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63,000 Students Hacked At University Of Central Florida 

At least 63,000 current and former students at the University of Central Florida are getting bad news this week: Someone breached the school’s network to access their social security numbers and other sensitive personal data.


Hackers Attack The NSW Government Department Of Resources And Energy

The NSW Government Department of Resources and Energy has revealed that it was the target of a cyber attack in December 2015, during the time several major projects were being considered. This includes the $1.2 billion Shenhua Watermark coal mine, indirectly controlled by the Chinese government — which experts say is a possible source of the attack.


This Amazon Customer Service Story Will Freak You Out

Over the weekend a story appeared on Medium that will make any Amazon user wince. According to customer Eric Springer, all a hacker needs to unlock your whole damn life is your name, email address and a mailing address — and the mailing address doesn’t even have to be correct.


The NSA Can Spy On You With Or Without Encryption

The leaders controlling the US surveillance apparatus can’t agree on encryption. FBI Director Comey has hysterically characterised it as a safe haven for evil-doers. A high-ranking Department of Justice official insisted that encryption could cause a child to die. Meanwhile, the National Security Agency’s leaders are extremely chill about encryption — which is terrifying.


US Justice Department Says Chinese Cyber-Espionage Is A National Security Emergency

Stories of Chinese government organisations hacking American corporations are not new. But in a segment aired on 60 Minutes tonight, business leaders, government officials and security experts paint a picture of a particularly sophisticated attack on the intellectual property of “thousands” of companies.


Ukraine Power Outages Caused By Malware, Say Researchers

On December 23, a large swathe of Ukraine suffered a massive power outage. This week, it’s come to the light that it could have been the result of destructive malware.


Learn How One Guy Took His Annoying Neighbour's Kid Drone Offline

If you got a new drone for Christmas, congratulations! There’s plenty out there on the market and they can be a lot at fun. They’re becoming popular enough that regulations are starting to catch up, too, with CASA issuing guidelines coming into force next year that cover commercial and hobbyist use of drones.

But say that hobbyist pilot is your neighbour’s kid. Who happens to be an annoying brat that keeps crashing their new drone for Christmas.


The Best Programming Games Of 2015

2015 saw an increase in games controlled purely by programming. A lot of these have the goal of actually teaching you parts of a language, terminal commands, or at least try to get your brain thinking in those logical ways. Here are some of the best.


Hacker Charged With Stealing SSNs, Nude Pics, And Scripts From 130 Celebrities

The Fappening made headlines over a year ago, and Feds are still hunting down the hackers responsible for releasing hundreds of naked celebrity photos. Now there’s been a new celebrity hack, one that might be slightly more terrifying.


Why 30-Year-Old Computer Hacking Methods Still Work

A system is only as secure as the end user, as any grey-haired sysadmin will happily tell you. As a result, all the alphanumeric passwords in the world can’t protect a system if a user is tricked into running malware, something against which there’s very little defence — or so people think.


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