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University of California victim of nationwide hack attack

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The University of California is warning students and staff that a ransomware group might have stolen and published their personal data and that of hundreds of other schools, government agencies and companies nationwideBy ROBERT JABLON The Associated PressApril 3, 2021, 8:30 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLOS ANGELES -- The University of California is warning its students and staff that a ransomware group might have stolen and published their personal data and that of hundreds of other schools, government agencies and companies nationwide.A cybersecurity attack targeted a vulnerability in Accellion, a third-party vendor that is used to securely transfer files, the university said in a statement Wednesday.“We understand those behind this attack have publishe...

Swiss police raid over hack on U.S. security-camera company

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Swiss authorities have confirmed a police raid at the home of a Swiss hacker who took credit for helping to break into a U.S. security-camera company’s online networksByThe Associated PressMarch 15, 2021, 10:18 AM• 2 min readGENEVA -- Swiss authorities on Monday confirmed a police raid at the home of a Swiss hacker who took credit for helping to break into a U.S. security-camera company's online networks, part of what the hacker cited as an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of mass surveillance.The Federal Office of Justice said regional police in central Lucerne, acting on a legal assistance request from U.S. authorities, on Friday carried out a house search involving a group of activist hackers using the name Tillie Kottmann.The hacker said electronics devices were seized durin...
Microsoft hack: 3,000 UK email servers remain unsecured

Microsoft hack: 3,000 UK email servers remain unsecured

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BBC / Getty ImagesMore than 3,000 UK email servers remain at risk from the global Microsoft Exchange email flaw, officials believe.The National Cyber Security Centre said it estimated 7,000 servers had been affected by the flaw in the UK and only half had been secured.It said malicious software had been detected on 2,300 machines but it had helped businesses remove it.The agency said it was "vital" that all affected businesses took action to secure their email servers.The announcement reveals the scale of the problem among UK companies for the first time since the global security flaw emerged last week.Ransomware groups have begun using the flaw to install their malicious programs, the NCSC warned - though there was no evidence of widespread ransomware attacks on UK companies so far.Once i...
Security camera hack exposes hospitals, workplaces, schools

Security camera hack exposes hospitals, workplaces, schools

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Hackers aiming to call attention to the dangers of mass surveillance said they were able to peer into hospitals, schools, factories, jails and corporate offices after they broke into the systems of a security-camera startupBy MATT O'BRIEN and FRANK BAJAK Associated PressMarch 10, 2021, 8:40 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleHackers aiming to call attention to the dangers of mass surveillance said they were able to peer into hospitals, schools, factories, jails and corporate offices after they broke into the systems of a security-camera startup.That California startup, Verkada, said Wednesday it is investigating the scope of the breach, first reported by Bloomberg, and has notified law enforcement and its customers.Swiss hacker Tillie Kottmann, a member of the...
Tech giants unite against company accused of WhatsApp hack

Tech giants unite against company accused of WhatsApp hack

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Some of the biggest technology companies in the world, including Google and Microsoft, have joined Facebook's legal battle against the private spyware company NSO Group.It follows Facebook launching a legal challenge against the Israeli firm after confirming that an initially unnamed hacking group had developed a tool which could take control of victims' phones by calling them over WhatsApp. The companies now join Facebook's lawsuit, accusing NSO Group of developing "powerful and dangerous" tools that have enabled authoritarian governments to spy on more than 1,400 people around the world, as reported by Reuters. Image: Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was reportedly targeted using NSO tools At the time, WhatsApp said that it had dete...