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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…

U.S. consumer prices climb for 11th month

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US consumer prices rose for the 11th straight month in May but at a slower pace amid easing energy prices, official data showed Wednesday. The consumer price index climbed a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent, the Labor Department said. Year-on-year, prices were up 3.6 percent, chewing away at…

Obama keeps his campaign mega-donors close — in White House jobs

Despite running his presidential campaign on banning former lobbyists — and their special interests influence — from the marble halls of his administration, President Barack Obama has hired about 80 percent of his mega-donors (those who bundled $500,000 or more for him during the campaign) to “key administration posts.” The…

Judge: ‘Copyright troll’ Righthaven may have lied in hundreds of lawsuits

The liberal political forum Democratic Underground, LLC. (DU) has escaped a lawsuit filed by Righthaven, LLC. that claimed a user illegally appropriated several paragraphs of a news story. In the ruling, a Las Vegas judge wrote that Righthaven’s claims were invalid because it did not actually hold a copyright on the story…

Facebook hires former Clinton spokesman

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Facebook announced on Tuesday that it had hired former US president Bill Clinton’s spokesman Joe Lockhart to serve as vice president of global communications at the social network. “Joe’s arrival brings new skills and greater depth to our incredibly busy team,” Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president of…

Nissan may delay electric Leaf production in U.S.

DETROIT, Michigan (AFP) – Nissan may be forced to delay US production of its electric Leaf and is falling short of this year’s goals as a result of the devastating Japanese earthquake, a key executive said Monday. “After March 11, all the resources of the company were devoted to helping…

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