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Lizard Squad Claims To Take Down Facebook, Instagram [Update: No They Didn't]

Overnight, reports circulated about Facebook and Instagram going dark. Now, Lizard Squad is claiming to have taken down a large handful of sites — albeit briefly.


Barrett Brown Will Spend 5 Years In Jail For Linking To Hacked Material

A US judge just sentenced journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $US890,000 in restitution for charges related to the 2011 hack of Stratfor Global Intelligence. Brown’s supporters maintain that the young writer and activist was “merely linking to hacked material”. For that, he’ll spend about five years behind bars. That sucks.


Obama's War On Hackers Is Turning Everyone Into A Suspect

So there’s good news, and there’s bad news. The good news is that Obama mentioned a sprawling set of cybersecurity initiatives at the State of the Union tonight. The bad news is that they suck.


Report: Sony Hackers Used A Zero Day Vulnerability To Break In

That hackers really messed up Sony’s shit is indisputable, but how they did it (and also who they were) is still up in the air. A Recode report sheds some light on the former, though; access was apparently gained through a Zero Day vulnerability, a previously unknown hole that could very well have been for sale on the black market.


Lizard Squad Kept Its Hacker-for-Hire Customers' Info In Plain Text

Somebody hacked the Lizard Squad’s super stupid DDoS-for-hire service last week, and guess what? The Lizard Squad sucks at cybersecurity. Not only did the hackers leave their so-called LizardStresser service vulnerable, the money-hungry kids left all their customers’ data in plain text and $US11,000 in bitcoin on the table.


This New Website Lets You Hire A Hacker In Minutes

Need to do some digital breaking-and-entering but don’t have the skills? Don’t worry: Hacker’s List provides a space for you to find your dream hacker, ready to undertake your computer crimes for you.


Obama Wants Hacking To Be A Form Of Racketeering

In the wake of the Sony hack and yesterday’s CENTCOM shitshow, President Obama just announced new cybersecurity legislation and related proposals for “securing cyberspace“. This is a good thing, because America’s cybersecurity kind of sucks. It’s also a worrisome thing, since cybersecurity legislation like this stands to stomp on our civil liberties. Or at least it has historically in the form of CISPA.


Blackhat Almost Gets Hacking Right

Blackhat is based on a good idea. Michael Mann, the director, sets out to demonstrate how actions derived from ones and zeroes in the virtual world can produce devastating consequences in the physical world, and to show his audience how hacking really works. And he gets so close you can practically taste the Tor relays.


Someone Claiming To Be ISIS Hacked CENTCOM, Leaks Docs Online

US Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts just lit up in a bad way. It looks like somebody who’s claiming to be an ISIS affiliate called “CyberCaliphate” managed to gain access to the account and is currently tweeting images of documents, allegedly internal CENTCOM documents.


Report: The US Didn't Hack Back North Korea

The Associated Press is reporting that the US didn’t hack back North Korea after the Sony Pictures debacle. Two senior US officials say that the country wasn’t responsible for North Korea going dark.