How to Protect Yourself from 'Ransomware'- Text + Audio + Picture+ Video- 17 May 2017
"Last Friday, the largest cyberattack ever affected more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries.
The attack used a virus that locked the computers' data. The attackers demanded payment to unlock the computers."
'Ransomware' Affects Computers Worldwide- Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 15 May 2017
"Security experts are investigating a cyberattack that has affected computers in at least 150 countries.
The attack, first reported Friday, hit companies, government agencies and hospitals across the world."
How did hackers use everyday devices to launch a cyber attack? – video report- 22 October 2016
"On Friday the US and EU were subjected to a far-reaching cyber attack, which widely blocked internet access; some of the world’s most popular websites were shutdown, including Paypal, Twitter and Spotify. The hack was a botnet attack. Usually, botnet attacks use computers, but Friday’s attack was different because it used household items with internet connections to launch a huge denial of service (DDoS) assault. It is believed the attack came from China." (theguardian.com)
500 Million Yahoo Accounts Attacked- Text + Audio - 23 September 2016
"Yahoo says hundreds of millions of its accounts were hacked in 2014. Many people are reacting to the news on social media." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Hackers Try to Steal Your Shopping Passwords - Text + Audio - 29 November 2015
"As the holiday shopping season begins, hackers are trying to trick users into revealing their private account information.
Last week, hackers tried to trick Amazon.com users into handing over their passwords and user names.
Last holiday season, eBay and other online shopping websites were attacked." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Are hackers helping or harming us?- 6 August 2015
"Every week, almost every day, hackers are poking holes in the devices we carry, drive and use.
Over the past couple of weeks the numbers and severity of the flaws these technical wizards have found have hit fever pitch...." (BBC)
Chinese Hackers Break into US Federal Worker Database - Text + Audio - 5 June 2015
"U.S. authorities say that China is responsible for hacking into a large American database.
As many as four million federal employees had their information compromised, according the Office of Personnel Management, (OPM).
It is the biggest breach of government workers information in years." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Dozens arrested in cybercrime 'strike week' - 6 March 2015
"The UK's National Crime Agency has arrested 56 suspected hackers as part of a "strike week" against cybercrime.
In total, 25 separate operations were carried out across England, Scotland and Wales." (BBC)
Nine Ways to Protect Yourself from Hackers Online - Article + Audio - 23 February 2015
"An increase in cyber-attacks makes the Internet seem like a scary place these days.
The hacking of Sony Pictures led the news for some time.
Even the White House was a target of cyber-attack.
How can individuals protect or make it more difficult for hackers to access their information?" (learningenglish.voanews.com)
"The practice of labelling the infringement of exclusive rights in creative works as "piracy" predates statutory copyright law...
The term "piracy" has been used to refer to the unauthorized copying, distribution and selling of works in copyright.[12" (Wikipedia)
New internet piracy law comes into effect in France
"Illegal downloaders will be sent a warning e-mail, then a letter if they continue, and finally must appear before a judge if they offend again.
The judge can impose a fine, or suspend their access to the internet." (BBC)
Cybercrime "Internet crime is booming as more and more people use online
Jackie and Callum talk about the language of some of the most common computer-related crimes, otherwise known
as 'cybercrimes'." (BBC)
Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely
"More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control, after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments..." (wired.com)
Online hackers threaten to expose cartel's secrets
"Group called Anonymous demands release of one of their own who was kidnapped...
An international group of online hackers is warning a Mexican drug cartel to release one of its members, kidnapped from a street protest, or it will publish the identities and addresses of the syndicate's associates, from corrupt police to taxi drivers, as well as reveal the syndicates' businesses." (chron.com)
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