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May 22, 2014

Hackers raid eBay in historic breach, access 145 mln records

BOSTON, May 21 (Reuters) – EBay Inc said that
hackers raided its network three months ago, stealing some 145
million user records from a database in what is poised to go
down as one of the biggest data breaches in history based on the
number of accounts compromised.

It advised customers to change their passwords immediately,
saying they were among the pieces of data stolen by cyber
criminals who carried out the attack between late February and
early March.

May 21, 2014

EBay asks 145 million users to change passwords after cyber attack

BOSTON/BANGALORE (Reuters) – EBay Inc said on Wednesday that a cyber attack carried out three months ago has compromised customer data, and the company urged 145 million users of its online commerce platform to change their passwords.

The company said unknown hackers stole email addresses, encrypted passwords, birth dates, mailing addresses and other information in an attack carried out between late February and early March. The files did not contain financial information.

May 21, 2014
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May 20, 2014

U.S. utility’s control system was hacked, says Homeland Security

BOSTON, May 20 (Reuters) – A sophisticated hacking group
recently attacked a U.S. public utility and compromised its
control system network, but there was no evidence that the
utility’s operations were affected, according to the Department
of Homeland Security.

DHS did not identify the utility in a report that was issued
this week by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber
Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT.

May 19, 2014

U.S. accuses China of cyber spying on American companies

WASHINGTON/BOSTON, May 19 (Reuters) – A U.S. grand jury has
indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking
American companies and stealing trade secrets, the toughest
action taken by Washington so far to address cyber spying by
China.

China denied the charges, saying they were “made up” and
would damage trust between the two nations. The
Chinese foreign ministry said it would suspend the activities of
the Sino-U.S. Internet working group.

May 18, 2014
May 16, 2014

U.S. industry too complacent about cyber risks, say experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After warning for years that the U.S. electric grid and other critical infrastructure are dangerously vulnerable to hacking, security experts fear it may take a major destructive attack to jolt CEOs out of their complacency.

While awareness about cybersecurity has increased in recent years, infrastructure consultants say the industry remains reluctant to spend the money needed to upgrade their aging equipment – especially in the absence of much pressure from the U.S. government, regulators or shareholders.

May 15, 2014
    • About Jim

      "Jim works in the Reuters Boston bureau covering cyber security, hacking and technology privacy issues. He’s been with Reuters since 2005. He previously covered technology, media and biotechnology for Broadcasting & Cable, the Orange County Register and Bloomberg News out Tokyo, Taipei, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California."
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