Trump isn’t even acting President yet, and the FBI is already expanding its hacking powers. Before you start worrying about your privacy or over encryption policies, you should know that this move was largely in the works. The Senate failed on Wednesday to block or delay rule changes that would expand the FBI’s hacking powers. That means that starting on Thursday, the FBI will have the authority to remotely access any computer, in the US, and even overseas. More →
Here’s one type of bank hack we don’t see that often. Rather than go for the money directly, hackers breached a Liechtenstein-Based bank to steal customer data. They used that data to blackmail victims. Unless affected customers pay 10% of their deposits in Bitcoin, the hackers threaten to expose their tax-evading practices. More →
While most people were busy recovering from Thanksgiving and getting ready for massive shopping sprees, a hacker on Friday shut down the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) computer network, asking for $73,000 in Bitcoin to unscramble the data. In ironic turns of events, the hacker was hacked, as a security researcher guessed the answer to the attacker’s email security question. More →
If you happen to have an account with Friend Finder Network adult sites, then you probably have to change your password as soon as possible. If you use the same login credentials on other sites, change those too. Friend Finder Network sites were hacked in October, and attackers were able to steal login data, including names and encrypted passwords that can be easily decrypted, for more than 412 million accounts.
Yahoo last week confirmed what many already feared, that unknown hackers have been able to steal account data belonging to hundreds of millions of users. The massive data breach occurred at some point in 2014, affecting some 500 million users. Yahoo is yet to explain why the data breach happened, and whether it could have done anything to ensure the security of its users.
A new report reveals that Yahoo has been putting off security investments for years, for fear that security features would also hinder overall Yahoo experience. More →
Yahoo will confirm later this week that hackers did breach its systems in 2012, stealing personal data for about 200 million accounts, including easily decrypted passwords. More →
A security researcher who hunts bugs for a living says that Google won’t acknowledge one of his findings. According to Aidan Woods, the way Google’s login pages are built would help an attacker either steal login information from unsuspecting users or convince them to install files which would appear to be downloading directly from Google. More →
We get it, companies get hacked all the time. And they’re not too eager to share details about data breaches, but they ultimately have to release details about it so that affected users can protect themselves. At least, they should disclose details. But Dropbox failed to do so, hiding for no less than four years the magnitude of a data breach that may have affected up to 68 million accounts. More →
It’s been a rough week for the NSA, to say the least. Last week, a group of hackers collectively known as The Shadow Brokers allegedly stole and released a treasure trove of NSA hacking tools and exploits. What’s more, the group promised to release even more weapons from the NSA’s cyber arsenal for the right price.
While the initial leak was met with skepticism, researchers and security experts who examined the leak subsequently confirmed that the leaked exploits were very much real. “It definitely looks like a toolkit used by the NSA,” French computer researcher Matt Suiche said after taking a look at the code.
As if that weren’t bad enough, now comes word that The Shadow Brokers may not be the only hackers who hold the keys to the NSA’s cache of advanced hacking tools and exploits.
Remember when news broke out that a certain retail or hotel chain was hit by a sophisticated malware attack that allowed hackers to steal personal information belonging to a large number of customers, including payment information? Well, this is such a case. And if you stayed at one of the 20 following hotels and paid for goods using your credit cards, then your financial data may be at risk, and you probably have to take various preemptive measures. More →
Unidentified Russian hackers targeted the Democrats ahead of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) last month, exposing the pro-Hillary Clinton bias inside the party during the primaries. An investigation by the FBI has revealed that the scope of the attack may be a lot bigger than initially expected. More →
Pokemon Go might just be the game of the year. Nintendo struck gold with this mobile endeavor, as millions of users around the world have already downloaded the application and are devoting plenty of time to hunting Pokemon. That also means that hackers have adapted their attacks to hunt those Pokemon fans who’re eager to try out the application. Researchers have already discovered malware inside versions of the Pokemon Go app for Android. More →
You might want to think twice when sharing your Netflix or HBO password with a friend or loved one, because it apparently constitutes a punishable federal crime. That’s according to a new ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case that has nothing to do with online streaming sites or binge-watching sessions, but does involve the sharing of passwords. More →