SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Investigators have yet to pinpoint the culprit behind a synchronized cyberattack in South Korea last week. But in Seoul, the focus is fixed on North Korea, which South Korean security experts say has been training a team of computer-savvy "cyber warriors" as cyberspace becomes a fertile battleground in the nations' rivalry. Read More
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Friday it was preparing for the possibility of more cyberattacks as a new team of investigators tried to determine if North Korea was behind a synchronized shutdown of tens of thousands of computers at six South Korean banks and media companies. Read More
WHAT: Columbia University researchers say they discovered a security flaw that is so fundamental that it may impact tens of millions of printers and other computer hardware that use built-in “embedded” firmware programs.HOW: Many printers support automatic online “remote firmware updates.” Every time the printer accepts a job, it checks to see if a software update is included — but it typically doesn’t require a digital ID to verify the upgrade’s authenticity. Read More
Hackers broke into the NBC News Twitter account and sent a series of tweets falsely telling the news outlet’s 129,000 followers there was a new terror attack on ground zero. “Flight 4782 is not responding, suspected hijacking. One plane just hit ground zero site at 5:47. #groundzeroattacked,” the hackers tweeted. A group calling themselves the Script Kiddies claimed responsibility for the hack, publicizing its own Twitter account — which was immediately shut down. Read More
A series of missteps and controversial decisions has provoked pointed criticism of BART in recent weeks, prompting questions about who is actually in charge of the agency as it faces international scrutiny. Read More
WHAT: The interagency Federal Financial Institutions Council urged banks to demand more than one type of identification from online customers, due to recent high-profile computer attacks against corporations and government agencies.
WHO: Hackers disabled the Brazilian statistics agency’s website for five hours last week. Citigroup and the U.S. Senate were also targets of recent cyber attacks. A yet-unfulfilled threat was made against the Federal Reserve. Read More
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WHAT: Approximately 200,000 Citibank credit card customer names, account numbers and email addresses were stolen by hackers who broke into Citi’s online account site.
HOW BAD: The hackers couldn’t get into customer Social Security numbers, birth dates or card expiration dates and security codes — more information needed for identity theft. Read More
Gruesome faked photos of a dead Osama bin Laden have been spreading wildly across the Internet. Web experts warn that many emails offering links to such photos have been planted by hackers and scammers who either want to plant harmful viruses in victims’ computers or steal their ID information. The Associated Press has been approached with six bogus photos turned in by seemingly authoritative sources. Read More
WHAT: Yosemite has only 900 reserved campsites available at one time. They cost $20 a night. But scalpers on Craigslist sell them for prime summer dates at $100 and up. They’re also selling permits to climb Half Dome, which are issued for free. Read More