Malware

The most dangerous celebrities to look up on Google

By on September 28, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

The most dangerous celebrities to look up on Google

One of the more common ways that purveyors of malware are able to trick unsuspecting users into downloading malicious software is to prey upon the public’s insatiable appetite for celebrity news, photos and gossip.

As a result, some celebrity-oriented search queries tend to be associated with a greater likelihood of downloading malware than others. As Intel notes, malicious actors are quick to put up websites “loaded with malware that can steal passwords and personal information,” especially in the days preceding new movie and music releases and in the days following a major celebrity breakup a’la the recent divorce news involving Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

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Yahoo Hack

Massive data breach hit 500 million users, Yahoo confirms

By on September 22, 2016 at 2:40 PM.

Massive data breach hit 500 million users, Yahoo confirms

Yahoo has confirmed that a data breach from 2014 hit 500 million users, allowing hackers access to sensitive information, including poorly encrypted passwords.

A press release from Yahoo confirms the news, and follows reports earlier today that Yahoo was set to confirm the breach. If true, stealing the user credentials from 500 million users would be one of the largest hacks ever to hit a US company.

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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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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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iOS Live Photos

Researcher uses Apple’s ‘Live Photos’ feature to hack into two mobile banking apps

By on August 18, 2016 at 3:24 PM.

Researcher uses Apple’s ‘Live Photos’ feature to hack into two mobile banking apps

Biometric authentication systems have been around for ages, but it wasn’t until Apple released Touch ID alongside the iPhone 5s that it entered the mainstream. Building off that, a number of banks across the globe have started to update their mobile apps with with fingerprint and facial recognition systems in place of the tried and true password.

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iPhone Hacking

Hacking companies are willing to pay a lot more than Apple for flaws in iOS

By on August 10, 2016 at 5:05 PM.

Hacking companies are willing to pay a lot more than Apple for flaws in iOS

At the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas last week, Apple introduced its first bug bounty program. Whereas Apple has historically relied upon security researchers and hackers to discover and report critical security exploits out of the goodness of their hearts, Apple finally wised up and realized that it might want to include some sort of financial incentive for those who have a knack for discovering important security flaws.

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Oracle Hack

Security breach at Oracle could affect hundreds of thousands of businesses

By on August 8, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Security breach at Oracle could affect hundreds of thousands of businesses

Oracle, a software giant that makes point-of-sale credit card systems, has reportedly seen a massive security breach that could have far-reaching implications for its customers. According to security journalist Brian Krebs, a Russian cybercrime group has gained access to Oracle’s systems, including the customer portal for businesses that use its credit card processing systems. As you might imagine, this is not good.

Oracle confirmed to Krebs that it had “detected and addressed malicious code in certain legacy MICROS systems,” and is telling customers to reset username and passwords. The Micros systems are credit card processing terminals used by hotels, banks, restaurants, and hundreds of thousands of other businesses.

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Airport Lounge Access Hack

Hacker uses fake boarding pass to get into every airline lounge for free

By on August 5, 2016 at 2:40 PM.

Hacker uses fake boarding pass to get into every airline lounge for free

It sounds way too good to be true. “One Weird Trick Can Get You Into Any Airline Lounge You Want!” But as Wired reports, one ethical hacker did actually find a simple way to trick the computer systems used by airline lounges across the world.

The security flaw was discovered by Przemek Jaroszewski, the head of Poland’s Computer Emergency Response Team. He discovered that lounge access is coded into the QR code of an electronic boarding pass, but not verified by any central database.

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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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Linux Forums Hacked

Here’s another really great reason to never touch Linux

By on July 15, 2016 at 1:50 PM.

Here’s another really great reason to never touch Linux

As a desktop OS, Linux leaves a lot to be desired compared to OS X or Windows. But one thing we’re always hearing about is the Linux community, a frequently-sweary place likeminded geeks can gather and work towards the greater good.

Well, that community — or at least one of its more prominent message boards — has been badly hacked.

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Download Netflix Movies

A bug in Chrome makes pirating Netflix and Amazon movies easy

By on June 24, 2016 at 3:50 PM.

A bug in Chrome makes pirating Netflix and Amazon movies easy

Bad news for Google, good news for pirates: a pair of security researchers have found a flaw in the way the Chrome browser unpacks encrypted video. It’s all rather technical, but the upshot is that pirates have an easy way to save DRM-ed video streams to their desktop.

Wired first reported on the vulnerability, which was discovered by researchers David Livshits from the Cyber Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University and Alexandra Mikityuk of Telekom Innovation Laboratories.

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ATM Card Skimmer

There’s no way you’d spot these tiny ATM card skimmers

By on June 15, 2016 at 5:10 PM.

There’s no way you’d spot these tiny ATM card skimmers

I’m aware that card skimmers at ATMs and gas stations are a very real threat. I always pay attention when using a card machine, but to date, I’ve never seen a card skimmer in the flesh. Maybe that’s because they’re way, way sneakier than I’d imagined.

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uTorrent Security Breach

Hundreds of thousands of pirates exposed by uTorrent security breach

By on June 8, 2016 at 1:38 PM.

Hundreds of thousands of pirates exposed by uTorrent security breach

Torrenting TV shows isn’t a particularly risky activity, but most pirates tend to prefer to keep their identity a secret. That’s why a security breach on the forums of uTorrent, the internet’s most widely used torrenting software, is not a good thing.

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