hackers

  • 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

  • SecPoint Will Allow You To Access The Secretive Silk Road Black Market From Any Browser

    SecPoint Will Allow You To Access The Secretive Silk Road Black Market From Any Browser

    Needs some pharmacologicals? Dirty deeds done dirt cheap? There’s an app (or website) for that. For years, the Silk Road has been a source for black market dealings. Hidden on the Tor network, Silk Road is technically unreachable from the “normal” Internet without special secure software. Now, however, a few hackers who are attempting to remain nameless are working on a… Read More

  • Security Expert Brian Krebs Faced A Real-Life SWATing After Posting About Russian Cybercrime Site

    Security Expert Brian Krebs Faced A Real-Life SWATing After Posting About Russian Cybercrime Site

    Security writer Brian Krebs’ phone was spoofed and a SWAT team called to his home last week by hackers who apparently took offense at his investigations into various online hacking organizations. His website also suffered a denial of service attack for a short period. Read More

  • GitHub Hit With A DDoS Attack, Second In Two Days, And “Major Service Outage” [Update: GitHub Back Up, No Data Breached]

    GitHub Hit With A DDoS Attack, Second In Two Days, And “Major Service Outage” [Update: GitHub Back Up, No Data Breached]

    Services on code-sharing site GitHub have been disrupted for over an hour in what started as a “major service outage” because of a “brief DDoS attack.” This is the second DDoS attack in as many days and at least the third in the last several months: Yesterday, GitHub also reported a DDoS incident. And in October 2012, the service also went down due to malicious hackers. Read More