reported a possible PayPal hack as well, however PayPal issued a denial, stating they had no evidence of a breach.

Additionally, credit for the Symantec hack may go to a hacker or group of hackers called HTP, not the larger de-centralized mass of Anons. Read More

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Hackers Torpedoed Coke’s Multi-Billion Dollar Deal to Buy a Chinese Corporation

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A Chinese hacking crew dubbed the Comment Group has been romping through corporate America’s computer networks for a few years now. The extent of the breaches wasn’t clear until Bloomberg published an in-depth report Sunday detailing in part how soft drink giant Coke was hacked in 2009 and didn’t tell.

The deep hacking of sensitive data from Coke’s systems destroyed a $2.4 billion acquisition deal with China Huiyuan Juice Group, which would have been the largest deal of its kind at the time: Read More

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NBC’s Website Was Hacked and Defaced Just Before Guy Fawkes Night

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Earlier today, NBC’s website was hacked. The site returned to normal for a few minutes, but now even the homepage is having problems. This afternoon, users who clicked on the “Shows” or “Full Episodes” tab were shown a black page with glowing lights, loud music, and references to Guy Fawkes Night, which is celebrated on November 5th.  NBC’s mobile landing site, Saturday Night Live page, 30 Rock clips, and NBC Sports Rotoworld were also hacked.

Despite the Fawkes reference, Anonymous has not yet taken credit for the hack. A message on the site said “Hacked by pyknic.” It’s also unclear why NBC was a target. Not a Louis C.K. fan, perhaps? Read More

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With Project BlackStar, Hacker Group Team GhostShell Declares Cyber-War Against Russia

He knows kung-fu.

Hacking group Team GhostShell, which recently hacked records from major universities around the world, has materialized again to announce a declaration of war against Russia. It calls the operation Project BlackStar and claims it already has “access to more russian files than the FSB (Russia’s answer to the CIA).”

Team GhostShell has a novel approach to promoting its ops–it uses mulitple hacked Twitter accounts, posting the same message directed at various tech blogs and writers on each one: Read More

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Hackers Steal Millions of Social Security Numbers From South Carolina Taxpayers

Hackers were likely not ski-masked in this case.

Hackers from outside the United States recently penetrated the website for South Carolina’s Department of Revenue and reportedly made off with 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 16,000 unencrypted credit and debit card numbers.

South Carolina has a population of approximately 4.5 million, meaning the compromised Social Security numbers could affect most of state.

South Carolina’s governor held a press conference about the breach on Friday: Read More

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Researchers Discover Software Controlling Solar Power Plants Is Totally Hackable

The Sun. Totally hackable. (Flickr/DBduoPhotography)

On the heels of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta scaring the crap out of everyone regarding cyberattacks, SophosLabs’ NakedSecurity blog linked to a Homeland Security alert which warns that hackers could take control of solar energy plants.

Plant administrators use the vulnerable software to control energy-generating solar plants. However the programming wasn’t written with security in mind; it’s a swiss cheese of SQL injection holes: Read More

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SOPA Virus Kidnaps Computers for Ransom [Video]

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Virus makers sometimes create what amount to digital versions of the creepy guy on the corner in a trenchcoat trying to convince kids to get in his ‘police van.’ The SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) virus is just the latest and worst example of this. It’s called ransomware, and it will lock down a victim’s computer and give them an ugly scare in the process.

TorrentFreak explains how the SOPA virus works: Read More

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After Hack Attack, Carnage Sweeps Like Death’s Scythe Through World of Warcraft

YOUR GOD CAN'T SAVE YOU NOW.

Is no Internet community safe from the outrageous depredations of the hackers? The latest victims of their villainy: World of Warcraft. Forbes reports that, on Sunday morning, a mysterious attack swept through the game, slaying thousands of avatars.

It was as swift and terrible as the coming of Ringwraiths.

Forbes reports on the terror: Read More