PSN and Sony Pictures Hack

New reports reveal a possible link between the PSN and Sony Pictures hacks

By on December 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

New reports reveal a possible link between the PSN and Sony Pictures hacks

Sony has been hit by two different hacker groups in a month, as Guardians of Peace (GOP) and Lizard Squad have targeted Sony Pictures and PSN, respectively. Of the two attacks, the former was more disastrous for Sony, as hackers managed to steal a massive amount of personal and business-related information, and convince Sony to briefly cancel the release of The Interview, a controversial comedy about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. More →

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NSA-proof Encryption Services

These are the encryption services the NSA can’t crack

By on December 29, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

These are the encryption services the NSA can’t crack

The ripples from the massive National Security Agency leak orchestrated by former contract worker Edward Snowden continue to be felt even now. While most of the eye-opening revelations are behind us, the sheer volume of confidential documents exposed by Snowden has resulted in a continued trickle of information. Now, a new report covering information pulled from leaked NSA documents reveals several encrypted services that the NSA has been able to crack in its widespread data collection efforts.

More importantly, perhaps, the report identifies a number of secure services with encryption that the NSA has been unable to crack. More →

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Hackers: Fingerprint Stolen From Photos

Hackers have found an insanely easy way to steal your fingerprints

By on December 29, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

Hackers have found an insanely easy way to steal your fingerprints

Apple and Samsung have already launched smartphones that pack special fingerprint sensors that can be used for authentication purposes, and some hackers have already proved they can be beaten using fake fingerprints. In addition to mobile devices, there are plenty of other locked devices that can be unlocked using fingerprints and that hackers are also eager to crack. VentureBeat reports that hackers have devised a new way of stealing someone’s fingerprints using only a regular camera that doesn’t require having access to someone’s actual physical fingerprints. More →

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Sony Hackers Identity Speculation

This may be the best evidence yet that the Sony hack was an inside job

By on December 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

This may be the best evidence yet that the Sony hack was an inside job

Was the North Korean government really the mastermind behind the massive hack on Sony? Many researchers have continued to express skepticism about this claim and The Security Ledger reports that researchers at security firm Norse may have uncovered the best evidence yet that the Sony hack was actually an inside job. More →

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Sony Hack North Korea

Was the FBI wrong about North Korea? Experts suggest Sony hack was an inside job

By on December 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

Was the FBI wrong about North Korea? Experts suggest Sony hack was an inside job

Was “The Interview” the perfect cover? The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted an extensive investigation into the recent massive Sony hack. Following the conclusion of that investigation, the FBI felt that its evidence pointing to hackers with ties to North Korea was so strong that President Obama publicly pinned responsibility on the Eastern nation.

Now, however, several security experts have come forward to suggest that North Korean hackers may only have partial responsibility, or perhaps they weren’t involved at all. Instead, it looks like the Sony hack may have been an inside job. More →

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PSN Xbox Live Attack

The hackers behind the PSN and Xbox Live attacks explain why they did it

The hackers behind the PSN and Xbox Live attacks explain why they did it

By on December 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM.

People all over the world tried to enjoy some online gameplay on their new PlayStation and Xbox consoles on Christmas Day, but they couldn’t. Millions more who already had video game consoles and needed a quick escape from their families on Thursday also couldn’t connect to the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live.

Why? Because both networks suffered multiple days of full and partial downtime due to a huge attack from a hacker group called the “Lizard Squad,” and now we know exactly why they did it. More →

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PSN Offline and Xbox Live Services Down

Hack update: PSN remains offline and some Xbox Live services still down for the count

By on December 26, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Hack update: PSN remains offline and some Xbox Live services still down for the count

Both Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live services were hit on Christmas Eve with DDoS attacks, with hacker group Lizard Squad taking responsibility for the hits; the group did warn users a few weeks ago that such an attack on Sony’s and Microsoft’s online gaming services was planned for Christmas. While both Sony and Microsoft have managed to bring their networks back online on and off since then, it appears that many gamers are still unable to log into either PSN or Xbox Live.

Currently, PSN is still offline for many users, with some Xbox Live services also unavailable to Xbox owners. More →

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PSN and Xbox Live Christmas Hacks

Merry Christmas, from hackers: PlayStation Network and Xbox Live both attacked

By on December 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

Merry Christmas, from hackers: PlayStation Network and Xbox Live both attacked

A hacker group known as “Lizard Squad” has claimed responsibility for attacks targeting both Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) on Wednesday evening. More →

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Google vs. Apple: Where to Watch

Is Google less afraid of hackers than Apple?

By on December 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM.

Is Google less afraid of hackers than Apple?

Google and Microsoft both took a stance against hackers when partnering up with Sony to release The Interview on Christmas Eve, something Apple wasn’t so eager to do. But for Google, this move might be a lot more important than simply making its voice heard when it comes to defending freedom of speech and angering hackers in the process, Reuters reveals. Furthermore, the move shows that Google and Microsoft might be less scared of hacks than Apple is — the iPhone maker reportedly refused Sony’s request to list the movie on iTunes in a rush, even after the White House intervenedMore →

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JPMorgan Chase Hack

A simple security oversight was responsible for the massive JPMorgan Chase hack

By on December 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

A simple security oversight was responsible for the massive JPMorgan Chase hack

Earlier this year, JPMorgan Chase was the victim of a massive data breach, but the attack might have been avoided if the bank had installed a “simple” security fix, The New York Times reveals. Apparently, an unsecured server on the bank’s computer network was targeted by hackers, who then were able to steal personal data belonging to tens of millions of Americans. More →

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2014 Hacks: Sony, Home Depot, JP Morgan, eBay

One image shows why top companies should be ashamed of their online security

By on December 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

One image shows why top companies should be ashamed of their online security

The recent Sony Pictures hack might be the most talked-about cyber attack of the Christmas season, and one of the biggest online data heists to date, but there were plenty of other attacks this past year that affected tens of millions of consumers. Information is Beautiful has set up an interactive page on its website that shows the world’s biggest data breaches to date, revealing the severity of this issue that now affects us more and more frequently. More →

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