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Thousands hit in OnePlus credit card hack

Up to 40,000 people were caught out by hackers who stole credit card details from the site of phone maker OnePlus. The company stopped taking card payments via its site earlier this week after learning about the attack. An investigation has revealed that attackers stole data by exploiting a loophole in its payment system between mid-November 2017 and 11 January. The company apologised and said affected customers would get free help to resolve card problems. Card watch In a statement posted to its community forum, OnePlus confirmed that it had…

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Bitcoin exchange Youbit shuts after second hack attack

A crypto-currency exchange in South Korea is shutting down after it was hacked for the second time in less than eight months. Youbit, which lets people buy and sell bitcoins and other virtual currencies, has filed for bankruptcy after losing 17% of its assets in the cyber-attack. It did not disclose how much the assets were worth at the time of the attack. In April, Youbit, formerly called Yapizon, lost 4,000 bitcoins now worth $ 73m (£55m) to cyberthieves. Crime wave South Korea’s Internet and Security Agency (Kisa) which investigates…

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Iranian charged with Game of Thrones hack

The US Department of Justice is to charge an Iranian man with hacking into HBO, leaking Game of Thrones scripts and demanding a $ 6m (£4.5m) ransom. Behzad Mesri is accused of accessing a computer without authorisation for the purposes of commercial advantage. Court documents allege he had worked for Iran’s military and been involved in a campaign to deface US websites They allege he began conducting online reconnaissance of HBO’s computer networks and employees in May 2017. “Over the next couple of months, he successfully compromised multiple user accounts…

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UK cyber-defence chief accuses Russia of hack attacks

One of the UK’s cyber-defence chiefs has accused Russia of having attacked Britain’s media, telecommunications and energy sectors over the past year. Ciaran Martin, chief executive of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), added that Russia was “seeking to undermine the international system”. His comments were made at an event organised by the Times newspaper. Ahead of the speech, the paper reported that one of the attacks had targeted the UK’s power supply on election day. The BBC has sought comment from the Russian Embassy in London. The NCSC was…

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Child safety smartwatches ‘easy’ to hack, watchdog says

Some smartwatches designed for children have security flaws that make them vulnerable to hackers, a watchdog has warned. The Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) tested watches from brands including Gator and GPS for Kids. It said it discovered that attackers could track, eavesdrop or even communicate with the wearers. The manufacturers involved insist the problems have either already been resolved or are being addressed. UK retailer John Lewis has withdrawn one of the named smartwatch models from sale in response. The smartwatches tested essentially serve as basic smartphones, allowing parents to…

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Australia jet and navy data stolen in 'extensive' hack

Sensitive information about Australia’s defence programmes has been stolen in an “extensive” cyber hack. About 30GB of data was compromised in the hack on a government contractor, including details about new fighter planes and navy vessels. The data was commercially sensitive but not classified, the government said. It did not know if a state was involved. Australian cyber security officials dubbed the mystery hacker “Alf”, after a character on TV soap Home and Away. The breach began in July last year, but the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) was not alerted…

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