Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to a report published Tuesday.
The hackers got into hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, stealing more than $100 million from businesses and consumers.
The University of Maryland data breach affects fewer than first reported, but it affects students who attended the school years earlier than initially thought.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is committed to tracking down the thieves who stole information from millions of customers of Target Corp.
Despite news of Internet hacking and scamming incidents, Americans continue to take a relaxed approach to protecting their personal information, especially when on computers and mobile devices. Several experts discuss the potential ramifications of the nation’s generally lax approach to protecting one’s digital information and identity, and the need for increased education and awareness on the matter.
Banks large and small are girding for an elaborate drill this week that will test how they would fare if hackers unleashed a powerful and coordinated attack against them.
Signs are growing that the sustained surge in cyberattacks emanating from China is imperiling its relations with the U.S., lending urgency to fledgling efforts by both governments to engage on the issue.
The North’s Uriminzokkiri Twitter and Flickr accounts stopped sending out content typical of that posted by the regime in Pyongyang, such as photos of North’s leader Kim Jong Un meeting with military officials.
The digital pursuit of hackers who stole and published credit reports on U.S. politicians and celebrities is crisscrossing at least two continents and includes a San Francisco-based Internet company, Cloudflare, The Associated Press has learned.
The Obama administration announced new efforts Wednesday to fight the growing theft of American trade secrets, a broad but relatively restrained response to a rapidly emerging global problem that was brought into sharp focus this week by fresh evidence linking cyberstealing to China’s military.