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2012-09-10 19:36:10

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Last week, an arm of hacking collective Anonymous claimed they used a Java exploit and hacked into an FBI agent's Dell computer, thereby lifting around 12 million Apple UDIDs, or unique device identifiers. In an apparent attempt to publicly shame the FBI, AntiSec released 1 million of these UDIDs, which were stripped of all personal information, to the Internet for perusal by other hackers. The next day, both Apple and the FBI...

Temporary Hold Placed On AppleID Password Resets
2012-08-08 11:25:25

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Following Mat Honan´s harrowing tale of having his accounts hacked and digital life wiped clean, Apple has said it is suspending over-the-air AppleID password resets for at least the next 24 hours. Apple ordered their support staff on Tuesday to stop taking requests for passwords changes over the phone, according to employees who spoke with Wired.com. Rather than use a brute force attack to break into Honan´s...

Woz Dishes The Dirt On The Cloud
2012-08-07 10:54:41

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Though Apple normally likes to keep a tight lid on what their employees say to the press, the company's co-founder gets an obvious free pass to say what he will. As such, Steve Wozniak (affectionately known as Woz among the geek set) is prone to giving his opinion about all things tech, even if they aren´t at all favorable for Apple. In the most recent example, Woz has expressed his concern and frustration over...

Anonymous India Censorship Protests Draw Hundreds
2012-06-10 05:46:09

Protesting regulations that they say are tantamount to online censorship, members of the hacking collective known as Anonymous gathered in more than a dozen cities throughout India Saturday -- though according to some reports, the results of those assemblies were mixed. According to Rajini Vaidyanathan of BBC News, members of the group organized their gatherings across 16 cities nationwide, including Mumbai, where an estimated 100 protesters donned their trademark Guy Fawkes masks in order...

How To Thwart Hackers
2012-05-03 04:08:30

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Researchers have developed a new technique that will be able to keep hackers from stealing a computer's secrets. Hackers have become an increasing problem for keeping personal information secure from cybertheft, but Shafi Goldwasser, the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and her former student Guy Rothblum believe they have a solution for the growing threat. Goldwasser says the technique could protect devices that use...

2012-02-16 07:00:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Metaforic today announced that it will showcase its next-generation security software at RSA Conference 2012 in San Francisco. This security hardening software enables software creators and open source users to build more secure networks, information systems, and software infrastructure. Enterprises, utilities, and government agencies put their trust...

Foxconn Hacked In Protest Of Labor Conditions
2012-02-10 12:54:45

Asia-based Foxconn, contract manufacturer to hardware makers including Apple, Samsung and IBM, had its internal network hacked yesterday as part of a series of protests against the company´s working conditions. Swagg Security, a hacking group, says it forced its way into the company´s systems by exploiting a vulnerability of a staff member´s computer using an old version of Internet Explorer, reports Emma Woolacott for TG Daily. Foxconn has since closed the relevant...

After Extortion Attempt, Hacker Releases Symantec Source Code
2012-02-08 08:25:26

Source code belonging to Symantec Corporation that had been stolen in 2006 and held for ransom over the past month has been released by a group apparently associated with the hacking collective Anonymous. Symantec recently confirmed to CNET that law enforcement posing as employees of the antivirus firm had been in contact with a hacker known as Yamatough, who tried to get $50,000 out of the company to keep the code private. Negotiations, which transpired between the hacker and a person...

Media-Hired Hackers Target Gordon Brown’s Emails
2012-01-02 14:28:33

One of England´s premier newspapers The Independent reported on Monday that British police had uncovered evidence that former Prime Minister Gordon Brown´s email account may have been hacked by private investigators hired by big name newspapers. Moreover, it appears that then-Finance Minister Gordon Brown was not the only victim. The Independent reported that London´s famous Scotland Yard was examining some 20 confiscated computers and had evidence that hundreds of...

US Chamber Of Commerce Quietly Shut Down Chinese Hackers
2011-12-21 09:47:31

It is believed that hackers, based in China, gained access to America´s top business-lobbying group, the US Chamber of Commerce. It is not known when the initial break-in occurred but security officials from the Chamber quietly shut the breech down in May of 2010, Nicholas Wadhams of Bloomberg reports. The hackers gained access to everything stored on its systems, including information about its three million members, and was one of the boldest known infiltrations in what has become a...