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Hackers On The Prowl During Black Friday

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Last November, Cyber Monday was the largest online sales day ever, with people spending six billion dollars according to Adobe. Black Friday brought in more than $5 billion in sales.

Hackers are looking for a quick payday from unsuspecting shoppers, whether it’s through attacking retailers or tricking people directly.

“Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great days for getting deals while shopping online, but it’s also a time when hackers are on the prowl.

Magecart, which comprises multiple hacker groups, has been targeting thousands of websites and stealing financial information from unsuspecting customers. The thieves have hit British Airways, Ticketmaster UK and NewEgg in the last five months.

If you’re going to shop online, especially looking for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, security experts recommend watching out for scams and fake websites.

The NCSA recommends avoiding deals coming in via email, and suggests heading to the store’s website directly. Fake deals will often have typos and suspicious email addresses, Schrader said.

YouTube Was Hacked By A Group Called ‘Ghost Squad’

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This group claimed to have hacked CNN, ISIS, and the Afghani and Israeli governments, but it so far hasn’t provided any proof of its latest claim. The Ghost Squad Hackers boasted of its exploits on Twitter, although it so far hasn’t provided any proof that it was behind the outage.

 The Ghost Squad Hackers have claimed responsibility for the YouTube outage, but without offering any proof or further details

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The Ghost Squad Hackers have claimed responsibility for the YouTube outage, but without offering any proof or further details
YouTube fans in Europe, the US and South America were left puzzled after the popular video-sharing website went down for over an hour.
The Google-owned company was tight-lipped as to the causes of this outage, posting on Twitter only that it was “working on resolving” the issue.

“Youtube downed by Ghost Squad Hackers,” it said this morning via its Twitter account.

 There's currently no indication as to why the Ghost Squad Hackers might have wanted to target YouTube

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There’s currently no indication as to why the Ghost Squad Hackers might have wanted to target YouTube

Throughout its short, nearly three-year existence, its preferred tactic has been the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

 

U.S. Justice Department Charging North Korean Hacker For The 2014 Sony Breach, & The WannaCry Malware Last Year.

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In late 2014, a massive data breach at Sony Pictures resulted in the leaking of sensitive information and the destruction of some data.

All Yahoo Account Were Hacked

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Three billion Yahoo accounts — including email, Tumblr, Fantasy, and Flickr — or three times as many as the company initially reported in 2016 were hacked.

Names, email addresses, and passwords, but not financial information, were breached, Yahoo said last year

The new disclosure comes four months after Verizon (VZ, Tech30) acquired Yahoo’s core internet assets for $4.48 billion. Yahoo is part of Verizon’s digital media company, which is called Oath.

Verizon revised the number of breached accounts to three billion after receiving new information.

“The company recently obtained new intelligence and now believes, following an investigation with the assistance of outside forensic experts, that all Yahoo user accounts were affected by the August 2013 theft,” Verizon said in a statement.

Verizon would not provide any information about who the outside forensics experts are.

Yahoo will send emails to the additional affected accounts. Following the hacking revelations last year, Yahoo required password changes and invalidated unencrypted security questions to protect user information.

According to experts, it’s not uncommon for forensic investigations to expose a greater number of victims than initial estimates.

 

Whole Foods Had data breach That Potentially Compromised Its Customers’ Credit Card Details.

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Whole Foods said it was alerted to a potential breach after it “receiving information about an unauthorized access of payment card information. It appears  that Whole Foods did not detect the compromise itself, but was informed by a third party instead.

Stop Pirate & Others From Hijacking Your CPU To Mine Cryptocoins

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The good news is that it’s pretty easy to block the network that The Pirate Bay is using. The bad news is that you’ll need to know the specific URL for other networks.

Coin Hive is attempting to make a reliable mining service that’s simple for webmasters to set up. There are a few ways to block it. The fastest method is to just install No Coin in Chrome. The plug-in was recently put together by a programmer named Rafael Keramidas and for the moment, it only blocks Coin Hive.

But you may not even need a new plug-in because ad blocking software can do it, too. For AdBlock, you can find instructions for your specific browser and system here. Using Chrome as an example, you’d go to your list of extensions > find AdBlock and click options > click the customize tab at the top > click block an ad by its URL > in the text field that appears enter:

https://coin-hive.com/lib/coinhive.min.js

CBS’s Showtime Detected Mining Crypto-Coins In Viewers’ Web Browsers

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The websites of US telly giant CBS’s Showtime contained JavaScript that secretly commandeered viewers’ web browsers over the weekend to mine cryptocurrency.

The flagship Showtime.com and its instant-access ShowtimeAnytime.com sibling silently pulled in code that caused browsers to blow spare processor time calculating new Monero coins – an alternative to the Bitcoin. The hidden software typically consumed as much as 60 per cent of CPU capacity on computers visiting the sites. The scripts were written by Code Hive, a legit outfit that provides JavaScript to website owners: webmasters add the code to their pages so that they can earn slivers of cash from each visitor as an alternative to serving adverts to generate revenue. Over time, money mined by the Code-Hive-hosted scripts adds up and is transferred from Coin Hive to the site’s administrators. One Monero coin, 1 XMR, is worth about $92 right now.

They say  it’s extremely unlikely that a large corporation like CBS would smuggle such a piece of mining code onto its dot-coms – especially since it charges subscribers to watch the hit TV shows online – suggesting someone hacked the websites’ source code to insert the mining JavaScript and make a quick buck.

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