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Facebook says no sign recent hack spread to other apps

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook has said hackers who stole digital keys to tens of millions of accounts appear not to have tampered with third-party apps linked to the social network. Facebook engineers analyzed logs of outside applications and found no sign of trouble, according to product management vice president Guy Rosen. "That investigation has so far found no evidence that the attackers accessed any apps using Facebook Login," Rosen said in a blog post. Facebook revealed on Friday that up to 50 million accounts were…

Facebook unearths security breach affecting 50 million users

Facebook Inc has discovered a security flaw affecting about 50 million user accounts which could have allowed attackers to take over those accounts, the social networking company said on Friday. Facebook, which has more than 2 billion monthly active users, has since fixed the vulnerability and informed law enforcement, it said here Attackers stole Facebook access tokens through its “view as” feature, which they could then use to take over people’s accounts. “View as” allows users to see what their own profile looks…

‘Despacito’ disappeared from Youtube… here is why

Some of the most popular music videos on YouTube including mega-hit "Despacito" momentarily disappeared Tuesday in an apparent hacking. Fans looking for videos by top artists including Drake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift found the footage removed and replaced by messages that included "Free Palestine." Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" -- the most-watched video of all time at five billion views -- was briefly replaced by an image of a gun-toting gang in red hoods that appeared to come from the Spanish series "Money Heist."…

Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013

Microsoft Corp’s secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database. The company did not disclose the extent of the attack to the public or its customers after its discovery in 2013, but the five former employees described it to Reuters in separate interviews. Microsoft declined to discuss the incident. The database contained…

Computer hack sets off 156 emergency sirens across Dallas

DALLAS: A computer hack set off all the emergency sirens in Dallas for about 90 minutes overnight in one of the largest known breaches of a siren warning system, officials in the Texas city said on Saturday. Dallas' 156 sirens, normally used to warn of tornadoes and other dangerous weather, were triggered at 11:42 p.m. CDT on Friday. The wailing did not end until 1:17 a.m. CDT on Saturday when engineers manually shut down the sirens' radio system and repeaters, city Emergency Management Director Rocky Vaz said. "At…

Trump acknowledges Russia role in US election hacking: aide

WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber attacks during the U.S. presidential election and may take action in response, his incoming chief of staff said on Sunday. Reince Priebus said Trump believed Russia was behind the intrusions into the Democratic Party organizations, although Priebus did not clarify whether the president-elect agreed that the hacks were directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. "He accepts the fact that this…

‘Pakistani hackers’ allegedly take down Indian airport website: report

KERALA: Pakistani hackers on Wednesday hacked a server containing 148 domains of Indian airport websites including Cochin (major port city on the south-west coast of India) and Trivandrum (the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Kerala), reports in the Indian media said. The official website of Trivandrum International Airport, Kerala was taken down and the hackers posted a message on the main page 'Kashmiri Cheetah’. The website was restored hours after the hack. Thiruvananthapuram airport…

Russian hackers hit Pentagon email system in 2015

WASHINGTON: Russian hackers seized control last year of the unclassified email system used by the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, CBS News reported on Thursday, citing an interview with then-Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey. Dempsey, who did not appear on camera, said he was alerted to the August 2015 attack by an early morning phone call from the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Mike Rogers, according to CBS. The email system is used by the Pentagon's Joint Staff, an organization of…

Verizon says Yahoo hack ‘material,’ could affect deal

WASHINGTON: Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) said on Thursday it has a "reasonable basis" to believe Yahoo Inc's (YHOO.O) massive data breach of email accounts represents a material impact that could allow Verizon to withdraw from its $4.83 billion deal to buy the technology company. Verizon's general counsel Craig Silliman told reporters at a roundtable in Washington the data breach could trigger a clause in the deal that would allow the US wireless company not to complete it. "I think we have a reasonable basis to…