Target: Encrypted PINs stolen but not encryption key

Target is again trying to calm customers in the wake of the recent hack that snatched credit card information for as many as 40 million account holders.

A Target spokeswoman revealed on Friday that strongly encrypted credit and debit card PINs were stolen by the hackers. But she said that those personal identification numbers cannot be decrypted without the right key, which could not have been taken during the data breach as the company does not store that information. The PINs are encrypted at the point-of-sale keypad, stay encrypted in the system, and continued to remain encrypted when obtained by … Read more

Target data stolen in hack showing up on black market

As if the Target hack ordeal couldn't get any worse -- data from the retail chain's massive security breach stolen between November 27 and December 15 is popping up in huge quantities on the black market, The New York Times reported Friday.

After Target conceded Thursday that its in-store point-of-sale systems were indeed hacked, compromising as many as 40 million debit and credit card accounts, fraud industry experts are seeing the information flood online card-selling markets to the tune of a "ten- to twentyfold increase" in high-value cards.

The hack, which affected only shoppers who made … Read more

Target hack hits 40M accounts

CNET Update follows the bouncing ball:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Watch your credit and bank statements if you shopped at a Target store recently. Hackers stole detailed credit card info for 40 million customers.

- Don't worry too much about the annoyance of in-flight phone chatter. Some airlines are dismissing the idea.

- Windows Phone users can stream between devices with new Xbox video and music apps.

- Google's Search app helps you go caroling. If you're not the sing-along type, there's plenty of free holiday music to stream.

CNET Update delivers the … Read more

Target: Hack may have hit 40 million accounts

Consumers who shopped at Target stores between November 27 and December 15 -- right in the thick of the high-volume holiday shopping season -- should check their credit card statements for any unusual activity.

On Thursday, the retail chain acknowledged a hack that obtained the names, credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and three-digit security codes of store customers who purchased items over the past few weeks, including the Black Friday weekend. Around 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by the attack.

The issue that let the hacker gain access to customer data has … Read more

Hackers hit Washington Post for second time in three years

The Washington Post's servers have been breached for the second time in three years, giving hackers access to employee usernames and passwords, the company revealed Wednesday.

Neither personal subscriber information nor the newspaper's publishing system were believed to have been accessed in the intrusion, which the company suspects originated in China because it began on a server used by the newspaper's foreign staff. The newspaper said there was strong evidence Chinese hackers were behind a 2011 hack of the newspaper's job-seeker data base, as well as recent months-long network breaches at The New York Times and … Read more

Chinese hackers targeted European diplomats at G20

Hackers in China took aim at five European ministries in the lead-up to the G20 summit in September, according to a new report.

Research by security firm FireEye reveals that Chinese hackers sent e-mails to staff of the foreign ministries with files laced with malware, reported Reuters on Tuesday. When recipients opened those files, malicious code was loaded on to their computers, according to the report. The hackers where then able to move across affected machines and perform recon before the international summit, said FireEye.

Just before the two-day G20 summit kicked off in St. Petersburg, Russia, the hackers moved … Read more

Hackers steal 2 million passwords

CNET Update knocks on wood:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Time to change your passwords and update your software, because hackers have been using malware to collect log-in credentials for many websites and services, including Facebook and Google. Credit for the discovery goes to the cybersecurity firm Trustwave.

- Pay less for AT&T's no-contract phone plans. The carrier is changing its mobile plans to stay competitive with T-Mobile and Sprint.

- Learn how to backup your Google Calendar appointments to export them into another service.

- Guess what news Instagram will announce next week. Does … Read more

NSA slapped malware on 50,000+ networks, says report

A new slide culled from the trove of documents leaked by Edward Snowden shows where the NSA placed malware on more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide, according to Dutch media outlet NRC.

The NSA management presentation slide from 2012 shows a world map spiderwebbed with "Computer Network Exploitation" access points.

Like all the NSA slides we've seen so far, this one is unlikely to win a Powerpoint beauty pageant anytime soon.

Not that this should distract anyone from the profoundly disturbing implications of this US government malware map that's being reported by a Dutch news … Read more

Premium Mathematica software free on budget Raspberry Pi

Not since Steve Jobs' Next computers did Wolfram Research offer Mathematica, its premium mathematics, processing, and analysis software, for free.

The Next was an expensive, higher-end workstation. This time around, Wolfram is giving away Mathematica for computers at the opposite end of the spectrum: the diminutive, $25 Raspberry Pi.

It's a nice horse to hitch your cart to. Two million Raspberry Pi machines have been sold so far, and they're popular in the educational circles that Wolfram also targets.

Wolfram Research founder and Chief Executive Stephen Wolfram said Thursday that Mathematica is now available for Raspberry Pi computers … Read more

US charges 5 more in $45M global cybercrime scheme

Five more people have been arrested in connection with a global cybercrime ring blamed for the theft of $45 million from banks around the world in a matter of hours.

The five men join eight other men who were indicted in May with participating in a scheme to rob thousands of ATMs using bogus magnetic strip cards. One of those original named defendants -- believed to be the ringleader of the cell -- was murdered in the Dominican Republic in April.

Using data stolen during hacks into two credit card processors, the ring made more than 40,500 withdrawals in … Read more