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Hackers deface Philippine websites, back anti-corruption protest

MANILA (Reuters) - A group of hackers claiming ties with international activist group Anonymous defaced Philippine government websites on Sunday, calling for support for a planned anti-corruption protest in congress this week. Calling themselves Anonymous Philippines, the group posted on its Facebook page a list of sites it had defaced with a message seeking support for a protest demanding the abolition of "pork barrel funds" - money activists say is used for political patronage.

Purported member of hacking group Anonymous attacks blog linked to top Singapore newspaper

SINGAPORE - A purported member of the Internet hacking group Anonymous has breached a blog linked to Singapore's leading newspaper, heightening concerns about cybersecurity among the city-state's government agencies. The Straits Times said it removed a page on a website that features blog posts by the newspaper's writers after it was taken over and defaced by the hacker Friday.

Britain arrests four users of Silk Road online marketplace

LONDON (Reuters) - British police have arrested four men suspected of being significant users of Silk Road, the anonymous Internet marketplace used to buy illegal drugs and criminal services that was shut down by U.S. authorities last week. The new National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Tuesday the four suspected drug offenders were detained hours after the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Ross Ulbricht, the suspected creator of Silk Road also known as "Dread Pirate Roberts".

13 members of the Internet group Anonymous indicted for computer attacks

WASHINGTON - A federal grand jury has indicted 13 members of the Internet hacking group Anonymous for allegedly carrying out cyber-attacks against websites worldwide in an effort to shut them down. The members of Anonymous are accused of targeting governments, trade associations, law firms, financial institutions and other institutions that oppose the philosophy of Anonymous to make all information free for everyone, regardless of copyright laws or national security considerations.

Japan-U.S. security talks likely to highlight Tokyo's cyber-defense woes

By Ruairidh Villar TOKYO (Reuters) - Top U.S. security officials meet their Japanese counterparts on Thursday as concerns are growing that the hosts cannot protect themselves from malicious internet hackers. Cyber security is on the agenda when the military and diplomatic chiefs of the two countries hold their first joint meeting in Japan. But even Japanese officials acknowledge they cannot keep up with the proliferating threat of attacks on computer networks from private or state-sponsored hackers.

Manitoba considers protection orders, anonymous tip line for cyberbullying

WINNIPEG - Now that Manitoba has passed its anti-bullying law, the NDP government is looking at more measures that could include protection orders, mandatory penalties and an anonymous tip line. Bill 18, which was criticized by the Opposition Progressive Conservatives as lacking teeth, was a stepping stone of sorts, Education Minister Nancy Allan said Thursday. "We believe that Bill 18 is a framework to create safer schools," she said. "We're going to continue to move forward with our education partners in regards to keeping young people safe."

FBI warns Syrian group may step up cyber attacks

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The FBI strengthened on Friday its warning to businesses that a hacking group loyal to the government of Syria might intensify its internet attacks as the United States weighs military strikes in that country.

Washington Post says website hacked by Syrian group

The Washington Post said Thursday its website was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, becoming the latest media organization victimized by the group that backs strongman Bashar al-Assad. A note to readers said the Post website "was hacked today, with readers on certain stories being redirected to the site of the Syrian Electronic Army." The Post said it was "working to resolve the issue."

LulzSec hacker sentenced to 1 year for breaching Sony files, exposing 138K users personal data

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Federal prosecutors say a hacker has been sentenced in a data breach that exposed personal information for 138,000 people kept in Sony Pictures Entertainment computers. Los Angeles U.S. attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek says 21-year-old Raynaldo Rivera was sentenced Thursday to 366 days in prison, 13 months of house arrest and 1,000 hours of community service. Prosecutors say Rivera was a member of LulzSec, a hacking group committed to causing anarchy in corporate and government entities He's also been ordered to pay $605,663 in restitution.

NSA revelations could hurt collaboration with 'betrayed' hackers

By Joseph Menn LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The U.S. government's efforts to recruit talented hackers could suffer from the recent revelations about its vast domestic surveillance programs, as many private researchers express disillusionment with the National Security Agency.
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