NSA Hacking Tools

Stolen NSA hacking tools reportedly on sale for $8,000

By on August 22, 2016 at 3:04 PM.

Stolen NSA hacking tools reportedly on sale for $8,000

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.

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HEI Hotels Credit Card Malware Hack

Hackers may have stolen your credit card data if you stayed at any of these hotels

By on August 15, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Hackers may have stolen your credit card data if you stayed at any of these hotels

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 →

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DNC Email Hack Investigation

The Russian DNC hack had wider scope than initially believed

By on August 11, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

The Russian DNC hack had wider scope than initially believed

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 →

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Pokemon Go Android Download

Beware, there might be malware in unofficial Pokemon Go app downloads

By on July 11, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Beware, there might be malware in unofficial Pokemon Go app downloads

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 →

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Sharing Netflix Password Crime

Sharing your Netflix password might constitute a federal crime

By on July 7, 2016 at 1:23 PM.

Sharing your Netflix password might constitute a federal crime

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 →

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Malware Air-Gapped Computer Fans

This malware steals data using your Internet-less computer’s fans

By on June 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

This malware steals data using your Internet-less computer’s fans

So you have an air-gapped computer, or unconnected to the Internet, and you think your data is secured just because it’s not accessible online? In most cases that might be true, but that’s not 100% accurate. There are ways to steal information from computers that are not connected to the web, and smart hackers will not stop looking for such tricks. The newest such malware would let attackers steal information from supposedly secure computers with the help of the sound made by its fans and processor. More →

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Hacked

The same hackers who hit Zuckerberg take down Google CEO’s Quora account

By on June 27, 2016 at 11:45 AM.

The same hackers who hit Zuckerberg take down Google CEO’s Quora account

No one is safe on the internet these days, not even the savviest users who sit atop powerful tech companies. After hackers successfully hit Mark Zuckerberg’s Pinterest account earlier this month, they hacked Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora account. More →

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After DNC attack, hacker Guccifer 2.0 claims Hillary Clinton ‘dossier’ leak

By on June 21, 2016 at 6:40 PM.

After DNC attack, hacker Guccifer 2.0 claims Hillary Clinton ‘dossier’ leak

A hacker who goes by the name ‘Guccifer 2.0’ claims to have  published a dossier of Hillary Clinton-related documents accessed during the recent attackon the Democratic National Committee’s computers.

In a blog post Tuesday, Guccifer 2.0 described the haul as “a big folder of docs devoted to Hillary Clinton that I found on the DNC server.”

The files include a “HRC Defense Master Doc” outlining criticism and defense points on issues such as U.S. military intervention in Libya, the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack and the Clinton email server controversy. More →

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Lone hacker claims responsibility for DNC breach, but fingers still point at Russia

By on June 17, 2016 at 6:45 PM.

Lone hacker claims responsibility for DNC breach, but fingers still point at Russia

Was a lone hacker behind the recent attack on the Democratic National Committee’s computers? An individual describing themselves as ‘Guccifer 2.0’ claimed responsibility for the hack in a blog post Wednesday, touting documents purportedly accessed in the attack.

But experts have been looking for clues about the mysterious self-described hacker, and suspicions still linger that the Russian government played a role in the DNC hack.

Citing security researcher Pwn All The Things, Ars Technica reports that metadata from one of the leaked documents indicates editing by someone using a computer configured to use the Russian language. Additionally, the document was edited by someone using the Russian translation of the computer name ‘Felix Dzerzhinsky,’ according to the research. A Russian revolutionary, Dzerzhinsky was also director of the Cheka, the Soviet secret police. More →

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Twitter Hacked 2016

Warning: Change your Twitter password immediately

By on June 9, 2016 at 9:14 AM.

Warning: Change your Twitter password immediately

Welcome to the internet age, where hackers are getting smarter every day and malware is lurking around every corner. We’ve seen a terrifying amount of big data breaches occur over the past few years, and each one seems bigger and scarier than the last. Today, however, we get a new reminder that data breaches are just one of the ways hackers get their hands on our data. Reports are flying that tens of millions of valid Twitter account credentials have been made available for sale on the dark web, though the company has denied that a breach took place.

Whatever the case, the most important takeaway is this: Change your Twitter password immediately. More →

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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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