Hackers hit San Francisco transport systems

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San Francisco’s transport agency has been hit by a hack attack that led to customers being able to travel for nothing. The hackers have made a ransom demand of 100 Bitcoin, which amounts to about $70,000 (£56,000 ; €66,000).  As a precaution, staff shut off all ticketing machines on the network. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 29th,… Read more »

Canadian grandmother accused of pirating zombie game

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Canadian grandmother Christine McMillan does not include killing zombies among her hobbies, neither does she play the games that would allow her to do so. So when she received a letter accusing her of illegally downloading first-person shooter Metro 2033, she was surprised. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 1st, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37834766 Discussion 1) “It is now… Read more »

“No, the presidential election can’t be hacked”

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The Obama administration is accusing Russia of hacking US political organizations. States are reporting attempts — in one case successful — to breach voter registration databases. And the final days of the campaign are dominated by talk of whether the race is “rigged.” Source: CNN Date: October 27th, 2016 Link: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/19/politics/election-day-russia-hacking-explained/index.html Discussion 1) “Nobody is going to be able to change the outcome of… Read more »

Thailand’s students reveal their vice — cheating by device

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  This is a confiscated smartwatch showing a student’s math data.  In Thailand, being brought up to be polite, tolerant, and respectful hasn’t prevented rampant cheating on university entrance exams, now aided by embedded cameras, smartwatches and all other manner of high tech gear. Source: Toronto Star Date: September 1st, 2016 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2016/05/11/thailands-students-reveal-their-vice-cheating-by-device.html 1) How might you prevent… Read more »

Hacker Steals 1.2 Billion Logins

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Description: The FBI has linked a hacker to the theft of 1.2 billion internet credentials – the largest heist of its kind. Source: BBC Date: November 25, 2015 A hacker known as “mr.grey” is named in court documents filed by the bureau last year. Previously, “mr.grey” had advertised the credentials to Facebook and Twitter accounts for… Read more »

Canadian Charged in Hacking Ring Involving U.S. Military Software and Xbox Games

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Description: A 22-year-old Mississauga man has been charged in an international hacking ring. The group allegedly stole over $100-million in intellectual property. Source: Canada.com Date: October 1, 2014             Four members of a hacking ring, including one Canadian, have been charged with breaking into the computer networks of various technology companies as well… Read more »

Fed up with passwords? Tech experts are seeking alternatives

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Description: Quietly, a movement is taking shape within the technology industry to finally kill off the traditional password. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: April 9, 2014 For decades, researchers have worked on other means of authenticating users. But it’s only recently that the technology industry has started seriously considering alternatives to the text password. Read the full… Read more »

Is Your Profile Being Bought and Sold on Twitter?

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Description: The market for buying and selling fake Twitter accounts is still on the rise, and here we find out why and how it’s done. Source: Globe&Mail Date: August 23, 2013 Technology editor Shane Dingman explains the Twitter underground economy to Hannah Sung, who was recently hacked. How does being hacked relate to the practice of buying… Read more »

10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy

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Description: Everyone is at risk of a personal security breach, even Wired‘s Mat Honan. These 10 simple tips can help you improve your privacy online. Source: forbes.com Date: August 23rd, 2012 Over the weekend, I wound up atWashington, D.C.’s Trapeze School with a group of friends. Before one of them headed up a ladder to… Read more »