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AT&T workers bribed to install malware on company network and unlock iPhones

34-year-old Muhammad Fahd has been charged for his part in a criminal scheme that is said to have cost AT&T millions of dollars.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Google contractors told to stop listening to conversations captured on your Home assistant… for now, in Europe at least

Google has agreed to temporarily stop listening to audio captured by its Google Home smart speaker across the European Union… after an investigation was started by German regulators.


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Smashing Security #139: Capital One hacked, iMessage flaws, and anonymity my ass!

Capital One gets hacked, critical vulnerabilities are found in iMessage, and data anonymization may not be as good as we hope. But listen up, we also discuss the Legend of Zelda, a biography of tech giants, offer advice for escaping an angry moose, and are introduced to… Penelope?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast.


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$1.7 million still missing after North Carolina county hit by business email compromise scam

Money intended for the construction of a brand new high school was instead placed in a bank account controlled by scammers by officials of a North Carolina county.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Woman arrested after Capital One hack spills personal info on 106 million credit card applicants

The FBI has arrested a 33-year-old software engineer in Seattle as part of an investigation into a massive data breach at financial services company Capital One.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Louisiana declares state of emergency after ransomware attacks

Don’t wait until ransomware strikes and then push the button marked “emergency response.” Make sure you take preventative measures in advance, such as making secure offsite backups of anything you cannot afford to lose.


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Smashing Security #138: Logic bombs, brain data exploitation, and Digga D tweets

Logic bombs in Excel spreadsheets, how should we protect our brain data from big companies, and how did bizarre messages about Drill rap end up on the Metropolitan Police’s Twitter account and website?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by BJ Mendelson.


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Police arrest man after Lancaster University hacking attack

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with a data breach at Lancaster University that saw student records and applicant’s personal details compromised.


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700 million reasons for Equifax to remember to patch its vulnerable IT systems in future

Equifax has agreed to pay up to $700 million in a FTC settlement following its 2017 data breach.


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iCloud account hacker jailed for three years after preying on rappers and sports celebrities

A man, who posed as an Apple customer support representative for three years, has been sentenced to federal prison after breaking into the accounts of rappers, as well as NBA and NFL players.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Security researcher arrested after data on every adult in Bulgaria hacked from government site

Police in Bulgaria have arrested a 20-year-old man after a hack against the Bulgarian tax authority, known as the National Revenue Agency (NRA), which saw data on every single adult living in Bulgaria stolen, and offered to the media.


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Smashing Security #137: Porn trolling lawyers, Insta hacking, and Ctrl-Alt-LED

Erection your honour! Lawyers find themselves behind bars after they make porn movies in an attempt to scam internet users, boffins in Israel detail a way to steal data from an air-gapped computer, and Instagram coughs up $30,000 after a researcher finds a simple way to hack into anybody’s account.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast.


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Marriott faces £99.2 million fine after hack exposed 393 million hotel guest records

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (IOC) has announced its intention to fine the US hotel group Marriott International £99.2 million (US $123 million) for a data breach that exposed the personal details of hundreds of millions of guests.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Derp! DDoS attacker who brought down EA, Sony, and Steam jailed for 27 months

A 23-year-old man has plenty of time to mull over whether it’s funny to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks against online video gaming services, after he was sentenced to prison this week.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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You lost US Customs Border data? You’re losing your government contracts…

“Evidence of conduct indicating a lack of business honesty or integrity” led to suspension of federal contracts for hacked subcontracting firm.


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Ex-Equifax CIO, who knew about huge data breach, jailed for insider trading

So, just what was Equifax doing during those 40 days between discovering it had been hacked and sharing the bad news with the world?

Well, now we know. Or at least we know what Jun Ying, the CIO of Equifax US Information Solutions, was doing.


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