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Ex-Wife of Former Cop Allegedly Used Mobile Spyware for ID Fraud Racket

October 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kristin Nyunt is accused of intercepting communications, including sensitive law enforcement messages, with surveillance software secretly installed on the cellphone of her then-husband, former Cmdr. John Nyunt, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California. Evidence also shows John Nyunt let his wife log on to ...

Corrupted Ads Hijack Viewers of Popular YouTube Music Video

October 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ads cooked up by fraudsters and placed on the video-sharing website redirected tens of thousands of people to malicious sites, Network World reports. “This was a worrying development: Not only were malicious ads showing up on YouTube, they were on videos with more than 11 million views—in particular, a music ...

Websites of Hong Kong Activists Infected With Spyware

October 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hackers have slipped malicious code into four websites championing democracy in Hong Kong, likely in an effort to compromise the computers of browsing dissenters, Network World reports. The political organizations, “especially those seeking increased levels of freedom, frequently find themselves targeted for surveillance and information extraction,” Steven Adair of security ...

Australian Network Punts to Prerecorded Programming after Hack

October 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A breach fueled by a malicious email disrupted the broadcaster’s 24-hour news channel in Australia, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The email, sent by a hacker, contained a link to “ransomware” -- malware that can freeze a computer until the user pays up. In this situation, the message targeted the ...

AT&T Worker Peered into Employer’s Cache of Customer Data

October 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An AT&T employee is accused of illegally snooping into the personal data of customers, marking the second insider attack to hit the telecommunications giant this year. The data accessed includes Social Security numbers and network account information, Kaspersky Lab reported earlier. The number of customers victimized was not disclosed in ...

Hacktivists Back Hong Kong’s Occupy Central

October 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The loosely configured hacker group Anonymous has started a new operation targeting so-called Chinese oppressors, The Washington Post reports. In website defacements and a video message, the collective aligns itself with the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. “'This is Operation HongKong. We Will Not Stop': Hackers claiming to be part ...

Army Network Hacked By Gamers Seeking Apache Helicopter Simulator

October 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hackers who were after gaming secrets wiggled their way into an Army network in the process, the AP reports. Federal officials have accused a group of twenty-something-year-old players calling itself Xbox Underground of accessing an Army computer system for two months in late 2012. They entered via a hack at ...

Porn Purveyor Serves up Nude Celeb Photos and Lookalikes on Hacked Sites

September 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A spammer who blasts seemingly mundane emails, which actually link to compromised websites with women in compromising positions, has found a new purpose for the stolen explicit photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female stars. Days after the leaked images hit the Internet in late August, advertising banners on the ...

1.4 Million Users of Travel Site Acquired by TripAdvisor Affected by Payment and Account Breach

September 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Correction: The headline and image accompanying this story have been changed to indicate the breach affected a company acquired by TripAdvisor. The story has also been updated with a statement from a TripAdvisor spokesman. Viator, a tours and activities website recently acquired by TripAdvisor, learned Sept. 2 it had been ...

Don’t Transition to the Cloud Like This

September 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department should do a better job buying, implementing and managing its cloud computing services, according to a recent audit. Programs and sites departmentwide have independently spent more than $30 million on cloud services, the inspector general report said, but the chief information officer’s office couldn’t accurately account for ...