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Jun 10, 2014
Jun 6, 2014

After ‘Godzilla Attack!’ U.S. warns about traffic-sign hackers

BOSTON, June 6 (Reuters) – After hackers played several
high-profile pranks with traffic signs, including warning San
Francisco drivers of a Godzilla attack, the U.S. government
advised operators of electronic highway signs to take “defensive
measures” to tighten security.

Last month, signs on San Francisco’s Van Ness Ave were
photographed flashing “Godzilla Attack! Turn Back” and highway
signs across North Carolina were tampered with last week to read
“Hack by Sun Hacker.”

Jun 5, 2014

New bugs found in software that caused “Heartbleed” cyber threat

BOSTON, June 5 (Reuters) – Security researchers have
uncovered new bugs in the Web encryption software that caused
the pernicious “Heartbleed” Internet threat that surfaced in
April.

Experts said the newly discovered vulnerabilities in
OpenSSL, which could allow hackers to spy on communications, do
not appear to be as serious a threat as “Heartbleed.”

Jun 4, 2014
Jun 2, 2014

U.S. leads global effort to disrupt cyber crime ring

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S.-led international operation disrupted a crime ring that had infected hundreds of thousands of PCs around the globe with malicious software used for stealing banking credentials and cyber extortion, the Justice Department said on Monday.

Authorities used technical and legal tactics to interrupt the so-called botnet’s operations, shutting down the servers the cyber criminals used to control infected machines and causing those machines to “phone home” to servers controlled by law enforcement.

Jun 1, 2014

Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner among 7 dead in Massachusetts plane crash

BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS, June 1 (Reuters) – Lewis Katz, the
co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, was among seven
people killed when a private jet caught fire and crashed as it
tried to take off near Boston.

Authorities have yet to release names of the six other
people killed in the Saturday night plane crash at Hanscom Field
in Bedford, Massachusetts, about 20 miles (35 kms) northwest of
Boston.

May 30, 2014
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May 29, 2014

Iranian hackers use fake Facebook accounts to spy on U.S., others

BOSTON, May 29 (Reuters) – In an unprecedented, three-year
cyber espionage campaign, Iranian hackers created false social
networking accounts and a fake news website to spy on military
and political leaders in the United States, Israel and other
countries, a cyber intelligence firm said on Thursday.

ISight Partners, which uncovered the operation, said the
hackers’ targets include a four-star U.S. Navy admiral, U.S.
lawmakers and ambassadors, members of the U.S.-Israeli lobby,
and personnel from Britain, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and
Afghanistan.

    • 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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      2005
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