hackers

  • Hardware Needs To Be Harder To Hack

    Hardware Needs To Be Harder To Hack

    News that Linksys and Belkin hardware was inherently insecure and could easily allow hackers to access your local network and control your gear. Read More

  • Handcuffs For Hacker Schools? Why A “Code Of Conduct” For Coding Bootcamps Could Actually Be Good For The Ecosystem

    Handcuffs For Hacker Schools? Why A “Code Of Conduct” For Coding Bootcamps Could Actually Be Good For The Ecosystem

    The explosion in both online and offline programming platforms over the last year has made one thing clear: Learning to code is hot. (With two “t’s.”) Well, that and the fact that our traditional education system doesn’t seem to be pulling its weight as far as computer science education is concerned. (See here.) Literally, hundreds of hacker academies and “learn… Read More

  • Four Indicted For Installing Undetectable Card Skimmers Inside Gas Pumps

    Four Indicted For Installing Undetectable Card Skimmers Inside Gas Pumps

    The New York County District Attorney announced that the NYPD arrested four men on March 21, 2013 suspected of using concealed card skimming systems to grab card numbers and PINs from hundreds of victims at gas stations in Texas, Tennessee, and Georgia. The thieves targeted RaceTrac and RaceWay pumps with their tools and nabbed $2.1 million from stolen credit and debit cards. Read More

  • Snapchat Makes You “Find The Ghosts” To Keep Hackers From Stealing Your Phone Number [Update: But It Fails]

    Snapchat Makes You “Find The Ghosts” To Keep Hackers From Stealing Your Phone Number [Update: But It Fails]

    Snapchat now verifies new users aren’t robots by making them choose its ghost mascot in images. It’s an attempt to keep out hackers who could steal phone numbers by exploiting a leaked database of details on 4.6 million accounts. A 16-year-old hacker proved he could do just that by finding the number of Snapchat CTO Bobby Murphy, but now he says Snapchat has patched the holes… Read More

  • The War On Hackers Crunch Network

    The War On Hackers

    Corey Thuen was a developer at the Idaho National Laboratory who helped to develop a network-visualization tool called Sophia. Then Battelle Energy, the company that manages the INL, rejected the notion of open-sourcing Sophia, and instead licensed it for commercial use to a company called NexDefense. So Thuen went created a separate-but-similar open-source tool called Visdom, written in… Read More

  • A Way To Save BlackBerry

    A Way To Save BlackBerry

    The first smartphone I owned was a Nokia communicator, which I chose because the C++ dev kit gave me the most freedom. When the iPhone appeared I did not switch, because mandatory App Store signing to execute code seemed like a major step in the war on general computation. Eventually I rid myself of Nokia and got an Android acting upon a moral imperative. Many hackers adhere to the ideology… Read More

  • Deep Web Users Are Ready To Launch Silk Road 2.0

    Deep Web Users Are Ready To Launch Silk Road 2.0

    In an interesting post-mortem release by the creators of the defunct anonymous marketplace Atlantis there is information that the former admins and users of the Silk Road are planning to resurrect the service. User RR writes: “We have SilkRoad v2.0 ready to launch and is now in its final testing stages. Our site has all the features of the original one and we have kept the same style… Read More

  • State Machinery For State Machines Crunch Network

    State Machinery For State Machines

    My name is Andrew Auernheimer. I used to believe problems could be solved with criticism and discourse in our marketplace of ideas. Three years ago I incremented an integer on a public web API and analyzed the output for all to read. It was then demanded I apologize for abusive arithmetic. I disagreed that addition could be abhorrent, so now I write this from the Special Housing Unit of a… Read More

  • Hacker Andrew Auernheimer Placed In Solitary Confinement For Tweeting From Prison

    Hacker Andrew Auernheimer Placed In Solitary Confinement For Tweeting From Prison

    Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer has been placed in “administrative segregation,” prison shorthand for solitary confinement for “investigative purposes.” Supporters believe he was locked down and given no Internet access because of his ability to send Tweets to a third party who relayed them on his private account. Auernheimer has not sent electronic messages… Read More