Hacks

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Facebook account data of over 500 million accounts found available online
Facebook account data of over 500 million accounts found available online
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The details of over 500 million different Facebook accounts have been found on a website available for hackers.

When first reported by Business Insider, it is said that the information may be a couple of years old.

The information available includes phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, and email addresses

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Hackers tap into 150,000 security cameras in the US
Hackers tap into 150,000 security cameras in the US
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Hackers have tapped into 150,000 US company surveillance cameras in hospitals, prisons, schools and police stations, among other places, according to a media report. Companies such as the electric car manufacturer Tesla and the IT security firm Cloudflare were also affected, as the financial service Bloomberg reported on Wednesday night. For example, the hackers would have shown footage from Tesla's Shanghai site. The Californian start-up Verkada, from which the cameras originated, told Bloomberg in an initial reaction that it was investigating "the extent of the potential problem".

Regional News • Europe • Germany
German Funke news group hit by large scale cyberattack
German Funke news group hit by large scale cyberattack
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One of the biggest media organizations in German-speaking territories has become the victim of a sustained cyberattack over the Christmas holiday, forcing several newspapers to cancel or offer severely curtailed "emergency" editions. The attack, which is still ongoing, began last Tuesday.

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Hackers leak data from Embraer, world's third-largest airplane maker
Hackers leak data from Embraer, world's third-largest airplane maker
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Brazilian company Embraer, considered today's third-largest airplane maker after Boeing and Airbus, was the victim of a ransomware attack last month.

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Patients of psychotherapy clinic blackmailed after data breach
Patients of psychotherapy clinic blackmailed after data breach
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After patient data has been stolen from a large psychotherapy clinic in Finland, patients have been contacted individually by a blackmailer. The data appears to have included personal identification records and notes about what was discussed in therapy sessions. It said it believed the data had been stolen in November 2018, with a further potential breach in March 2019.

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Twitter and White House deny hack of Trump's Twitter account
Twitter and White House deny hack of Trump's Twitter account
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According to Twitter, there are no indications that the claims of the security researcher are true that Trump's Twitter account has been compromised by using the password "maga2020".

The press office of the White House also does not want to comment on "Security procedures around the social media accounts of the president" and says that the story around the alleged hack is "Definitely not correct".

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Donald Trump’s Twitter account hacked by Dutch ethical hacker
Donald Trump’s Twitter account hacked by Dutch ethical hacker
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The researcher, Victor Gevers, had access to Trump’s personal messages, could post tweets in his name, and change his profile. Gevers took screenshots when he had access to Trump’s account. Trump, an active Twitterer with 87 million followers, had an extremely weak and easy to guess password and had according to the researcher, not applied two-step verification.

Health
Woman dies during a ransomware attack on a German hospital
Woman dies during a ransomware attack on a German hospital
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A woman in Germany died during a ransomware attack on the Düsseldorf University Hospital, in what may be the first death directly linked to a cyberattack on a hospital. The hospital couldn’t accept emergency patients because of the attack, and the woman was sent to a health care facility around 20 miles away.

It could be the first death directly linked to a cybersecurity attack.