On June 14, someone using what appears to have been a list of e-mail addresses and passwords obtained from the breach of "other online services" made a massive number of login attempts to GitHub's repository service. A review of logins by GitHub's administrators found that the attacker had gained access to a number of accounts, according to a blog post by Shawn Davenport, Vice President of Security at GitHub.
Twitter accounts belonging to supporters of Isis have been hacked in the wake of the Orlando shooting, with jihadist content replaced with gay pride messages and links to gay pornography.
A hacker affiliated with the hacktivist collective Anonymous, who uses the online moniker WauchulaGhost, first began hijacking pro-Isis Twitter accounts several months ago. Following the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on 13 June, the hacker decided to replace Isis imagery posted to the accounts with rainbow flags and pro-LGBT messages.
In an intriguing follow-up to Tuesday's report that Russian hackers gained access to Democratic National Committee servers, an anonymous blogger has claimed he alone was responsible for the breach and backed up the claim by publishing what purport to be authentic DNC documents taken during the online heist.
Most malware programs for Windows are written in compiled programming languages like C or C++ and take the form of portable executable files such as .exe or .dll. Others use command-line scripting such as Windows batch or PowerShell.
Imagine a corporate bookkeeper gets an email from his CEO that says, “Hey, I need the W-2s for everybody in the company.” The diligent bookkeeper gathers the requested tax documents and sends them off to the executive. But the initial email wasn’t really penned by the CEO—it was written by a crook who broke into the executive’s email account. The goal: to carry out a new type of cybercrime called “business email compromise” or BEC, which hackers have used to try to steal billions of dollars in recent years.