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Google's Fixing the Hangouts Hack With 'Biggest Software Update Ever'

Security researchers scared the shit out of Android users last week when they revealed a vulnerability that let hackers control your phone with a single text. In a session at Black Hat, Google’s Adrian Ludwig just explained exactly how it’s being fixed, calling it the biggest software update in history. He seems… » 8/05/15 2:50pm 8/05/15 2:50pm

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

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

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 Google Searches

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

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