hackers

  • Hacker Culture: The Key To Future Prosperity?

    Hacker Culture: The Key To Future Prosperity?

    One of the most exciting trends of the early 21st century has been the explosion of hacker culture around the world. By hackers, I don’t mean people who pose security threats to computer networks. I’m referring simply to people who use technology to create useful products. For a number of reasons, the next few decades will see more hackers added to the global population than at… Read More

  • “All Your Shreds Are Belong to U.S.” Wins $50,000 DARPA Shredder Challenge

    “All Your Shreds Are Belong to U.S.” Wins $50,000 DARPA Shredder Challenge

    A San Francisco-based team has just won the DARPA Shredder Challenge. DARPA, the government agency whose work led to the creation of the Internet, challenged the public to reconstruct five shredded documents. The winning team, called “All Your Shreds Are Belong to U.S.” completed the task in 33 days, spending nearly 600 man-hours building algorithms and piecing together more… Read More

  • Hackers Are Climbing In Your Windows, So Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Files

    Hackers Are Climbing In Your Windows, So Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Files

    Remember when Google was hacked by Chinese spies about 18 months ago? Well, that just scratched the surface of some of the more serious and persistent hacking operations over the past few years. In a detailed blog post that is both eye-opening and a brilliant piece of marketing, McAfee’s VP of Threat Research Dmitri Alperovitch lays out the details of Operation Shady RAT (Remote… Read More

  • Hack Attack: Sony Confirms PlayStation Network Outage Caused By 'External Intrusion'

    Unfortunately for PlayStation Network and Qriocity services users, it looks like the widespread network outages will continue. Since Sony’s PlayStation and music networks went down two days ago, there has been a fair amount of public speculation over the cause of the outage. (Largely due to Sony’s tight-lipped handling of public relations.) Many blamed vengeful gremlins loose… Read More

  • Anti-Virus Company Installs Cellphone Malware And Then Charges To Remove It

    A Chinese company, NetQin, allegedly secretly installed malware whenever users installed a copy of their special “cellular malware detector” and then charged a 30 cent update fee to remove the virus. The software also deleted other anti-virus solutions on Android phones. NetQin has denied the accusation and chalks up the nasty talk to an upset competitor. Read More

  • MAKE Takes On Sony's Long Tradition Of Stifling Innovation

    The crusading Phil Torrone offers us a long and detailed list of things Sony has done in the past decade or so to stifle CE innovation and prevent the unauthorized use of their hardware. Whether you’re on the side of “hack everything every day” or, on the other hand, wish these script kiddie pirates would just shut up, you have to admit that Sony’s often ham-handed… Read More

  • Chinese Hackers Break Into Big Oil's Computer Systems, Sensitive Documents Taken

    Chinese hackers are at it again. This time they went after five multinational oil and gas companies and got some very sensitive information including bidding contracts, proprietary industrial processes and other financial documents. The attack is being called “Night Dragon” by Dmitri Alperovitch, McAfee’s vice president for threat research. Alperovitch said that, “It… Read More

  • Video: Presenting The World's Worst Hacker

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is good clean fun for everyone. It’s a video, yes, and one that shows what could be the world’s worst hacker attempting to create a little mischief. This is genuinely worth the click-through, trust me. Read More

  • Help Mozilla Find a Bug, Earn Big Fat Cash

    Help Mozilla squash a bug, earn some money. Nothing wrong with that, right? The organization that brought us Firefox has expanded its program that pays people between $500 and $,300 for finding and reporting glitches in its software. The program originally only applied to Mozilla’s applications, like Firefox and Thunderbird, but now applies to its various online sites, like… Read More

  • Our Government Can’t Prevent A Digital 9-11: Entrepreneurs Need To Step In


    At the Security Innovation Network (SINET) Showcase at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., this week, Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, presented a dire assessment of the cyber-security threat facing our nation. He discussed how rogue governments and hackers are quietly infiltrating our computer systems and the disasters that can be… Read More