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Dec 29, 2013
Dec 29, 2013

Hacker took over BBC server, tried to ‘sell’ access on Christmas Day

BOSTON (Reuters) – A hacker secretly took over a computer server at the BBC, Britain’s public broadcaster, and then launched a Christmas Day campaign to convince other cyber criminals to pay him for access to the system.

While it is not known if the hacker found any buyers, the BBC’s security team responded to the issue on Saturday and believes it has secured the site, according to a person familiar with the cleanup effort.

Dec 29, 2013

Exclusive: Hacker took over BBC server, tried to ‘sell’ access on Christmas Day

BOSTON (Reuters) – A hacker secretly took over a computer server at the BBC, Britain’s public broadcaster, and then launched a Christmas Day campaign to convince other cyber criminals to pay him for access to the system.

While it is not known if the hacker found any buyers, the BBC’s security team responded to the issue on Saturday and believes it has secured the site, according to a person familiar with the cleanup effort.

Dec 27, 2013

Mobile carriers failed to use tech fixes to thwart spying: expert

By Jim Finkle

(Reuters) – The world’s mobile phone carriers have failed to implement technology fixes available since 2008 that would have thwarted the National Security Agency’s ability to eavesdrop on many mobile phone calls, a cyber security expert says.

Karsten Nohl, chief scientist with Berlin’s Security Research Labs, told Reuters ahead of a highly anticipated talk at a conference in Germany that his firm discovered the issue while reviewing security measures implemented by mobile operators around the world.

Dec 27, 2013

Target says PINs stolen, but confident data is secure

BOSTON (Reuters) – Target Corp said PIN data of its customers’ bank ATM cards were stolen as part of the massive data breach at the third-largest U.S. retailer, but it was confident that the information was “safe and secure.”

The stolen PIN data was “strongly encrypted” when it was removed from Target’s systems, spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in a statement on Friday. “We remain confident that PIN numbers are safe and secure.”

Dec 24, 2013
Dec 24, 2013

Exclusive: Target hackers stole encrypted bank PINs – source

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The hackers who attacked Target Corp (TGT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and compromised up to 40 million credit cards and debit cards also managed to steal encrypted personal identification numbers (PINs), according to a senior payments executive familiar with the situation.

One major U.S. bank fears that the thieves would be able to crack the encryption code and make fraudulent withdrawals from consumer bank accounts, said the executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the data breach is still under investigation.

Dec 24, 2013

Target hackers stole encrypted bank PINs – source

BOSTON/NEW YORK, Dec 24 (Reuters) – The hackers who attacked
Target Corp and compromised up to 40 million credit
cards and debit cards also managed to steal encrypted personal
identification numbers (PINs), according to a senior payments
executive familiar with the situation.

One major U.S. bank fears that the thieves would be able to
crack the encryption code and make fraudulent withdrawals from
consumer bank accounts, said the executive, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity because the data breach is still under
investigation.

    • 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."
      Joined Reuters:
      2005
      Languages:
      English, Mandarin
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