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White House network breach
Another day, another attempt on the President's networks -- but in this case, the hackers got through. Don't worry: no damage was done and thankfully the network that was broken into was an unclassified network with no sensitive material up for grabs -- even if the attack was aimed at the White House Military Office, home of the so-called "nuclear football," that carries the codes to the U.S. government's nuclear arsenal.
Thankfully, no classified or secret materials were taken. What caught out the home of U.S. politics was "spear phishing," where an email attachment laden with malware was sent to a specific target, in the hope that malware would be installed on the computer allowing in a backdoor to the network. If it makes you feel any better, the vast majority of highly sensitive material are sent over classified networks that aren't even connected to the wider Web, making breaches like this almost impossible.
Global regulators shut down PC 'tech support' scam
Some good news if you've ever received a call from some random guy claiming to be from Microsoft, and also claiming that you have malware on your computer -- even though you inexplicably own a Mac. They don't know that, but they're trying to sell you fake antivirus programs that you likely don't even need in order to make a quick buck.
U.S. officials, working alongside Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, and British regulators and authorities cracked the so-called "tech support scam" and frozen financial assets.
It was a coup for cyberscammers worldwide who plagued the vulnerable -- and everyone else for that matter -- with cold calls claiming they were someone that they were not. Thankfully not everyone fell for the scam, but tens of thousands clearly did.
EU officials hacked during conference visit
EU officials were hacked during a conference in Azerbaijan, said European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes in a blog post. According to Kroes' spokesperson Ryan Heath, the attack took place while they were at their hotel, and were subsequently warned by Apple after the technology giant said an "unauthorized party" might have accessed their computers.
It's not clear who may have been behind the attack, but Heath "[presumed] it was some kind of surveillance," to see what the officials were up to. Kroes was speaking at a conference in Baku, the country's capital, where she was particularly critical of her guests, after claiming the government "[violates] the privacy of journalists and their sources."
"So much for openness," she wrote.