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Los Angeles college reportedly pays hackers $28K ransom

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A Los Angeles college reportedly paid hackers a $28,000 ransom after a cyberattack kept students and faculty locked out of their accounts.

The Valley Star, the Los Angeles Valley College school newspaper, reported Friday that hackers locked students and staff out of files, emails and messaging systems and threatened to delete everything if the ransom wasn’t paid within a week. The school eventually paid the fee in bitcoins after it determined that was the cheaper alternative than to remove the hackers’ ransomware virus.

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January 12th

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Donald Trump Promises Hacking Surprise on ‘Tuesday or Wednesday’

This is the reality that we live in now, and we all just have to sit in it. Our President-elect likes to put on a show and tease the news, so let’s get used to it. According to Donald Trump, on Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday!!! (or Wednesday) we’ll find out some stuff about hacking that we did not know.

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Rhett Jones

January 1st

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Obama Fires Back at Election Hacks by Politely Asking Russian Guys to Leave

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Some say revenge is a dish best served cold. When it comes to alleged electoral interference by Russia, the White House apparently thinks it’s also best served largely symbolically.

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Hudson Hongo

December 29th

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Teen hacker claims breach of Russian Visa Center’s systems

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A hacker claims to have breached the systems of an organization that helps Americans obtain Russian visas.

The Russian Visa Center, which has five locations in the U.S., was allegedly hacked by a hacker who spoke with The Daily Caller. He claimed to have obtained the information of around 3,000 individuals. The hacker, a 17-year-old known as Kapustkiy, told the news site, “I used [a] simple SQL Injection to get access to [their] site. I have reported the vulnerable [sic] already by the administrator and CERT.”

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December 28th

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FBI Now Agrees That Russia Hacked the Election

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is supporting a CIA assessment that Russia intervened in United States elections with the goal of electing Donald Trump, according to a Washington Post report quoting anonymous US officials.

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William Turton

December 16th

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CIA Report Concludes That Russia Tried to Help Trump Win

Following President Obama’s order for a full report on “cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election,” multiple sources aretelling multiple publications that Russia used hacking as a tool to benefit the election of Donald Trump and harm his opponent, Hillary Clinton. A flurry of information has led to accusations of partisanship harming national security.

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Rhett Jones

December 10th

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The FBI Just Got Disturbing New Hacking Powers

At midnight, the U.S. government quietly gained expansive new surveillance abilities after a last-ditch effort to stop changes to the federal code of criminal procedure died on the Senate floor.

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Hudson Hongo

December 1st

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NSA hacking tools were likely stolen after an operative accidentally left them on a computer

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Though the NSA would prefer to fly underneath the radar, the controversial intelligence agency just can't seem to escape the spotlight in recent months. A few weeks ago, a group of hackers allegedly stole an impressively large number of NSA hacking tools and exploits and put them up for sale. Upon close inspection, a number of security experts went on record and confirmed that the leaked exploits were, in fact, from the NSA's vast toolkit. When word of the leak broke, some in the intelligence community initially feared that they were facing another Edward Snowden situation. As it turns out, it now appears that the leaked exploits were probably the result of human error. Embarrassingly, an investigation into the matter has revealed that a NSA operative may have inadvertently left the hacking tools in question on a remote computer, effectively leaving it behind as a gift to whomever discovered it.

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Yoni Heisler

September 23rd

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And this is why you don’t scam a security professional on Reddit

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Trying to scam someone on the internet is always a bad idea, but if that someone turns out to be the head of a security research company, you're in for a whole world of hurt. Christian Haschek is an Austrian security researcher who was trying to sell $500 in US Apple gift cards on Reddit, since they're a pain to use from overseas. He thought he had struck a deal with a buyer, but that buyer turned out to be less than honest.

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Chris Mills

September 11th

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Terrifying video shows government spyware in action for the first time

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With the Snowden leaks, Stingray and FBI surveillance planes always in the news, most people just assume that The Man has god-like surveillance capabilities on tap. But the nuts and bolts of how government-sanctioned hacking actually works has always been a little mysterious. A new video obtained by Motherboard shows an Italian software company showing off a hacking tool, intended for use by police forces and government agencies. The video shows how little technical knowledge cops really need to get a scary level of detail out of a target's computer.

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Chris Mills

September 7th

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