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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Hacking Tools

No One Is Safe: $300 Gadget Steals Encryption Keys out of the Air, and It’s Nearly Unstoppable

No One Is Safe: $300 Gadget Steals Encryption Keys out of the Air, and It’s Nearly Unstoppable

By on July 8, 2015 at 10:15 AM.

Just when you thought you were safe, a new hacking toy comes along and rocks your world. Imagine a tool exists that lets hackers pluck encryption keys from your laptop right out of the air. You can’t stop it by connecting to protected Wi-Fi networks or even disabling Wi-Fi completely. Turning off Bluetooth also won’t help you protect yourself.

Why? Because the tiny device that can easily be hidden in an object or taped to the underside of a table doesn’t use conventional communications to pull off capers. Instead it reads radio waves emitted by your computer’s processor, and there’s really nothing you can do to stop it. More →

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iPhone Monitoring Software

‘Hacking Team’ Hack Proves Governments Can Spy On Jailbroken iPhones

By on July 7, 2015 at 11:15 AM.

‘Hacking Team’ Hack Proves Governments Can Spy On Jailbroken iPhones

Forget about voiding your warranty and potentially rendering your iPhone unusable if something goes wrong, Apple fans now have another reason to avoid jailbreaking their smartphones: Government agencies like the NSA have the ability to spy on jailbroken iPhones, and now we have proof. More →

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iOS Security Flaws

Protect Yourself From Hackers – Update to iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4 Right Now

By on July 1, 2015 at 2:01 PM.

Protect Yourself From Hackers – Update to iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4 Right Now

If Apple Music and Beats 1 weren’t enough motivation for you to update your iPhones, iPads and iPod touch handhelds to iOS 8.4, maybe the dozens of security flaws Apple patched will do the trick. Beyond the new features and enhancements in Apple’s latest mobile software update, the company has detailed numerous bugs, flaws and exploits that have been addressed in iOS 8.4.

The company has also addresses several big security flaws in OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite, which was released for Mac computers on Tuesday as well. More →

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Kingfisher NCTC Flight Spying Program

How Being on the Wrong Flight Turns You Into a Target for Spy Agencies

By on June 25, 2015 at 5:27 PM.

How Being on the Wrong Flight Turns You Into a Target for Spy Agencies

Spy agencies around the world can collect a massive amount of data from unknowing citizens in their quest to identify terror suspects, and the many Snowden leaks have shown how sophisticated these spy programs truly are. A new report reveals that the U.S. government has at its disposal a powerful tool that might flag anyone, including American citizens, as suspects, simply if they’re unlucky enough to be on the wrong flight. More →

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Government Agencies Hacked Passwords

Passwords From 47 Government Agencies Leaked Online

By on June 25, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

Passwords From 47 Government Agencies Leaked Online

Stolen email and passwords belonging to individuals from nearly 50 Government agencies have leaked online, according to a CIA backed startup out of Boston. According to a report from Recorded Future, login credentials from 47 agencies were found to have been leaked on upwards of 89 unique domains.

Compounding matters is that 12 of the affected agencies, including the Department of Energy, do not implement two-factor authentication. As a result, the report notes that “the presence of these credentials on the open Web leaves these agencies vulnerable to espionage, socially engineered attacks, and tailored spear-phishing attacks against their workforce.”

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NSA GCHQ Spying Kaspersky Antivirus

How the NSA Spied on Antivirus Companies to Make Undetectable Malware

By on June 22, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

How the NSA Spied on Antivirus Companies to Make Undetectable Malware

Russian antivirus company Kaspersky revealed recently that it was the target of hackers behind the Stuxnet and Duqu worms last year. The hackers have been attacking the company’s network for months, collecting data on its operations and software. But it turns out that intelligence agencies including the NSA and GCHQ have spied on antivirus companies for years, looking for exploitable vulnerabilities. More →

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iOS Security Flaw

Warning: Major iPhone Security Flaw Lets Hackers Steal All Your Passwords

By on June 17, 2015 at 10:31 AM.

Warning: Major iPhone Security Flaw Lets Hackers Steal All Your Passwords

A very serious security flaw in Apple’s iOS mobile platform and its OS X desktop operating system has been discovered by security researchers and seemingly acknowledged by Apple. Using the flaw, hackers can build an app that is capable of stealing any and all passwords saved in Apple’s Keychain. Additionally, the same flaw can reportedly be used to steal passwords directly from third-party apps as well as Apple’s own apps. More →

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