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Found an exploit in Chrome? You could have just earned $15,000

In a bid to improve the security of its Chrome browser, Google has announced that it is upping the ‘bounty’ paid to people who successfully find bugs and exploits hidden in the browser up to a maximum of $15,000. This is an impressive increase on the previous cap of $5,000, reports betanews.

Wi-Fi password – “one second” hack allows attackers into many routers

A push-button function on many wireless routers designed to bypass the Wi-Fi password and provide quick access to the network could allow attackers to break in in “one second”, reports have claimed.

Will web browsers turn cars lethal?

Two researchers have launched a petition to change how car companies and technology cmpanies work together – with a new villain: in-car web browsers.

Wi-Fi security: Flight systems “are safe… for now” claims expert

An aircraft security expert has eased the worries of a lot of frequent flyers this week — by reassuring them that aircraft are not “hackable” in mid flight. The claim was made at Black Hat last week.

Internet of Things: Google’s Nest hacked into “full-fledged” spy gizmo

Yet another “connected” device was outed as a potential spy this week – as researchers showed how Google’s Nest thermostat could be turned into a “fully-fledged spying device”.

Internet of things: Hacker unleashes “mayhem” in 200 hotel rooms

Today’s fashion for high-end electronics in luxury hotels allowed a hacker to wreak havoc in 200 suites at once in a five-star hotel in China – switching off lights, changing the TV channel, raising blinds and fiddling with the temperature.

California company sues bank over cybercrime, wins $350,000 settlement

A California oil company that lost thousands after being attacked by hackers has won $350,000 in a legal settlement after suing its bank.

Ancestry.com brought down by DDOS attack, but says user data is safe

Ancestry.com has become the latest site to be taken down by a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack. The genealogy website was shut down from Monday-Tuesday this week, along with its sister site, Findagrave.com.

Nokia paid millions to blackmailing hackers

Nokia paid several million euros to criminals who threatened to reveal the source code for part of its smartphone operating system seven years ago, a Finnish TV station has revealed.

Hacker amasses $620,000 in cryptocurrency using infected computers

A hacker has reportedly harvested over $600,000 in digital currency, using a network of hijacked machines, in what is believed to be the largest fraud of its kind.

Evernote forum hacked, revealing users’ passwords and email addresses

Note-taking and archiving app Evernote has announced that its discussion forum has been hacked, compromising some users’ passwords, dates of birth and email addresses.

Pinterest hit by weight loss spam

Picture-sharing social media site Pinterest appears to have been hacked, as multiple users reported weight-loss spam messages both on Pinterest itself and on Twitter.

Hacking predictions gone wild from the ‘internet of things’

A new, terrifying weapon is in the hands of hackers – the ability to stop a toilet flush working. We look at 2014’s silliest hacking predictions of gadget doom.

Hotel franchise hit by credit card hack

White Lodging, a hotel management firm that works under brands including Hilton and Marriott, has suffered a credit card hack revealing customers’ details.

Yahoo Mail falls victim to password hack

Yahoo has announced that its email system has recently been subject to a “coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access”.

‘Honey Encryption’ foils hackers with false positive data

The key to beating hackers might not just lie in stronger security measures and ‘unbreakable’ passwords. Now, it seems like an element of trickery is required – almost beating hackers at their own game. Two independent security researchers have developed a system which they call ‘Honey Encryption’, which promises to make it harder for hackers

Russian creator of ‘SpyEye’ malware pleads guilty to bank fraud

The FBI has announced the arrest and charge of Alexsandr Panin, 24, a Russian hacker who developed the SpyEye trojan and used it to steal financial information and money from around the world.

FBI makes arrests in global email-hacking ring

The FBI has announced several arrests in a worldwide coordinated effort to break up a gang of email ‘hackers for hire’.

Facebook pays record sum to hacker who exposed login bug

Facebook has given out a record fee for bug discovery, after a Brazilian security researcher exposed a vulnerability that could have been used to deliver malware to millions of Facebook users.

Trendnet under fire from FTC over camera security flaws which let hackers spy on babies

Baby monitors which shipped with security flaws that allowed hackers to watch and listen to babies from remote locations have led to an FTC complaint against the company responsible, Trendnet.

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