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Does the Mac have an edge against state-sponsored hacking?

When hackers broke into Google's computer network nearly two years ago, their first step was to take over Microsoft Windows machines running in the company's China offices. Would Google have been better off had those workers been running the Mac?

Written by Robert McMillan04 Aug. 11 06:51

Anonymous releases documents it says came from ManTech

As promised, members of the Anonymous hacking movement have released hundreds of megabytes of documents that they say were stolen from government security contractor ManTech.

Written by Robert McMillan30 July 11 10:17

Facebook to pay hackers for bugs

Facebook is going to pay hackers to find problems with its website -- just so long as they report them to Facebook's security team first.

Written by Robert McMillan30 July 11 02:56

US phisher who hit 38,500 gets long prison sentence

A California man was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison Thursday for his role as the brains behind a widespread phishing scam that took in more than 38,000 victims.

Written by Robert McMillan29 July 11 09:54

Beware of 'wrong transaction' hotel spam

If you get an e-mail message telling you a hotel has erroneously charged your credit card account, be careful. The odds are that it's part of a new spam campaign that could infect your computer.

Written by Robert McMillan28 July 11 15:45

Beware of 'wrong transaction' hotel spam

If you get an e-mail message telling you a hotel has erroneously charged your credit card account, be careful. The odds are that it's part of a new spam campaign that could infect your computer.

Written by Robert McMillan28 July 11 10:24

'War texting' lets hackers unlock car doors via SMS

Software that lets drivers unlock car doors and even start their vehicles using a mobile phone could let car thieves do the very same things, according to computer security researchers at iSec Partners.

Written by Robert McMillan28 July 11 03:43

Anonymous takes another shot at Arizona police

The Anonymous hacking group has taken another swipe at police in Arizona, launching online attacks against several police union websites and publishing e-mail messages stolen from law enforcement officers.

Written by Robert McMillan02 July 11 07:45

Spam messages promise Google+ invites, deliver drug ads

It's the hottest invitation in technology right now -- an e-mail telling you how to "learn more about Google+." If you get one, though, be careful about clicking on it. It may be spam.

Written by Robert McMillan02 July 11 04:23

As the Internet evolves, is there a place for spam?

In the late 1990s Robert Soloway made US$20,000 a day as a spammer. He drove fancy cars. He wore Armani clothes. He was, by all accounts, one of the most successful spammers on the planet. But if he were starting out today, he'd find some other line of work.

Written by Robert McMillan30 June 11 22:58

Cisco: Spammers aren't making money like they used to

Worms, denial-of-service attacks and spam just aren't paying out like they used to. That's what Cisco Systems found when it took a close look at the illegal marketplace for scammers and spammers.

Written by Robert McMillan01 July 11 05:49

LulzSec's parting Trojan is a false positive

The LulzSec hacking group <a href="http://lulzsecurity.com/releases/50%20Days%20of%20Lulz.txt">sailed off into the sunset Saturday,</a> leaving behind a treasure trove of stolen data along with what some antivirus programs identified as a nasty surprise for anyone who downloaded the Torrent file: <a href="https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/14784-Warning-Original-50-Days-of-Lulz-Payload-is-Infected.html">a Trojan horse program.</a>

Written by Robert McMillan28 June 11 18:14

Citi hackers made $2.7 million

Citigroup suffered about US$2.7 million in losses after hackers found a way to steal credit card numbers from its website and post fraudulent charges.

Written by Robert McMillan25 June 11 10:16

AT&T iPad hacker pleads guilty

A 26-year-old man who last year helped hackers publish personal information belonging to about 120,000 iPad users pleaded guilty to fraud and hacking charges in a New Jersey court Thursday.

Written by Robert McMillan24 June 11 03:42
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