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Twitter Hack Implicates GoDaddy and PayPal
2014-01-30 13:02:01

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online To paraphrase Shakespeare, what’s in a Twitter handle? A tweet will still be 140 characters, but for N Methods CEO Naoki Hiroshima his tweets won’t come through his once coveted Twitter handle @N. According to online reports, he had been offered as much as $50,000 for it, but apparently “traded” the username to an unidentified hacker. Moreover, Hiroshima puts some of the blame on GoDaddy, which hosts both his domain name and...

2014-01-22 23:30:24

Sierra College provided a high-end 3D printer and soldering kits to Hacker Lab in a partnership dedicated to educating and encouraging Sacramento makers to innovate, experiment, design and produce products that may contribute to the region’s economic growth. Rocklin, CA (PRWEB) January 22, 2014 The energy and passion is palatable to anyone who tours Sacramento Hacker Lab, a place where entrepreneurs, hobbyists, students, artists, retirees and corporate employees mix, inspire and...

2014-01-22 23:22:37

Security Company KnowBe4 Analysis Shows Awareness Training Greatly Mitigates Behavior Risks Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) January 22, 2014 Security Awareness Training firm KnowBe4, LLC, has released an analysis of 372 companies that clearly shows the impact and effectiveness of Security Awareness Training on employees. The study was done over a 12 month period and follows behavior patterns of 291,000 end points, showing a reduction in risky behavior by over 12X. Using an initial baseline of...

Russian Teen 17 Hacked Target Systems
2014-01-20 14:25:56

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online BlackPOS/Kaptoxa is the name of the malware that infected Target and collected information on 110 million of the retailer's customer' credit cards over the 2013 holiday shopping season. New research reveals that a teen in Russia, who was not yet 17 years old at the time, authored the malware that was able to hack into Target's systems, as well as those of Neiman Marcus and other retailers. On Friday internet security firm IntelCrawler...

New UMich Formula Predicts Perfect Moment For Hackers To Strike
2014-01-15 09:50:01

[ Watch the Video: New Model For Predicting Cyberattacks ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The timing of a cyber-attack is crucial to overcoming measures designed to defend or repel the attacks and a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan has revealed a mathematical model that could be used to optimize the timing of would-be hackers. In the study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the research team...

Snapchat Apologizes For Data Hack, Updates Find Friends Feature
2014-01-10 07:14:33

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It took longer than the time it takes for its images and videos to disappear after viewing, but Snapchat released an update to its Find Friends functionality and issued an apology for the problems that occurred after 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers were exposed due to a vulnerability in the photo messaging service's system. The patch addresses those issues, though it took a week for the release to come out. Snapchat buried the...

Snapchat Gets Hacked
2014-01-01 13:41:11

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It's too late to say, "you were warned," to Snapchat. Hackers have infiltrated the social network that allows users to send friends photos and videos that will disappear within 10 seconds of being viewed. On Christmas Eve, a group of hackers in Australia that operates under the name Gibson Security published details on a vulnerability in Snapchat, and inside of a week hackers stole the details of 4.6 million accounts and published the...

Hacker Infiltrates, Attempts To Sell Access To BBC FTP Server
2013-12-30 06:24:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online A hacker reportedly managed to gain access to a computer server at the BBC sometime on or before Christmas Day, and then tried to sell access to the public broadcasting station’s network over the holidays. The cyber attack was initially discovered by Milwaukee-based Hold Security and first reported by Reuters on Sunday. It is not known whether the individual responsible for the attack, a “notorious” Russian hacker...

Snapchat Security Flaw
2013-12-27 13:14:46

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Security researchers reported finding a new security flaw in the Snapchat social media program - an app that allows users to send pictures to each other that then disappear in 10 seconds. For this reason, users often send pictures that are risqué, and hence value the anonymity while placing a great deal of trust in Snapchat’s security. While the photos may be gone in little more than an instant, the anonymous hackers that make up...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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