Hackers are selling powerful cyber weapons to anyone with the money to buy them



When a tremor wobbles the ground underneath your feet, it’s easy to keep your head down, keep typing, do whatever it is you were already doing. Perhaps someone just dropped something very heavy a ways away, that’s all. 

But if you do keep your head down and the tremor turns out to be more than that — if it turns out to be a sign of some greater calamity headed your way — it’s hard to blame anyone but yourself, right?

This is not a story about tremors, but it is perhaps a story about warning signs of a more dangerous internet, the latest of which involves a hacker or group of hackers offering to cripple the digital life of any website or organization or person to anyone who can afford their servicesRead more…

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The National Lottery hack is why you shouldn’t reuse your password



About 26,500 National Lottery accounts have been accessed by hackers, according to its operator Camelot. 

The company says they’ve recorded “suspicious activity” on a small proportion of the 9.5 million players registered online, indicating that people’s login details, such as email and passwords, may have been stolen from other websites. 

Camelot says hackers were not able to access “core National Lottery systems.” 

“We do not hold full debit card or bank account details in National Lottery players’ online accounts and no money has been taken or deposited,” Camelot said. “However, we do believe that this attack may have resulted in some of the personal information, that the affected players hold in their online account, being accessed.” Read more…

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San Francisco’s Muni transit system hacked, resulting in free rides for all



The nightmare hacking scenario many have feared has finally happened near the heart of Silicon Valley: a major rapid transit system has been hacked. 

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation System, known locally as Muni, was hacked on Friday, with hackers leaving the message ‘You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted,’ on Muni computer screens around the city on Saturday, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

The message from the hackers also included a contact email address that Muni officials could supposedly “contact for [the encryption] key.” The hacking incident was confirmed by a Muni worker who spoke to the paper, however, the man declined to give his name for fear of “workplace retaliation.” Read more…

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