In late November, San Francisco’s public transport network was hit by a ransomware attack taking all ticket machines offline. Instead of shutting the transport system down, the Municipal Transport Agency decided to let users ride for free.

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In September 2016, 800,000 users of the pornographic website Brazzers had their details leaked online. CybelAngel accessed and analysed this data.

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On 7 November, the English supermarket giant Tesco released an official press release announcing its online banking system had been compromised. Experts consider this attack to be one of the most severe to target the UK banking sector to date – but its origins are unknown.

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On Friday 21 October, a major DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack hit DNS servers belonging to the US company Dyn. The attack took down a large number of websites on America’s East Coast, including Twitter, Spotify and Netflix.

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With just one month until the US elections, Anonymous has launched a DDoS attack against Hillary.org, a website supporting Hillary Clinton, as part of a new offensive against the Democratic candidate.

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On September 20th, the website of Brian Krebs, an investigative journalist specialising in Internet security, was hit by one of the largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks seen to date on the web. Why are these kinds of attacks significant?

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Do you know how far the U.S. Presidential Election debate has gone? Would you believe that there are websites that compare both candidates to liars, dictators or half-­gods?

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