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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FBI Target Malware Attacks

FBI: More Target-like malware attacks are coming

By on January 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

FBI: More Target-like malware attacks are coming

In a confidential report for retailers that was seen by Reuters, the FBI is warning companies to prepare for Target-like malware attacks in the future, as the agency has discovered about 20 similar hacks that used the same software in the past year.  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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U.S. Hacking Government

Five indicted in largest hacking scheme in U.S. history

By on July 26, 2013 at 7:50 AM.

Five indicted in largest hacking scheme in U.S. history

The United States government has accused five men from Russia and the Ukraine of masterminding the largest hacking scheme in U.S. history, The Wall Street Journal reported. The group allegedly hacked NASDAQ, Visa, J.C. Penney, 7-Eleven and JetBlue, among other companies, from 2005 until early last year. The men are accused of illegally obtaining roughly 160 million credit and debit card numbers, and allegedly stealing more than $300 million from at least three of the companies they attacked. The men are said to have scouted various retail locations to discover any vulnerabilities in their payment-processing systems. They are also accused of installing unauthorized software on corporate computers that granted them back door access to the systems at a later date. Two of the men are in police custody, while three others are on the loose and considered fugitives.

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Car Software Hacking Steering Brakes

The most deadly hacking target yet: Your car

By on July 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM.

The most deadly hacking target yet: Your car

Here’s something that should sober enthusiasts of self-driving cars. Forbes reporter Andy Greenberg has been hanging out with hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who have come up with their most terrifying hacking target yet: a car’s software. Greenberg says that the two hackers have “reverse-engineered enough of the software of the Escape and the Toyota Prius (both the 2010 model) to demonstrate a range of nasty surprises: everything from annoyances like uncontrollably blasting the horn to serious hazards like slamming on the Prius’ brakes at high speeds.” Even worse, Miller and Valasek have shown they’re able to take control of a car’s steering functionality so they can drive it into a ditch, a wall or just about anywhere they choose. In other words, they’ve found a way to transform cars into their own personal weapons. Greenberg says that the two hackers will present their unsettling findings to Defcon in Las Vegas next month.

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Cybercrime Annual Cost $100 Billion

Cybercrime estimated to cost U.S. government, businesses $100 billion a year

By on July 22, 2013 at 10:45 PM.

Cybercrime estimated to cost U.S. government, businesses $100 billion a year

That pesky 12-year-old Russian kid who infected your PC with malware that replaced all your photos with gifs of dancing bears is costing the American economy a lot more than you imagine. The Wall Street Journal reports that a new study conducted by McAfee and the nonprofit Center for Strategic and International Studies shows that cybercrime is costing the U.S. government and businesses around $100 billion per year, or roughly one-tenth of what other recent estimates have projected. The Journal says that “one of the key reasons the study’s estimate is lower than many previous ones is that it takes into account the shifting benefits of cybertheft,” since data that is stolen by hackers doesn’t actually disappear.

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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Prison Sentence

Pirate Bay co-founder gets two years in jail on hacking conviction

By on June 20, 2013 at 6:45 PM.

Pirate Bay co-founder gets two years in jail on hacking conviction

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg is about to spend some time in the brig. TorrentFreak reports that a Swedish court has sentenced Svartholm Warg to two years in prison for his role in “hacking into Logica, a company carrying out work for local tax authorities.” Things could get even worse for The Pirate Bay co-founder in the coming months as well, since he also faces even more serious hacking charges in Denmark, where officials allege that he hacked into the country’s driver’s license database and its social security database and exposed the email accounts and passwords of thousands of government officials and law enforcement officers. Svartholm Warg, who in 2009 was convicted of violating copyright laws for his role in founding The Pirate Bay, could face up to six years in prison if found guilty of the Denmark hacking charges.

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