Considering the many digital attacks we’ve seen in the last years, it’s safe to say no company or governmental agency has a foolproof strategy for dealing with hackers. No matter how well you think you’re protecting your websites, servers, and other Internet-connected devices, intrepid hackers will always hunt for a way in. Recent research from Google’s Project Zero team has revealed that even a product that’s supposed to protect companies from hackers was found vulnerable to a potential threat.
Essentially, Project Zero hackers discovered they were able to penetrate the safety of a company using FireEye networking equipment with the help of a single email that would be sent to that organization. The email doesn’t even have to be read by the recipient for hackers to gain entry inside the network. More →
Intrepid hackers are selling a new kind of product on the Dark Web: lifetime access to Netflix accounts and other streaming services that belong to unsuspecting paying customers. Hackers are charging less than a dollar for each Netflix account the sell, guaranteeing lifetime access, according to a McAfee Labs research report.
The hackers are taking advantage of a popular Netflix feature – users can share their passwords with other people – to sell this particular service on the black market. Meanwhile, chances are that the owners of the Netflix accounts sold on the Dark Web have no idea what’s going on.
Here’s what you can do to find out if you’ve been hacked, and how you can fix it if it was. More →
The Anonymous hackers collective declared war on ISIS immediately after the Paris attacks earlier this month. In the days that followed, Anonymous took out thousands of Twitter accounts belonging to the group and also issued warnings about imminent attacks, but that info apparently wasn’t accurate. Anonymous isn’t the only hacker group fighting ISIS right now, and while Anonymous’ efforts might not seem that effective, a person familiar with the group’s efforts explained what’s actually happening behind the scenes. More →
In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, certain hacker groups have declared a digital war on ISIS, with mixed results. But it looks like a hacker had been helping the FBI track and hunt down hackers with alleged ISIS ties even before the Paris attack in mid-November. A former member of the Rustle League hacker collective confessed on Twitter that he recently assisted the FBI, with his actions resulting in a bombing that left one prominent ISIS hacker dead. More →
A brand new kind of war emerged in the aftermath of the November 13th attacks on Paris, as Anonymous hackers declared ISIS a primary target in their cyberwar on terrorism. ISIS was quick to label the hackers “idiots” for declaring war, but the Anonymous collective proved once again that it’s got some serious skills. Soon after the attack began, Anonymous confirmed that it took down some 900 Twitter accounts affiliated with the Islamic State, and the number quickly climbed to more than 6,000 accounts in a matter of hours. More →
While it sounds like a mobile game you’d play to kill time, hackers vs. terrorists is sadly a real war. The hacker collective that goes by the name “Anonymous” recently posted a video on YouTube declaring war on ISIS in response to the attacks on Paris that left 129 dead and hundreds injured on Friday night. Anonymous wants to “launch the biggest operation ever” against the terrorist group, and ISIS is apparently taking notice – though the organization apparently believes Anonymous are “idiots” for even considering digital warfare. More →
About three weeks ago, a team of teenage hackers managed to hack into the personal AOL email account of CIA Director John Brennan. In the process, they were not only able to access Brennan’s personal correspondence, but also sensitive security information regarding top-secret Intelligence matters.
Now comes word via Wired that the same team of hackers has struck again, this time infiltrating a highly sensitive online portal used by law enforcement agencies to enter and share information pertaining to arrest records, live shootings, and terrorist attacks.
We’ve seen ransomware stories popping up left and right this year, detailing how hackers are making money from a scary, yet creative, type of malware. Just as the name of this attack suggests, ransomware encrypts personal files on a computer, demanding a ransom in order to release them back to users. Victims have to pay up a fee and hope that the hackers decrypt their data instead of simply taking the money and running. Sure, you can always refuse to pay the ransom, and you can try to use one of the publicly available tools that can decrypt your files (Microsoft has one too), but hackers have now devised a new method to convince you to pay up: They’ll expose your files online if you don’t. More →
For almost two years now, security breaches of all sorts have made the news. Hackers attacked retail stores and stole credit card numbers and other data, and they have attacked banks, medical insurers, and various governmental institutions. Add to that the odd attack against an online service caught off-guard by hackers – Ashley Madison comes immediately to mind – and the chances are that some of your data may have ended up in the wrong hands.
Criminals can clone your credit cards, at least until you’ve canceled them, but the worst thing that can happen is having your identity stolen. In such a case, you might be in for a wild ride as you’re trying to get your identity back. More →