Cyber Beat Daily: Hackers Hit Sensitive Army Database of US Dams + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day’s top stories in social media and technology for 5/1 include several major hacking incidents, the Boston bombing and Russian social media, medicine meets Twitter, update on Anonymous-linked court case, spyware, revenge porn, and video game piracy.

Summary of stories:  Sensitive Army database of U.S. dams compromised, Department of Labor sub-domain hacked, spyware posing as Mozilla Firefox, school bomb scares trigger social media response, latest Boston bombing arrestees’ Russian social media activity, tweeting a live surgery, an update on Anonymous-linked Barrett Brown case, latest ‘revenge porn’ case, a video game maker punked its pirates but is it piracy or baiting?, a rogue employee turns a gaming network into a private Bitcoin mine, and ‘Breaking Bad’ as a LEGO video game.

Read below for these stories and more.

Featured Story.

From the Washington Free Beacon: 

“Raising new concerns that China is preparing to conduct a future cyber attack against the national electrical power grid”…

The Cyber-Dam Breaks – Sensitive Army database of U.S. dams compromised; Chinese hackers suspected

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.


Spyware used by governments poses as Firefox, and Mozilla is angry

Students in NJ actually aren’t so forgiving of this craziness.

Fear, disbelief on social media after Edison High School (NJ) bomb scares

A look at pieces of a digital trail.

In Russian Social Media, Glimpse of Students Accused of Hiding Boston Evidence

Medicine meets Twitter.

Social Media Broadcasts Live Surgery to the Masses

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

Security experts suspect Chinese hacking campaign.

Cyberattack on US Department of Labor Website, Triggers Malware

Lawyer defended Guantanamo Bay detainee who was a former driver for Osama bin Laden.

Anonymous-linked Barrett Brown appears at Dallas pretrial hearing with new legal team

Recent media hackings foreshadow bigger worries on the horizon.

Hacking the News: Information Warfare in the Age of Twitter

Law and Order.

‘Woman sues ex-boyfriend and four sites that allegedly hosted her nude pictures.’

“Revenge porn” suit targets generic porn sites, Web hosts

‘Is it piracy just because the user thinks it is? What if the developer encourages it?’

Piracy or baiting? The thorny legal question of Game Dev Tycoon’s honeypot

I knew I shouldn’t have gotten excited about this. Back to working out the arms.

Judge Halts NYC Taxi E-Hailing a Day After Launch


This reminded me of an updated version of the movie “Office Space”…

Rogue Employee Turns Gaming Network Into Private Bitcoin Mine

Because who doesn’t love LEGOs?

AMC’s Breaking Bad as a LEGO Video Game