NSA Hacking Tools

NSA hacking tools were likely stolen after an operative accidentally left them on a computer

By on September 23, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

NSA hacking tools were likely stolen after an operative accidentally left them on a computer

Though the NSA would prefer to fly underneath the radar, the controversial intelligence agency just can’t seem to escape the spotlight in recent months. A few weeks ago, a group of hackers allegedly stole an impressively large number of NSA hacking tools and exploits and put them up for sale. Upon close inspection, a number of security experts went on record and confirmed that the leaked exploits were, in fact, from the NSA’s vast toolkit.

When word of the leak broke, some in the intelligence community initially feared that they were facing another Edward Snowden situation. As it turns out, it now appears that the leaked exploits were probably the result of human error. Embarrassingly, an investigation into the matter has revealed that a NSA operative may have inadvertently left the hacking tools in question on a remote computer, effectively leaving it behind as a gift to whomever discovered it.

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Reddit Scam

And this is why you don’t scam a security professional on Reddit

By on September 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

And this is why you don’t scam a security professional on Reddit

Trying to scam someone on the internet is always a bad idea, but if that someone turns out to be the head of a security research company, you’re in for a whole world of hurt.

Christian Haschek is an Austrian security researcher who was trying to sell $500 in US Apple gift cards on Reddit, since they’re a pain to use from overseas. He thought he had struck a deal with a buyer, but that buyer turned out to be less than honest.

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Hacking software demo video

Terrifying video shows government spyware in action for the first time

By on September 6, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Terrifying video shows government spyware in action for the first time

With the Snowden leaks, Stingray and FBI surveillance planes always in the news, most people just assume that The Man has god-like surveillance capabilities on tap. But the nuts and bolts of how government-sanctioned hacking actually works has always been a little mysterious.

A new video obtained by Motherboard shows an Italian software company showing off a hacking tool, intended for use by police forces and government agencies. The video shows how little technical knowledge cops really need to get a scary level of detail out of a target’s computer.

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Sri Lankan teen hacks president’s website to demand exam reschedule

By on August 30, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

Sri Lankan teen hacks president’s website to demand exam reschedule

It’s no secret that exam schedules can be annoying, but would you write your country’s president to voice your concerns? How about hacking their official website?

Enter this summer’s boldest Sri Lankan teenager. The BBC reported that a 17-year-old student has been arrested for allegedly hacking President Maithripala Sirisena’s website to express frustration over the country’s exam schedule. The announcement that the A-level (or advanced) exams were scheduled for April angered the teen, who pointed out that the exams coincided with celebrations for Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

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Government Hacking iPhone Tool

Government caught using sophisticated one-click hacking tool in the wild

By on August 25, 2016 at 1:53 PM.

Government caught using sophisticated one-click hacking tool in the wild

Researchers have discovered a scarily effective piece of malware, authored by an Israeli “cyber arms dealer,” that can completely hack an iPhone if the user clicks on one link. First found by a UAE human rights defender who was sent a malicious link, the spyware uses a series of zero-day exploits to thoroughly take control of a users’ iPhone.

Ahmed Mansoor, the human rights defender in question, was sent the link earlier in August. It was in a text message which promised him information if he followed the link. Instead, he sent the link to researchers at Citizen Lab, who analyzed the malware installed after the link.

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Walmart email hack

Someone is trying to steal accounts from Walmart.com customers

By on August 4, 2016 at 4:10 PM.

Someone is trying to steal accounts from Walmart.com customers

According to hundreds of reports on social media, people across the US have been receiving password reset emails for their Walmart.com accounts, indicating that someone is trying to access those accounts and change the password.

This appears to be some kind of mass hacking attempt, although success appears to be limited for now.

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Car Theft Hackers

Car thieves are now using laptops to hack into and steal cars

By on July 7, 2016 at 10:45 PM.

Car thieves are now using laptops to hack into and steal cars

Throughout the 80s and 90s, innumerable movies and TV shows taught us that stealing a car was a relatively straightforward affair. Simply break into the front seat of a given vehicle, fuse a few wires together from underneath the dash, and just like that, you’d be well on your way.

These days, hot-wiring a car has given way to a more advanced form of car theft: computer hacking. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, enterprising thieves have begun using hacking techniques in order to break into a car’s computer, start the car’s electric ignition, and drive off without so much as making a noise.

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Hacker looks to sell 655,000 alleged patient healthcare records on the dark web

By on June 27, 2016 at 6:48 PM.

Hacker looks to sell 655,000 alleged patient healthcare records on the dark web

A hacker claims to be selling 655,000 alleged patient healthcare records on the dark web, containing information such as social security numbers, addresses, and insurance details.

The news was first reported by Deep Dot Web Saturday. A hacker who goes by the name ‘thedarkoverlord’ gave Deep Dot Web images of purported records. Identifiable information from the records was redacted “so the target company can remain anonymous for now,” the hacker told Deep Dot Web.

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FBI Hacking Americans History Tools

The FBI has quietly been hacking Americans for 20 years

By on May 16, 2016 at 11:22 PM.

The FBI has quietly been hacking Americans for 20 years

Countless Snowden leaks have detailed the highly sophisticated tools used by the NSA to collect data in bulk from unsuspecting people, including American citizens. But the NSA isn’t the only agency conducting spying operations. The FBI has been spying on US citizens as part of ongoing investigations for two decades, yet many details about its data collection practices are still secret, despite all of the leaks in recent years. More →

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Bangladesh Bank Heist Hackers

Thrifty bank’s $10 routers lead to $81 million heist

By on April 22, 2016 at 10:50 AM.

Thrifty bank’s $10 routers lead to $81 million heist

This past February, some clever hackers pulled off a daring bank heist that was aided by a Bangladeshi bank’s decision to buy cheap second-hand $10 routers. In fact, the cheap routers let hackers get away with $81 million by giving them access to the secure computers that handle SWIFT monetary transactions and helping them hide their tracks. More →

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60 Minutes Congressman Phone Hack Video

It was shockingly easy for ’60 Minutes’ to hack a congressman’s iPhone

By on April 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM.

It was shockingly easy for ’60 Minutes’ to hack a congressman’s iPhone

Mobile security is obviously a major topic these days but it seems very few of us know just how vulnerable our phones are to hacking. 60 Minutes this week decided to give a new iPhone to Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and then challenge researchers at Security Research Labs to hack it. It goes without saying that the hackers were frighteningly successful in this endeavor and managed to retrieve a lot of sensitive information from the congressman’s device after only learning his phone number. More →

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Should I Put Tape On My Laptop Camera

So, who else puts tape over their laptop’s webcam?

By on April 12, 2016 at 12:08 PM.

So, who else puts tape over their laptop’s webcam?

I admit it: I put tape over my computer’s webcam. This is a paranoid thing to do. That said, I spend so much time in front of my computer that if a hacker managed to infiltrate my webcam and record everything I do, I’m sure they’d get lots of footage of me doing something embarrassing or disgusting.

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Credit Card Skimmer Installation Video

Watch a hacker install a credit card skimmer in under 3 seconds

By on March 16, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

Watch a hacker install a credit card skimmer in under 3 seconds

One way that hackers steal unsuspecting consumers’ financial data is by installing skimmer devices on ATMs and payment terminals that record and store all credit card information for the hackers to use at a later date. A video released by the Miami Beach Police this week shows just how shockingly easy it is to install such a device on a payment terminal at a convenience store, as a hacker in the video managed to pull it off in roughly three seconds while the store’s clerk was distracted. More →

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