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1.3 million users affected by cyber attack on Sega

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese video game developer Sega Corp said on Sunday that information belonging to 1.3 million customers has been stolen from its database, the latest in a rash of global cyber attacks against video game companies. Names, birth dates, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords of users of Sega…

Chrysler recalls 11,000 vehicles to fix steering

NEW YORK — Chrysler is recalling more than 11,000 of its 2011 model year vehicles because of a potential steering problem, the US government said Thursday. Certain vehicles “may have been built with a missing or incorrectly installed steering column pivot rivet,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in…

German hackers convicted of stealing Lady Gaga songs

BERLIN — Two young hackers were convicted in Germany Thursday of stealing new songs from stars such as Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey and offering them for sale on the Internet, a court said. The local court in the western city of Duisburg found the defendants, aged 18 and 23,…

House Republicans look to pull funding for net neutrality

Money earmarked for the enforcement of net neutrality policies may not make it to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this year, if House Republicans have their way. In an appropriations bill (PDF) which cleared the House Appropriations Committee yesterday, blocking out funds for financial services and government operations, legislative language specifically…

Poll: Facebook users have more friends, political views

WASHINGTON (AFP) – According to a poll published on Thursday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, Facebook users are more trusting, have more close friends and are more politically engaged. The survey of 2,255 American adults found that Facebook members who use the site multiple times…

Citigroup doubles number of accounts it said were hacked

NEW YORK (AFP) – US banking giant Citigroup had told its clients that about 360,000 credit cards were affected by a computer hacking attack last month — nearly twice the number previously acknowledged. Citigroup said late Wednesday that the security breach had compromised a total of 360,083 North America Citi-branded…

LulzSec hackers claim to take down CIA website

The Lulz Security hacker group claimed to have briefly knocked the public website for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency offline on Wednesday. “Tango down – http://t.co/2QGXy6f – for the lulz,” the group tweeted around 6pm EST. The tweet apparently mocked the pro-U.S. hacker known as th3j35t3r. “We are looking into…

Payroll giant ADP investigating hack

SAN FRANCISCO — US payroll-handling firm Automatic Data Processing (ADP) said Wednesday that hackers broke into one of its benefits administration business systems. ADP believed the “system intrusion” at recently acquired Workscape was limited to one client, whose name was not disclosed. “ADP immediately notified the client… and continues to…

Cell phone privacy bill introduced in the Senate

WASHINGTON — US senators introduced bills on Wednesday aimed at protecting the privacy of mobile phone users and safeguarding personal information of consumers stored online. The Location Privacy Protection Act would require companies like Apple and Google and applications developers to obtain express consent from mobile users before sharing information…

LulzSec hackers flaunting their notoriety with telephone hotline

SAN FRANCISCO — Lulz Security hacker group is flaunting its notoriety with a telephone hotline for people to call and suggest targets for cyber attacks. “Our number literally has anywhere between five and 20 people ringing it every single second,” members of the group said in a Twitter message posted…

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