February 11, 2013
WASHINGTON - The U.S. is vulnerable to cyberattacks that could shut down financial services or destroy information that companies need for daily operations, the head of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday. Rep. Mike Rogers says that 95 percent of private sector networks are vulnerable and most have already been hit. What's being stolen? Personal identities, Social Security numbers, money from banks, blueprints for next-generation jobs. At risk are private companies and public agencies.
February 11, 2013 |
The Secret Service is investigating a hacker's apparent theft of a trove of personal e-mails and photos belonging to the Bush family after they were posted late Thursday by the Smoking Gun website. A report by the Smoking Gun said the e-mails covered the period from 2009 to 2012, and that a total of six accounts appeared to have been compromised. Among those hacked were Dorothy Bush Koch, daughter of President George H.W. Bush and sister of President George W. Bush; as well as sportscaster Jim Nantz, a Bush family friend.
February 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is considering more assertive action against Beijing to combat a persistent cyber-espionage campaign it believes Chinese hackers are waging against U.S. companies and government agencies. As the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that their computer systems had been infiltrated by China-based hackers, cybersecurity experts said the U.S. government was eyeing more pointed diplomatic and trade measures. Two former U.S. officials said the administration is preparing a new National Intelligence Estimate that, when complete, is expected to detail the cyberthreat, particularly from China, as a growing economic problem.
January 21, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Hundreds of friends and supporters of Aaron Swartz gathered in New York City to pay tribute to the free-information activist and online prodigy who was found dead by suicide last week. Swartz, 26, hanged himself in his apartment in Brooklyn months before he was to go on trial in Boston. Federal prosecutors accused him of breaking into a computer wiring closet at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 and tapping into the university's computer network to get millions of paid-access scholarly articles.
December 31, 2012 |
CARACAS, Venezuela - Former Phillies relief pitcher Ugueth Urbina returned to baseball over the weekend after serving 7 1/2 years in prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch. Before taking the field in his native Venezuela to play for the Lions of Caracas, Urbina described himself as "more mature" and said he was "very excited to play baseball again. " "I'm excited to be here," Urbina told reporters at the University Stadium in Caracas, where the Lions played the Zulia Eagles.
December 3, 2012
Prosecutors say a South Jersey man who assaulted two female taxi drivers at knifepoint in 2006 has been sentenced to 23 years in prison. Jason Handy, 33, of Blackwood, must serve 85 percent of the sentence before he becomes eligible for parole. He pleaded guilty in October to kidnapping and carjacking charges. Camden County prosecutors say the first attack occurred in March 2006 in Gloucester Township, when Handy bound and gagged the driver and stuffed her in the cab's trunk. He then drove the taxi to Camden and abandoned it with the woman still locked in the trunk.
November 9, 2012 |
A cyber attack on Twitter has prompted the company to send out messages warning users to change their passwords. Emails were sent to what may be millions of tweeters, including some of us at Philly.com and tech giants such as Mashable and TechCrunch. The company acknowledged it had been hacked, and the compromised accounts were sending out spam. Take Twitter's advice. Change your password, and when you do, don't use 12345, your birthday, or, heaven forbid "twitter. " If your account was compromised, Twitter has reset your password.
October 5, 2012 |
The University of Pennsylvania was among dozens of universities worldwide that were hacked and where student and employee records were posted online this week. Penn officials issued an e-mail Wednesday confirming the breach, which they said was limited. "Fortunately, no sensitive information that could result in identify theft, such as Social Security numbers, PennKey passwords, bank account numbers, or credit card numbers are contained in the database that was compromised," the e-mail said.
October 2, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The White House is acknowledging that an attempt was made to infiltrate its computer system, but says that it thwarted the effort and that no classified networks were threatened. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that the White House is equipped with mitigation measures that identified the attack, isolated it and prevented its spread. He said there was no indication that any data had been removed. "There are distinctions between those networks that contain classified information and those that don't, and the attack was against an unclassified network," Carney said.
July 5, 2012 |
LONDON - Britain's Supreme Court took a step toward exposing the names at the heart of Britain's phone-hacking scandal Wednesday, ruling that a private investigator convicted of eavesdropping for a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid must reveal who ordered him to do it. Meanwhile, a police investigation into press wrongdoing triggered by the hacking revelations expanded beyond Murdoch's media empire with the arrest of a former reporter from the rival Mirror...