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U.S. Hacking Government

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

July 26th, 2013

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 …

Car Software Hacking Steering Brakes

The most deadly hacking target yet: Your car

July 25th, 2013

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 …

Cybercrime Annual Cost $100 Billion

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

July 22nd, 2013

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 …

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Prison Sentence

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

June 20th, 2013

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 …

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Hacking Charges

Pirate Bay co-founder charged in massive hacking case

June 6th, 2013

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, a co-founder of the infamous Pirate Bay website, can’t seem to stay out of legal hot water. Ars Technica reports that Svartholm Warg has been charged in Denmark with “illegally accessing the country’s driver’s license database, social security database, the shared IT system across the Schengen zone, and the e-mail accounts and passwords of 10,000 …

Internet Hacking Suspect Arrested

Suspect in biggest cyberattack in Internet history arrested

April 29th, 2013

Spanish officials have arrested a Dutch citizen in northeast Spain for his involvement in what has been called the biggest cyberattack in Internet history. The suspect is said to have operated a hacking bunker in a van that was equipped with “various antennas to scan frequencies” that he used to evade authorities. The unnamed individual, who …

‘Anonymous’ becomes latest victim in Twitter hacking spree

February 21st, 2013

Anyone who’s ever had their website hacked and defaced by hacker collective Anonymous can have a good laugh at their expense, because it looks as though they aren’t immune to security breaches either. BBC News reports that Anonymous this week “has suffered an embarrassing breach, as one of its popular Twitter feeds is taken over …

Scientists getting ever-closer to developing mind-hacking tech

August 31st, 2012

The lesson here seems to be, “don’t wear an EEG headset while using the ATM.” Wired reports that researchers at Oxford, UC Berkeley and the University of Geneva were able to decipher their test subjects’ “PIN numbers, birth months, areas of residence and other personal information” just by presenting them with associative pictures while hooked up to …