How an Online Attack ‘Brought Twitter to Its Knees’

A teenager from Florida is accused of breaching one of the most high-profile internet platforms in the world. Watch how Twitter was hacked in a new Times documentary airing tonight on FX at 10 p.m. and streaming on Hulu.

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Local Cinematographers, Ace Sound Editing and … Boxes

Friday’s episode of “The New York Times Presents” is different: It was conceived, produced and edited entirely during the pandemic.

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Bird of the Year 2020 Vote in New Zealand Hit by Hack

More than 1,500 fake votes were slipped into New Zealand’s Bird of the Year 2020 contest in favor of the kiwi pukupuku.

#birds, #contests-and-prizes, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #frauds-and-swindling, #new-zealand

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7 Ways That You Can Save Our Democracy

It starts with believing in, and then protecting, our electoral system.

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‘Perception Hacks’ and Other Potential Threats to the Election

In the final days of voting, election officials and cybersecurity experts are keeping a close eye on a range of possible ways foreign governments and other hackers could interfere.

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This U.S. Election Could Be the Most Secure Yet. Here’s Why.

With early voting underway, states are working to reassure voters that their ballots will be counted as cast. Our video shows how states’ responses to Russian hacking and the coronavirus crisis have helped make the election more secure than ever.

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How Ransomware Puts Your Hospital at Risk

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the potential consequences of cyberattacks are terrifying.

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Facebook and Twitter Dodge a 2016 Repeat, and Ignite a 2020 Firestorm

The companies have said they would do more to stop misinformation and hacked materials from spreading. This is what that effort looks like.

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Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds the U.S. Doing the Same

Fearing Russian ransomware attacks on the election, the company and U.S. Cyber Command mounted similar pre-emptive strikes. It is not clear how long they may work.

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Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm

No patients were affected, but the incident was another reminder of the risks in the increasingly common assaults on computer networks.

#clinical-trials, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #extortion-and-blackmail, #hospitals

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Jamal Khashoggi’s Killing is Focus of ‘Kingdom of Silence’ and ‘The Dissident’

“Kingdom of Silence,” due Friday, and “The Dissident,” due Dec. 18, revisit the killing of the Saudi journalist Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018.

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Ransomware Attacks Take On New Urgency Ahead of Vote

Attacks against small towns, big cities and the contractors who run their voting systems have federal officials fearing that hackers will try to sow chaos around the election.

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Cyber Attack Suspected in German Woman’s Death

Prosecutors believe the woman died from delayed treatment after hackers attacked a hospital’s computers. It could be the first fatality from a ransomware attack.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #germany, #hospitals

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Iranian Hackers Can Beat Encrypted Apps like Telegram, Researchers Say

Reports reveal that hackers have been secretly gathering intelligence on opponents of the Iranian regime, breaking into cellphones and computers and outsmarting apps like Telegram.

#computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #iran, #telegram-llc, #whatsapp-inc

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China-Backed Hackers Broke Into 100 Firms and Agencies, U.S. Says

In indictments against five Chinese nationals, the Justice Department described sophisticated attacks to hijack networks and extort universities, businesses and nonprofits.

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Website Crashes and Cyberattacks Welcome Students Back to School

With many districts across the country opting for online learning, a range of technical issues marred the first day of classes.

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Hartford Postpones First Day of School After Ransomware Attack

Officials were not sure when the Connecticut city’s 18,000 public school students would be able to return to class.

#computers-and-the-internet, #connecticut, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #education-k-12, #hartford-conn

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Race for Coronavirus Vaccine Pits Spy Against Spy

The intelligence wars over vaccine research have intensified as China and Russia expand their efforts to steal American work at both research institutes and companies.

#central-intelligence-agency, #china, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #foreign-intelligence-service-russia, #industrial-espionage, #ministry-of-state-security-of-the-peoples-republic-of-china, #russia, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-north-carolina, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Student Charged in Cyberattacks at Miami-Dade Schools

Virtual classes in the fourth-largest school district in the United States were choked by glitches this week. A 16-year-old high school junior has admitted to the cyberattacks.

#crime-and-criminals, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #miami-fla

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Twitter Hack May Have Had Another Mastermind: A 16-Year-Old

On Tuesday, federal agents served a Massachusetts teenager with a search warrant. He appears to have played a significant role in the July 15 Twitter attack, investigators and fellow hackers said.

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Former Uber Security Chief Charged With Concealing Hack

Joe Sullivan, who led Uber’s security team through the company’s most tumultuous period, was fired by the company’s newly installed chief executive in 2017.

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North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry

Israel says the attack was thwarted, but a cybersecurity firm says it was successful. Some officials fear that classified data stolen by North Korea could be shared with Iran.

#boeing-company, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #iran, #israel, #lazarus-group, #north-korea, #social-media

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The Latest U.S. Tool to Fight Election Meddling: Text Messages

Washington sent offers to cellphones in Russia and Iran of rewards of up to $10 million for information on hackers trying to attack American voting systems.

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From Minecraft Tricks to Twitter Hack: A Florida Teen’s Troubled Online Path

The teenage “mastermind” of the recent Twitter breach, who had a difficult family life, poured his energy into video games and cryptocurrency.

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Why a Data Breach at a Genealogy Site Has Privacy Experts Worried

Nearly two-thirds of GEDmatch’s users opt out of helping law enforcement. For a brief window this month, that didn’t matter.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #gedmatch, #gedmatch-inc, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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Florida Teen Arrested in Twitter Hack

The authorities arrested a 17-year-old who they said ran a scheme that targeted the accounts of celebrities, including former President Barack Obama and Elon Musk.

#bitcoin-currency, #clark-graham-ivan, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #frauds-and-swindling, #social-media, #twitter

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Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App

The defects, which have been fixed, exposed private details of people in quarantine. The country has been hailed as a pioneer in digital public health.

#computer-security, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #mobile-applications, #south-korea

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Twitter Struggles to Unpack a Hack Within Its Walls

Even some basic questions about how an array of Twitter’s most popular accounts were taken over remain unanswered.

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How the Twitter Hack Revealed a Risky 2020 Election System

The hackers who targeted Joe Biden, Barack Obama and others served as a warning: Had they struck on Nov. 3, hoping to upend the election, the political fallout could have been quite different.

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Russian Hackers Trying to Steal Coronavirus Vaccine Research

The hackers have been targeting British, Canadian and American organizations researching vaccines using spear-phishing and malware.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #national-security-agency, #russia, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Gates, Musk and Other Top Tech Figures Get Twitter Accounts Hacked

In a major show of force, hackers breached some of the site’s most prominent accounts, a Who’s Who of Americans in politics, entertainment and tech.

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Amazon Asks Employees to Delete TikTok Over Security Risks

TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has been under scrutiny as a potential national security threat.

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #defense-and-military-forces, #mobile-applications, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Behind Wirecard’s Collapse: Allegations of Lies, Spies and Missing Billions

Markus Braun built Wirecard to “conquer the world,” but those aspirations attracted skeptics. Its accounting scandal has sent shock waves through Germany.

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Russian Criminal Group Finds New Target: Americans Working at Home

A hacking group calling itself Evil Corp., indicted in December, has shown up in corporate networks with sophisticated ransomware. American officials worry election infrastructure could be next.

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C.I.A. Failed to Defend Against Theft of Secrets by Insider, Report Says

Better security could have protected hacking tools that were stolen in a large breach and handed over to WikiLeaks, a task force found.

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Environmentalists Targeted Exxon Mobil. Then Hackers Targeted Them.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating a global hacker-for-hire operation that sent phishing emails to environmental groups, journalists and others.

#citizen-lab, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #phishing-computer-fraud

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EasyJet Says Cyberattack Stole Data of 9 Million Customers

The low-cost airline said that email addresses and itineraries were hacked, and that the credit card details of 2,200 travelers were revealed.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #easyjet-airline-co-ltd, #england, #identity-theft

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‘Pure Hell for Victims’ as Stimulus Programs Draw a Flood of Scammers

Trillions of dollars in stimulus funds have created a rush among criminals to take the money from those who need it the most.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #identity-theft, #internal-revenue-service, #robberies-and-thefts, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment

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Zoom’s Security Woes Were No Secret to Business Partners Like Dropbox

Dropbox privately paid top hackers to find bugs in software by the videoconferencing company Zoom, then pressed it to fix them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberharassment, #dropbox, #hacker-one, #science-and-technology, #software, #yuan-eric-s, #zoom-video-communications, #zoombombing

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A Call to Arms: Under Attack, Pro-Vaccine Doctors Fight Back

Providers who defend vaccines face online death threats and negative reviews from fake patients. Now the staid medical establishment is finally speaking out.

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