Son of Russian MP Convicted on Hacking Charges

Son of Russian MP Convicted on Hacking Charges A court in Seattle has convicted the son of a Russian MP on charges related to hacking US businesses. Roman Seleznev, who went by the alias Track2, was convicted of 38 of the 40 charges he faced, including wire fraud and intentional damage to a protected computer, according to The Seattle Times. …

Apple Spears Trident Zero-Days with Security Update

Apple Spears Trident Zero-Days with Security Update Apple has patched Trident, a chain of three zero-day exploits designed to jailbreak a victim device and load it with spyware, after a human rights activist sounded the alarm. Internationally renowned campaigner Ahmed Mansoor flagged a suspicious looking text message sent to his iPhone containing what turned out to be a malicious link. …

GCSE Computing Numbers Jump 76%

GCSE Computing Numbers Jump 76% The number of students taking GCSE computing rocketed by 76% over the past year, fuelling hopes that this could translate into more UK school leavers pursuing careers in cybersecurity. In total, entry numbers for the course jumped from around 35,500 in 2015 to 62,500 this year. Kaspersky Lab UK & Ireland general manager, Kirill Slavin, argued …

Website of Ghostbusters Star Leslie Jones Offline After Hack

Website of Ghostbusters Star Leslie Jones Offline After Hack Leslie Jones, star of the recent Ghostbusters reboot, has taken her website offline after it was hacked and defaced with personal and explicit images allegedly stolen from her iCloud account. JustLeslie.com remains offline at the time of writing, after hackers posted images of her passport and driver’s license as well as …

Twitter-Controlled Android Botnet Discovered

Twitter-Controlled Android Botnet Discovered Security researchers at ESET have discovered an Android botnet that uses Twitter instead of the traditional command-and-control (C&C) server to infect devices. The company claims the discovery is the first of its kind, and a potential new vector for cybercriminals to exploit. The botnet has been dubbed Android/Twitoor by ESET researchers and has been around for …

ICO Fines Nursing Home Over Data Breach

ICO Fines Nursing Home Over Data Breach The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined a Northern Irish nursing home £15,000 for failing to adequately protect sensitive data. The ICO’s report found “widespread systemic failings in data protection” at the time the breach took place at the Whitehead Nursing Group, based in County Antrim. The breach occurred in August 2014 when …

Silicon Valley Giants Hit Back at MPs in Extremism Row

Silicon Valley Giants Hit Back at MPs in Extremism Row The technology industry has hit back at claims made by an influential parliamentary committee that it's failing to combat extremism propagated via online services. The Home Affairs Select Committee said firms like Google, Facebook and Twitter must take more responsibility for policing their social networks. "Networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube …

Blizzard DDoS Blows World of Warcraft Dev Away

Blizzard DDoS Blows World of Warcraft Dev Away World of Warcraft developer Blizzard appears to have been hit by multiple DDoS attacks over the past couple of days, affecting its gaming customers. The firm, which also produces first-person shooter game Overwatch, notified users via its Twitter feed of the DDoS blitz on Tuesday: “We continue to actively monitor an ongoing DDOS attack …

Massive Data Leak Hits French Submarine Firm

Massive Data Leak Hits French Submarine Firm Authorities in India are investigating a massive data leak that has exposed sensitive information relating to a fleet of new submarines being built for its navy by French company DCNS. First revealed by The Australian, the leak exposed 22,000 pages detailing the secret capabilities of six Scorpene-class vessels currently in production. There is …

New York Times Targeted in Hack Attack

New York Times Targeted in Hack Attack The Moscow branch of The New York Times was targeted in an attempted cyber attack, the newspaper has announced. So far, however, there is no evidence that the hackers—thought to be working on behalf of Russian intelligence agencies —succeeded in accessing NYT’s systems, according to the newspaper's statement. “We are constantly monitoring our …