What Blackhat Gets Right: A Chat With Former Hacker Kevin Poulsen  

Back in Kevin Poulsen's hacker days, before he became writer and Wired editor, he pulled stunts like taking over the phone lines in a radio contest to win himself a Porsche, or breaking into the FBI's computer system when he ended up on the agency's Most Wanted list to change his physical description. He served a… » 1/16/15 3:35pm 1/16/15 3:35pm

Blackhat Allllmost Gets Hacking Right

Blackhat is based on a good idea. Michael Mann, the director, sets out to demonstrate how actions derived from ones and zeroes in the virtual world can produce devastating consequences in the physical world, and to show his audience how hacking really works. And he gets so close you can practically taste the Tor relays » 1/13/15 4:45pm 1/13/15 4:45pm

Watch the Latest Trailer For New Hacker Thriller Blackhat

1995 had Hackers, and 2015 will have Blackhat: An upcoming cyber thriller in which actor Chris Hemsworth trades brawn for brains to save the world. In the latest trailer, we learn a little bit more about his character (which thankfully hasn't actually fully shed the brawn of the hammer of Thor). » 12/12/14 12:21pm 12/12/14 12:21pm

Now Anyone Can Get the Malware That Exploits USB's Fundamental Flaw

Don't plug strange USB sticks into your computers. Don't do it. A pair of hackers just made public the code for super scary malware that takes advantage of a fundamental flaw in USB firmware. They didn't do this to be mean, but you can be sure some evil hackers will use it to be mean. » 10/02/14 5:13pm 10/02/14 5:13pm

In Blackhat, the Fate of the World Hangs on the Shoulders of One Hacker


In the upcoming Michael Mann thriller Blackhat, everything is about to go to hell in a handbag when global computer systems are compromised by high-level hackers. And the only person that can save the world is a convicted criminal hacker mastermind. Welcome to the action flick of the digital age. » 9/25/14 2:33pm 9/25/14 2:33pm

Researcher Can Hack Airplanes Through In-Flight Entertainment Systems

If you're about to get on an airplane, you might want to wait until you land before you read this post. Because cyber security whiz Ruben Santamarta says he has devised a method that can give hackers access to a passenger jet's satellite communications equipment through the passenger Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment… » 8/04/14 12:32pm 8/04/14 12:32pm

Apple Finally Fixed the Bug That Let Fake Chargers Hack Your iPhone

The bug that allowed fake chargers to hack your iPhone has finally been fixed by Apple. Good! But you won't get the software fix until iOS 7. Apple was alerted of the security hole earlier this year and the hack was demonstrated at the Black Hat hacking convention on Wednesday. » 8/01/13 12:44am 8/01/13 12:44am

Your iPhone Can Be Hacked With a Modified Charger

It might pay to be more careful about where you juice up your phone—because a team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have put together a prototype charger capable of installing malware onto an iPhone. » 6/03/13 5:36am 6/03/13 5:36am

10 Hackers Who Made History

The computer world has a rich history of hackers who steered the progress of computer science and gave shape to computers, the internet, and networking as we see it today—in some cases single-handedly. » 9/12/11 12:00pm 9/12/11 12:00pm

Sony Awarded Dubious "Epic Fail" Award at Hackers' Oscars

A Pwnie award was given to Sony at last week's Black Hat computer security conference's Pwnie Awards, which looks at the past year's hacking efforts and awards them with My Little Pony trophies. Sony's major security breach from earlier in the year was the only hacking incident to be nominated for the top prize. » 8/08/11 3:50am 8/08/11 3:50am

How J.C. Penney Illegally Became the Number One Search Result in Many…

The NY Times has a great investigative report on how J.C. Penney became the number one search result for countless search terms on Google. Dresses, bedding, area rugs, skinny jeans, tablecloths and even grommet top curtains and more words popped J.C. Penney up as number one. Not Amazon, not Macy's, not any of the… » 2/12/11 5:00pm 2/12/11 5:00pm

Hacker Develops Program To Make ATMs Spit Out Free Cash

ATMs use computers. Computers have weaknesses. Hackers exploit weaknesses. See where this is going? A hacker developed software that can force an ATM's computer to give free cash. Luckily for banks, he showed off his technique at the Black Hat conference. » 7/29/10 4:49pm 7/29/10 4:49pm

Over 1m Android Users' Details Were Compromised Thanks to a Suspicious…

Does "Jackeey Wallpaper" sound familiar to you? If you downloaded one of their Android apps, then there's a good chance your privacy was compromised. According to telecoms security company Lookout, the app was sending users' info to a Chinese website. » 7/29/10 7:40am 7/29/10 7:40am

Unsecure Electronic Parking Meters Can Be Hacked For Infinite Money

Two presenters at Black Hat 2009 just demonstrated their ability to hack into parking meters in San Francisco (and theoretically anywhere with this kind of system) to give unlimited money on their parking payment cards. » 7/31/09 12:02pm 7/31/09 12:02pm

'Power-Line Exploit' Logs Your Keystrokes Using Outlets, Lasers

Thinking about plugging your laptop into one of those coveted airplane terminal power outlets while you wait for your flight to arrive? Be careful, because a hacker could be using those energy-giving wires against you. » 7/12/09 6:30pm 7/12/09 6:30pm

Windows Vista Pwned By Web Exploit That Can't Be Stopped

Presenters at Black Hat revealed that most, if not all, of Windows Vista's security features can be taken out with a single browser exploit, using Java and .NET to execute malicious code. What really makes this a killer, is that it is based around Vista's fundamental architecture, not a specific security flaw, and can… » 8/08/08 4:30pm 8/08/08 4:30pm