To protect election systems from hacking, states are getting cozier with Homeland Security

It might be a snow day in Washington, but the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on election system security continued as planned. During Wednesday’s hearing, Homeland Security Secretary Kirs

These hackers put together a prosthetic Nerf gun

How can you participate in a Nerf gun fight if you’re missing a hand? The ingenious Hackerloop collective of tinkerers solved that problem by putting together a prosthetic Nerf gun that you can cont

Despite Uber debacle, HackerOne’s CEO argues why every company should work with hackers

In November, Uber disclosed that a year earlier, hackers stole 57 million driver and rider accounts and that it paid them a $100,000 ransom to delete the information. The breach was reportedly part of

The Altairduino is the modern Altair replica of your dreams

Anyone who fondly remembers the Altair revolution probably wasn’t there. But that doesn’t stop us nerds from romanticizing one of the coolest proto-computers ever made. Originally sold as

Crooks launder money using real (and fake) Amazon ebooks

In a fascinating post, Brian Krebs and a group of security researchers have found a method for laundering money through expensive ebooks. It started when author Patrick Reames received an Amazon tax f

Poor cloud security let hackers mine cryptocurrency on Tesla's dime

The strange new breed of malicious cryptocurrency miners spares no one, it seems: Tesla is the latest to be struck by this trendy form of hackery. A poorly secured cloud computing setup let them waltz

UK accuses Russia of 2017’s NotPetya ransomware attacks

The UK government has directly accused Russia of being behind the so called NotPetya ransomware attack last year -- which quickly spread around the globe, including affecting businesses in Spain, Fra

Protecting your business from cyber threats

Your internet provider calls. Malware associated with the latest botnet has been detected coming from your corporate network. The incident response plans are triggered. The common thought trajectory g

Dutch intelligence reportedly hacked Russian election hackers in 2014

As if the story of the 2016 election and associated cyberattacks wasn't already complicated enough, new information now suggests that Dutch intelligence has for years been aware of, and sharing, infor

Linus Torvalds declares Intel fix for Meltdown/Spectre ‘COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE’

The always outspoken Linus Torvalds, best known for his continuing work on the innermost code of Linux systems, has harsh words to say and accusations to level against Intel. His evaluation of Intel's

UK’s Carphone Warehouse fined nearly $540k for 2015 hack

The UK's data watchdog has handed mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse a £400,000 fine -- just shy of the £500k maximum the regulator can currently issue -- for security failings attached to

After breach exposing millions of parents and kids, toymaker VTech handed a $650K fine by FTC

VTech, the maker of smart toys whose poor security practices exposed data from millions of parents and children, has been slapped on the wrist by the FTC to the tune of $650,000 and probation. It's no

Kernel panic! What are Meltdown and Spectre, the bugs affecting nearly every computer and device?

If you're confused by the avalanche of early reports, denials, and conflicting statements about the massive security issues announced today, don't worry — you're far from the only one. Here's what y

Britain’s spy agency can’t stop losing cyber talent to major tech companies

The NSA isn't the only secretive national intelligence agency having trouble keeping its tech-savvy recruits. In a new document from the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, Britain's sp

Certain Sonos and Bose models can be accessed by hackers to play sound remotely

Researchers at Trend Micro have discovered a potential hack opening key speakers from Sonos and Bose to remote access. As first reported by Wired, the Sonos Play:1, Sonos One, and Bose SoundTouch syst

Quick Insurance wins the Disrupt Berlin 2017 Hackathon Grand Prize

Hundreds of engineers and designers got together to come up with something cool, something neat, something awesome. The only condition was that they only had 24 hours to work on their projects. Some o

Canadian hacker pleads guilty in huge Yahoo hack case

A Canadian citizen has pleaded guilty to aiding Russian intelligence officers in a 2014 hack of Yahoo that exposed as many as 500 million accounts. The defendant, 22-year-old Karim Baratov, is the onl

Uber faces another lawsuit over data breach

In light of Uber failing to report the massive data breach that affected potentially 57 million passengers and drivers worldwide, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a multimillio

Congress presses Uber for answers around the data breach it tried to hide

It looks like Congress won't be ignoring the recent thoroughly sketchy report that Uber failed to disclose — and made efforts to hide — about a data breach that affected 57 million users in 2016.

New York attorney general launches investigation of Uber’s $100,000 hack cover-up

The revelation that Uber concealed a 2016 data breach affecting 57 million users and paid hackers to destroy the evidence is yet another PR nightmare for Uber, but it's also a problem when it comes t
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