Yahoo Data Breach Compromises Half a Billion User Accounts

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FBI Investigating Hacking Attempts of Phones Belonging to DNC Officials
In a new revelation, the FBI is reportedly investigating attempts to hack phones used by officials in the Democratic Party. The suspected attempts occurred as recently as August 2016.

Russian DNC Hackers Accused of Developing a Mac OS X Trojan
Researchers from security firm Palo Alto has pointed to Russian hackers behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as the developers of a new Trojan targeting Mac OS X machines in the aerospace industry.

Hacker Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Helping ISIS
For the first time, the United States has sentenced a hacker with ties to terrorism for 20 years in prison for his part in stealing and delivering a list of 1,300 U.S. military personnel to the terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Yahoo Data Breach Compromises Half a Billion User Accounts
Yahoo has finally confirmed the results of its investigation of a data breach and it does not make for pretty reading. The technology giant has stated that at least 500 million users’ account details have been compromised.

Yahoo Set to Confirm a “Massive” Data Breach
Technology giant Yahoo is preparing to confirm a massive data breach that it suffered in 2012, an incident that exposed several hundred million user accounts according to the hacker selling the breached data.

Interesting Reading From Around the Web

Apple Calls In Rock Star iPhone And Mac Hackers For Secret Bug Bounty Bash
A 19-year-old who was the first to jailbreak an iPhone 7. A former teenage prodigy turned world-renowned iOS hacker. An ex-NSA staffer who has repeatedly found Mac OS X security lacking. They all are just some of the hackers rocking up to Cupertino for a briefing with Apple.

Inside Arizona’s Pump Skimmer Scourge
Nearly nine months worth of pump skimming incidents were examined in Arizona. With each incident, the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s Weights and Measures Services Division files a report detailing whether victim fuel station owners had observed industry best practices leading up to the hacks.

The security tsunami of the Internet of Things is coming, are you ready?
Scott Montgomery took the stage at Structure Security to explain some of the core security and privacy challenges that are coming with the Internet of Things.

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