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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.

As I said earlier, I’m admittedly paranoid. But I’m not alone. More →

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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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What Its Like Being Hacked

‘I could have made you homeless’: What happens when you dare hackers to do their worst?

By on February 25, 2016 at 4:07 PM.

‘I could have made you homeless’: What happens when you dare hackers to do their worst?

If you’ve ever been tempted to ask hackers to do their worst to you, you probably shouldn’t. Kevin Roose of Fusion recently made the trip to Las Vegas to ask hackers at DefCon to show off all the ways they could hack into his digital life and ruin everything for him. What he discovered left him pretty horrified. More →

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Worst Passwords 2016

These are the worst passwords in the world – do you use any of them?

By on January 19, 2016 at 9:43 AM.

These are the worst passwords in the world – do you use any of them?

Each year, security solutions provider SplashData releases a list of what it has determined to be the most commonly used passwords on the Internet. In other words, these passwords are the worst possible options you can choose to safeguard your accounts, because they’re all ridiculously common and are likely among the first options people with any know-how will try when attempting to gain access to your online accounts.

Are you looking to get hacked and you want to make it as easy as possible for anyone and everyone to gain access to your accounts? Feel free to choose any of the 25 options below as your new password. More →

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Lottery Hacker

How a security director used a rootkit to rig the lottery and steal millions of dollars

By on December 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM.

How a security director used a rootkit to rig the lottery and steal millions of dollars

Not too long ago, Eddie Tipton was convicted of hacking into the Multi-State Lottery Association’s computer system in order to rig a nearly $17 million jackpot in Iowa. Now comes word that an investigation into Tipton’s hacking activities is expanding to include a number of other states. Thus far,  lottery officials from Colorado, Wisconsin and Oklahoma have indicated that Tipton may have also gamed lottery jackpots in their respective states.

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