What Its Like Being Hacked

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

February 25th 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?

January 19th 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

December 23rd 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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Russian Hackers Dow Jones Hack

Russian hackers break into Dow Jones, swipe secret trading information

October 16th at 3:14 PM

Russian hackers break into Dow Jones, swipe secret trading information

In what can only be described as a major security lapse, it seems some hackers from Russia successfully broke into the servers of Dow Jones, Inc. and swiped some key secret trading data before it was made public. Bloomberg reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service and the Securities and Exchange Commission have been leading an investigation into the hack for at least a year now and it sounds like a very serious breach. More →

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DDoS Attacks Report 2015 Trends

DDoS attacks are getting much more powerful and the Pentagon is scrambling for solutions

August 31st at 3:10 PM

DDoS attacks are getting much more powerful and the Pentagon is scrambling for solutions

No wonder the Pentagon has announced it’s working on a plan to fund tools and researchers to help organizations defend themselves against the pervasive threat of cyber assaults known as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

In recent days, the agency said it’s looking to fund researchers who can come up with tools as part of a program starting next April that would, among other things, help organizations recover from DDoS attacks in a maximum of 10 seconds. And the acknowledgement of that hunt for researchers for the program, called Extreme DDoS Defense, arguably comes not a moment too soon. More →

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Tesla Hacking

Want to hack a car? Don’t try hacking a Tesla

August 14th at 10:30 PM

Want to hack a car? Don’t try hacking a Tesla

Stories surrounding car hacking seem to be all the rage these days. The issue was first thrust into the spotlight a few weeks ago when famed hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek were able to take over Wired reporter Andy Greenberg’s jeep as it sped down the highway at 70 mph.

Such is the risk involved with connected cars. On the one hand, the technology that underlies modern vehicles makes driving more convenient, efficient, and enjoyable than ever before. On the other, expanded capabilities opens up the door for hackers to potentially wreak havoc.

That being the case, there’s one car company, above all others, who has their security game on lock down. Not surprisingly, that company is Tesla.

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Russia Pentagon Hack Joint Chiefs Of Staff

Russia pulls off a major hack of the Pentagon

August 6th at 4:00 PM

Russia pulls off a major hack of the Pentagon

It looks like Russian hackers made a significant breach into the Pentagon’s email system. Officials tell NBC News that Russia has launched a “sophisticated cyberattack” against the unclassified email system of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The hack has forced the Pentagon to shut down the email system for almost two weeks now and it’s affected more than 4,000 military and civilian employees who work for the Joint Chiefs. More →

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Car Hack GM OnStar App

Hacker claims he can use GM’s OnStar app to remotely open and start your car

July 30th at 6:35 PM

Hacker claims he can use GM’s OnStar app to remotely open and start your car

Connected cars are awesome but they also present big opportunities for hackers to cause significant, and potentially deadly, mischief. Reuters reports that white-hat hacker Samy Kamkar says he’s figured out a way to hack into GM’s OnStar mobile app and then use it to remotely open and start GM cars. More →

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Ashley Madison Cheating Website Hacked

Cheaters’ nightmare: Affair website Ashley Madison hacked, user data vulnerable

July 20th at 7:50 AM

Cheaters’ nightmare: Affair website Ashley Madison hacked, user data vulnerable

So you decided to cheat on your spouse and you thought extramarital affair website Ashley Madison would keep your identity safe? Oops. KrebsonSecurity reports that Ashley Madison has suffered a major hack that has left personal information of its 37 million members vulnerable. More →

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OPM Hack 21.5 Million Workers Affected

The massive hack of the U.S. government’s employee database is even worse than we thought

July 9th at 3:56 PM

The massive hack of the U.S. government’s employee database is even worse than we thought

Wow. Remember the gigantic hack into the database of the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management? Well it turns out that the hack has affected an estimated additional 21.5 million current and former federal workers, along with their families and friends. In short, this is a complete disaster. More →

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United Airlines Flights NYSE Trading Suspended

Do They Think We’re Idiots? Officals Say No Indication that NYSE Trading Halt is a Cyberattack

July 8th at 12:22 PM

Do They Think We’re Idiots? Officals Say No Indication that NYSE Trading Halt is a Cyberattack

The New York Stock Exchange has been shut down after reports from earlier this morning indicated the exchange was having technical difficulties processing orders. Despite this, the Department of Homeland Security has issued a statement saying that there are no indications that this is part of a cyberattack, although they also haven’t put out any statement about what the actual problem might be. More →

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Hacking Tools

No One Is Safe: $300 Gadget Steals Encryption Keys out of the Air, and It’s Nearly Unstoppable

July 8th at 10:15 AM

No One Is Safe: $300 Gadget Steals Encryption Keys out of the Air, and It’s Nearly Unstoppable

Just when you thought you were safe, a new hacking toy comes along and rocks your world. Imagine a tool exists that lets hackers pluck encryption keys from your laptop right out of the air. You can’t stop it by connecting to protected Wi-Fi networks or even disabling Wi-Fi completely. Turning off Bluetooth also won’t help you protect yourself.

Why? Because the tiny device that can easily be hidden in an object or taped to the underside of a table doesn’t use conventional communications to pull off capers. Instead it reads radio waves emitted by your computer’s processor, and there’s really nothing you can do to stop it. More →

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St. Louis Cardinals Hacking Scandal Patriots

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

June 16th 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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