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Radiohead to release stolen music for climate campaigners

Radiohead says a trove of unreleased music has been stolen for ransom. But instead of paying up, the band will release it in aid of environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion.


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Feds: 5 hacked Target gift cards, stole nearly $800,000

Authorities said five people have been indicted on charges they hacked Target Corp. gift cards to the tune of nearly $800,000.


Hackers find a way to jailbreak the Nintendo Switch

Hackers have found a way into the Nintendo Switch, possibly giving those with a high level of technical knowledge a way to run pirated games on the portable console.


Russian hackers hunt hi-tech secrets, exploiting U.S. weakness

Russian cyberspies pursuing the secrets of military drones and other sensitive U.S. defense technology tricked key contract workers into exposing their email to theft, an Associated Press investigation has found.


Russian hackers hunted journalists in years-long campaign

PARIS – Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone: Some of his most intimate messages had …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 2:55 p.m.

Uber: No evidence hackers took rider credit card numbers

An outside cyber security firm hired by Uber after a massive data theft found no evidence that rider credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers were downloaded by two …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017, 5:13 p.m.

Hackers hijacked at least 195 Trump web addresses

Four years ago, well before the furor over allegations Moscow meddled in the 2016 election that put Donald Trump in the White House, at least 195 web addresses belonging to …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 10:29 a.m.

Russia’s hackers took only a week to pry into Clinton camp

Nineteen thousand lines of raw data associated with the theft of Hillary Clinton campaign emails show how the hackers dodged strict security measures to pull it off.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 11:53 a.m.

Russia hackers pursued Putin foes, not just Democrats

The hackers who disrupted the U.S. presidential election last year had ambitions that stretched across the globe, targeting the emails of Ukrainian officers, Russian opposition figures, U.S. defense contractors and …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Report: South Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans

A South Korean lawmaker said Tuesday that North Korean hackers may have stolen highly classified military documents that include U.S.-South Korean wartime “decapitation strike” plans against the North, according to …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 11:04 a.m.

Equifax CEO Richard Smith steps down amid hacking scandal

The chief executive of Equifax, the troubled credit reporting agency that suffered a massive data breach that affected as many as 143 million people, will retire, effective Tuesday, according to …


Report: Hackers were snooping inside Equifax as of March

Hackers broke into Equifax’s computer systems in March, two months earlier than the company had previously disclosed, according to a Wall Street Journal report.


FTC confirms it’s investigating Equifax breach

The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it is investigating the massive data breach at credit reporting agency Equifax, adding America’s top consumer watchdog to the chorus of federal lawmakers and …


Tech firm Lenovo to pay $3.5M in settlement over preloaded software

A technology company will pay $3.5 million and change how it sells laptop computers as part of a settlement reached with federal officials and 32 states, including Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 8:20 p.m.

Critics say vote fraud panel could create target for hackers

Officials from both major political parties had a consistent answer last year when asked about the security of voting systems: U.S. elections are so decentralized that it would be impossible …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 5:47 p.m.

Kenya awaits vote results amid violence, hacking allegations

Kenyan police opened fire Wednesday to disperse rioters in several areas after presidential challenger Raila Odinga alleged election fraud, saying hackers used the identity of a murdered official to infiltrate …


Russian man wanted by U.S. alleged to be prolific spam master

From the early days of online stock scams to the increasingly sophisticated world of botnets, pseudonymous hacker Peter Severa spent nearly two decades at the forefront of Russian cybercrime. Now …


Apple update addresses dangerous wi-fi flaw

Apple has released a software update to iOS and macOS that you should download right away.


Threat to U.S. nuclear reactors ‘real,’ ongoing, energy chief says

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday that “state-sponsored” or criminal hackers are targeting U.S. nuclear power plants and other energy providers, but said the government has resources to safeguard the …


Official: Firm at center of cyberattack knew of problems

The small Ukrainian tax software company that is accused of being the patient zero of a damaging global cyberepidemic is under investigation and will face charges, the head of Ukraine’s …


UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 2:55 p.m.

New cyberattack wallops Europe; spreads more slowly in U.S.

A new and highly virulent outbreak of data-scrambling software caused disruption across the world Tuesday. Following a similar attack in May , the fresh assault paralyzed some hospitals, government offices …


Election commission ignores real threat

What makes the exercise especially insufferable is that the country could use a nonpartisan commission of experts to protect the next U.S. election from interference from hackers and foreign intelligence …


Disney’s latest ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie reportedly held hostage

The hack is believed to be unrelated to a massive ransomware attack that has spread across the globe. Ransom-style computer attacks have grown in popularity in the last few years …


Global extortion cyberattack hits dozens of nations

A huge extortion cyberattack hit dozens of nations Friday, holding computer data for ransom at hospitals, telecommunications firms and other companies. The attack appeared to exploit a vulnerability purportedly identified …


UPDATED: Sat., April 8, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

Hacker group releases password to alleged NSA files

A secretive group that published a trove of hacking tools allegedly used by U.S. spies has released a password that it says can unlock related files.


How a school bomb-scare case sparked a media-vs.-FBI fight

The 2007 bust of a Washington state hacker put an end to bomb scares and saved graduation at the Lacey, Wash., high school but would also raise a troubling question …


Russian hackers said to seek hush money from liberal U.S. groups

Russian hackers are targeting U.S. progressive groups in a new wave of attacks, scouring the organizations’ emails for embarrassing details and attempting to extract hush money, according to two people …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 4:12 p.m.

Newly leaked dossier on Trump circulated in DC for months

It was a bombshell story, emerging on the eve of Donald Trump’s first news conference as president-elect: U.S. intelligence officials had presented Trump with unsubstantiated claims that Russia had amassed …


Consumer Confidential: Hackers will grow increasingly bold in 2017

The new year begins with two big unanswered questions on the cybercrime front: Did the Russians influence the U.S. presidential election, and how did hackers gain access to 1.5 billion …


After intelligence brief, Trump says hack had no impact on election

After a briefing from the nation’s top intelligence officials, President-elect Donald Trump said Friday he is confident Russians did not affect the outcome of the U.S. presidential election but he …