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Hacker group Lizard Squad taken down by Finest Squad, police

12/16, 8:07pm

Christmas comes early as white hats totally pwn script-kiddie newbs

Since August, a hacker group calling itself the Lizard Squad -- self-described as a handful of 'guys with too much free time on their hands' -- have been entertaining themselves by spoiling other people's fun. Primarily, they've been doing this by attacking online video game services and knocking them offline. An opposing "white hat" group of network security researchers have now exposed members of the Lizard Squad group, leading to the arrest of three members, some of whom had also been involved in bomb threats and other domestic terrorism.

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The Pirate Bay raid prompts retaliation from 'Anonymous' groups

12/15, 10:53am

Hacking teams release data, targets attack against Swedish authorities

The shutdown of The Pirate Bay by Swedish authorities has allegedly incurred the wrath of people claiming to be part of the Anonymous hacktivist group. At the same time, the takedown of the site does not appear to have deterred pirates, with one report claiming the takedown may have in fact increased traffic rather than reducing it.

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Court sentences Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg to 3.5 years

11/02, 3:30pm

Warg barred from re-entry into Denmark under verdict, halted for appeals process

After the Court of Frederiksberg in Copenhagen handed down a guilty verdict last week over hacking charges, Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was sentenced to 42 months in Danish prison on October 31. The sentence was handed down only one day after the guilty verdict, which was reached on a juror vote of four to two in favor of the prosecution.

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Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg found guilty of hacking

10/30, 9:26pm

Trial comes two years after arrest, jury doesn't accept compromised computer defense

In what is said to be the "largest hacking case to date" in Denmark, The Court of Frederiksberg found Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and a 21-year-old co-defendant guilty of hacking in a case that focused on illegal server access dating back to February 2012. Warg waited two years for the trial to take place after being arrested in Cambodia in August 2012.

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China denies hacking involvement uncovered in US committee report

09/18, 10:26pm

Official states charges are 'groundless,' believes US should focus on upholding security

In a press conference today, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei responded to the government sponsored hacking allegations from the United States. In an unclassified report from the Senate Committee on Armed Services, the body accused the Chinese military of being responsible for at least 20 successful attacks on US Transportation Command (Transcom) contractors.

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Reuters: Three more US retailers attacked in holiday intrusions

01/13, 6:53am

Target believed to be largest in group of companies attacked by hacking group

More customers of large US retailers may have been affected by holiday shopping hacks than originally thought, according to a report. Three more retailers have apparently been targeted by hackers using similar techniques to the attacks on Target and Neiman Marcus, though it has yet to be revealed if it is the same collective responsible for Target's intrusion.

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Target confirms up to 70M customer records taken during recent hack

01/10, 1:27pm

Partial names, postal addresses, phone numbers taken

Target has revealed that the data breach affected far more than initially thought, with as many as 70 million account records taken in the hacking. Aside from revealing a far higher figure than the 40 million accounts believed to have been taken, the retailer has promised that those affected "will have zero liability for the cost of any fraudulent charges arising from the breach."

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US government indicts 13 suspected Anonymous members for attacks

10/04, 1:58pm

Believed to have performed Operation Payback Denial of Service attacks

The United States has indicted 13 people believed to be members of activist group Anonymous for their part in Operation Payback. Charges against the suspected members of the hacking collective range from allegations of attacking websites connected to the government, lobbyists, and credit card companies, as a protest against the shutdown of The Pirate Bay.

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FBI able to remotely activate, record audio from Android devices, PCs

08/02, 1:14pm

Exploits, malware, tools purchased by FBI for remote surveillance hacks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is able to listen into and record conversations through microphones connected to computers, as well as through Android smartphones, according to a report. The bureau is said to have used hacking tools, including spyware and other malware, that it has purchased from individuals and hacker collectives to gain access to mobile devices, in order to eavesdrop.

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Huawei vice president orders spying critics to 'put up or shut up'

07/19, 9:22am

Statement from executive follows claims from ex CIA boss, UK government

Huawei has fought back against security risk accusations by authorities in the United States and the United Kingdom. Huawei vice president of external affairs William Plummer has said in a statement that it is time for those accusing the company of helping state-sponsored hackers in China to provide proof of their claims.

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Chrome OS endures exploit contest, Chrome browser fails

03/10, 9:23pm

Bounties paid for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Java vulnerabilities

Google's Chrome OS managed to evade all intrusion attempts during the most recent Pwnium hacking competition. While Chrome OS survived intact, Chrome the web browser joined Firefox and Internet Explorer in being shown vulnerable to attack from hackers, during the Pwn2Own contest held at the CanSecWest security conference at the same time.

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Hacktivists leak 1.6M government, industry accounts

12/10, 6:36pm

NASA, FBI, Interpol, others attacked by hacking group

Hacking collective GhostShell has released 1.6 million accounts and records claimed to be from various company and governmental agency systems. A total of 37 different organizations are said to have been attacked by the group, with the resulting data being released as raw data dumps on paste sites such as Pastebin and PasteSite.

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21-year-old British man jailed for Facebook account hack

05/18, 2:49pm

British man jailed for 12 years following FBI and PCeU investigation

A 21-year-old British man has been jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to hacking a Facebook account. Gareth Crosskey of West Sussex appeared this week in Southwark Crown Court, where he was sentenced to a year's imprisonment for breaking the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

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ITV blames News Corp company for leaking smartcard codes

03/26, 11:40pm

NDS hiring hackers to kill Sky TV competitor?

Former ITV executives have blames the company's demise on corporate hacking that was allegedly commissioned by News Corp subsidiary NDS Group. ITV was reportedly plagued by hacking attempts, which successfully gained access to the company's smartcard codes and leaked the information online.

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