Hackers broke into the Twitter account of the Associated Press news service this week, posting a fake message that triggered a stock-market reaction that saw $200 billion briefly erased from United States markets.
Chinese hackers allegedly broke into the New York Times network and made off with the passwords of every employee. This was revealed in a report published by the Times this week. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal came forward and announced that it had also been hacked. The latter is currently working with authorities and security specialists to clean up its systems.
A hacker claims to have cracked Microsoft's system that prevents unsigned desktop apps from running on its Windows RT tablet platform. Identified only by the name "clrokr" on Twitter, the hacker says he exploited a vulnerability that was in the Windows kernel "for some time," according to a new blog post that outlined the technical details behind the hack.
The Miami Family Medical Centre in Australia found its entire patient database encrypted by Russian hackers looking for a ransom of several thousand dollars, reported Sara Hicks at ABC News . The hackers hijacked the server holding patient health records.
Coca-Cola fell victim to a corporate data breach in 2009 after an executive opened an email with the subject line: "Save power is save money! (from CEO)" and then clicked on a link within, according to an investigation by Bloomberg News . While the subject of the email seems ridiculous from this distance, it didn't to the executive because the company was seeking ways to save on energy at the time, reports Bloomberg's Jordan Robertson.
Germany issued a warning Tuesday to the public to stop using Internet Explorer after a researcher announced the discovery of a bug that hackers might use to launch attacks against defense contractors.
The FBI says that AntiSec, which claimed to have stolen millions of Apple device owners' IDs from an agent's laptop, is dreaming because it doesn't have that kind of data to steal. Will the G-men have to eat crow?
A former Toyota employee is being sued by the auto maker for allegedly attacking the company's website in retaliation for being fired. While it isn't uncommon to hear of ex-workers wreaking havoc on their former employers' computer systems, the actions in this instance have moved unusually quickly, reports John E. Dunn at Techworld .
Holding an organization's computer system for ransom is not a widespread scam, experts say, but there has been a surge in it lately targeting European companies.
Data breaches are still occurring at a rapid pace, but the information made public about them is shrinking, according to a study by the Identity Theft Resource Center.