Hackers Banks SWIFT Heists

Banks are helping hackers pull off the perfect heist

By on May 20, 2016 at 3:30 PM.

Banks are helping hackers pull off the perfect heist

News broke in February that hackers were able to steal no less than $81 million from the Bank of Bangladesh in what MANY described as a perfect heist. Well, maybe it wasn’t perfect, as a silly spelling mistake prevented the culprits from walking away with nearly $1 billion. But the sophisticated attack worked almost flawlessly as the hackers were able to take advantage of the backbone of financial transactions, after infiltrating the bank’s systems.

It turns out that the Bangladesh attack wasn’t an isolated event. Hackers have attacked other banks as well in the past using the same methods. New reports show that some of these attacks could have been prevented, but only if only banks were willing to share more details about these attacks with the SWIFT organization. Apparently, the financial institutions aren’t just worried that they’re going to lose the trust of customers, but also that they might generate additional inquiries into their security systems from local regulators. And nobody wants that. More →

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LinkedIn Hacked 2016

Change your LinkedIn password right now

By on May 20, 2016 at 11:04 AM.

Change your LinkedIn password right now

Remember when LinkedIn was hacked a few years ago and the company confirmed that login credentials and other data belonging to 6.5 million accounts were stolen? Well, it turns out that figure might have been a little low. OK it was very, very low — it looks like hackers managed to steal data from not 6.5 million, and not even 65 million, but just over 165 million accounts.

In other words, it’s time to change your LinkedIn password immediately. More →

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Hackers SWIFT Bank Heists

Clever hackers can steal money directly from banks, ignoring customer accounts

By on May 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Clever hackers can steal money directly from banks, ignoring customer accounts

Although we typically think of malware and phishing attacks being aimed at consumers, some cybercriminals choose to target banks directly rather than their customers so they can siphon money from unsuspecting financial institutions. If successful, these sophisticated techniques can yield impressive results.

A few months ago, unidentified attackers transferred $81 million from the bank of Bangladesh. That’s an serious amount of money, but the hackers wanted to steal close to $1 billion, and only a stroke of luck helped the banks prevent the bigger loss.

It turns out that this wasn’t an isolated incident, and hackers can pull it off again and again by taking advantage of the supposedly secure method banks use to transfer money. More →

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Adobe Flash Windows Zero-Day Fix

Act surprised: There’s a new zero-day Flash exploit you need to fix right now

By on May 11, 2016 at 7:10 PM.

Act surprised: There’s a new zero-day Flash exploit you need to fix right now

Flash zero-day vulnerabilities are a dime a dozen these days, so you won’t be surprised to learn there’s another one  in the wild. Microsoft and Adobe have independently found two distinct zero-day vulnerabilities for Internet Explorer and Flash, respectively, which means it’s time to update Windows and Flash. Apparently, exploits exist for both that allow for remote code execution. More →

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iPhone Hacking Security

New app can tell you if your iPhone might’ve been hacked

By on May 9, 2016 at 2:32 PM.

New app can tell you if your iPhone might’ve been hacked

It might seem like your precious iPhone is always at your side and it never leaves your sight, but that’s simply not the case. You might be shocked to learn that oftentimes when an iPhone is hacked, the hack comes about because people gained physical access to the iPhone in question. So many users don’t take full advantage of the iOS security options in place and as a result, malicious software can be installed quicker than you can imagine.

Now, however, there’s a new app available in the iOS App Store that can tell you if your phone might have been hacked. More →

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Facebook Instagram Kid Hacker

10-year-old who got $10,000 for hacking Instagram reveals his other feats

By on May 5, 2016 at 8:25 PM.

10-year-old who got $10,000 for hacking Instagram reveals his other feats

What were you doing when you were just 10 years old? Were you able to find any software bugs and win a boatload of cash for it? I sure wasn’t, but a Finnish boy named Jani recently told Facebook about an Instagram bug would let anyone delete comments inside the app. The social network rewarded him with $10,000 for his discovery.

It turns out that Jani is not only good with computers already, but he has a great sense of humor. More →

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Mail.ru, Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft Email Heist

Over 272 million email accounts stolen from Gmail, Microsoft, Yahoo and more

By on May 4, 2016 at 12:10 PM.

Over 272 million email accounts stolen from Gmail, Microsoft, Yahoo and more

A new report shows that hackers from Russia have obtained login credentials for more than 272.3 million email accounts, which are now available for sale in Russia’s criminal underworld, a Most of them are Mail.ru accounts, though the list also includes smaller fractions of Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft email users. More →

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Hackers RFID Badge Security

Hackers can break into your company using $700 worth of parts from Amazon and eBay

By on May 2, 2016 at 5:01 PM.

Hackers can break into your company using $700 worth of parts from Amazon and eBay

Hackers looking to break into companies could do so with the help of a $350 device that can be purchased online from Amazon or eBay, new research shows. By taking advantage of the way most employee ID badges work, hackers could simply manufacture counterfeit access cards that would work just like the original badges. More →

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ISIS United Cyber Caliphate Hackers

ISIS is assembling a cyber army

By on April 28, 2016 at 4:02 PM.

ISIS is assembling a cyber army

Following the deadly assaults on Europe in late 2015 and early 2016, reports emerged suggesting that ISIS has an army of organized hackers who can provide consistent, round the clock support to foot soldiers. However, new information on the matter seems to suggest that ISIS’s remaining hacking arm is nothing more than a propaganda machine capable of dealing minor hits, if any, to enemies. But ISIS is showing more interest in expanding its hacking capabilities.

The news comes at a time when the U.S. government has declared cyber war on the Islamic paramilitary organization.

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Bangladesh Bank Malware SWIFT

Hackers behind massive $81M cyber-heist also compromised the backbone of the global financial system

By on April 25, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Hackers behind massive $81M cyber-heist also compromised the backbone of the global financial system

Hackers stole $81 million in a sophisticated attack on the Bangladesh Bank in February, which makes it one of the most impressive cyber-heist in history. The hackers were planning to steal $951 million in total, using fraudulent transactions. Recently uncovered evidence revealed that poor security – $10 internet routers – offered them access to the bank’s entire infrastructure, including the SWIFT servers that are responsible for financial transactions.

A new report indicates that hackers also breached SWIFT, the backbone of the global financial system that makes possible financial transactions. More →

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Tips Tricks Internet Hackers

With smartphone vulnerabilities skyrocketing, here are 9 things you can do to stay safe

By on April 14, 2016 at 11:11 AM.

With smartphone vulnerabilities skyrocketing, here are 9 things you can do to stay safe

There has been a lot of talk lately about personal data security, and for good reason. In recent years, more and more hackers have been taking advantage of all sorts of vulnerabilities in web-connected products to steal personal details belonging to millions of consumers, load malicious programs on their machines, and even steal money.

Even so, there are things you can do to protect your data so that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. More →

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Hackers Identity Theft Internet

It’s cheaper than ever to buy someone’s stolen identity off the internet

By on April 7, 2016 at 4:12 PM.

It’s cheaper than ever to buy someone’s stolen identity off the internet

Business is apparently booming for hackers who deal with a certain type of digital product: identity theft. Buying someone’s identity off the internet is now cheaper than ever, a new report shows, suggesting that there’s both a strong demand for such products as well as strong supply. More →

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U.S. Government Hacked APT6

A mysterious hacking group has been stealing U.S. secrets for years

By on April 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

A mysterious hacking group has been stealing U.S. secrets for years

A mysterious hacking group has had access to U.S. government files for years and the hackers might still be able to siphon data off government computer networks. The hack apparently dates back to 2011, though it may be linked to attacks on the U.S. government’s computer infrastructure originating in 2008.

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