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“IRS Statement on E-filing Pin”

On February 9, 2016, The Internal Revenue Service released a statement describing an attack they discovered upon its Electronic Filing PIN application on IRS.gov. In the statement released the IRS said, “Using personal data stolen elsewhere outside the IRS, identity thieves used malware in an attempt to generate E-file PINs for stolen social security numbers.” […]

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“Netflix, popular target for Hackers”

Netflix is known to be one of the most popular sources for online entertainment for people of all ages. Netflix has also become a popular target for hackers, according to a new research from Symantec, a company that provides protection, security, storage, and systems management for customers around the world. Symantec discovered several Netflix-related attacks, […]

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“CA Hospital targeted by Hackers”

Every year, hackers make tens of millions of dollars by holding computers for ransom. In February 2016, the latest victim, was a California hospital. The hospital Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, had to pay $17,000 to have its server reactivated. The attack against the hospital, locked its files, prevented electronic communications and gave the hospital directions […]

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“Worker falls for email phishing scam”

On Feb. 28, 2016, the Snapchat team released an apology to its employees explaining that recently, one of its employees fell for a phishing scam and revealed some of its employees payroll information. Although company servers were not breeched, a number of employees have now had their identity compromised. The Snapchat team explained that the […]

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“Apple Users Data Held for Ransom”

Palo Alto Networks Inc. a cyber-security company told Reuters Sunday that “Apple Inc (AAPL.O) customers were targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Macintosh computers”. This was done using ransom-ware, a type of virus that encrypts the data on the infected machine and can only be unencrypted using the correct encryption […]

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“OurMine, the “Security” group hacking CEOS and Celebs”

Last Sunday, a security group calling itself OurMine claimed to have compromise the Twitter and Quora accounts of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. OurMine posted messages reading “hacked” and “we are just testing your security” to Pichai’s half-million followers. Other accounts hacked by OurMine also included, VC Mark Suster, Mark Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg’s sister Randi Zuckerberg, Spotify […]

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“Norton’s New VPN App”

Norton has just announced the global launch of a new mobile VPN, Norton Wi-Fi Privacy. This new subscription based app, encrypts all the data you send over a public Wi-Fi network and is now available on both Apple and Android devices. Norton Company says it wants you to stay safe on public Wi-Fi, and is […]

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“Hackers sweet-talked their way into the CIA director’s email account”

CIA Director John Brennan’s personal email account was hacked. According to WIRED, a news magazine, the hackers didn’t use sophisticated skills but instead “duped customer service agents at Verizon AOL,” to obtain Brennan’s cell phone number, email address, and other personal information, including the last four digits of his bank card. This should remind us […]