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Hacker Takes Over Popular Factoid Twitter, Sends Anti-Gay Tweets

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday May 22, 2014
The hugely popular factoid Twitter account UberFacts was hacked Wednesday evening and the person behind the cyber attack sent out a series of strange, racist and anti-gay tweets, including a White House petition to "deport the gays."

Fear Hackers? Sochi is Little Worse than Elsewhere

By Raphael Satter | Friday Feb 7, 2014
How safe is Sochi for your electronics and personal data?

NY Times Website Hacked By Syrian Electronic Army

Wednesday Aug 28, 2013
Readers who tried to click on the New York Times’ website got nothing but error messages for several hours during the site’s second major disruption this month. A hacker group calling itself the "Syrian Electronic Army" claimed responsibility.

Citing Virulent Homophobia, Anonymous Hacks Ugandan Websites

By Jason St. Amand | Monday Jan 14, 2013
The hactivist group Anonymous hacked into and defaced the Ugandan government’s websites because of the African nation’s ongoing official homophobia.

Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist Church Over Sandy Hook School Picket

By Jason St. Amand | Tuesday Dec 18, 2012
The hacktivist group Anonymous leaked the personal information of leaders from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church after members announced they planned to picket Sand Hook Elementary, just days after the tragic shooting there.

Does It Matter If WikiLeaks Source Is Gay?

By Kilian Melloy | Tuesday Nov 30, 2010
While some are debating whether the leak of sensitive military and diplomatic documents serve the causes of transparency and accountability, others have zeroed in on reports that the suspected source of the leaks is a gay servicemember, holding up the leaks as proof that DADT should be retained.

New threat: Hackers look to take over power plants

By Lolita C. Baldour | Wednesday Aug 4, 2010
Computer hackers have begun targeting power plants and other critical operations around the world in bold new efforts to seize control of them, setting off a scramble to shore up aging, vulnerable systems.

Slovene police confirm arrest of cyber mastermind

Wednesday Jul 28, 2010
Slovenian police have confirmed that they have detained a computer hacker believed responsible for creating the virus that infected 12 million computers worldwide

Hacker gets 20 years for stealing credit card data

By Denise Lavoie | Friday Mar 26, 2010
A computer hacker from Miami who orchestrated one of the largest theft of credit and debit card numbers in U.S. history was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison.

Suspected Twitter infiltrator: ’I’m a nice hacker’

By Angela Doland | Friday Mar 26, 2010
"I’m a nice hacker," suspected Twitter infiltrator Francois Cousteix told France 3 television Thursday, a day after he was released from police questioning, adding that his goal was to warn Internet users about data security.