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Officials shut down Arizona State Fair website after attack

Hackers recently compromised the Arizona State Fair website, infecting it with malware that redirected users to harmful web pages.

Bowdoin researcher on cutting edge of virtual machine technology

Daniela Oliveira, a Bowdoin University assistant professor, is spearheading innovative computer security research projects to develop virtual machines, according to an Academic Spotlight profile on the university’s website.

University hack compromises 75,000 names, Social Security numbers

A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee online image bank containing the names and Social Security numbers of about 75,000 current and former students and employees was hacked last spring, school officials recently announced.

Girl Scout hacks mobile app

A 10-year-old hacker took the stage at the recent DefCon computer security conference in Las Vegas to tell crowds about the vulnerability she discovered in mobile gaming applications, CNET reports.

Chrome extensions make operating system vulnerable

Computer security specialists Matt Johansen and Kyle Osborn announced at this week's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas that hackers can exploit web applications called extensions to hack Google's internet-based Chrome operating system.

Mobile wireless networks make easy targets

After cracking the encryption code most commonly used to protect web data sent from mobile devices, prominent internet security researcher Karsten Nohl intercepted and read information sent over mobile wireless networks in many European countries.

Trojans infect many Chinese computers

The world’s most populous country faces a growing internet security problem, as about 500,000 Chinese computers were hacked in 2010, according to numbers recently released by China’s National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team.

Mac networks vulnerable to attack

Mac computer networks are vulnerable to attack, internet security experts warned audiences at the recent Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.

Spam King indicted on criminal charges

Sanford Wallace, known as the “Spam King,” was recently indicted in California federal court on criminal charges of computer fraud and tampering, and could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

Workers give hackers exploitable information

As part of a contest at the recent DefCon computer security conference in Las Vegas, hackers collected sensitive information about the networks of major corporations, including tech and telecommunications companies, retailers and airlines.

Text messaging is the new hot wiring

For computer security expert Don Bailey, it's as easy to break into a car as it is to send a text message.

Homeland Security says Anonymous hackers not very sophisticated

In a recent cyber security bulletin, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security called the high-profile hacker group Anonymous a collective of “script kiddies” that does not possess the technical capability to thwart computer security systems and cause serious harm.

Remote-controlled plane can spy on wireless networks

For about $6,000, computer security experts Richard Perkins and Mike Tassey built a remote-controlled plane that can infiltrate wireless networks and eavesdrop on cell phone calls, The New York Times reports.

Microsoft will release 13 “Patch Tuesday” updates

Microsoft recently announced it will issue 13 updates to address 22 computer security vulnerabilities on August 9, this month’s “Patch Tuesday.”