St. Louis Cardinals Hacking Scandal Patriots

St. Louis Cardinals Hacking Scandal: A Patriots Fan’s Tips for Coping With America’s Hatred

By on June 16, 2015 at 4:20 PM.

St. Louis Cardinals Hacking Scandal: A Patriots Fan’s Tips for Coping With America’s Hatred

If there’s one thing Americans love to do, it’s to bash successful franchises that also get caught cheating to gain an edge over their opponents. St. Louis Cardinals fans are getting their first dose of this phenomenon this week after The New York Times reported that the FBI is investigating whether Cardinals employees illegally hacked into the computer systems of the rival Houston Astros to steal “internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports,” among other things. More →

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Federal Employees Social Security Numbers Hack

Hackers reportedly stole Social Security numbers from every federal employee

By on June 11, 2015 at 4:16 PM.

Hackers reportedly stole Social Security numbers from every federal employee

Yikes. The Associated Press reports that the American Federal of Government Employees union is alleging that hackers actually stole all federal employees’ Social Security numbers in a massive hack that the government first disclosed last week. At the time, the government said that roughly 4 million workers had their personal information exposed during the hack, although AFGE president J. David Cox is now claiming the problem is much worse than what the Obama administration has admitted. More →

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IRS Hack 100,000 Taxpayers' Data Stolen

Thieves hack IRS, steal tax info from more than 100,000 taxpayers

By on May 26, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

Thieves hack IRS, steal tax info from more than 100,000 taxpayers

Gulp. This isn’t good. The Associated Press reports that the Internal Revenue Service admitted on Tuesday that thieves had hacked into one of its systems and had managed to swipe tax information from more than 100,000 American taxpayers. According to the AP, the IRS says that the thieves “used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers.” More →

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How To Crack A Master Lock Tips Video

Watch: A hacker has learned how to crack almost any Master Lock code in 8 tries or less

By on April 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM.

Watch: A hacker has learned how to crack almost any Master Lock code in 8 tries or less

We mostly think of hackers as people who use their knowledge of coding to virtually break into computer systems. It turns out, however, that hackers can be pretty good at breaking into physical locks as well. Via Ars Technica, hacker Samy Kamkar this week posted a video that shows how you can crack the code of a Master Lock combination in eight tries or fewer. More →

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Pwn2Own web browser

No one is safe: All 4 major web browsers hacked at Pwn2Own

By on March 23, 2015 at 8:55 AM.

No one is safe: All 4 major web browsers hacked at Pwn2Own

Given the myriad of security mechanisms and technologies tech companies have developed, it’s easy to fall into a sense of complacency and think that what you’re doing is safe from prying eyes.

Truth be told, if skilled attackers really want to see what you’re up to online, there’s not really much you can do to stop them.

Case in point: Last week at the annual Pwn2Own hacking competition, all 4 major browsers were exploited.Safari, Firefox, IE, Google Chrome — none of these browsers can provide safe refuge from hackers.

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Worst Passwords 2014

These are the 25 best passwords you can use… if you want to be hacked

By on January 20, 2015 at 8:50 AM.

These are the 25 best passwords you can use… if you want to be hacked

Malicious hackers spend much of their time developing sophisticated attacks and complex new ways to steal people’s credit card numbers, bank account information and other private data. It’s getting more and more difficult to protect ourselves from these hacks, especially when just about anyone can go online and hire a hacker these days.

But for many people, all of the hard work these hackers put into ruining our lives is a waste of time, because they make things remarkably easy for hackers by using the worst passwords on the planet. More →

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Take Down Any Website

The group that hacked Xbox Live and PSN will help you take down any website for $6

By on December 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM.

The group that hacked Xbox Live and PSN will help you take down any website for $6

The latest scheme by Lizard Squad makes the Xbox Live and PSN service disruption look like child’s play. CNN reports that the hacker group launched the Lizard Stresser website this week, allowing anyone who pays the low price of $5.99 to launch a potentially devastating DDoS attack on a website of their choosing. More →

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Smart Home Toilets Hacked

The ultimate nightmare: Researchers learn how to hack connected ‘smart home’ toilets

By on June 12, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

The ultimate nightmare: Researchers learn how to hack connected ‘smart home’ toilets

Imagine a world where a sleazy hacker can make your toilet overflow on a daily basis unless you pay him a daily fee. That’s the kind of nightmare scenario that researchers at Chicago security firm Trustwave are trying to prepare us for, as Bloomberg reports that they’ve figured out how to hack “a Bluetooth connection that controls toilets made by Japan’s Lixil Group,” which could “allow hackers to open or close the lid and even squirt a stream of water at the user’s behind.” More →

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Internet Spying

This is what it’s like to be an Internet spy

By on June 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

This is what it’s like to be an Internet spy

Nefarious hackers are lurking around every corner of the Internet, constantly working on new ways to beat Web security and steal our data. Some methods they employ involve remote digital attacks that utilize security flaws to steal data from corporate servers. And sometimes they perpetrate physical breaches, as was the case with the major Target attack we saw last year. Large corporations aren’t the only targets though, and one reporter recently found out firsthand what it’s like to be an Internet spy. More →

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Snapchat Hack Phone Numbers

Your phone number is at risk in latest Snapchat hack

By on December 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM.

Your phone number is at risk in latest Snapchat hack

Snapchat now has to deal with yet another potentially large security vulnerability as Gibson Security released a new report reiterating that it is possible for hackers to obtain Snapchat users’ phone numbers. They initially revealed this hack four months ago and it went ignored by Snapchat. Now, after multiple app updates, Gibson Security says the exploits detailed in its initial report have still not been addressed. More →

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Apple MacBook Webcam Security Breaches

Uh-oh: The FBI can access your MacBook webcam without the light turning on

By on December 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM.

Uh-oh: The FBI can access your MacBook webcam without the light turning on

The next time you take a seat in front of your laptop, keep in mind that the only thing standing between you and a serious invasion of privacy is a little warning light that signals that your webcam has been activated. Without that light, there wouldn’t be any way to tell if you were being watched or not, and now researchers have disclosed just how vulnerable our computers truly are. More →

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Facebook Google Twitter Yahoo Passwords Stolen

Hackers steal 2 million Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo passwords

By on December 4, 2013 at 11:15 PM.

Hackers steal 2 million Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo passwords

It looks as though hackers have managed to swipe user names and passwords from some of the world’s biggest social networking and email platforms… again. Per CNN, security firm Trustwave claims that hackers have stolen more than 2 million Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo user names and passwords through malicious keylogging software that’s been installed in an unknown number of computers. Facebook users have been the biggest victims of the malware so far, as an estimated 318,000 Facebook accounts have been compromised so far along with 70,000 Google-related accounts, 60,000 Yahoo accounts and 22,000 Twitter accounts. Trustwave says that it’s notified all affected companies about the security breach.

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