hacking

  • Why an unhackable mobile phone is a complete marketing myth Crunch Network

    Why an unhackable mobile phone is a complete marketing myth

    The mobile security market is taking off due to high-profile hackings. Is there such a thing as an unhackable phone? Consider this: The smartphone in your pocket is 10 times more powerful than the fastest supercomputers of just 20 years ago. The complexity is mind-boggling — and so are all the security vulnerabilities. Anyone claiming to sell an “unhackable phone” is… Read More

  • Toppling democracy one byte at a time Crunch Network

    Toppling democracy one byte at a time

    As the saying goes, “all politics is local.” And now, so is hacking. Cyber attacks popularized on the silver screen are now occurring in every aspect of our life. Our election system is not immune from this new reality. Read More

  • Swiss public back law expanding surveillance powers

    Swiss public back law expanding surveillance powers

    In the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations about mass surveillance programs some startups with concerns about overreaching government requests for user data settled on Switzerland as a base for their business — owing to what they dubbed favorable privacy laws. However, they might need to have a rethink after the Swiss public approved more invasive state surveillance powers in a… Read More

  • Hacking for investor profit Crunch Network

    Hacking for investor profit

    Just over four years ago, I sat through what still is the most viscerally disturbing information security talk I’ve ever seen. The late Barnaby Jack, a brilliant security researcher, had just demonstrated in front of 300 people how he could wirelessly take control of an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator and cause it to discharge enough electricity to jump a 12 mm spark gap. Read More

  • UnifyID wants to bury the password once and for all

    UnifyID wants to bury the password once and for all

    The old-fashioned password gets little respect from hackers these days. In fact, it’s barely a speed bump for them to get past. The hacker can find your password or even the answers to your “security” questions for sale on the internet black market. UnifyID, a participant in this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt SF Battlefield competition, sees a system that’s… Read More

  • Meet the team hacking Sundar Pichai and Channing Tatum

    Meet the team hacking Sundar Pichai and Channing Tatum

    If you follow tech executives or famous actors on Twitter, you’ve probably seen references to something called OurMine several times over the last few weeks. That’s because a group of three hackers called OurMine have been finding their way into accounts belonging to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels and “Magic Mike” star… Read More

  • UK surveillance bill under fire as data security risk

    UK surveillance bill under fire as data security risk

    A 2015 data breach of UK ISP TalkTalk should serve as a warning to the government that its proposed new surveillance legislation risks creating vulnerable pools of data that could be exploited by hackers, a parliamentary committee has warned. Read More

  • How Twitter secured accounts after user credentials were sold online

    How Twitter secured accounts after user credentials were sold online

    Rumors of a Twitter breach started circulating yesterday afternoon, fittingly, on Twitter. Security researchers cautioned users to change their passwords and enable two-factor authentication, a feature that requires a user to verify their identity at login with a pincode sent to a trusted device. But the rumors were wrong — at least partially. Although millions of Twitter handles… Read More