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LulzSec hackers got off easy for their damaging attacks

Four members of the infamous and largely British LulzSec hacking group that carried a string of high-profile DDoS attacks in 2011 have been handed relatively lenient prison terms.

Four former LulzSec members sentenced to prison in the UK

Four British men associated with the LulzSec hacker collective received prison sentences Thursday for their roles in cyberattacks launched by the group against corporate and government websites in 2011.

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Academic institutions urged to take steps to prevent DNS amplification attacks

Colleges and universities are being encouraged to scrutinize their systems to keep them from being hijacked in DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks.

Debit card hack attack used for $45 million fraud blitz

A vast debit card fraud scheme that allegedly netted US$45 million has been linked to the hacking of credit card processors in the U.S. and India.

Name.com forces customers to reset passwords following security breach

Domain registrar Name.com forced its customers to reset their account passwords on Wednesday following a security breach on the company's servers that might have resulted in customer information being compromised.

Use of 'honeywords' can expose password crackers

Researchers propose foiling password thieves by salting password databases with red herrings called 'honeywords.'

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Website 'spoofing' still fools users, security study reveals

A study of vulnerabilities in about 15,000 websites found 86 percent had at least one serious hole that hackers could exploit, and “content spoofing” was the most prevalent vulnerability, according to WhiteHat Security’s annual study.

Cyberattack affected US defense contractor over three-year period

Advanced persistent data theft at QinetiQ linked to Chinese hackers.

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Dutch bill seeks to give law enforcement hacking powers

The Dutch government today presented a draft bill that aims to give law enforcement the power to hack into computer systems -- including those located in foreign countires -- to do research, gather and copy evidence or block access to certain data.

DDoS suspect ran mobile office from a van, Spanish police say

The man suspected of participating in a large DDoS attack on an antispam organization that caused intermittent Internet hiccups drove around Spain in a van he used as a mobile office, Spain's Interior Ministry said Sunday.