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Finding high-tech flaws for fun and an optional profit

Ben Grubb NATHANIEL CAREW makes a living protecting computer systems. In his spare time, he hacks into Google.

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More than a pretty phrase

Adam Turner With just a little bit of effort and carefully clever passwords, you can protect yourself from hackers.

US, Israel developed Flame computer virus: report

Growing numbers of mercenaries are being hired to help twist the landscape of social media. Illustration: Karl Hilzinger.

The United States and Israel jointly developed the Flame computer virus that collected intelligence to help slow Iran's nuclear program, says a report.

Malware shuts down internet for many, but was it overhyped?

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Samantha Murphy Although a nasty piece of malware called DNSChanger was set to kick thousands of Mac and PC users off the internet on Monday, no major companies experienced issues related to the so-called "Doomsday...

Crikey! We've been hacked

Crikey has been hacked.

Michael Lallo News website Crikey has been hacked with editors warning readers not to visit its home page until it has been fixed.

Police investigate Google Wi-Fi data 'screw up'

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Stephen Hutcheon The Australian Federal Police are investigating Google over a possible breach of the telecommunications interception act which took place when the company captured data from unprotected Wi-Fi...

Hacking fears: Symantec tells customers to disable software

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Jim Finkle Security firm Symantec took the rare step of advising customers to stop using one of its products, saying its pcAnywhere software for accessing remote PCs is at increased risk of getting hacked after...

Virus hits Iran's defence network

Iranians carry the coffin of a soldier killed at Alghadir.

Richard Spencer, Dubai 'Supervirus' called Duqu shares properties with another virus apparently created by Mossad.

FBI calls for new, secure internet

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Lolita Baldor The computer networks that control power plants and financial systems will never be secure enough, so government and corporate leaders should consider developing a new, highly secure alternative...

Trade secrets exposed by 'stealthy' email typo attack

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Ben Grubb Australian organisations and individuals face losing thousands of private emails and trade secrets to hackers through a crafty new attack which takes advantage of typos.

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Facebook hackers stalk the network

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Mark Russell SHE has no idea who they were or why they would target her but Sasha Mathers feels violated by Facebook hackers.

Small business lags on computer security

Small businesses have embraced the internet but 16 per cent don't use anti-virus software and 30 per cent don't use a protective firewall, a new study shows.

Vodafone may be liable on privacy breach

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Peter Martin and Lucy Battersby VODAFONE faces compensation payments to up to 4 million customers after confirming it is investigating a security breach that has put billing and call records on a publicly accessible website...

Olympics e-fraud alert

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DETECTIVES at Britain's leading cyber crime unit have identified hundreds of websites that could be used to dupe visitors to next year's Olympic Games in London.

Hacking linked to Northern Ireland

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Patrick Wintour and Dan Sabbagh, London Detectives lead investigation into hacking of former Northern Ireland secretary's computer.

Facebook hardcore porn hackers identified

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Olga Kharif Facebook has identified those responsible for a recent deluge of hardcore porn and violent images in some users' newsfeeds, and says its legal team will ''ensure appropriate consequences follow''.

From private life to public knowledge

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One morning this week, Facebook told me a friend had used a dating application the night before, one called Are You Interested? It told not just me, but all those it recognises as his friends.

China denies mass hacking of Gmail accounts

Google alleges Chinese hackers are behind the latest attacks on Gmail accounts.

John Garnaut, Sanghee Liu BEIJING: Chinese cyber warfare experts have denied charges their country was behind a fresh wave of cyber attacks on Gmail accounts, and say that it is China that stands ''naked'' against American...

Anti-virus giant Symantec subjected to $US50k extortion attempt

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Jordan Robertson Symantec, the biggest maker of computer-security software, said a person claiming to be part of the Anonymous group tried to extort $US50,000 to keep it from posting stolen source code on the...

Cyber-attack didn't slow Iran's nuclear progress

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Joby Warrick VIENNA: In an underground chamber near the city of Natanz, surveillance cameras offer the world a rare glimpse into Iran's largest nuclear facility.