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Russia accused of global net hack attacks

Russia accused of global net hack attacks

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State-sponsored Russian hackers are actively seeking to hijack essential internet hardware, US and UK intelligence agencies say.The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security issued a joint alert warning of a global campaign.The alert details methods used to compromise the networking equipment used to move traffic across the net. This could be used be used to mount a future offensive, it warned.Basic weaknessIn a press conference about the alert, White House cyber-security co-ordinator Rob Joyce said the US and its allies had "high confidence" that Russia was behind the "broad campaign". Intelligence gathered by the US and UK suggested that millions of machines directing data around the net were being targeted, he said. Compromised device...
Surgeon David Nott: Hack led to Syria air strike

Surgeon David Nott: Hack led to Syria air strike

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A British surgeon who helped Syrian doctors online has told the Telegraph he fears his computer was hacked, leading to an air strike on a hospital.David Nott, who has performed surgery in various war zones, helped his Syrian colleagues during an operation, via Skype and WhatsApp, on just one occasion.The 2016 operation was later broadcast by the BBC's Newsnight programme.Weeks after this, the Aleppo hospital was hit by a "bunker buster" bomb.Dr Nott thinks the hackers were able to discover its location via his computer. Cyber-security professionals say his theory is plausible, but the BBC has spoken to two experts who think another approach - if hackers were involved at all - would have been more likely.Cyber-security researcher and blogger Graham Cluley pointed out that at one point in Ne...
Gwent Police investigated for hiding potential hack

Gwent Police investigated for hiding potential hack

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Gwent Police is being investigated after failing to inform hundreds of people that hackers may have accessed their confidential reports to the force.Sky News has learned that up to 450 people who filed reports through an online tool over a two-year period could have been put at risk by hackers due to security flaws.Although the tool was decommissioned after an internal security review discovered that confidential information was being exposed, the force did not inform the individuals who were affected.In what may amount to a breach of its responsibilities under the Data Protection Act, the force also failed to notify the Information Commissioner's Office until it was contacted by Sky News.This week, a spokesman for the force said: "Gwent Police has recently contacted the Information Commis...
Would you hack your own body?

Would you hack your own body?

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At a trendy east London bar, a group of body hackers are putting forward their reasons for human augmentation to a packed audience of mainly under-35s, many of whom are sporting piercings and tattoos.Putting a chip under your skin is not so very different from getting a piercing or tattoo, argued one of the panellists - except there was often less blood.For some, transhumanism - the theory that the human race can evolve beyond its physical and mental limitations with the help of technology - is a crucial part of the advancement of society.Bio-hacker Lepht Anonym has nine implants and strongly believes what she does will benefit humankind as well as her own curiosity.But she admits it can be painful."The magnets in my fingers really, really hurt. They hurt so much that your vision goes whit...
UK Government site goes offline after hack

UK Government site goes offline after hack

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More than 5,000 websites have been hacked to force visitors' computers to run software that mines a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin.Users loading the websites of the Information Commissioner's Office, the Student Loans Company, as well as the council websites for Manchester City, Camden, and Croydon - and even the homepage of the United States Courts - had their computers' processing power hijacked by hackers.Malicious code for software known as "Coinhive", a program advertising itself as "A Crypto Miner for your Website" would start running in the background until the webpage is closed.Security researcher Scott Helme was alerted to the hack by a friend who sent him antivirus software warnings received after visiting a UK Government website.:: North Korean hackers target cryptocurrency M...