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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.

LivingSocial's breach draws advice from security experts

After 50 million users learn about the weakness of hashed passwords the hard way, LivingSocial reconsiders and revamps its password security practices.

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Security firm offers enhanced web application defense

Imperva's system analyzes attack patterns detected hitting the networks of participating customers.

LivingSocial hacked; millions of users must change passwords

More than 50 million users of the daily deals site LivingSocial are being asked to reset their passwords after hackers attacked the company's servers and potentially made off with personal data.

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Twitter hackers take over AP account with false tweet

A tweet posted on the Associated Press account Tuesday reporting two explosions at the White House was bogus and is the result of a hack, the news organization said.

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CBS affiliates see Twitter accounts hijacked; Password security in focus

The episodes add to a long list of media outlets and big companies that have been compromised in recent months.

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Former LulzSec member gets prison sentence for Sony Pictures hack

Cody Andrew Kretsinger, a 25-year-old man from Decatur, Illinois, was sentenced Thursday to one year in federal prison for his role in a May 2011 breach of a Sony Pictures website and database.

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Pirate Bay co-founder charged with hacking IBM mainframes, stealing money

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was charged with hacking the IBM mainframe of Logica, a Swedish IT firm that provided tax services to the Swedish government, and the IBM mainframe of the Swedish Nordea bank, the Swedish public prosecutor said Tuesday.

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Common security flaws leave applications open to amateur hackers, security report says

The software industry’s inability to reduce the number of security flaws in its code is fueling an age of the "everyday hacker" who can exploit vulnerabilities with a minimum of technical skills, according to security testing firm Vercode’s latest State of Software Security report.