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Titled ‘Heartbleed’ by the researchers who discovered the bug, it affects an important and widely used internet security protocol called SSL. It is estimated that as much as 66% of the web may have been compromised.
Nothing on the internet is safe, not even your Twitter handle. Naoki Hiroshima found this out when his websites and social media accounts were held for ransom by a hacker. All the hacker wanted in return was Hiroshima’s Twitter handle, @N, worth $50,000.
On the world wide web, these people are not your friends, mkay? Akamai released its Second Quarter 2013 State of the Internet Report recently, highlighting the internet’s most vulnerable ports, and a list of countries that evidently play host to a lot of naughty boys and girls with internet connections. So who is the top country in the world for internet attacks?
The latest and most prominent victim of hacking was the Associated Press’ Twitter handle. The handle was used to publish a tweet that falsely reported a bomb explosion in the White House, which injured Barack Obama. This infographic provides you with all the information you need to avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime.
There may be no emails or lolcats later for more than 300 000 people as the FBI shuts off servers used by cyber criminals. The FBI seized the servers in November 2011 during raids to break up a gang of criminals who used viruses to infect more than four million victims.
CISPA – the ugly cousin of other internet-crippling bills SOPA and PIPA, whether Facebook admits it or not – passed late last week in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives. Worse, the bill was amended before it passed to allow even more types of private information to be tapped and shared by government agencies in the US.
A report released by U.S. intelligence agencies claims that Chinese and Russian hackers, hired by their governments, have been stealing classified data from American government organizations. Assumptions like this have been made before, but this is the first time such a report to Congress has pointed the finger squarely at China and Russia.