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Capital One Accused Hacker May Have Hit 30 Other Companies

The Seattle woman accused of hacking into Capital One Financial Corp.’s cloud and stealing personal information on more than 100 million Americans also broke into servers of more than 30 other companies, the U.S. said in a request to keep …

ECB Says One of Its Websites Was Hacked, Data Possibly Captured

The European Central Bank said one of its websites was hacked by unauthorized people who may have stolen private information including contact data. According to an emailed statement, hackers installed malware onto an external server that hosts the Banks’ Integrated …

Alleged CapitalOne Hacker Barely Bothered to Hide

SEATTLE — The 33-year-old former Amazon software engineer accused of hacking CapitalOne made little attempt to hide her attack. In fact, she effectively publicized it. It’s one of many riddles swirling around Paige Thompson, who goes by the online handle …

Capital One Touted the Cloud’s Safety as Hacker Was Breaching It

Capital One Financial Corp., in recent years, has beat the drum every chance it got: The cloud is cheaper. The cloud is faster. And the cloud is far more secure. Then a hacker got into the cloud, siphoning off sensitive …

Tipster’s Email Led to Arrest in Massive Capital One Breach

Capital One Financial Corp. set up an email address for tipsters — including “white hat” hackers — to alert the company to potential vulnerabilities in its computer systems. On July 17, the company got a hit. “Hello there,” the email …

Fake Facebook Warlord Used to Spread Malware, Researchers Say

In one of the largest malware campaigns to exploit Facebook Inc., a suspected Libyan hacker lured tens of thousands of people into exposing personal information and granting access to personal devices, Israeli cyber security company Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. …

Customs Says Hack Exposed Traveler, License Plate Images

Customs and Border Protection said Monday that photos of travelers and license plates collected at a single U.S. border point have been exposed in a malicious cyberattack in what a leading congressman called a “major privacy breach.” The federal agency …

Microsoft, Google Use AI to Thwart Hackers

Last year, Microsoft Corp.’s Azure security team detected suspicious activity in the cloud computing usage of a large retailer: One of the company’s administrators, who usually logs on from New York, was trying to gain entry from Romania. And no, …

Ransomware and Cyber Extortion Are on the Rise – What Can Be Done?

Ransomware is evolving from a relatively low-dollar extortion racket, into a more sophisticated, more expensive, and more prevalent major criminal activity. Hardly a day goes by anymore without ransomware or cyber extortion making the news. A seeming turning point in …

Clinton Email Server Open to Cyber Attack

The private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers while using software that could have been exploited, according …