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Hacker streams old Elon Musk interview about cryptocurrency in latest South Korean government YouTube hack

  • Government of the Republic of Korea, the official YouTube channel of the South Korean government, has been restored following a hacking incident over the weekend, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said in a statement on Sunday.
  • "At 3:20 a.m., the channel name and profile picture were altered and a live video was played on the account," the statement read. “The attack was brought to our attention at 6 a.m. and the channel was restored around 7:20 a.m."
  • The hacker streamed a video of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s interview with Bloomberg at the Qatar Economic Forum in June, where he talked about Twitter acquisition and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and Dogecoin.
  • The recent hacking is the latest in a string of incidents involving YouTube channels of South Korean government agencies.
  • A cryptocurrency videos was streamed on the channel of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) on Aug. 29. The channel of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) was also targeted last week.

Officials confirmed that they have restored Government of the Republic of Korea, the official YouTube channel of South Korea’s government, after a hacker took control of their account and streamed an Elon Musk interview about cryptocurrency over the weekend.

The hacking incident reportedly occurred at around 3:20 a.m. on Saturday when the YouTube channel’s name was changed to “SpaceX Invest” by an unidentified hacker. The channel, which has more than 263,000 subscribers, mainly publishes videos about current policies and events.

Neopets hacker steals 69 million accounts and offers them online for Bitcoin

  • A hacker known as “TarTarX” has stolen 69 million Neopets accounts ransom in exchange for four Bitcoins worth approximately $86,339.
  • The company is currently working with law enforcement and conducting an investigation.
  • Neopets recommended that users immediately change the passwords of their accounts as well as those of other websites that may use the same password.

A major data breach compromised 69 million Neopets accounts, with the hacker offering to sell all of the users’ info and accounts for four Bitcoins worth approximately $86,339.

Neopets released an announcement on July 20 informing millions of users that their accounts may have been affected. 

China censors news on hacker selling personal info of 1 billion citizens from stolen police database

  • China has reportedly blocked news about a hacker who claimed to have stolen a local police database and subsequently offered to sell it for 10 bitcoin (about $200,000).
  • The leaked Shanghai National Police database allegedly contains 23 terabytes of data including personal information from 1 billion Chinese citizens.
  • The breach remains unconfirmed and Chinese authorities have yet to make a public statement regarding the issue.

China is reportedly blocking news about a hacker who claimed to have stolen a police database containing information on 1 billion citizens and offered to sell it for 10 bitcoin (approximately $200,000).

The anonymous hacker, who goes by the username ChinaDan, said the database contains more than 23 terabytes of data including personal information, such as addresses, mobile numbers and criminal histories.

Singaporean man’s face ends up in deepfake porn after he refuses to pay hacker $5,800

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  • A 20-year-old Singaporean man identified as Owen found himself in the middle of a deepfake porn scandal after refusing to give in to a hacker’s demand for 8,000 Singaporean dollars (approximately $5,796).
  • The incident started on April 21 when Owen was woken up by an overseas call from an unknown number, according to his police report. He answered, thinking it was his manager, but he received no response.
  • Shortly after hanging up, a person going by the name of “Lori” messaged him via the Line app and showed him screenshots of his contact list. The hacker threatened Owen, saying they would send a deepfake porn video of him to his contacts unless he gave them money.
  • Deepfake is a type of artificial intelligence that can be used to alter the face of a person in a video to make them look like someone else.
  • Owen brushed off the threat, thinking it was just a scam. Hours later, one of his acquaintances, identified as Ednes Lee, received a video of a person with his face performing sexual acts.
  • He found out that several of his friends and ex-colleagues have also received the video from various unknown overseas numbers.

A Singaporean man found himself in the middle of a deepfake porn scandal after a hacker messaged his friends and ex-colleagues and shared a video of a person with his face performing sexual acts.

The incident started on April 21 when the 20-year-old man, identified as Owen, was woken up by an overseas phone call from an unknown number, according to his police report that his acquaintance, Ednes Lee, shared on Facebook on April 22.

Taiwanese Hacker Backs Out on Threat of Deleting Mark Zuckerberg’s Profile in Livestream

An independent white hat hacker from Taiwan is backing down from his earlier claim that he would delete Mark Zuckerberg’s own Facebook page and broadcast it live on Sunday.

Chang Chi-yuan, a minor celebrity at home with over 26,000 Facebook followers, announced his endeavor on his account earlier this week, saying he would take down the billionaire’s account at 6 p.m. local time.

Mark Zuckerberg Got His Twitter Hacked After Using the Worst Password Ever

A Saudi Arabia-based group of hackers that call themselves “OurMine” briefly hacked the Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram accounts of Mark Zuckerberg over the weekend, but it’s the password that the Facebook CEO used that has many shaking their heads.

OurMine, who claimed to just be testing Zuckerberg’s security, reportedly found his password in a leaked LinkedIn password dump that occurred last month. When they gained access to Zuckerberg’s twitter, they tweeted:

Facebook Awards Indian Hacker $15,000 For Discovering How to Hack into any Profile

A brilliant hacker from India found a dangerous weakness in Facebook’s “Forgot Password?” algorithm that can be exploited to gain access to any profile. Instead of utilizing it to do harm, he notified Facebook about the loophole and was rewarded a cool $15,000.

Security engineer Anand Prakash detailed his accomplishment in a blog post, explaining his discovery and methods on exploring the social network’s vulnerability. He also uploaded a video proving his exploit along with a screenshot of his prize from Facebook.

You’ll NEVER Want to Use Public Wi-Fi Again After Reading This

When we need Wi-Fi in public, sometimes it seems like we’ll say to ourselves, “I’ll take the first one I can get — I don’t care how shady it seems.” It might be slow, but free internet is always better than the Dark Ages-like periods when we don’t have any access.

Unfortunately, hackers know this too, and they’ve basically perfected a way to steal valuable information from your devices through attacks on public Wi-Fi networks that look like software updates. Hotels most of all have been hit with this threat for the valuable info travelling businessmen carry with them — and for their constant need to be online. The worst part is, big software companies like Microsoft, Google and Comcast either have no idea about it or have inadvertently put their customers at risk.