Hacker paid off after personal information of NUI Galway alumni breached

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Personal information of NUI Galway alumni was breached in a recent cyber-attack targeting a company linked to the university’s fundraising foundation. In an email on Wednesday, Galway University Foundation notified individuals on its mailing list their data had been subject to a cyber-attack. Credit card and bank account details were not compromised …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Students admit hacking FG website

Posted in Legal issues on July 16th, 2013 by steve

“Two students have admitted hacking Fine Gael’s website – in the weeks leading up to the 2011 general election – as a ‘stunt’ to embarrass the party …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 16 July]

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Was Elsevier’s peer review system hacked to get more citations?

Posted in Legal issues on December 18th, 2012 by steve

“… It’s still unclear what motivated the hack, which others are referring to as ‘editorial spoofing’. While we don’t like to speculate, we’ve gathered some clues that point in a certain direction: The hacker doesn’t seem to have been working on behalf of the authors submitting manuscripts, but instead may have been trying to gain more citations for particular papers …” (more)

[Ivan Oransky, Retraction Watch, 18 December]

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‘Inadequate’ Irish cybercrime law may benefit hacking accused

Posted in Legal issues on March 8th, 2012 by steve

“Irish cybercrime law is inadequate and outdated and this may favour two young Irish students alleged to be at the centre of a global hacking ring if the US seeks to extradite them, a law expert has said …” (more)

[Jennifer Hough, Irish Examiner, 8 March]

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Student held over hacking released without charge

Posted in Legal issues on March 8th, 2012 by steve

“One of two Irish students charged with computer hacking by the FBI was yesterday released from Garda custody without charge having been arrested for questioning a day earlier …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan and Colm Keena, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Gardai prepare file on teens linked to global hacking ring

Posted in Legal issues on March 8th, 2012 by steve

“A student at the centre of a global investigation into computer hacking was back in college yesterday, and working on his laptop …” (more)

[Tom Brady and Barry Duggan, Independent, 8 March]

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Trinity student FBI claim is top hacker is released by Gardai

Posted in Legal issues on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“A suspected hacker wanted by the FBI and arrested over cyber plots by online anarchists Anonymous and LulzSec has been released without charge …” (more)

[Ed Carty and others, Independent, 7 March]

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FBI indicts Irish students over global hacking conspiracy

Posted in Legal issues on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“The FBI has named two young Irish men as members of a six-man group said to lead a global computer hacking organisation, in indictment papers in a New York court …” (more)

[Conor Lally, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Student detained as part of crackdown on hacking

Posted in Legal issues on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“One of two Irish students, named in a US court as being sought in connection with an international investigation into computer hacking and telephone intercepts, was being questioned by the gardai last night …” (more)

[Tom Brady, Independent, 7 March]

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Much Ado About Email Spoofing; Climate Economist Has Email Hijacked

Posted in Legal issues on February 10th, 2010 by steve

“Every climate scientist in the world must be begging their information technology experts for the latest antivirus, spam and firewall software. In the latest email fracas, Nicholas Stern, who in 2006 led an influential review on the economics of climate change, apparently had his email account hijacked into sending fake emails, along with a virus, to colleagues at the London School of Economic’s Grantham Institute for Climate Change, which Stern heads …” (more)

[John Travis, Science Insider, 10 February]

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In Hollywood, hackers are mostly ‘good guys’

Posted in Research on February 8th, 2010 by steve

“… There is ambiguity about what hackers do and what their motives are. The mix-up is often blamed on the media for creating a negative view of hackers, but are the movies really to blame? Damian Gordon of the School of Computing at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Ireland, is not so sure. He has homed in on the hacking in live-action, non-documentary movies from the last four decades and come to some interesting conclusions …” (more)

[Entertainment Daily, 8 February]

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