hacking

  • The Dinosaurs Of Cybersecurity Are Planes, Power Grids And Hospitals Crunch Network

    The Dinosaurs Of Cybersecurity Are Planes, Power Grids And Hospitals

    As we continue down the path toward complete connectivity — in which all devices, appliances and networks connect to each other and the Internet — it is evident that much of our longstanding technology can no longer keep up. And it’s not an issue affecting only tech companies and web-connected devices, it’s affecting systems and infrastructures that most would expect to… Read More

  • Malaysia Airlines Site Hacked By Lizard Squad

    Malaysia Airlines Site Hacked By Lizard Squad

    Hacker group Lizard Squad, which took down Xbox Live and the Sony Playstation Network last month, have claimed credit for an attack on Malaysia Airlines’ website. The site currently displays a picture of a lizard in a top hat and monocle, as well as the text “404-Plane Not Found” (a reference to flight MH370, which disappeared in March), and “Hacked by LIZARD… Read More

  • U.K. Police Arrest Alleged Lizard Squad Hacker

    U.K. Police Arrest Alleged Lizard Squad Hacker

    Vinnie Omari, alleged member of the Lizard Squad, the hacking crew that took down both Xbox Live and the Playstation Network on Christmas, was arrested in Twickenham on December 31. Omari provided details to the Daily Dot regarding the arrest and the police issued a press release announcing the raid. From the release: The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has arrested a… Read More

  • North Korea On Sony Hack: It Wasn’t Us

    North Korea On Sony Hack: It Wasn’t Us

    Here is the latest twist in the ongoing Sony hacking story: after the FBI alleged that North Korea was indeed behind the attack on Sony, North Korea today categorically denied having anything to do with it. According to a BBC report, North Korea’s foreign ministry went as far threatening “grave consequences” and demanding a joint investigation into the allegations. North… Read More

  • Five Sony Pictures Movie Screeners Leaked After Hacking

    Five Sony Pictures Movie Screeners Leaked After Hacking

    Five movie screeners from Sony Pictures have made their way onto torrent sites after the studio’s computer system was hacked earlier this week. Read More

  • Clueless Founder “Hacks” Jason Calacanis’ Voicemail After Spoofing Phone Calls

    Clueless Founder “Hacks” Jason Calacanis’ Voicemail After Spoofing Phone Calls

    I don’t like to bring up these little lapses of judgement (or, in this case, horrendous lapses of reason) but it’s an interesting story and deserves at least a brief mention. An entrepreneur, who shall remain nameless, wanted Jason Calacanis and Tim Ferris to invest in his startup. Instead of emailing the two, the founder spoofed a phone call from Ferris to Calacanis, assuming… Read More

  • In Year 3 Of Stealth Mode, Enterprise Security Startup vArmour Raises Another $36M

    In Year 3 Of Stealth Mode, Enterprise Security Startup vArmour Raises Another $36M

    vArmour, a security startup that has been in stealth mode for the past three years, is today announcing not one but two more rounds of funding as it finally gears up for a launch later this year. The startup, based out of Mountain View, has raised $36 million in Series B and Series C rounds. The first of these, a $15 million tranche from December 2013, was led by Menlo Ventures (which has led… Read More

  • New Search Engine Unmasks The Hackers

    New Search Engine Unmasks The Hackers

    Indexeus.net looks like it could have been a Y Combinator project. With a slick design, snappy copy, and a bitcoin-based payment system, it looks unusually legit. But what the site is hiding is the produce of hundreds of hacking efforts from around the web. I’ve left out the link because it’s unclear if the site may deliver malware now or in the future. You can type it in if… Read More

  • The Internet Is Burning Crunch Network

    The Internet Is Burning

    Online security is a horrifying nightmare. Heartbleed. Target. Apple. Linux. Microsoft. Yahoo. eBay. X.509. Whatever security cataclysm erupts next, probably in weeks or even days. We seem to be trapped in a vicious cycle of cascading security disasters that just keep getting worse. Read More

  • Multiple Pinterest Accounts Hacked, Flooded With Butt Pics

    Multiple Pinterest Accounts Hacked, Flooded With Butt Pics

    If you log onto Pinterest and see that one of your friends has suddenly developed a fixation with weight loss ads and butt pics like the ones below, don’t click on the pins. Multiple accounts have been hacked over the last hour and flooded with spam. We’ve emailed Pinterest for comment. Read More

  • Snapchat Hacked By Fruit Smoothie Enthusiast

    Snapchat Hacked By Fruit Smoothie Enthusiast

    If one of your friends randomly sends you a photo of a smoothie on Snapchat, don’t go to the URL on the picture. It’s a hack that has affected several accounts, as a Twitter search shows. Wired writer Joe Brown was one of the users who suffered a Snapchat fruiting. A Snapchat spokesperson told him that the startup did not see any evidence of “brute-force tactics,” and… Read More

  • U.S. Justice Dept Joins The Target Credit Card Data Breach Investigation

    U.S. Justice Dept Joins The Target Credit Card Data Breach Investigation

    The investigation behind Target’s data breach, which affected 40 million customers and is one of the largest hacking incidents in retail history, has intensified. The U.S. Justice Department has joined the investigation, which already includes the FBI and the Secret Service, which usually oversees the federal government’s credit card fraud cases. Read More

  • Confirmed: Snapchat Hack Not A Hoax, 4.6M Usernames And Numbers Published

    Confirmed: Snapchat Hack Not A Hoax, 4.6M Usernames And Numbers Published

    A site called SnapchatDB.info has saved usernames and phone numbers for 4.6 million accounts and made the information available for download. SnapchatDB says that it got the information through a recently identified and patched Snapchat exploit and that it is making the data available in an effort to convince the messaging app to beef up its security. We’ve reached out to Snapchat… Read More

  • Anonymous Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond Gets Maximum 10-Year Prison Sentence

    Anonymous Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond Gets Maximum 10-Year Prison Sentence

    Anonymous hacktivist, Jeremy Hammond, who leaked millions of emails from security firm Stratfor, has been slapped with the maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Hammond claimed the harsh ruling was a “vengeful, spiteful act” designed to send a message. Read More

  • Shine Security Is Reinventing The Antivirus Company For The Age Of Zero-Day Attacks

    Shine Security Is Reinventing The Antivirus Company For The Age Of Zero-Day Attacks

    Launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, Shine Security is reinventing the idea of what it means to be an antivirus company in an age of cyber-warfare and zero-day attacks. The company’s technology was built by white hat, ethical hackers, and works in real time, performing behavioral monitoring on end users’ systems in order to stop newly emerging threats that other… Read More

  • Personal Security Startup MyPermissions Adds Real-Time Protection For Twitter

    Personal Security Startup MyPermissions Adds Real-Time Protection For Twitter

    MyPermissions, a startup offering a suite of security protection and privacy tools, is today becoming the first service to offer live protection for users’ Twitter accounts. What that means is MyPermissions will now be able to alert you in real time as new Twitter applications access your personal information, tweets or direct messages or gain the ability to post tweets in your name. Read More

  • What Happens At Def Con Stays With Us All

    What Happens At Def Con Stays With Us All

    There’s nothing like attendance at the annual Black Hat and DefCon security/hacker conferences to hike your paranoia into the red zone and keep it there forever. You come away with the sense that nothing, anywhere, ever, is safe–and that’s just from talks given by people willing to publicize their work. Compared to the secret legions of the NSA and other governments’… Read More

  • NSA Project XKeyscore Collects Nearly Everything You Do On The Internet

    NSA Project XKeyscore Collects Nearly Everything You Do On The Internet

    Further leaks have revealed an NSA project called X-Keyscore that, with a few keystrokes, can give a data analyst access to nearly everything a user does on the Internet – from chat sessions to email to browsing habits. Read More

  • How Not To Look Stupid On Twitter

    How Not To Look Stupid On Twitter

    When the AP Twitter stream was hacked a few weeks ago leading to a massive drop in the equities market, I went off. I found the fact that the AP – a news organization staffed by intelligent people and with a long history of adapting to new media – could be hacked through a phishing attack was unconscionable. It would be like Bank of America being hacked by a group of script kiddies. Read More

  • Java Applet Attack Wipes Out Bitcoin Accounts On Mt. Gox

    Java Applet Attack Wipes Out Bitcoin Accounts On Mt. Gox

    The price of freedom, as they say, is eternal vigilance. A user called bitbully on the Bitcointalk Forums found himself 34 bitcoins poorer when he visited a site claiming to be a chat service connected with Mt. Gox, a popular bitcoin trading service. The site, wwwdotmtg(this is an o)x-ch(this is an a)tdotinfo (do not visit this site), apparently places a cross-site transfer order on the… Read More

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