Topic / Security Breach

PSN Fallout: Homeland Security, Privacy Commissioner investigate; banks affected

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The response to Sony’s PlayStation Network hack has now reached an unprecedented scale, with reports that the US Department of Homeland Security will join in investigating the breach. “DHS’ U. S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team [US-CERT] is working with law enforcement, international partners and Sony to assess the situation,” spokesman Chris Ortman told NextGov. US-CERT is part of the National Cyber Security Division in the department, and coordinates a response […]

Monash Uni sites defaced, no data compromised

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Monash University sites were defaced during the weekend by an unknown hacker, leaving its sites with a picture of Iran with the Iranian flag inside for two hours before they were restored. The unversity is the second Australia university that has had a massive breach. The hacker, yaser007, defaced 35 different domains under the Monash University domain; and all have been posted on Zone-H – a website known for reporting […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 33: It’s Raining Tablets

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This week saw Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the number of tablets have expanded with Samsung, LG and HTC getting in the mix; while publishers are angry with Apple and Telstra gains some love with us with its announcement over 4G. We also get into a shouting match over the fact that processors are different – with Tom on one side and the rest of us on the other. […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 28: The War Against Buttons

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So it turns out, our “Powered by” gets crude when I do it. Anyway, we cover the Verizon iPhone 4, Vodafone’s massive security fail and MySpace being sold off? Oh, and find out how ChatRoulette (remember that) is making some dough from an unlikely source. Stewart is sick for this episode – so officially ending his perfect attendance record. And Tom is doing the recording, and he expresses his outrage […]

Vodafone sacks staff after security breach review

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Image: chispita_666/Flickr Vodafone has said in a media statement that it has terminated several employees in response to revelations by a Sydney newspaper that customer data were publicly available on the internet and compromised. The company has also said that it has referred the matter to the New South Wales Police. “We take data security and the storage of our customers’ information extremely seriously,” Nigel Dews, CEO of Vodafone Hutchison […]

Investigation reveals Vodafone customers’ personal details easy to access

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An investigation by the Sun Herald, the Sydney Morning Herald’s Sunday paper, has revealed that personal details of Vodafone customers, including names, addresses, driver licence numbers and credit card details, have been made available on the internet. The internal customer database is to be used by Vodafone stores; however is accessible via the Internet rather than a private network or Intranet. As well, while each store has a different username […]

Twitter admin breached again, images posted

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Twitter has today confirmed that it has again been attacked by a security breach, this time by someone who hacked into one of Twitter administrators’ account and managed to gain accessed to 10 accounts – including Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher and Barack Obama. The attack has also resulted in several screenshots of the entire Twitter administration posted online on a French blog, with another couple of images being posted on […]

Spies breaks into US fighter jet project

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Spies have broken into the Pentagon’s US$3 billion Joint Strike Fighter project – one of the costliest weapons spent by the Defence Department in the United States – according to the Wall Street Journal, quoting current and former government officials who are familiar with the attacks. The intruders were able to copy and paste several terabytes of data that was related to the design and the electronics system of the […]

New Zealand man gained access to US military files

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State broadcaster, TVNZ, is reporting that a New Zealand man has gained access to personal information, including names and social security numbers, of American soldiers after buying an MP3 player, which cost him $18, from a thrift shop in Oklahoma. Chris Ogle, from Whangerei, plugged in the MP3 to his computer and found 60 files in total. Among the information, he found lists of soldiers based in Afghanistan, and mobile […]