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Report: FBI Steps Up Hunt for LulzSec

<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/231213/anonymous_picks_up_slack_as_lulzsec_calls_it_quits.html">Lulz Security</a> may be officially disbanded after 50 days of online hijinks including raids against the servers of <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/231201/lulzsec_says_goodbye_with_new_data_dump.html">NATO</a>, the <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/230235/lulzsec_sets_sights_on_us_senate_and_gamemaker_bethesda.html">U.S. Senate</a>, <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/228983/hackers_deface_pbs_site_promise_more_lulz.html">PBS</a> and <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/231215/lulzsec_a_short_history_of_hacking.html">many others</a>. But law enforcement officials are still actively searching for the rogue hackers. So far, however, it appears the law is coming up empty. FBI agents recently descended on the home of Iowa resident Laurelai Bailey hoping to find out more information about the February hack into security firm <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/220209/lessons_learned_thanks_to_hbgary_and_anonymous.html">HBGary Federal</a>, according to <a href="http://gawker.com/5816291">Gawker</a>.

Ian Paul | 30 Jun | Read more

Hackers Gone Mild: 6 Rebels Turned Insiders

Sony hacker George Hotz a.k.a Geohot is reportedly <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/231202/sony_hacker_said_to_land_facebook_job.html">working at Facebook</a> after spending several years agitating technology giants. The news follows Hotz's antics this year when Sony sued him for distributing digital keys and a set of tools that would let you run <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/216541/sony_asks_for_restraining_order_over_ps3_hack.html">illegally copied games</a> on the PlayStation 3. Before his Sony showdown, Hotz was also one of the first people to jailbreak Apple's iPhone with a hardware unlock, although software tools that could do the same job soon replaced this method.

Ian Paul | 29 Jun | Read more

LulzSec, Anonymous Hacks Were Avoidable, Report Says

The <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/231215/lulzsec_a_short_history_of_hacking.html">hacker group LulzSec</a> made headlines recently with its smash and grab data breaches against Sony, the U.S. Senate, Arizona's Department of Public Security and PBS. But it turns out that attacks like these are often avoidable, according to a new report sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.

Ian Paul | 29 Jun | Read more

LulzSec Says Goodbye With New Data Dump

<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/231198/lulzsec_calls_it_quits_after_50_days_of_mayhem.html">LulzSec</a> , the hacker group that has been a thorn in the side of major institutions ranging from Sony to the CIA, says it is going away -- but not quietly.

Ian Paul | 27 Jun | Read more

Mac Defender malware: A survival guide for OS X users

Apple says it has a fix in the works for the Mac Defender fake antivirus app that has plagued a surprising number of Mac users in recent weeks. The company recently posted a Mac Defender support page explaining how you can remove the malware from your system. Apple also says it will roll out an OS X software update to protect Mac users from future attacks.

Ian Paul | 26 May | Read more

Apple sued again over iOS location and data sharing

Apple is in the hot seat again in a new lawsuit that says iPad and iPhone user location data and other personal information is being shared with third-party advertisers. Apple is accused of aiding and abetting the "intentional taking and transmitting" of user data to third parties. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico, also names Pandora Media and The Weather Channel, but leaves the door open to name more defendants at a later date.

Ian Paul | 13 May | Read more

Internet survives Royal Wedding, scammers still lurking

The royal wedding went off without a hitch Friday morning, and the Internet appeared to survive the event as well. Web traffic was high during the nuptials, but YouTube was able to stream the event live to millions around the world without choking (much). Twitter's fail whale managed to stay off the royal guest list, but online scammers are just getting started with their royal wedding scams and shenanigans. Here's a breakdown of the online highs and lows during Prince William's marriage to Catherine Middleton on Friday.

Ian Paul | 30 Apr | Read more

PlayStation Network security breach: A survival guide

Sony has admitted that account details, logins and online IDs for registered Sony PlayStation Network users, as many as 77 million people, have been compromised. The information was stolen sometime between April 17 and 19, according to a Sony blog post, as early as nine days before Sony notified its users of the breach. Even worse, the company says it can't be sure whether credit card information was stolen.

Ian Paul | 27 Apr | Read more

Top 5 online 2011 tax scams

You may not want to think about your taxes until Tax Day on April 15, but online scammers are already plotting to separate you from your tax refund and your identity. Scams for the 2011 tax season include promises of tax credits for charitable donations to disaster relief in Japan, malware-laden Websites optimized for search engines, dangerous e-mail, and so-called 'likejacking' techniques found on the social network Facebook.

Ian Paul | 26 Mar | Read more

Five big security threats for 2011

Online malicious activity was a major headache in 2010, and so far, 2011 is no different: We've seen scams and malware on Twitter, Facebook, and the Android Market, as well as a rise in politically motivated online attacks. But that's no surprise to security experts such as Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for security firm Sophos. Cluley says that Sophos analyzes about 95,000 pieces of malware every day that is either brand-new or a variant of an older attack.

Ian Paul | 11 Mar | Read more

Google Gmail snafu lesson: Backup, backup, backup

Gmail is hard at work restoring service to about 40,000 Gmail users after a software bug deleted their e-mail messages, folders, labels and filters. So, while things are looking good for those users affected by the bug, this episode proves, once again, that while Web-based services may be robust, you still have to take responsibility for your own data.

Ian Paul | 02 Mar | Read more

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