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Authorities Probe Security Breach at San Diego Airport

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- Authorities on Wednesday continued to investigate how a man was able to board a Los Angeles-bound plane at San Diego International Airport Tuesday without a ticket.

The man, whose name has not been released, was arrested and charged with trespassing. He’d just been released from prison and authorities said he had an extensive criminal history.

The suspect allegedly walked through an alarmed but unguarded emergency door inside the terminal. He then joined a line of passengers boarding United Airlines flight 6323 on the tarmac.

“When he went through the door, it set off the alarm,” San Diego Harbor Police Lt. James Jordan told Fox 5 San Diego.  “It was caught on camera.”

Flight attendants became aware of the extra flier, who was then seated on the plane, during a final passenger count.

“They said: ‘What’s your count?’” said passenger Nicholas Blasgen. “She said: ‘This is my count.’ And they said: ‘That’s wrong.’”

Agents from the Transportation Security Administration arrested the man, who was reportedly not deemed a threat.

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Report: More Than 25,000 Airport Security Breaches Since 2001

Creatas/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Despite an increase in aviation security measures across the U.S. since the 9/11 attacks, more than 25,000 security breaches have taken place throughout the country's airports since late 2001, according to a new Congressional report.

That boils down to about one breach for every 170,000 passengers, or roughly seven breaches a day -- and this despite "enhanced pat downs" and other screening proceedures that many, including some lawmakers, say are becoming increasingly invasive to innocent travelers.

The Transportation Security Administration, however, says those figures are misleading.  In a statement to ABC News, the agency said the breaches represent "a tiny fraction of one percent" of the more than 5.5 billion travelers who have been screened at the nation's 450 airports since Sept. 11.

Yet, others find the report concerning.

"Certainly it's a small percentage given the large number of people screened.  On the other hand, we know from hard experience -- 9/11 -- that only one security breach can be catastrophically fatal," said Clark Kent Ervin, director of the Homeland Security Program at the Aspen Institute.

"I think the key question is: 'Are we as safe as we can be?  Are we as safe as we need to be?  Are we as safe as we think we are all these many years after 9/11?'  And I think unfortunately the answer to those questions is 'no,'" he said.

The findings will be presented at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday.

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LulzSec Claims Hack of Arizona Dept of Public Safety Computers

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- The group of hackers who has taken credit for cyber attacks against the U.S. Senate, CIA, Sony, and Nintendo added a new website to their list Thursday.

LulzSec claims it hacked into the Arizona Department of Public Safety's computers, gaining access to hundreds of emails, intelligence bulletins, and personal information, which the group leaked.

On its website, the group posted that it is "targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona."

Among the documents leaked are nuclear threat briefings, threats against elected officials, and racial profiling reports.  The addresses, phone numbers, and names of public safety family members were also made public.

LulzSec says it plans to release more documents and information on a weekly basis.

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Sony Playstation Hack: What You Should Know to Protect Yourself

Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Listen up, PlayStation fans: It's time to take stock of your online accounts.

In the aftermath of the Sony PlayStation security breach that affected a reported 77 million network users, cyber-threat experts caution that you can't be too careful.

In a message to customers Tuesday, Sony said that personal information, including names, addresses, birth dates, email addresses and PlayStation logins and passwords, may have been stolen in a hack that has taken its network offline for the past week.

While the company said there is no evidence that credit card information was compromised, it added that "we cannot rule out the possibility."

Sony said it is investigating the breach and expects to restore parts of its service within the week. But while the company takes care of internal damage control, security experts say its customers should do some due diligence of their own.

Hackers could not only use the stolen information to attempt to break-in to users other online accounts, they could use email addresses to send you official-looking messages filled with malware or directing users to dangerous Web links.

Worst of all, they could hit you where it hurts the most -- your wallet.

Beth Jones, a senior threat researcher for the security firm Sophos Labs, said PlayStation users might even want to go so far as canceling the credits connected to their accounts.

"I'll be honest, for myself, because I'm paranoid, I would immediately cancel the card, just because as far as you're concerned, that card could possibly be compromised," she said. "We're keeping our fingers crossed that it wasn't compromised, but for some of us that really are paranoid, I would cancel it."

Keeping an eye on credit reports and bank statements is always a best practice, but Jones said that after attacks like this people should take an even closer look at their financial statements and online accounts.

And your online passwords? Change 'em. Given how frequently people recycle their passwords or use the same one for several accounts, Jones said, PlayStation users should assume that hackers have their old passwords and choose a new one -- pronto.

Phishing attacks over email could be another possibility.

Sony has said that it will not contact customers in any way, including via email, asking for credit card numbers, Social Security numbers or other personally identifiable information. If customers are asked for those kinds of information, they should know that the requests are not authorized by Sony, the company said.

But now that hackers have 77 million email addresses, Jones said spammers could easily create official-looking emails that appear to be from banks or credit card companies, carrying malicious Web links. Once clicked, those links could bury malicious code on people's computers or attempt to trick them into turning over important personal information, such as credit card information, bank account log-in data, and social media accounts.

Experts caution that you should be wary of unsolicited messages, especially when they include attachments and request information. If you receive a message from a company or your bank, skip the link in the email and go straight to their website, they say.

Jones also said you should consider changing the security questions connected to your accounts. Several sites use the same questions, and hackers could use them to try to gain access to other online accounts.

As for the scale of the PlayStation attack, some reports have called this the "biggest security breach ever," but Jones said that while it's significant, it's not quite as big other past security breaches. What makes this attack so jarring is the name of the company connected to it.

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