“The speed of the transactions — this isn’t somebody sitting there typing details over and over again,”

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When Adele fans went online to buy tickets to the pop superstar’s world tour last year, they had no idea what exactly they were up against. An army of tech-savvy resellers that included a little-known Canadian superscalper named Julien Lavallée managed to vacuum up thousands of tickets in a matter of minutes in one of… Read more »

Deutsche Telekom fault affects 900,000 customers

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Deutsche Telekom has confirmed up to 900,000 customers have had their broadband service cut off following a possible hack of its hardware.  Internet access, phone connections and TV reception for those with a certain router have been affected. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 29th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38130352 Discussion 1) Is there anything you could do if you… Read more »

Help! My building has been hacked

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Two cybersecurity experts hacked into its Wharf 7 office in Sydney, Australia, through Google’s building management system (BMS).  “Once you understand how the systems work, it is very simple.”  The vulnerable systems were found on Shodan, a search engine that lists devices connected to the internet. Source: BBC Technology Date: April 28th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35746649 Discussion 1) If… Read more »

LA Hospital Pays Hackers Nearly $17,000 To Restore Computer Network

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A Los Angeles hospital paid a nearly $17,000 ransom to hackers who breached and disabled its computer network, the hospital said in a statement Wednesday.  Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid the ransom of 40 bitcoins, which is currently worth $16,664, in order to restore the computer system that was infiltrated on Feb. 5.  The hackers… Read more »

An interview with a hacker

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  CNN Tech conducts interviews with hackers to learn more about what motivates them. Source: CNN Tech Date: January 18th, 2016 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/technology/superhero-hackers/confessions-of-a-hacktivist/index.html?iid=ob_lockedrail_bottomlarge&iid=obnetwork Discussion 1) In the video one hacker is asked why he thinks it is ok to break the law to do what he does.  His response: “If we have to break the law… Read more »

Hundreds of ISIS social media accounts shut down

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Hundreds of social media accounts apparently linked to terrorist group ISIS have been shut down. Hacking group Anonymous claimed responsibility for targeting nearly 800 Twitter accounts, 12 Facebook pages and over 50 email addresses because of their links with ISIS (a global terrorist organization based largely in Syria and Iraq). Source: CNN Money Date: February… Read more »

LulzSec and Anonymous are the least of your hacker worries

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Is LulzSec’s odd cartoon logo the face of the new cyber super-villain? Discussion:  It may seem as if LulzSec and Anonymous pose a threat to your computer’s security, but their hijinks are minor compared to actual cyber villains – they are really more of a nuisance than a serious threat.  The motivation of Anonymous and the likes are mainly driven… Read more »

InfoWeek – E-Payment Provider Hit with Denial of Service

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              Description: InfoWeek article for discussion to do with denial of service (break downs beyond company control).  An online payment processor’s Web site recovered from a two-day denial-of-service (DoS) attack that knocked it out of commission, a U.K.-based Internet performance measuring company reported.  StormPay.com’s site was unavailable for several hours… Read more »