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The AT&T Hack: 'Yeah, This Is Really Bad'
The AT&T Hack:
'Yeah, This Is Really Bad'
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The AT&T Hack: 'Yeah, This Is Really Bad'

110M customers had their call and text data compromised

(Newser) - Yes, hacks of customer data happen with disturbing frequency, but the latest one making headlines is, as Shira Ovide puts it at the Washington Post , "nasty." Hackers swiped the data of nearly all AT&T Wireless customers in 2022, a breach that affects about 110 million people, reports...

Bad News, AT&T Wireless Customers
Bad News, AT&T
Wireless Customers

Bad News, AT&T Wireless Customers

Company says data from 'nearly all' of its wireless subscribers was hacked

(Newser) - AT&T delivered some stunning news to customers on Friday morning: "Nearly all" of its wireless subscribers were caught up in a data breach, in which hackers swiped call and text metadata from a third-party cloud system, reports the Wall Street Journal . In a securities filing, the company said...

Ticketmaster Customers Won't Love This News

Data breaches and scalpers reverse-engineering ticket resale barcodes are making headlines

(Newser) - If you're a Ticketmaster customer, you may have a concerning email waiting for you. Customers in the US, Canada, and Mexico have received a cautionary message from Ticketmaster to "be vigilant and take steps to protect against identity theft and fraud"—including by keeping close tabs on...

Fire Department Sent $220K for Ambulances, Then 'Panicked'

Hackers stole money sent by volunteer unit in Rockville, Maryland

(Newser) - A volunteer fire department in Maryland is out more than $100,000 after money meant for new ambulances was swiped in a "business email compromise" scam. Per the Washington Post , the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department wired a $220,000 deposit for two much-needed new ambulances late last month, thinking...

In This Catholic Hospital System, 'Unusual Activity'

Cyberattack fells Ascension, diverting ambulances and wreaking havoc across the US

(Newser) - A cyberattack on the Ascension health system operating in 19 states across the US forced some of its 140 hospitals to divert ambulances, caused patients to postpone medical tests, and blocked online access to patient records. An Ascension spokesperson said it detected "unusual activity" Wednesday on its computer network...

In Hack Update, UnitedHealth Reveals Ransom Was Paid

It says a 'substantial proportion' of Americans possibly had data stolen

(Newser) - Hackers stole health and personal data from what could amount to a "substantial proportion" of Americans, UnitedHealth said in a Monday update on the February cyberattack on its Change Healthcare subsidiary. UnitedHealth also confirmed that it paid a ransom "as part of the company's commitment to do...

Anti-Trump Super PAC Says It Lost Big Bucks in Cybertheft

Lincoln Project says 'hackers' stole $35K

(Newser) - The Lincoln Project is already hard at work blasting out ads for the November election and covering Donald Trump's legal problems , making no bones about its mission to make sure the most recent ex-president doesn't get to the Oval Office again. But the anti-Trump PAC also has its...

Overflowing Texas Water Tower May Be a 'Worrisome Escalation'
In Texas, an
Water Tower
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In Texas, an Overflowing Water Tower Points to Russia

Russian hackers have claimed responsibility, in what may be nation's first attack on US water

(Newser) - A water tower in a small Texas town overflowed in January, spilling tens of thousands of gallons into the streets. Now, Google-owned cybersecurity company Mandiant says the incident in Muleshoe may be the first hack into US water systems by Russia after infiltrators tied to one of that country's...

Potentially Huge Cyberattack Stopped by a Single Person

Microsoft engineer Andres Freund praised as the 'Silver Back Gorilla of nerds'

(Newser) - If you're not fluent in coding, just know this: "Had it not been discovered, it would have been catastrophic to the world," a security analyst at Analygence tells Ars Technica . He's referring to a carefully hidden "backdoor" found in the open-source software Linux that could...

Hackers Threaten to Release Trump Court Files Within Hours

LockBit claims to have documents from Fulton County, Georgia, that could affect US election

(Newser) - A ransomware group shut down by the FBI after threatening to release confidential files from Georgia's Fulton County court system, including files related to the criminal case against former President Trump, appears to have resurrected. LockBit is now threatening to release files that "could affect the upcoming US...

OpenAI: NYT Paid Someone to 'Hack' Us Before Suing Us

'It took them tens of thousands of attempts,' alleges OpenAI

(Newser) - OpenAI wants to see the New York Times' copyright infringement lawsuit against it dismissed, and it laid out its case—and an accusation of its own—in a Monday court filing . In it, the maker of ChatGPT accused the Times of hacking OpenAI's products in order to formulate the...

Microsoft: Our Email Was Hit by 'Midnight Blizzard'

Company says Russian hackers that accessed leadership emails also did SolarWinds breach

(Newser) - State-backed Russian hackers broke into Microsoft's corporate email system and accessed the accounts of members of the company's leadership team, as well as those of employees on its cybersecurity and legal teams, the company said Friday. In a blog post, Microsoft said the intrusion began in late November...

Rose Bowl Teams Limit iPad Use
Hacking Concerns
Rose Bowl Teams

Hacking Concerns Rose Bowl Teams

Alabama, Michigan limit viewing of game film

(Newser) - The Alabama Crimson Tide caused a stir at the Rose Bowl when they revealed they've restricted their players' game film viewing on iPads heading into the College Football Playoff semifinal against Michigan because of concerns about hacking. As it turns out, Michigan is also taking precautions. The Wolverines also...

'Grand Theft Auto' Hacker Going to Hospital Prison for Life

Arion Kurtaj, who has severe autism, expressed intent 'to return to cybercrime as soon as possible'

(Newser) - An 18-year-old member of the Lapsus$ hacking group who leaked gameplay from the highly-anticipated Grand Theft Auto VI last year has been sentenced to an indefinite stint in a prison hospital. Arion Kurtaj of Oxford, England, was found unfit to stand trial due to severe autism. A London jury was...

FTC Issues Warning on QR Code Scams
FTC: Beware of QR Code Scams

FTC: Beware of QR Code Scams

Agency says squares can conceal 'harmful links'

(Newser) - QR codes have become ubiquitous, especially since the pandemic, but the Federal Trade Commission says consumers shouldn't let their guard down. In a blog post , the FTC warns that scammers can use the jumbles of black-and-white squares to hide harmful links and steal personal information. The agency says scammers...

Report: 23andMe Breach Affected Nearly Half of Users

Genetic testing company is now requiring 2-step verification for all users

(Newser) - The 23andMe breach confirmed by the company in October affected about half of the genetic testing company's 14 million users, TechCrunch reports. The company first acknowledged Friday, in an SEC filing, that hackers were able to access the personal data of 0.1% of its customers, which would be...

Vietnam Allegedly Tried to Hack US Lawmakers With a Tweet

Government allegedly tweeted bogus link that would have installed spy software

(Newser) - In terms of international hacking attempts, it was relatively simple. The government of Vietnam tweeted a plausible-looking but bogus news link to particular American lawmakers and journalists hoping they would click, reports the Washington Post . It appears that none of them took the bait. But had they done so, the...

Hunter Biden Is Suing Rudy Giuliani
Hunter Biden
Is Suing
Rudy Giuliani

Hunter Biden Is Suing Rudy Giuliani

President's son says Giuliani broke the law by hacking computer data

(Newser) - First, Hunter Biden sued the IRS for breaching his privacy. Now he's going after Rudy Giuliani with the same accusation. The president's son, embroiled in serious legal trouble of his own, has filed suit against Guiliani and his former attorney for what he calls the "total annihilation"...

New Trouble for Ex-CIA Worker in Biggest Classified Info Theft

Joshua Schulte now also convicted of possessing child sexual abuse images

(Newser) - A former CIA software engineer already convicted in the biggest theft of classified information in CIA history was convicted Wednesday on charges of possessing child sexual abuse images, the AP reports. A jury returned its verdict in Manhattan federal court against Joshua Schulte after prosecutors presented proof that Schulte had...

Researchers Train AI to Steal Data From Keyboard Clicks

Randomized passwords could help protect against this new danger

(Newser) - Debates over whether advancements in artificial intelligence are good or bad won't subside any time soon—and this new wrinkle won't help. British researchers have discovered that by mixing machine learning and recordings of typing, it's possible to train AI to steal passwords merely by hearing which...

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