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    A New York City mother is furious after her 10-year-old daughter's first day of remote learning was interrupted by hackers streaming pornographic images across the screen. What are the details?Devon Morales tweeted the horrifying news Wednesday, directing her anger at NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the city's Department of Education, using the hashtag #returntoschool2020. "Day one of remote learning. 5 minutes into my daughter's Google meet with her first class, and several 'students' have hijacked the meeting, the first posting Trump pics, and then someone streamed PORN!!" Morales posted along with a screenshot of the video. "I shut the laptop in horror," she wrote in a subsequent tweet. "I'm INFURIATED. My daughter and all...
    Hackers from Russia, China, and Iran are targeting individuals and organizations involved in both Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s presidential campaigns, according to a new security report from Microsoft. The tech giant says the “majority” of the attacks it’s detected have been unsuccessful, but it’s working with targets who have been compromised. Notably, Microsoft says that the Russian hacking group known variously as Fancy Bear, Strontium, or APT28, which successfully targeted Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016, has returned to look for new targets in the upcoming 2020 election. President Trump downplayed Russia’s connection to the Clinton hackers throughout the 2016 campaign, and recent reports indicate he has actively suppressed US intelligence reporting on Russian threats to the US...
    Hackers from Russia, China, and Iran have set their sights on the 2020 presidential election, including Russian hackers behind attacks in 2016, Microsoft has announced. Microsoft on Thursday said that it has in recent weeks “detected cyberattacks targeting people and organizations involved in the upcoming presidential election,” with this including “unsuccessful attacks” on people associated with the campaigns of both President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The company goes on to lay out in a blog post how Russian hackers who have been identified as being responsible for attacks on the 2016 Democratic presidential campaign have attacked “more than 200 organizations,” including political campaigns and parties, and that since 2016, their tactics have “evolved.” Additionally, Microsoft said Chinese...
    VLADIMIR Putin's cyber warriors have launched a campaign hacking attacks on the US election, tech giant Microsoft has claimed. Russia's high profile hacking group - known as Fancy Bear - are said to be targeting presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Joe Biden as they attempt to sow chaos. 1NINTCHDBPICT000607219922-1Credit: Reuters Microsoft claimed China and Iran have also allegedly been attempting to access email accounts linked to people in the Trump and Biden campaigns. The firm published a blog post which revealed it has tracked Fancy Bear targeting more than 200 organisations since September. Many of these are associated with the upcoming US Election including the campaigns, think tanks and political consultants. Fancy Bear previously attempted to cause...
    Recording the telltale sound your key makes when you insert it into its lock could allow eavesdropping hackers to clone your key, researchers have demonstrated. Built by experts from Singapore, the SpiKey software uses the clicks made as a lock's pins pass over its key's teeth into narrow down the possible key shapes for a door. Criminals could use similar software after surreptitiously recording you with a smartphone as you unlock your home — and return later having cut a new key. Alternatively, the team said, hackers could hijack your own phone or smart doorbell, and use it to record the key sound — without being physically present themselves.  The attack — which could potentially be being used by criminals —...
    When law enforcement arrested three alleged young hackers in the US and the UK last month, the story of the worst-known hack of Twitter's systems seemed to have drawn to a tidy close. But in fact, the technique that allowed hackers to take control of the accounts of Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and dozens of others is still in use against a broad array of victims, in a series of attacks that began well before Twitter's blowup, and in recent weeks has escalated into a full-blown crime wave. In mid-July, Twitter revealed that hackers had used a technique against it called "phone spear phishing," allowing the attackers to target the accounts of 130 people including CEOs, celebrities, and...
    Carnival Corp has been hit by hackers who stole personal data on passengers and employees, according to a form filed by the cruise giant with the US Securities and Exchange Commission Monday.   The cruise line said one its brands fell victim to a ransomware attack which accessed and encrypted its IT systems on August 15.  The cyber attack comes as Carnival Cruise Line unveiled its new Mardi Gras ship Sunday, complete with on-board rollercoaster, as it aims to draw back customers to the seas following a tumultuous year.    The cruise giant has been forced to cancel all voyages through to at least October 31, as the CDC no-sail order rumbles on until September and the industry struggles to get back...
    Russian hackers stole 'hundreds' of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's personal photos including snaps of the Queen at their wedding in a security breach, according to the bombshell biography Finding Freedom. The Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, say they were not interviewed for the book and did not contribute to the tale by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, which provides a high level of personal detail and a dramatic account of the events leading up to the Sussexes' departure from royal life.  A source told the authors that the data leak was a 'wake up call' for the couple after hackers were able to steal photos taken by wedding photographer Alexi Lubomirski in September 2018, after gaining...
    Bubblegum battle royale Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout continues to be a massive success, with over 2 million fans enjoying it on Steam alone — but, it seems, not everyone is playing the game fairly. Players are uploading clips where it appears that some people are using speed hacks that allow them to completely outrun the competition. In the clip below, uploaded by Julien D, we can see a cheater burst through the map in the Slime Climb mini-game, whereas the rest of the players are barely stumbling through the starting area. It’s not an isolated occurrence. There are more clips of similar hacks floating around on social media, presumably from the PC version of the game, where hacks...
    This week marked the first-ever online-only Black Hat and Defcon security conferences, both of which still produced impactful work despite going remote. But before you dive into everything that's broken, start off with a tale of perseverance that starts with the private keys needed to recover $300,000 of bitcoin trapped in an old zip file. Dutch researchers figured out how to mess with traffic lights across at least 10 cities in the Netherlands. At most they could have caused a few traffic jams—not multicar pileups—but it's an important reminder about the potential fragility of connected city infrastructure. Also fragile: a file type known as Symbolic Link, which gave Apple hacker Patrick Wardle the foothold he needed to compromise macOS in...
    trump v biden donors 4×3 Tom Pennington/Getty Images; SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images The US State Department is offering bounties of up to $10 million for information that helps it catch state hackers trying to meddle in the 2020 presidential election. The Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program is offering money for any information that could lead to the identification or location of hackers. State-backed hackers from Russia, China, and Iran have already been detected trying to interfere with the 2020 election. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. With less than four months to go until the presidential 2020 election, the US has decided to offer a $10 million...
    Just after dark on September 10 last year, Justin Wynn and Gary DeMercurio carefully slunk along a dimly lit hallway inside the Polk County courthouse, an ostentatious Beaux-Arts building in the center of downtown Des Moines, Iowa. For the second time in three nights, the two intruders had picked the lock on a basement-level emergency exit door at the side of the building. Now they were back inside, deep in the warren of the building’s underbelly. From their visit two nights earlier, they knew that just ahead, in a darkened maintenance office, there was a box on a wall holding a ring of keys—keys that would give them the run of the entire rest of the courthouse. But on...
    The alleged Twitter hackers were reportedly taken down by rival gang who shared a database that led the FBI to the mastermind Florida teen and his two accomplices.  Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday in Tampa. Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida; and Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, U.K. have also been charged in relation to the hack, which took place on July 15.  The scheme commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. It also saw the men allegedly make thousands by selling people's usernames.  But the accused youngsters were easily traced thanks to a rival group of hackers who had earlier shared...
    The FBI were able to track down three hackers who pulled off the largest Twitter breach in history because they were 'extremely sloppy' with how they moved their Bitcoin transactions around.  Graham Ivan Clark, 17, of Tampa, Florida; Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida; and Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, U.K. have all be charged in relation to the hack, which took place on July 15.  On that date, the men conspired to hijack Twitter accounts belonging to famous figures and companies - including Barack Obama, Kanye West and Uber -before they posted tweets asking for donations to a Bitcoin wallet.   'I am giving back to my community due to Covid-19. All Bitcoin sent to my address below will be...
    It’s been over a week since hackers crippled Garmin with a ransomware attack, and five days since its services started flickering back to life. The company still hasn’t fully recovered, as syncing issues and delays continue to haunt corners of the Garmin Connect platform. Two things, though, are clear: It could have been worse for Garmin. And it’s only a matter of time before ransomware’s big game hunters strike again. By this point, the world has seen a few large-scale meltdowns stem from ransomware-style attacks, where hacker groups encrypt sensitive files and shake down the owners for money. In 2017, WannaCry swept the globe before intrepid hacker Marcus Hutchins found and activated its kill switch. That same year, NotPetya caused...
    On July 15, a Discord user with the handle Kirk#5270 made an enticing proposition. “I work for Twitter,” they said, according to court documents released Friday. “I can claim any name, let me know if you’re trying to work.” It was the beginning of what would, a few hours later, turn into the biggest known Twitter hack of all time. A little over two weeks later, three individuals have been charged in connection with the heists of accounts belonging to Bill Gates, Elon Musk, former US President Barack Obama, Apple, and more—along with nearly $120,000 in bitcoin. Friday afternoon, after an investigation that included the FBI, IRS, and Secret Service, the Department of Justice charged UK resident Mason Sheppard and...
    The Department of Justice announced Friday that three individuals have been charged with the massive Twitter hack on July 15 — and the alleged mastermind of the scheme is only 17 years old. Twitter was forced to temporarily suspend the accounts of all verified users during the course of the hack after the hackers took control of the Twitter accounts belonging to numerous famous people and companies and caused those accounts to tweet messages encouraging people to donate Bitcoin to an ostensible charity, but instead funneled the donated Bitcoin to the hackers. The hackers managed to scam people out of well over $100,000 worth of Bitcoin during the brief time before Twitter locked out all verified users....
    Hackers used a phone phishing scam on various Twitter employees to post malicious messages in a July bitcoin scam, Twitter Support said Thursday. “The social engineering that occurred on July 15, 2020, targeted a small number of employees through a phone spear phishing attack,” Twitter Support wrote in a July 30 blog update. “A successful attack required the attackers to obtain access to both our internal network as well as specific employee credentials that granted them access to our internal support tools,” Twitter support wrote. Using compromised employee credentials, the hackers obtained internal employee information and used it to gain access to the site’s account support tools, Twitter support said. Of the 130 accounts compromised, 45 accounts were used to...
    Twitter says a recent high-profile breach that compromised more than 130 accounts belonging to celebrities and other public figures was the result of a "phishing" scam in which hackers used the phone to fool Twitter's employees into giving them access. The social media company revealed a few more details late Thursday about the hack earlier this month, which it said targeted "a small number of employees through a phone spear-phishing attack." "This attack relied on a significant and concerted attempt to mislead certain employees and exploit human vulnerabilities to gain access to our internal systems," the company tweeted. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The embarrassing July 15 attack affected the accounts of some of Twitter's most high-profile...
    Twitter has revealed more details as to how some high profile accounts were hacked earlier this month.  In a statement on its website, the firm revealed a 'spear phishing' attack was used to pilfer the personal details of unsuspecting Twitter staff and contractors.  This involves hackers sending emails that appear to be from a known or trusted sender in order to trick victims into revealing confidential information.  This information was then used to gain access to internal account management tools which gave hackers free rein.   The cyber attack last week saw former US president Barack Obama, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and rapper Kanye West among the high-profile accounts affected. Accounts of Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Kim Kardashian West, Mike...
    Twitter believes the perpetrators of last week’s unprecedented attack on the company accessed the direct message (DM) inbox of an elected official in the Netherlands, the company said Wednesday evening. The revelation comes as part of the company’s ongoing investigation into last Thursday’s attack that allowed attackers to hijack the accounts of some of the service’s most high-profile users, including politicians Barack Obama and Joe Biden, to tweet a bitcoin scam. In total, Twitter said it believes attackers accessed the DMs of up to 36 of the 130 targeted accounts, including that elected official. Twitter has “no indication” that other elected officials had their DMs accessed as part of the attack, however. We believe that for up to 36 of...
    Artiom Vyacheslavovich Radchenko and Olexandre Vitalievich Ieremenko were indicted in January 2019 in the state of New Jersey for having stolen several thousand computer files from the computers of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including quarterly and annual results of companies. According to the Justice Department, they then resold this information before it was made public. “Cybercriminals do not obey or respect the laws of any country,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. The State Department is offering a million dollar reward for each of them as part of its program against transnational criminal organizations. It is the first time that the Secret Service, responsible for the protection of personalities and which offers the...
    Ivannia SalazarFOLLOW London correspondent Updated: 07/17/2020 09:33 AM Save Related news Russian state-sponsored hackers target their attacks to pharmaceutical companies and research groups working to develop a Covid-19 vaccine in countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. This was revealed this Thursday by the National Cyber ​​Security Center of the United Kingdom (NCSC) in a statement, which specifically points to a group known as APT29. According to the Center, it is “almost certain” that the team of “hackers”, also known as “the Duke” or “Cozy Bear”, is operating as part of the Kremlin intelligence services, since the objective of the attacks is to steal medical secrets. Although they did not confirm whether any of the attempts...
    WASHINGTON – The Twitter hack that affected the accounts of some of its most famous users was directed at 130 people, the company reported, of which the hackers managed to change their passwords to 45. The San Francisco-based company reported Saturday in a blog post that, on eight of those accounts, hackers also downloaded account information through the “Your Twitter Data” tool. None of the eight was verified, Twitter said, adding that it is contacting affected users. Hackers downloaded personal data from at least eight users, suggesting that the move could be more than just a scam to collect payments with Bitcoin. T52 In a statement published this Saturday on its official blog, Twitter gave more details...
    WASHINGTON – The Twitter hack that affected the accounts of some of its most famous users was directed at 130 people, the company reported, of which the hackers managed to change their passwords to 45. The San Francisco-based company reported Saturday in a blog post that, on eight of those accounts, hackers also downloaded account information through the “Your Twitter Data” tool. None of the eight was verified, Twitter said, adding that it is contacting affected users. Hackers downloaded personal data from at least eight users, suggesting that the move could be more than just a scam to collect payments with Bitcoin. T52 In a statement published this Saturday on its official blog, Twitter gave more details...
    The hacking of Twitter is surely not over yet It’s a puzzle worthy of Sherlock Holmes - a case of the dog that didn’t bark in the night. Joe Biden's Twitter account was among those hit by the hackers Twitter has suffered what they described as a ‘coordinated social engineering attack’, which makes it sound so much more sinister than a mere ‘hack’. Yet, on first glance, it was small beer - the public face of it was that the hijacking of the accounts of high profile business leaders and politicians (Gates, Obama and so on), along with the odd Kardashian, allowed them to post tweets which encouraged users to funnel cash into their Bitcoin account, making around $120,000 in...
    This week on 2 GIRLS 1 PODCAST, Alli and Jen talk with Jack Rhysider, the creator and host of the hit podcast Darknet Diaries which tells “true stories from the dark side of the Internet.” Or as we like to call it: This American Life for hackers. Rhysider worked in information security (infosec) and was searching for a podcast that tells the stories of hackers and digital heists. It didn’t exist, so he made his own. These days, thousands of listeners love his meticulously crafted stories about penetration testers, video game hacks gone very wrong, and how digital activists take down the corporations and politicians they despise. Rhysider tells us about the fascinating worlds of botnet rentals, discount internet...
    Our investigation and cooperation with law enforcement continues, and we remain committed to sharing any updates here. More to come via @TwitterSupport as our investigation continues. — Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 18, 2020 Late Friday night, Twitter confirmed that its investigation shows attackers exported the data on “up to eight of the accounts involved,” without specifying which ones. Of the 130 that it had previously said were targeted, Twitter now says the attackers performed a password reset and were able to access 45 of them, but did not specify why they may not have done so on the the others. Multiple reports, including one on Friday afternoon from the New York Times, have featured accounts from...
    Hackers involved in the high-profile hijacking of Twitter accounts earlier this week were a group of young pals with no links to state or organized crime, according to a new report. The attack, which Twitter and the FBI are investigating, started with a playful message between hackers on the platform Discord, a chat service popular with gamers, according to the New York Times. Cybersecurity experts were stunned by the startling revelation that Wednesday's breach, unprecedented in scale for the social media site, seemingly amounted to youthful hijinks.  'An incident such as this could have extraordinary serious consequences - manipulation of the markets, disinformation relating to an election, etc,' Brett Callow, a threat analyst at cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, told DailyMail.com.  'However,...
    Reporters are commencing to piece together the driving-the-scenes events of the unparalleled Twitter assault on Wednesday just about as rapidly as the official investigators them selves. And the clearest strategy of what might have took place two times back — when about 130 accounts have been compromised applying internal organization equipment — will come courtesy of The New York Moments this afternoon. Reporters Nathaniel Popper and Kate Conger convey to the tales of four people today associated in the hack and how accurately it spiraled out of manage and resulted in the takeovers of some of the platforms most high-profile and sensitive accounts.The Times’ report says the central hacker bought access to Twitter systems by means of Slack messagesThe Situations...
    Reporters are starting to piece together the behind-the-scenes events of the unprecedented Twitter attack on Wednesday almost as fast as the official investigators themselves. And the clearest idea of what may have happened two days ago — when roughly 130 accounts were compromised using internal company tools — comes courtesy of The New York Times this afternoon. Reporters Nathaniel Popper and Kate Conger tell the stories of four individuals involved in the hack and how exactly it spiraled out of control and resulted in the takeovers of some of the platforms most high-profile and sensitive accounts. The Times’ report says the central hacker got access to Twitter systems via Slack messages The Times report says the attack can...
    (CNN Business)A group of former Twitter (TWTR) employees who watched in shock as a hack compromised the accounts of some of the most prominent people on the social network, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Elon Musk, are among those trying to figure out how an attack of such staggering proportions could have happened. As they conduct their unofficial investigation in a closed Slack group, the former employees, including some who were members of Twitter's security team, are attempting to reconstruct the events leading up to the takeovers based on their knowledge of the social network's internal protocols and technical systems.They are not the only ones searching for answers. So are members of Congress, cybersecurity experts, and Twitter itself. The...
    Shoshana WodinskyJust now•Filed to:OopsieOopsiecybersecuritynational securitySavePhoto: Nicolas Maeterlinck (Getty Images) There’s a lot of intrigue and ~mystery~ surrounding the public conception of hacking, but the truth is, even the most elite hackers are regular people. And just like regular people, they screw up on the job more than you might think. We’ve seen cybercriminals screw themselves over in some of the dumbest ways imaginable over the years, but for some reason, we still see the same mistakes made time and time again. Case in point: A team of researchers out of IBM’s X-Force IRIS cybersecurity team have reported finding a server full of unencrypted data left out in the open by a hacker group affiliated with Iranian state authorities. According to the...
    Following the recent hijacking of numerous high-profile Twitter accounts, security experts have begun attempting to track down the hackers behind the attack, with some believing they may have an idea who was responsible. Cybercrime journalist Brian Krebs recently published an article on his popular cybersecurity blog KrebsOnSecurity in which he attempts to track down the hackers behind the recent major security breach of Twitter and the hijacking of multiple high profile user accounts, which were used to execute a Bitcoin scam that some estimate generated over $100,000. The accounts hijacked include Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden, Former President Barack Obama, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and the official accounts of ridesharing service Uber and tech...
    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened an investigation into Wednesday’s unprecedented Twitter attack that resulted in numerous takeovers of high-profile accounts belonging to politicians, business leaders, and corporations, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The FBI is concerned that the coordinated attack and the vulnerabilities it exposed in Twitter’s systems may pose serious security risks, due to the widespread compromising of sensitive accounts, including those of President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. President Donald Trump’s account was not affected, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tells the WSJ, but it’s unclear if Trump’s account has special protections. Twitter tells The News Brig it is in communication with the FBI regarding its...
    Catie Keck2 minutes ago•Filed to:HacksHackshackingTwittersecurityPrivacyencryptionSaveImage: Twitter An apparent cryptocurrency scheme that bombed Twitter Wednesday saw the accounts of high-profile brands, crypto exchanges, businesspeople, celebrities, and politicians compromised in an unprecedented hack that raises serious concerns about the security flaws of the platform and what information could have been jeopardized in the incident. Right now, details about the specifics of the hack are limited, but here’s what we know. Beginning late Wednesday, a number of verified Twitter accounts began tweeting similar messages: Send Bitcoin to a digital wallet, and the person or account would shoot back double the amount. It can’t be understated how far-reaching the crypto scam was in terms of its targets. The verified accounts of Apple, former President...
    The FBI is leading a federal inquiry into Twitter's security breach that saw hackers hijack high profile accounts - as the social media giant scrambles to investigate how its most catastrophic attack yet was able to occur. Sources say federal investigators are now probing the Twitter attack, which initially appears to have been a bitcoin scam but has sparked fears the hackers could have wreaked havoc on the stock market, meddled in elections or even potentially started a war.  A day on from the breach, which resulted in Twitter stopping all verified accounts from tweeting or resetting their passwords for hours as they tried to contain it, they have still not revealed how it happened or to what extent its internal...
    It felt a little like a zombie movie: Every time you looked at Twitter on Wednesday, another high-profile account had fallen victim to a brazen hack. Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Joe Biden, Apple, Uber, and more were felled, their handles all conscripted into a bitcoin scam. It’s one of the most visible security meltdowns in years. And while details are still murky, it also seems increasingly clear it could have gone so much worse. Not that any of it went well. With million-follower accounts falling like dominos, Twitter decided to go nuclear, preventing verified accounts from resetting passwords or tweeting at all on Wednesday night, in some cases for hours. The scammers behind the attack walked...
    Russian hackers are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research from the US through cyber attacks against medical organizations and universities, according to security officials.  The 16-page advisory prepared by the US National Security Agency and made public by Britain, the US and Canada accused APT29, also known as Cozy Bear and Dukes, of using custom malicious software to target a number of organizations globally.   Cozy Bear has been identified by Washington as one of two Russian government-linked hacking groups that broke into the Democratic National Committee computer network and stole emails ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The other group is usually called Fancy Bear. The groups are said to specialize in exploiting known vulnerabilities in software and then rapidly...
    SINISTER Russian hackers Cozy Bear are back in the spotlight after striking again to try to steal Britain’s coronavirus vaccine. UK cyber-spies have accused the group of launching a new campaign to snatch the secrets of the prototype Covid-19 jab. 4The Russian hacking group known as Cozy Bear was behind a string of cyber attacks over the yearsCredit: Getty Images - Getty The National Cyber Security Council said it had unmasked a targeted attack against drug companies and universities at the forefront of vaccine research. The NCSC said the hackers, which are also known as APT29 and the Dukes “almost certainly operate as part of Russian Intelligence Services”. Little is known about the mysterious gang, apart from the fingerprints they...
    Twitter hackers who used high-profile accounts to convince users to give them money walked away with more than $116,000 in bitcoins.  Wednesday's breach - said to be one of the largest hacks in history - worked on several unsuspecting Twitter users and secured the hackers 12.86644654 BTC from 378 transactions, according to public blockchain records.   Of that total, 12.85345191 BTC has already been sent out from the account. That translates to approximately $116,602.  Wednesday's breach - said to be one of the largest hacks in history - worked on several unsuspecting Twitter users and secured the hackers 12.86644654 BTC from 378 transactions Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk were all among victims of the four-hour attack...
    Twitter has come under fire for a security breach which allowed hackers to hijack the accounts of billionaires and powerful politicians - amid fears they could have played havoc with the stock market, messed with elections, or even tried to start a war.  Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk were all among victims of the four-hour attack which saw hackers infiltrate Twitter's systems, take control of their accounts, and post messages asking for Bitcoin. While the hack is thought to be one of the largest in history, experts said Twitter was 'extremely lucky' that the hackers were only after money, warning that it 'could have been much worse'.  Donald Trump's account, which he has previously used to...
    Well, what can we say about 2020 so far? Between a deadly pandemic whose reach and scale is unprecedented in our lifetimes, the corresponding global economic downturn, geopolitical strife around the world, and widespread civil rights uprisings, the first six months of the year have been remarkable in every way. And all of this has had a profound impact on cybersecurity dynamics and risks, not to mention digital attacks. So much has happened in cyberspace over the past six months that it's daunting to think what the back half of the year will bring. For now, let's reflect on the major hacks and breaches that have occurred so far, as we steel ourselves for whatever is coming.The Pandemic SituationCovid-19...
    Hackers have taken over more than 1,200 Roblox accounts, flooding the popular children's video game with Trump 2020 campaign propaganda. Initially, a handful of players reported that they were receiving strange messages in game supporting Donald Trump's reelection campaign, and later other players began noticing avatars wearing Trump-inspired apparel.  This included donning red pants, a white shirt with an American flag and bald eagle graphic, and a red baseball cap with white lettering. A coordinated pro-Trump hacking campaign appears to be targeting the kids video game Roblox, redesigning avatars in MAGA wear and sending messages that encourage kids to tell their parents to vote Trump in 2020 In the 'About' field of each hacked player's main profile page, the...
    Malware attacks on prominent businesses and institutions are nothing new. But experts say the shift to working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic may be making it easier for hackers to find a way in. The University of California, San Francisco paid a ransom of $1.14 million to hackers in June to recover data from its School of Medicine that had been encrypted in a cyberattack, the university announced Friday. The attack marked the third in a string of recent cyberattacks carried out against universities. The prestigious medical school is among several universities to have been targeted by ransomware in recent months. ‘Netwalker’, the ransomware software responsible for the UCSF hack, was used to carry out similar attacks against Michigan...
    Duane Prokop/Getty Images Joy Reid, a weekend fixture of MSNBC, is expected to take over a top weekday hour at the network: 7 p.m., the hour vacated by Hardball host Chris Matthews, who retired amid controversy earlier this year. That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported that Reid, who has been one of the guest hosts of the 7 p.m. hour, is likely to take the top job permanently. Page Six says the “deal is all but done.” Her Saturday and Sunday show AM Joy has earned a loyal following, consistently besting CNN in the ratings. The move to 7 p.m. on MSNBC is a big one, and it would put a Black woman in an evening lineup...
    A Russian hacking group is launching ransomware attacks against a number of US companies, targeting employees who are working from home due to Covid-19. Evil Corp hackers have tried to access at least 31 organisations' networks in order to cripple systems and demand millions of dollars in ransom. The group's two alleged leaders were indicted by the US Justice Department in December 2019. There are concerns that US voting systems could also be targeted. Last year, US authorities filed charges against Evil Corp's alleged leaders Maksim Yakubets and Igor Turashev, accusing them of using malware to steal millions of dollars from groups including schools and religious organisations in over 40 countries. Officials announced a $5m reward for information leading to...
    A Russian ransomware group whose leaders were indicted by the Justice Department in December is retaliating against the U.S. government, many of America’s largest companies and a major news organization, identifying employees working from home during the pandemic and attempting to get inside their networks with malware intended to cripple their operations. Sophisticated new attacks by the hacking group — which the Treasury Department claims has at times worked for Russian intelligence — were identified in recent days by Symantec Corp., a division of Broadcom, one of the many firms that monitors corporate and government networks. In an urgent warning issued Thursday night, the company reported that Russian hackers had exploited the sudden change in American work habits to inject...
    The hackers who attacked the celebrity law firm ran by famed attorney Allen Grubman are back. The group, which calls itself REvil, has posted a new message on the dark Web saying it’s ready to auction off all the info it allegedly has on LeBron James, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, starting at $600,000 per star. They also claim to have documents on Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment for a reserve price of $750,000, plus secret files on Universal and MTV for auction starting at $1 million per company. CORONAVIRUS AND CYBERATTACKS: 2020 CAMPAIGNS ALREADY BEING HACKED, EXPERTS WARN The hackers, believed to be Eastern European, claim on their site, “Bribery celebrity’s [sic] by the Democratical [sic] party, sexual harassment by...
    The hackers who attacked the celeb regulation agency ran by famed lawyer Allen Grubman are again. The group, which calls itself REvil, has posted a brand new message on the darkish Internet saying it’s able to public sale off all the information it allegedly has on LeBron James, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, beginning at $600,000 per star. Additionally they declare to have paperwork on Diddy’s Unhealthy Boy Leisure for a reserve worth of $750,000, plus secret recordsdata on Common and MTV for public sale beginning at $1 million per firm. The hackers, believed to be Jap European, declare on their website, “Bribery celeb’s [sic] by the Democratical [sic] social gathering, sexual harassment by prime politicians, envy of celeb’s...
    The hackers who attacked the celebrity law firm ran by famed attorney Allen Grubman are back. The group, which calls itself REvil, has posted a new message on the dark Web saying it’s ready to auction off all the info it allegedly has on LeBron James, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, starting at $600,000 per star. They also claim to have documents on Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment for a reserve price of $750,000, plus secret files on Universal and MTV for auction starting at $1 million per company. The hackers, believed to be Eastern European, claim on their site, “Bribery celebrity’s [sic] by the Democratical [sic] party, sexual harassment by top politicians, envy of celebrity’s for each other …...
    Hackers have leaked highly sensitive police files from over 200 police departments across the country, according to a Business Insider report Monday. All files are reportedly searchable by badge number. What do we know about this? Activist group DDoSecrets published what the outlet calls "hundreds of gigabytes' worth of potentially sensitive files" from police departments across the United States. The group has called the information dump "BlueLeaks." The group compiled the records, disseminating them into a searchable database that can pull up private information from a police badge number. Many of the files include information such as memos, emails, and officers' personal information. The group shared information on Twitter regarding the data...
    When the Animal Crossing: New Horizons community learned about the hacker who gave out Raymonds to fight black market greed, the response was immense. PokeNinja, the generous soul behind the project, couldn’t keep up with all the people asking if they, too, could have a free gray cat in their game. “With the amount of messages coming in, I wondered how I could continue helping people, but on a larger scale,” he told News Brig over Twitter messages. The first time around, PokeNinja used a hacked version of the game to generate villagers to give away to other players. The method he used was time consuming, and couldn’t be scaled up to meet the enormous demand. But as...
    Anonymous, the online hacking advocacy collective, is taking credit for shutting down the Atlanta police’s website. The online group hacked the Atlanta Police Department’s website as early as 8:30 a.m., and the website did not regain its functionalities until around 11:30 a.m. READ MORE: DA expects decision on charges against cop involved in Rayshard Brooks killing soon The death of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old father of three, struck a chord with Anonymous, and which placed the APD on their hit list, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Brooks was sleeping behind the wheel at a Wendy’s on University Avenue drive-thru. Officer Garrett Rolfe, alongside his partner Devin Brosnan, shot and killed him because Brooks failed a sobriety test  According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation...
    BOSTON (AP) - Google said state-based hackers have targeted the campaigns of both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, although it saw no evidence that the phishing attempts were successful. The company confirmed the findings after the director of its Threat Analysis Group, Shane Huntley, disclosed the attempts Thursday on Twitter. Huntley said a Chinese group known as Hurricane Panda targeted Trump campaign staffers while an Iranian outfit known as Charming Kitten had attempted to breach accounts of Biden campaign workers. Such phishing attempts typically involve forged emails with links designed to harvest passwords or infect devices with malware. TOP STORIES Gov. Ralph Northam to announce removal plans for Richmonds iconic Robert E. Lee statue ...
    Chinese and Iranian actors attempted to hack the Biden and Trump campaigns, a Google official announced Thursday. The attempts were apparently unsuccessful, and the campaigns have been briefed.  Google Threat Analysis Group official Shane Huntley tweeted that his group recently "saw China APT [advanced persistent threat] group targeting Biden campaign staff & Iran APT targeting Trump campaign staff with phishing. No sign of compromise. We sent users our govt attack warning and we referred to fed law enforcement." The reported hack attempts are a reminder that foreign actors continue to try to interfere in U.S. politics, as the nation heads into what promises to be a bitter presidential election. In 2016, successful hacks on the Democratic National Committee and Clinton...
    A senior Google official says that Chinese and Iranian hackers attempted to access the personal email accounts of some staffers on President Trump’s reelection campaign, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign. But Shane Huntley -- who heads Google’s Threat Analysis Group -- tweeted Thursday that there was “no sign of compromise.” THE LATEST FROM FOX NEWS ON CYBER SECURITY THREATS "We sent users our govt [sic] attack warning and we referred to fed [sic] law enforcement," Huntley wrote. He said Google detected Chinese hackers who were using malicious emails to try and breach the Biden campaign staffers’ accounts, with the Iranian hackers targeting the Trump campaign staffers’ accounts. “The Trump campaign has been briefed that foreign actors unsuccessfully attempted to breach the technology of our staff,”...