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PlayStation hack: Sony blames Anonymous hacktivists

"Sony has said the that the hackers who stole more than 100 million users' personal details from its online gaming systems left a file implicating Anonymous, the internet activist collective. In a detailed letter about the security breach to a US Congressional committee, Kazuo Hirai, chairman of the electronics giant, said the the file discovered by investigators was named "Anonymous" with the words "We are Legion", part of the Anonymous motto.

How one man tracked down Anonymous—and paid a heavy price

"Aaron Barr believed he had penetrated Anonymous. The loose hacker collective had been responsible for everything from anti-Scientology protests to pro-Wikileaks attacks on MasterCard and Visa, and the FBI was now after them. But matching their online identities to real-world names and locations proved daunting. Barr found a way to crack the code. In a private e-mail to a colleague at his security firm HBGary Federal, which sells digital tools to the US government, the CEO bragged about his research project.

Hacker hold site to ransom

"A hacker is holding the online game Runes of Magic to ransom until the company organising the game provides users with decent customer service. The player augustus87 hacked the game's databases, made demands of its German operators. He claims he has the personal details of its users which he will release gradually until his demands are met." | more

Do Not Ever Steal a Hacker's Computer

"It goes without saying that you should never mess with a hacker. Stealing a hacker's computer would be like stealing his or her children. Want to know what happens when a hacker gets his computer stolen? Check out this entertaining story that was relayed at DEF CON. Skip ahead to 3:15 in the video to jump to the start of the story." | more

Plane Crashed By Malware!

This is a serious concern that should be looked into for the future of flight safety. Sadly this brings to question why they would use an operating system that is capable of being manipulated by modern Trojans. The running joke on the internet seems to be that they must have been using MacAfee.

.hack//Firefox

In what feels like a never ending animated battle of hackers against Firefox.

Millions of routers vulnerable to new version of old attack

A presentation due to be shown at the Black Hat security conference at the end of the month will show that many of the routers used for residential internet connections are vulnerable to attack by hackers. The attacks would allow traffic to be redirected and intercepted, in addition to giving hackers access to victims' local networks.

Hackers can delete Facebook friends

A bug in Facebook's Web site lets hackers delete Facebook friends without permission.

The flaw was reported Wednesday by Steven Abbagnaro, a student at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. But as of Friday morning, Pacific time, it had still not been patched, based on tests conducted by the IDG News Service on a reporter's Facebook friends list.

A malicious hacker could combine an exploit for this bug with spam or even a self-copying worm code to wreak havoc on the social network, Abbagnaro said in an interview.

Wi-Fi key-cracking kits sold in China

Dodgy salesmen in China are making money from long-known weaknesses in a Wi-Fi encryption standard, by selling network key-cracking kits for the average user.

Wi-Fi USB adapters bundled with a Linux operating system, key-breaking software and a detailed instruction book are being sold online and at China's bustling electronics bazaars. The kits, pitched as a way for users to surf the Web for free, have drawn enough buyers and attention that one Chinese auction site, Taobao.com, had to ban their sale last year.

Hackers scalp Apache

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Hackers have broken into a server used by the Apache Software Foundation to keep track of software bugs.

While the attack did not compromise the open-source Web server's source code repository, they did get their paws on low-privilege accounts on another server used to maintain the people.apache.org Web site. Philip Gollucci, vice president of Apache infrastructure said that None of the source code was affected in any way.

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