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Russian hackers accused of spying on hotels

Russian hackers accused of spying on hotels

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Hackers linked to Russian military intelligence were behind a cyber-espionage campaign targeting influential figures from the West, according to a report by security researchers.Phishing emails sent to employees at high-class hotels were designed to allow the hackers to steal passwords and other information belonging to Western government and business travellers.The campaign was detected by cybersecurity firm FireEye and saw the attackers gain access to the IT systems of numerous hotels across Europe and the Middle East.Researchers believe the espionage group behind the attacks is linked to the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.The group is known colloquially as Fancy Bear, or in the more academic language of the report as Advanced Persistent Threat 28 (APT 28).Moscow denies the gro...
Game of Thrones hackers demand ransom

Game of Thrones hackers demand ransom

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Hackers who have leaked Game of Thrones scripts and other data from entertainment company HBO have released a note demanding a ransom payment.In a new dump, they also published a script for the as yet unbroadcast fifth episode of the current series.Company documents and video episodes of other HBO shows were also shared.The hackers claim to have 1.5TB of data in total, but HBO has said it does not believe its email system has been compromised.Documents in the latest leak were marked "HBO is failing", according to the Wired news site, and included legal information, employment agreements and other company files.The Associated Press reports that some documents appeared to contain personal contact information for Game of Thrones actors.The ransom note featured in a video containing scrolling ...
Watch hackers make Segway riders topple

Watch hackers make Segway riders topple

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A security flaw in Segway scooters could allow hackers to topple riders using just their smartphone.Hackers could remotely control scooters - also called hoverboards - due to a number of vulnerabilities which researchers have found in several Segway models.While hoverboards were in the news a few years ago after several models were overcharging and catching fire, now it is the digital insecurity of the devices which could endanger riders.The software flaws found in scooters could allow attackers to bypass the scooters' safety systems and completely override the riders' manual control.This could even include shutting off the engine while the device was travelling at a high speed, potentially injuring or even killing the rider.While regulations in the US require scooters to meet mechanical a...
Foreign hackers penetrating UK infrastructure

Foreign hackers penetrating UK infrastructure

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Foreign hackers have penetrated the UK's critical national infrastructure, including parts of the national grid, a leaked document has revealed.The document, produced by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), says the intelligence and security agencies believe attackers have compromised organisations connected to the UK grid.The eight-page file - excerpts of which were published by Vice Motherboard - was created as part of the data-sharing efforts between government and industry spearheaded by the NCSC, a part of GCHQ.It warns that the agency has detected signs of foreign interference within the energy sector."The NCSC is aware of connections from multiple UK IP addresses to infrastructure associated with advanced state-sponsored hostile threat actors, who are known to target the ...