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Twitter Gets Hacked By UGNazi

It looks like it is that time of the year again for hackers to cause their online mayhem. The latest instant comes from a group called UGNazi, responsible for former hacks towards government websites.

The attack occurred on 6/21/2012 and was a DoS or “Denial of Service” attack which shut down Twitter by flooding it with requests. While this likely disrupted the 14% of the country who regularly sends out tweets, the attack was brief.

Microsoft Offers $250K Prize In Hacking Competition

Management at Microsoft are hoping to turn hackers into cyber security for the Digital Media giant. The company is offering hackers $250K to develop new security defenses for the organization.

It’s called the BlueHat Prize and is open to programmers all around the world. First prize is valued at $200,000 and goes to whoever develops the ‘best’ way to prevent cyber attacks. The second and third best strategists will share a $50K prize, and will each be able to develop their own subscription of their software for development.

Chrome OS Has Been Hacked, What Now?

After Google has stated time and time again how secure its Chrome operating system was, we’ve just got wind that the operating system has been hacked. Now, before you start freakin’ out, don’t worry, it wasn’t some 14 year old.

The hackers were actually two researchers from the Black Hat security conference with White Hat security and they got through the ScratchPad- a Chrome application that lets you compose text files and save them to Google Docs.

Facebook Pictures Can Lure You Into A Botnet

For those of you who are related to IT in one way or another, ‘Botnet’ shouldn’t be a new term. However, for those who are unaware, a botnet is a system of computers which are compromised by malware and each individual computer is called a Bot.

A botnet is a very complex method of hacking which may be used to steal your private information without you even knowing it. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in New Delhi, India have designed Stegobot, a new type of Botnet system which pulls out secret information via social networks by attaching to user profiles.

A picture is just a chunk of bytes and nothing more.

Google Buys IBM Patents

Suing rival tech companies has now become child’s play for big IT companies. Consequently every company is trying to decorate its portfolio with as many patents as it can by buying patents from different companies.

Google, which had recently been sued by Oracle for Java patent infringement in development of Android has also decided to take some precautionary measures.

CA Buys Watchmouse

CA, an IT company which provides software support and solutions to businesses has now moved a step further in providing website monitoring and security services. CA has recently acquired Watchmouse.

Watchmouse is an online service which provides sites, servers and application monitoring services to businesses. However, CA has not disclosed the amount paid for Watchmouse’s acquisition. Watchmouse has a large monitoring network of 60 monitoring stations working in more than 40 countries. These monitoring stations are used to conduct regular activities on demand of the consumer.

GeoHotz Found A Job At Facebook

It looks like Zuckerberg saw something in well known hacker, George Hotz (GeoHotz) after Hotz hacked the Sony Playstation 3 and got considerable attention from Sony. It wasn’t long though, until Sony dropped the case when they realized Hotz had a secret network of alliances, then known as the anonymous hacking group (and later redubbed Lulz Security).

George Hotz started working for Facebook in May when he was offered a job, but had not publicly announced it until June 17th. His Facebook profile is further confirmation that he is not joking.

Australian Web Host Hacked- 4,800 Sites Unrecoverable

It doesn’t take very long before we hear about a new hack that has occurred and it looks like LulzSec isn’t the only one causing mayhem on the Interwebz. According to siliconfilter, Australian domain registrar and web host Distribute.IT was the victim of a “deliberate, premeditated, and targeted attack” on its services.

The hackers managed to destroy so much information that 4,800 websites that relied upon Distribute.IT’s servers are now unrecoverable. Just like that, all uploaded website data (coding, comments, blogs, users, forums,) gone.

Members Of Anonymous Hacking Group, Arrested

Well, what do you know? Three suspected members of the Anonymous Hacking group were arrested today in Spain. The arrests were made in Barcelona, Valencia, and Almeria. For those who may have forgotten, the Anonymous hacking group is responsible for the attacks on Sony, Spanish banks, and possibly other attacks.

The arrests were actually as part of an investigation that had begun in October 2010. It looks like some of the attacks made by members of the group used a web-based tool called Loic to bombard the target sites with data. Furthermore, Paypal, Mastercard, and Amazon were each targeted using this tool.

Skytap Will Support HP’s Lifecycle Testing Within The Cloud

At Monday’s HP Discover conference, the cloud provider Skytap, partnered up with HP to deliver better automated testing in the cloud. Skytap will improve HP’s Application Lifecycle Management products, allowing developers to use the cloud as complex testing environments.

By testing directly in the cloud, machines do not need to be re-imaged with new instances of Windows and Linux servers, and pre-existing VM collections can be modified to work with the HP test tools.