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Aug 16, 2013
Aug 16, 2013

Virus targets the social network in new fraud twist

BOSTON (Reuters) – In the world of cyber fraud, a fake fan on Instagram can be worth five times more than a stolen credit card number.

As social media has become increasingly influential in shaping reputations, hackers have used their computer skills to create and sell false endorsements – such as “likes” and “followers” – that purport to come from users of Facebook, its photo-sharing app Instagram, Twitter, Google’s YouTube, LinkedIn and other popular websites.

Aug 16, 2013
Aug 15, 2013

Hackers use new tactic to attack U.S. media sites

By Jim Finkle and Jennifer Saba

(Reuters) – Hackers promoting the Syrian Electronic Army simultaneously targeted websites belonging to CNN, Time and the Washington Post on Thursday by breaching Outbrain, a firm which publishes content recommendations on those sites.

That resulted in some and customers being redirected to the website of the Syrian Electronic Army when they clicked on the content from Outbrain, said Outbrain Vice President Lisa LaCour. The CNN International site briefly displayed a headline that said “Hacked by SEA,” she said.

Aug 15, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
Aug 14, 2013
Aug 13, 2013

Larry vs. Larry: Oracle’s Ellison says Google’s Page acted ‘evil’

By Jim Finkle and Jennifer Saba

(Reuters) – Google’s informal motto is “don’t be evil,” but outspoken Silicon Valley billionaire Larry Ellison has accused the Internet company’s CEO, Larry Page, of acting “absolutely evil.”

Ellison, the CEO and co-founder of software giant Oracle Corp, has long been famous for his zingers against business foes.

Aug 12, 2013

Dalai Lama’s China site hacked, infects others: expert

BOSTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) – A prominent computer security
firm warned that the Dalai Lama’s Chinese-language website has
been hacked and is infecting visitors’ computers with viruses in
what may to be an effort to spy on human rights activists who
frequently visit the site.

Kaspersky Lab researcher Kurt Baumgartner told Reuters on
Monday that he is advising web surfers to stay away from the
Chinese-language site of the Central Tibetan Administration, or
CTA, until the organization fixes the bug. He described the
attack on his company’s blog:

Aug 12, 2013
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      "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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