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Chinese Government Messing With Gmail, Google Says

Having trouble with your Gmail in China? Google politely requests that you blame the government, not the company. For several weeks now, users in China have been complaining about glitches within the popular mail program. When Google's engineers looked into the issues, they discovered that the Chinese government was the source of the problem. "Relating to Google there is no issue on our side......

FBI Investigating Hacking Ring Responsible for Swiping Nude Celeb Pics

It ain't a nice time to be a female star. The FBI is investigating a hacking ring it believes is responsible for swiping "sensitive" material from the e-mail accounts and phones of dozens of stars. According to TMZ, 50 celebrities (including Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson) have been targeted, with nude photos and embarrassing videos allegedly stolen. Supposedly, all the...

Corporate Mainstay SecureID Suffers a Sophisticated Security Breach

RSA, the company behind the tiny SecureID tokens that have been a mainstay of corporate and government offices for decades, suffered a major security breach on Thursday, which could have compromised many of the company's products. For those unfamiliar with SecureID, it's a multi-factor identification system that requires users to enter a constantly changing key displayed on a token unique to...

Hacked Android App Makes Crooks Cash With Silent Texts

A hacked version of the novelty Android app 'Steamy Windows' is making the rounds on third-party app markets and sites that peddle pirated software. Chinese hackers pulled the official version of the app from the Android Market, and then contaminated the code with a trojan that allows the hackers to install other software, change a phone's bookmarks, open websites and silently send text messages....

DrunkenNES Breathalyzer Combines Safe Driving and 8-Bit Gaming

Here's something you probably never thought you'd see: an NES hacked to run a homebrew breathalyzer test. Pick up the 'DrunkenNES' cartridge and blow into it (like you used to when those fickle games wouldn't run), and watch as an 8-bit crash test dummy calculates just how tanked you are....

Teen's Hacked Facebook Account Invites 4,000 to House Party

An Australian teen's Facebook account was hacked and used to invite more than 4,000 people to a party at his parents' house. According to an AAP report, the unnamed South Brisbane boy, who apparently had planned on having a small party with friends before his account was compromised, told his dad what had happened when the number of people who RSVPd climbed into the thousands. "The first thing...

Anonymous Targets Koch Brothers, Gets Involved in Wisconsin Politics

Anonymous has already targeted authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, the Westboro Baptist Church, and one particularly outspoken snitch. Now, the group of tireless hacktivists has apparently turned its attention to David and Charles Koch -- the billionaire brothers who, according to Anonymous, are manipulating Wisconsin politics to their own corporate advantage. Yesterday, Anonymous...

How a Man Got Hired by Facebook by Infecting It with a 'MySpace Worm'

With jobs being hard to come by these days, you need to get creative in order to land that dream gig. We wouldn't recommend this path to everybody, but Chris Putnam earned a job at Facebook by creating a worm that made users' profiles look like a MySpace page. In 2005, Putnam, along with his friends Marcel Laverdet and Kyle Stoneman, wrote the XSS-based worm, which spread every time an...

Read This: The Story of the Guy Who Stole Your Credit Card Number

Slipping in over his VNC client, Max could see what was on the computer's screen, as though standing right in front of it. Since he worked at night, the display on the dormant PC was usually dark, so he'd nudge his mouse to clear the screen saver. If there was anyone in the room, it might have been a little spooky: remember that time your computer monitor flipped on for no reason, and the...

U.S. Cyber-Security Czar: Don't Use the Term 'Cyber-War' Lightly

U.S. security officials are asking that the rhetoric surrounding the potential for "cyber-war" be tempered in favor of a rational discussion on how to distinguish an actual cyber-war between nations from cyber-attacks that use war-like tactics. It's a blurry line, but White House cyber-security czar Howard Schmidt, who spoke at the RSA computer security conference in San Fransisco, said using the...

Hacker Blackmails Nintendo With Personal Data From 4,000 Gamers

Earlier this month, an unnamed hacker reportedly infiltrated a Nintendo 3DS promotional site and uncovered the names, e-mail addresses and postal codes of 4,000 Nintendo members. The assailant then allegedly blackmailed Nintendo because he believed "the firm had shown negligence in not securing the information more effectively." According to Naked Security, Nintendo alerted the Spanish Data...

Leaked E-Mails Reveal Efforts to Discredit WikiLeaks

Some enemies of WikiLeaks are not afraid to play dirty. Pro-WikiLeaks hackers (but not the organization itself) gained access to internal e-mails from HBGary Federal, a California-based security company that was allegedly offering to help companies like Bank of America (the rumored target of the next WikiLeaks dump) discredit the organization through falsified documents. One of the e-mails hackers...

How Aaron Barr Infiltrated Anonymous, and Why He Decided to Do It

Ars Technica's Nate Anderson has put together a long and fascinating report on the tumultuous recent history of Aaron Barr -- the security expert who successfully infiltrated Anonymous, and then got burned, after running to the FBI with his findings. Based on e-mails he sent before beginning his mission, it's clear that Barr's motives, from the very beginning, were profit-driven. A social media...

Hacker Targets eHarmony, Accesses User Screen Names, Passwords

Security researcher Brian Krebs is reporting that eHarmony's user database has been compromised, giving a rogue hacker access to information on thousands of the dating site's clients. According to Krebs, it appears that the breach was orchestrated by Chris Russo -- the Argentinian hacker who pulled off a similar heist on dating site Plentyoffish a few weeks ago. Russo, who prefers to call...

Account Info Harvested from iPhone in Six Minutes

iPhone owners, here's a really good reason to set up that whole "remote wipe" thing using Find My iPhone. German researchers have found a way to harvest all your account information, including your Gmail password, Wi-Fi key and Exchange information, in under six minutes. And that's even if you have protected your device with a password. The hack is simple, and you can watch it in the video after...