Data Breach

Have hackers stolen your personal information? This handy quiz will let you know

By on July 29, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

Have hackers stolen your personal information? This handy quiz will let you know

Over the past few years, there has been no shortage of high-profile credit card breaches at some of the largest retailers in the country. From Target to Home Depot, it seems that we can’t go a few months without hearing a story regarding some new worrisome data breach. With respect to Home Depot in particular, it’s estimated that nearly 60 million credit cards were compromised over a 5-month period.

Compounding the problem is that retailers aren’t the only target that hackers have their eyes on. In recent months, hackers have managed to obtain confidential information from targets as varied as the U.S. Government, health insurance providers, and even popular apps like Twitter and Snapchat. Indeed, it can get a bit tiring trying to keep up with what sites have been exposed to security breaches and when.

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White House Edward Snowden Pardon

White House: No pardon for Edward Snowden

By on July 28, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

White House: No pardon for Edward Snowden

The White House is not quite ready to give Edward Snowden a free pass. The former NSA contractor turned whistleblower made some of the most important revelations in modern history about the covert operations conducted by Western intelligence agencies. Despite his many supporters, however, the U.S. government isn’t about to just let bygones be bygones. More →

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Brinks Safe Hack USB

Brinks safe hacked with USB stick and 100 lines of code

By on July 28, 2015 at 5:10 PM.

Brinks safe hacked with USB stick and 100 lines of code

As typically portrayed in action movies, breaking into an ostensibly impenetrable safe often requires a world class lock-picker or, barring that, an array or C4 explosives positioned in just the right orientation.

But in the real world, surprisingly enough, defeating the security mechanisms on a top-notch Brinks safe can be done with nothing more than a USB stick and 100 lines of code. At the always entertaining Def Con Hacking Conference set to kick off in Las Vegas next week, researchers Daniel Petro and Oscar Salazar of Bishop Fox will detail how they were able to skirt around the defenses of the Brinks CompuSafe Galileo with relative ease.

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Android Security Flaw

950 million Android users at risk as researcher uncovers massive security flaw

By on July 27, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

950 million Android users at risk as researcher uncovers massive security flaw

A security researcher has recently uncovered a worrisome new Android exploit which allows hackers to compromise a device simply by sending either an MMS message or a multimedia file. Once a device has been targeted and infected, hackers can access a user’s microphone, camera, external storage, and in some cases (depending on the device in question), even gain root access.

Initially discovered by Joshua Drake from the security firm Zimperium, the exploit takes advantage of a number of vulnerabilities found within the software framework Android uses to “process, play and record multimedia files.”

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Hillary Clinton Email Classified Information

Hillary Clinton sent classified info over her private email server – everything we know so far

By on July 24, 2015 at 2:56 PM.

Hillary Clinton sent classified info over her private email server – everything we know so far

Well, this is not the kind of headline Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was hoping to see on a Friday afternoon. The Wall Street Journal on Friday reported that an internal government review has concluded Clinton sent at least four different emails containing classified information over her home email server while she was serving as Secretary of State. The information contained in those emails should have been considered “secret,” which is a notch below the “top secret” level of intelligence classification. More →

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Car Hacking Experiment Charlie Miller

Terrifying: Hackers take over a Jeep driving down the highway at 70 mph

By on July 21, 2015 at 3:15 PM.

Terrifying: Hackers take over a Jeep driving down the highway at 70 mph

Driverless cars promise to be safer than cars driven by humans… but that’s assuming they don’t get hacked by malicious actors. Hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek recently used Wired’s Andy Greenberg as a human guinea pig for their latest experiment that involved taking over his car while it was driving at a high speed. More →

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Ashley Madison Cheating Website Hacked

Cheaters’ nightmare: Affair website Ashley Madison hacked, user data vulnerable

By on July 20, 2015 at 7:50 AM.

Cheaters’ nightmare: Affair website Ashley Madison hacked, user data vulnerable

So you decided to cheat on your spouse and you thought extramarital affair website Ashley Madison would keep your identity safe? Oops. KrebsonSecurity reports that Ashley Madison has suffered a major hack that has left personal information of its 37 million members vulnerable. More →

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How to Avoid Online Scams

How to avoid seven of the most common online scams

By on July 16, 2015 at 1:01 PM.

How to avoid seven of the most common online scams

The Internet is great for a lot of things — research, entertainment, getting caught up on world news — but it can also be a dangerous minefield if you aren’t careful. Ever since the Internet became commonplace in society, scammers have found ways to take advantage of the unsuspecting masses.

On Thursday, WhoIsHostingThis? shared its latest infographic, highlighting seven of the most common online scams, as well as offering tips for how to avoid them. More →

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Proxyham WiFi

Anonymizing Wi-Fi device with 2.5 mile range just mysteriously disappeared from Def Con

By on July 14, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Anonymizing Wi-Fi device with 2.5 mile range just mysteriously disappeared from Def Con

Earlier this month, we highlighted an intriguing new piece of hardware capable of providing secure and anonymous Wi-Fi connectivity within a 2.5 mile radius. The brainchild of researcher Ben Caudill, the device, dubbed ProxyHam, was scheduled to be officially introduced at Def Con in Las Vegas early next month.

But then something funny happened.

Caudill’s talk was abruptly cancelled under extremely mysterious circumstances over the weekend.

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Why Adobe Flash Must Die

No, seriously: It’s time for Adobe Flash to die

By on July 13, 2015 at 8:05 PM.

No, seriously: It’s time for Adobe Flash to die

Somewhere, Steve Jobs is smiling. Per The Verge, Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos has taken to Twitter to argue that Adobe needs to set a sunset date for its Flash technology that was once a staple of the web but that now finds itself hurtling toward irrelevance thanks to the slow but steady rise of HTML5. More →

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Moxie Marlinspike

Meet the dreadlocked hippie who’s an encryption guru and has the NSA freaking out

By on July 10, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Meet the dreadlocked hippie who’s an encryption guru and has the NSA freaking out

While encryption and secured messaging has long been a topic of interest in tech circles, the issue became a mainstream and hot-button issue in 2013 following a series of Edward Snowden leaks detailing the NSA’s extensive efforts to bolster their electronic snooping capabilities.

In the back and forth battle over consumer privacy, one tends to think of government cryptographers looking to outwit engineers at companies like Google and Apple who help churn out some of the most widely used software across the globe.

But playing an instrumental role in this cat and mouse game is a man you might not ordinarily expect to see in such a discussion.

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OPM Hack 21.5 Million Workers Affected

The massive hack of the U.S. government’s employee database is even worse than we thought

By on July 9, 2015 at 3:56 PM.

The massive hack of the U.S. government’s employee database is even worse than we thought

Wow. Remember the gigantic hack into the database of the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management? Well it turns out that the hack has affected an estimated additional 21.5 million current and former federal workers, along with their families and friends. In short, this is a complete disaster. More →

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