The Trick to Hacking Top-Secret Computers: Just Add Heat 

Security researchers just found a way to hack into specially secured computer systems by sending messages using blasts of air. This is another example of how even the most walled-off systems can still get hacked. » 3/23/15 12:30pm 3/23/15 12:30pm

Premera Blue Cross Was Hacked -- And Took Months To Tell Anyone

Premera Blue Cross, a health-insurance company with millions of patients in the US, has just admitted that 11 million of its customers have been victims of a wide-ranging data breach. Stolen data includes Social Security numbers, bank account information, and clinical records. Oh crap. » 3/17/15 9:45pm 3/17/15 9:45pm

Computer Security Expert Bruce Schneier Is Here to Answer Questions 

Today from 1:30-2:30 eastern time, Bruce Schneier is here to answer your questions about surveillance, infosec, and private data. He's the author of Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World (read an excerpt). » 3/13/15 1:40pm 3/13/15 1:40pm

9 Facts About Computer Security That Experts Wish You Knew

Every day, you hear about security flaws, viruses, and evil hacker gangs that could leave you destitute — or, worse, bring your country to its knees. But what's the truth about these digital dangers? We asked computer security experts to separate the myths from the facts. Here's what they said. » 3/04/15 2:05pm 3/04/15 2:05pm

FREAK Attack: A Dangerous Security Flaw Caused by US Government Policy

A group of computer scientists have revealed a dangerous security flaw that could open up many phones and other machines to attack. The worst part is that the problem has its roots in a misguided U.S. government effort to prevent consumers from having access to strong encryption. » 3/04/15 12:06am 3/04/15 12:06am

Lenovo Joins the Malevolent Side of the Online Advertising Industry

On Wednesday evening, the news began to break on Twitter. Computer security analysts had discovered something nefarious about a piece of advertising software called Superfish, which comes pre-installed on cheap Lenovo laptops like the Yoga 2. Superfish was leaving the laptops wide open to takeover by malicious… » 2/20/15 2:10pm 2/20/15 2:10pm

You Can Get Identity-Stealing Malware By Visiting This Popular Porn Site

Usually when you hear "sex" and "Trojan" in the same sentence, it means someone's being safe. Not so much in the most recent jack-off site hijacking: People checking out RedTube, one of the most popular porn sites, are in danger of identity theft. Hackers have infected the site's source code to redirect to malware… » 2/18/15 1:38pm 2/18/15 1:38pm

Are Bugs Like Shellshock and Heartbleed Really Serious, or Just Hype?

Dear Lifehacker,
So Shellshock is the newest vulnerability that may "break the internet." The last time they said that, it was about Heartbleed. Do I really need to be worried about all these bugs and vulnerabilities, or is this stuff tech companies need to care about? Can someone actually use these against me? » 10/01/14 8:00am 10/01/14 8:00am

Google Publicly Pulls Microsoft Up On Security Flaw In XP

Oh, it is ON between Google and Microsoft. A Google security engineer in Switzerland warned Microsoft of a vulnerability in Windows XP, but after they didn't fix it within five days, he went public with the hacker's wet dream. » 6/11/10 11:09am 6/11/10 11:09am

Microsoft (Obviously) Claims Google Employees Would Be Better Off…

Microsoft really didn't like that a Google employee went public, telling the world the big G is swapping employees' computers from Windows to Chrome, OS X and Linux. They've responded in a particularly sarky way, calling it "ironic": » 6/02/10 9:17am 6/02/10 9:17am