• 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

  • Disgruntled ex-garage employee exploits system to remotely disable more than 100 cars

    Now here’s a delightful story. A gentleman in Austin, Texas was laid off from his job as a car mechanic. The thing is, he was “pretty good with computers.” So, in order to get petty revenge on his former employers, he used a system to remotely disable more than 100 cars. Fun! Read More

  • Hackers cost U.S. businesses $25 million in phishing-related scams in 2009

    From now on, any story about “hackers” or “hacking” will be accompanied by a link to the song “Halcyon And On And On,” as made famous by the movie Hackers. With that in mind: who made more money last year, Wall Street fat-cats or hackers? The U.S. FDIC says that online scams cost businesses $25 million last year. These scams include phishing and other… Read More

  • World of Warcraft hackers embrace man-in-the-middle attacks

    Here’s some troubling news for my fellow World of Warcraftplayers. It seems that hackers, account thieves, and other miscreants have now embraced man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks to further their evil ways. Blizzard says it’s not a widespread issue, and it’s rather difficult to pull off, but it’s something y’all should be aware of. Read More

  • Trying to track down those Chinese hackers

    More news from that China hacking deal. Investigators have tracked the attacks that befell Google and other victims to two schools in China, one of which has ties to the Chinese military. Whether or not this was an officially sanctioned series of attacks, or merely a couple of comp-sci students testing out their skills, clearly nobody knows. That’s the beauty of these hacks… Read More

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