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LulzSec, Anonymous Hacks Were Avoidable, Report Says

The <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/231215/lulzsec_a_short_history_of_hacking.html">hacker group LulzSec</a> made headlines recently with its smash and grab data breaches against Sony, the U.S. Senate, Arizona's Department of Public Security and PBS. But it turns out that attacks like these are often avoidable, according to a new report sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.

Ian Paul | 29 Jun | Read more

LulzSec's parting Trojan is a false positive

The LulzSec hacking group <a href="http://lulzsecurity.com/releases/50%20Days%20of%20Lulz.txt">sailed off into the sunset Saturday,</a> leaving behind a treasure trove of stolen data along with what some antivirus programs identified as a nasty surprise for anyone who downloaded the Torrent file: <a href="https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/14784-Warning-Original-50-Days-of-Lulz-Payload-is-Infected.html">a Trojan horse program.</a>

Robert McMillan | 28 Jun | Read more

5 free ways to use crowdsourcing for investigations

We have all heard the phrase, "When all else fails, try, try again." But in an investigation, when your own skills aren't enough, your professional network can't support you, and your leads go cold, what is next? You need to try again, yes, but try a new approach. One new approach is to turn to the 'wisdom of crowds' for answers.

Brandon Gregg | 28 Jun | Read more

U.S. Government Regularly Asks Google for Users' Data

Not only does the U.S. government regularly request users' private data from Google, it does so more often than any other government, the search engine reported Monday. Google announced these details as part of its <a href="http://www.google.com/transparencyreport">Transparency Report</a>, a bi-annual disclosure of what governments worldwide are asking for.

Ed Oswald | 28 Jun | Read more

You Can Bring Your Kids to DefCon!...?

Are your kids interested in hacking? Well, now you can bring them to <a href="https://www.defcon.org/index.html">DefCon</a>, the annual convention for hackers, security researchers, and undercover FBI agents trying to figure out what the hackers are up to.

Kevin Lee | 28 Jun | Read more

Lulzsec: A Short History of Hacking

Over the weekend, the hyperactive group of hackers who call themselves Lulzsec announced they are <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/231201/lulzsec_says_goodbye_with_new_data_dump.html?tk=rel_news">breaking up the band</a>, while also claiming that their "50-day cruise" had been planned all along.

Eric Mack | 28 Jun | Read more

Anonymous Picks up Slack as LulzSec Calls it Quits

Hacking season is not over yet. Even though LulzSec, the group of hackers who made a name for themselves by hacking Sony, Nintendo, and <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/228983/hackers_deface_pbs_site_promise_more_lulz.html?tk=rel_news">PBS</a> among others, <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/231201/lulzsec_says_goodbye_with_new_data_dump.html?tk=rel_news">called it quits</a> on Saturday, another group wants to pick up the slack.

Daniel Ionescu | 28 Jun | Read more

Can You be Cyber-Stalked? The 30-Minute Google Challenge

A blog here, a screen name there, an old social-networking profile or two--the more you use the Web for work and play, the easier it is for others to <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/195659/users_are_their_own_worst_enemy_for_online_privacy.html">dig up dirt on you</a>. And while you may not worry much about a few errant comments or tags, you'd surprised at how complete a portrait someone can paint of you with a few quick Google queries.

Patrick Miller and Ginny Mies | 27 Jun | Read more

They're back! Data breach notification bills resurface

After several large breaches -- including the <a href="http://blogs.csoonline.com/1457/epsilon_hack_notification_letters">Epsilon</a>, <a href="http://www.csoonline.com/article/680689/sony-playstation-network-personal-user-data-stolen">Sony</a>, and <a href="http://www.csoonline.com/article/684463/citigroup-reveals-breach-affected-over-360-000-cards">Citigroup</a> incidents that left customer financial data exposed -- federal lawmakers are dusting the covers off of an old idea: national data breach notification laws.

George V. Hulme | 27 Jun | Read more

LulzSec Says Goodbye With New Data Dump

<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/231198/lulzsec_calls_it_quits_after_50_days_of_mayhem.html">LulzSec</a> , the hacker group that has been a thorn in the side of major institutions ranging from Sony to the CIA, says it is going away -- but not quietly.

Ian Paul | 27 Jun | Read more