Bank Security Is So Bad That a Simple Phishing Scam Can Cost $1 Billion

In potentially the largest bank heist on record, an Eastern European hacker ring is stealing an estimated $1 billion from banks by infecting computers with malware and siphoning money. But how the hackers infiltrated these banks speaks to a much bigger problem: The current security standards (or lack thereof) at… » 2/16/15 5:35pm 2/16/15 5:35pm

Windows 10 Will Help Kill the Password for Good

A consortium of tech companies adopted a new standard in December intended to usher in a more secure future without the hassle of passwords. On Friday, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will incorporate those specifications, enabling new biometric identification features like fingerprints and eye-scans. Good job,… » 2/16/15 4:10pm 2/16/15 4:10pm

Some Guy Figured Out How to Delete Every Photo on Facebook

A security researcher recently made a seriously startling discovery. With just four lines of code, he says he could delete any photo album on Facebook. Zuck's wedding photos? Zap. Your high school graduation album? Lost forever. Lucky for you, he decided to report the bug to Facebook, which promptly cut him a check. » 2/12/15 4:05pm 2/12/15 4:05pm

Hackers Posed as Hot Girls on Skype to Steal Intel From Syrian Rebels

It's kind of the oldest trick in the book. Catfishing is where you pretend to be someone you're not online so that you can trick someone else into doing something. And based on a new report, this is exactly how pro-Assad hackers have been robbing intel from opposition forces: They've been posing as hot girls on Skype » 2/02/15 11:25am 2/02/15 11:25am

Barrett Brown Will Spend 5 Years In Jail for Hacking-Related Offenses

A federal judge just sentenced journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $890,000 in restitution for charges related to the 2011 hack of Stratfor Global Intelligence. Brown's supporters maintain that the young writer and activist was "merely linking to hacked material." Either way,… » 1/22/15 4:07pm 1/22/15 4:07pm

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

The New CISPA Bill Is Literally Exactly the Same as the Last One

The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over expecting different results. That's a cliche, but politicians often follow the hoariest routes to power, and attempting to enact change by doing the same thing repeatedly is one of them. When word broke last week that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and… » 1/14/15 2:25pm 1/14/15 2:25pm

Obama Wants Hacking to Be a Form of Racketeering

In the wake of the Sony hack and yesterday's CENTCOM shitshow, President Obama just announced new cybersecurity legislation and related proposals for "securing cyberspace." This is a good thing, because America's cybersecurity kind of sucks. It's also a worrisome thing, since cybersecurity legislation like this stands… » 1/13/15 6:10pm 1/13/15 6:10pm

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

Someone Claiming to Be ISIS Says They Hacked CENTCOM, Leaks Docs Online

U.S. Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts just lit up in a bad way. It looks like somebody who's claiming to be an ISIS affiliate called "CyberCaliphate" managed to gain access to the account and is currently tweeting images of documents, allegedly internal CENTCOM documents. » 1/12/15 12:49pm 1/12/15 12:49pm