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A hacker is an individual who uses computers with the purpose of gaining unauthorized access to private data. They are usually skilled programmers who find weaknesses in computer systems or networks. Some claim that hackers make the Internet a safer place by reporting bugs and vulnerabilities that companies can later fix for their customers’ protection. Mainly, hackers can obtain cash advances, hijack passwords and usernames, steal money, etc.
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Facebook said that the reason for the recent data leakage of more than 530 million users was not a hacker breach of its systems. Attackers gained access to information by extracting data from web resources or so-called web scraping.
Users from 106 countries were affected, including 32 million profiles from the USA, 11 million from the UK, and 6 million from India. Facebook said this data was extracted using a vulnerability that the company patched in 2019.
According to Apple, the vulnerability discovered by security researchers from Google Project Zero could be "actively exploited" by hackers. The bug was found in the WebKit browser engine, which is the basis of the Safari browser on all Apple devices.
In early March, Internet scammers began to use Telegram bots, which collect personal data, to blackmail users in Russia. Now, the Telegram account of the Australian Finance Minister was hacked.
18-year-old US resident Graham Ivan Clark pleaded guilty to committing a hacker attack on the social network Twitter for the purpose of fraud. A Florida court sentenced him to three years in a juvenile prison.
Due to a vulnerability in Microsoft's Exchange Server software, hackers managed to attack more than 60,000 companies and organizations in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The incident has already been called a cybersecurity threat.