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Hacktivism: Hacktivism (a portmanteau of hack and activism) is the use of computers and computer networks as a means of protest to promote political ends. The term was first coined in 1996 by a member of the Cult of the Dead Cow hacker collective named Omega. If hacking as "illegally breaking into computers" is assumed, then hacktivism could be defined as "the use of legal and/or illegal digital tools in pursuit of political ends". These tools include web site defacements, redirects, denial-of-service attacks, information theft, web site parodies, virtual sit-ins, typosquatting and virtual sabotage. If hacking as "clever computer usage/programming" is assumed, then hacktivism could be understood as the writing of code to promote political ideology: promoting expressive politics, free speech, human rights, and information ethics through software development. (Source:

2012 Data Breach Investigations Report

Section: Research
An insightful study, packed full of useful, well-presented data on information security breaches covering a dataset of 855 confirmed security breaches accounting for a combined 174 million compromised records. Complied with the collaboration of enforcement agencies from around the world, including the US Secret Service, Verizon’s 2012 report shows that many security breaches are the results of more than one threat action (malware, hacking, social, misuse, physic ...   read more

50,000 Twitter Passwords Posted on Pastebin

Section: News
The login details of more than 50,000 Twitter users have been posting in a document spanning five pages on Pastebin. However, Twitter, who are investigating the incident, say that many of the details appear to be duplicates and deny that the attack is as big as it first appears. Twitter also say that they are currently pushing out password resets to the affected accounts. However, it seems that many of the accounts posted have already been suspended from the social networking si ...   read more

Anonymous take down US Sentencing Commission

Section: News
Hackers claiming to be a part of hacktist group Anonymous have attacked the US Sentencing Commission website in protest of the way that fellow hacker Aaron Swartz was treated by the authorities. Mr Swartz, 26, recently took his own life whilst he was awaiting trial for the hacking of online journals, which he claimed was a "political statement”. He was an advocate of internet freedom and whilst he had a history of depression, his friends and family have said that it was the thr ...   read more

Media Warned to Tighten Twitter Security

Section: News
News organisations from around the world have been warned to tighten security by social network Twitter, following a series of high-profile hacks carried out by a hacking group called the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). The warning comes after the Guardian was the latest news publication to be targeted and Twitter recommend that only one computer is used for social networking by organisations. This, they say, will prevent passwords being spread from computer to computer and will h ...   read more

Twitter Hack a Hoax?

Section: News
Yesterday, we published the news, alongside many of the tech community, that Twitter had suffered an attack which led to more than 50,000 email addresses and passwords being posted to Pastebin, in a document spanning five pages. Following the story, new information has come to light which confirms that if Twitter was attacked at all, it was in separate attacks early last year. According to Adrian Lamo, who we read more

UN Net Meeting Hacked

Section: News
A meeting held on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the future of the internet was interrupted by hackers, who managed to knock some of the ITU’s websites offline. The UN's World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) meeting, currently ongoing in Dubai, is discussing the possibility of moving some of the control over the internet to move some of the power away from the US. The proposed changes to the International Telecommunications Regulation (ITR) would ...   read more