Taj Mahal Site Hacked by Pakistani Cybercriminals

Pakistan Haxors Crew, one of the most active hacktivist groups targeting Indian sites, defaced the main page of the Taj Mahal website (www.tajmahal.gov.in) to emphasize security vulnerabilities of the Indian government, according to ehackingnews.com.

LulzSec Hacker Points to his Colleagues for Lighter Sentence

Leader of hacktivist group LulzSec, Hecto Xavier "Sabu" Monsegur, will receive a reduced penalty of 7 months in prison for helping US authorities sabotage some 300 hacking attacks, according to itnews.com.

Encryption Now Mandatory for XMPP-Based Services

Over 70 XMPP-based service operators and software developers have permanently upgraded to encrypted connections to secure users’ communications and prevent traffic sniffing, according to Prosody, an XMPP communications server.

Cybercriminals Devise New Tricks to Dodge Security, Microsoft Says

As security solutions grow more efficient, cyber criminals are shifting to more sophisticated “deceptive” tactics, including malicious downloads and ransomware, according to a cybersecurity report from Microsoft.

Former US Navy System Administrator Accused of Hacking Navy, Police, Homeland Security

A 27-year-old former navy nuclear system administrator has been arrested for allegedly hacking the systems of the US Navy, Homeland Security, various police departments and other private and public organizations, according to The US Department of Justice.

Mozilla Seeks to Prevent Discrimination Between ISPs

Mozilla is petitioning the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt clear and democratic rules to prevent ISPs from blocking or discriminating against edge providers, such as wireless networks.

DVR Used to Mine Bitcoins

A regular digital video recorder can be transformed into a Bitcoin-mining bot, according to a blog post by SANS Institute.

Alleged Anonymous Hacker Faces 440 Years in Prison for Cyber-Stalking and 14,000 Hack Attempts

An alleged Anonymous member faces a maximum sentence of 440 years in prison after being indicted with 18 counts of cyber-stalking on top of earlier offenses, according to an FBI press release.

Microsoft Issues Internet Explorer Security Fix for XP after Product’s End of Life

Microsoft has issued a security fix for an Internet Explorer browser vulnerability that includes Windows XP users despite ceasing security updates for Windows XP last month, according to a company blog post.