hacking

  • 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

  • Guccifer pleads guilty to hacking of American political figures

    Guccifer pleads guilty to hacking of American political figures

    A hacker who first exposed the existence of Hillary Clinton’s private email server and who found his way into accounts of several American political figures pleaded guilty to identity theft and hacking charges today. Read More

  • Supreme Court moves to expand FBI’s hacking authority

    Supreme Court moves to expand FBI’s hacking authority

    The Supreme Court approved hotly contested amendments to federal criminal procedure today that, if accepted by Congress, will expand the FBI’s ability to hack into computer networks. The rule at the heart of the debate is Criminal Rule 41, which limits judges’ authority to authorize search warrants. Magistrate judges can usually only approve warrants within their jurisdiction… Read More

  • Mad scientist shrinks Arduino to size of an AA battery

    Mad scientist shrinks Arduino to size of an AA battery

    The hardware tinkerers and prototype mavens out there will invariably have stumbled across the Arduino platform. Completely open source and always pushing the limits for collaboration, there are a ton of different development boards available, but none are as awesome as Johan Kanflo’s AAduino. Behind the delightfully punny name, you’ll find an Arduino-compatible board the size of an… Read More

  • Fear and loathing at RSA: Hacking, security and the limits of protection

    Fear and loathing at RSA: Hacking, security and the limits of protection

    People are trying to steal your credentials or trick you into giving them important information. They are exploiting unpatched operating systems, locating security holes in applications and hacking into unprotected hardware. You’re not paranoid, you’re told. Hackers, con artists and social engineers really are out to get you, and frankly you’re pretty helpless to stop… Read More