Fearing Hackers, U.S. State Dept. Has Shut Off Part of Its Email System

The fallout from Hillary Clinton's homebrew email setup is getting weird. The Department of State just shut down part of its unclassified email system in an attempt to eradicate malware they just found from Russian hackers. But State's spokespeople say everything is okay. Probably. » 3/13/15 5:15pm 3/13/15 5:15pm

The Army Just Open-Sourced Its Security Software 

The U.S. Army is open-sourcing a code it uses to analyze cyberattacks. For the past five years, whenever a Department of Defense network has been compromised, the Army has used the Dshell framework to do forensic analysis on the attacks. » 1/31/15 8:00pm 1/31/15 8:00pm

World Economic Forum Warns About "Global Threat" of IoT Hacking

You know that character in some horror films who warns unsuspecting (usually) teenage victims of their impending death? The World Economic Forum's Global Risks report is kind of like that guy, filled with doom but offering damn good advice on how to stay alive. This year, the report focused on the internet of things. » 1/18/15 1:42pm 1/18/15 1:42pm

CISPA: The Awful Anti-Privacy Law That Won't Prevent Another Sony Hack

CISPA is back. You might remember the bill as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act—or perhaps as "the worst privacy disaster our country has ever faced." Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger reintroduced the bill to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday under the auspices of preventing another Sony hack. » 1/10/15 12:00pm 1/10/15 12:00pm

A Cyberattack Caused Real-Life Chaos at a German Steel Mill

At this point, it's obvious that cyberattacks can have devastating, far-reaching consequences. Look at the fallout from the Sony hack. But it's still very rare for digital aggression campaigns to cause direct physical damage, which is why a recent cyberattack that screwed with a blast furnace at a German steel mill is… » 1/08/15 11:15am 1/08/15 11:15am

Hackers Uploaded a Worm to South Korean Nuclear Plants

Here's a scary thing that happened: South Korean authorities found evidence that a worm was recently removed from devices connected to nuclear power facilities. The news comes a little over a week after the country's nuclear plant operator received warnings on Twitter that its network had been compromised. Thankfully,… » 12/30/14 10:55am 12/30/14 10:55am

North Korea's Internet Is Totally Screwed Right Now 

Following several days of continuous connectivity problems, North Korea's internet has gone dark, according to one researcher. Whether it's a cyber attack or a routine outage remains unclear. However, it looks a lot like a DDoS attack. » 12/22/14 1:43pm 12/22/14 1:43pm

Why Cybersecurity Threats Are About to Get Much, Much Worse

Let me state the obvious just to get it out of the way: our nation's cybersecurity sucks and everybody knows it. The president knows it. The Pentagon knows it. And, worst of all, the hackers know it, too. That's why I'm so alarmed by a new Pew Internet survey that says we'll likely get hit with a deadly cyberattack by… » 10/30/14 3:34pm 10/30/14 3:34pm

Hospital Hacks Are Skyrocketing Because Hospitals Are Super Easy to Hack

According to a fresh report from cybersecurity experts, hospitals are hackers' new favorite playground. That's unsettling news for anyone who's ever visited a hospital (read: everyone) but it also offers a curious window into how we guard our most important data. Put bluntly, we do a pretty piss poor job of it. » 9/03/14 11:09am 9/03/14 11:09am

Report: There's a New Chinese Hacker Army Attacking the U.S.

A report by security company CrowdStrike claims that a new Shanghai-based cyberattack unit, with links to the People's Liberation Army in China, has been hacking the U.S.. » 6/10/14 8:03am 6/10/14 8:03am

Hackers Broke Into a Public Utility Control Room By Guessing a Password

In a rare gesture of transparency, the Department of Homeland Security just announced that hackers recently targeted and compromised a public utility's control system. They didn't say exactly where, but it happened inside United States borders. And it doesn't sound like it was even that hard. » 5/21/14 1:15pm 5/21/14 1:15pm

You Need to Change Your Ebay Password Right Now

On Wednesday, Ebay will ask all users to change their passwords due to a massive cyberattack that hit the encrypted password database. The company says that no financial data that was compromised, and there's no evidence of unauthorized user activity. Either way, you can change your Ebay password right here. » 5/21/14 9:41am 5/21/14 9:41am

Oh Great, Even Refrigerators Are Hackers Now

Ever have that nightmare where your refrigerator comes alive and attacks you? Probably not, but in the era of smart fridges, this is actually a thing that can happen—that is, if we're talking about cyberattacks. » 1/16/14 2:28pm 1/16/14 2:28pm

Report: Holiday Hackers Attacked At Least Three Other Major Retailers

If you thought you dodged a bullet during Target and Neiman Marcus' holiday data breaches, you might want to sit down. According to a Reuters report published early this morning, at least three other well-known U.S. retailers were hacked, too. » 1/12/14 10:00am 1/12/14 10:00am

Is the Internet More Vulnerable To Physical Attacks Than To Hacking?

The Obama administration has been stoking the fires of fear about a cyberattack on America's infrastructure for well over a year now, but a little-discussed physical attack on a power plant earlier this year suggests we shouldn't ignore more traditional threats. » 12/31/13 6:00pm 12/31/13 6:00pm

The Stuxnet Worm Had an Evil Secret Twin

It's been over three years since the discovery of the Stuxnet worm, but new revelations continue to trickle out from the cybersecurity community. Actually, this latest one is more of a torrent than a trickle: Turns out Stuxnet had an evil secret twin. » 11/20/13 10:41am 11/20/13 10:41am

You Just Missed a Massive, Destructive (Fake) Cyberattack

What would happen if an army of hackers put America's power grid in its sights and pulled the trigger? How fast would the country descend into darkness? Would there be anarchy in the streets? Would people die? According to a war game carried out across the country this week, the answer is not necessarily good news. » 11/15/13 3:20pm 11/15/13 3:20pm

China Can't Stop Hacking the World's Only Superpower

It's been almost a year since The New York Times, working with cybersecurity firm Mandiant, outed the Chinese military for being behind an ongoing series of hacking attacks aimed at the United States. Articles were written. Meetings were held. Defense budgets was boosted. Did it stop the hackers? Not a chance. » 11/07/13 1:05pm 11/07/13 1:05pm

Hackers Figured Out How to Hijack Shipping Vessel Tracking Systems

A team of white hat hackers recently figured out how to break into the navigation technology used to track 400,000 shipping vessels worldwide. With this kind of access they could hypothetically make it appear as if a fleet of mystery ships was about to invade New York City. This is not good. » 10/18/13 10:20am 10/18/13 10:20am

Chinese Mercenaries Are Hacking into American Networks

Cybersecurity firm Symantec took a major swipe at Chinese hackers on Tuesday, when it revealed the details of the group that's behind some of the best-known attacks on the United States. Unlike earlier reports, however, Symantec's report isn't about the Chinese military. These are hackers-for-hire. » 9/17/13 1:13pm 9/17/13 1:13pm