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Topic: Hackers

Not All Bots Are Trying to Rip Off Digital Advertisers

But even the 'good' ones can cost marketers plenty

It's been estimated that anywhere from 56 percent to 62 percent of Internet traffic is automated, meaning that ads routinely go unseen by actual people at a startling rate. But…

Fidelity and Dairy Queen Are Hit by Data Hackers

Latest in a string of brands to suffer security breaches

Fidelity Investments, one of the country's largest mutual fund companies, is the latest victim of data hackers, according to The Wall Street Journal. And Dairy Queen's got issues on the…

Apple Tightens iCloud Security After Naked Celebrity Photo Leak

Promises to be more alert for suspicious activity

Apple is implementing more robust iCloud security protocols after a massive breach of celebrities’ accounts—and leak of private nude photos—revealed some weaknesses in the photo-storing service. CEO Tim Cook revealed the…

Apple Says Nude Celebrity Photo Leaks Were Targeted Hacks

Maintains that its cloud is secure

Apple's cloud is safe, the company has said in response to claims that a security flaw in its photo-storing software allowed hackers to grab naked images from celebrities' personal accounts. It…

Bomb Threat, Hack Attack Disrupt Sony PlayStation

Traffic spike caused outage

Sony's PlayStation Network is back up and running today after a cyber attack caused a weekend-long outage. No user information was breached, according to a Reuters report. In a denial-of-service (DoS)…

Retailers Are Finding That Data Vulnerability Can Undo Years of Brand Equity

How to bolster defenses and clean up the PR mess

Data breaches, as we have all learned, can be #EpicFails with far-reaching and destructive implications for brands. Once sensitive consumer information—payment-card data, home addresses, phone numbers—are stolen, the ramifications can…

The Simplest Twitter Handles Are Worth Big Bucks

Identity theft shows the blackmarket for accounts is lucrative

Yes, Twitter handles are big business with usernames selling for tens of thousands of dollars, and a case this week shows the nefarious lengths extortionists will go to steal the…

CNN Twitter Feed Hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army

Brief takeover follows attack on Microsoft

It appears CNN's Twitter feed was briefly hacked this evening by the Syrian Electronic Army, a frequent hijacker of Western news feeds. A series of posts around 6 p.m. Eastern…

Snapchat Grapples With New Year's Hack

Millions of users effected

Snapchat rang in the New Year with a hack. The hot startup had been warned of security flaws in its software that could expose its users' data. On New Year's Eve…

This Is Not a Joke: The Onion Hacked by Syrians

Parody site responds with parody

Hackers seized The Onion's Twitter feed on Monday, posting anti-Israel and pro-Syrian government messages to the parody news site's nearly 5 million followers. Though the incident recalled The Onion's 2009 parody…

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