Report: NSA Used Heartbleed to Spy on People for Years

It's true. After days of speculation over whether the NSA knew about the Heartbleed vulnerability that affected as many as two thirds of the websites on the internet, two anonymous sources tell Bloomberg that the NSA didn't just know about it, they used it to gather intelligence. » 4/11/14 3:05pm 4/11/14 3:05pm

U.S. Army Compares New Hacker School To "The Birth Of The Air Force"

Over the next three years, the U.S. Army will be filling its brand new cyber warfare institute at West Point with the best and brightest hackers it can find. Not just hackers, however: the institute will bring together psychologists, lawyers, mathematicians—anyone who can help the country win the inevitable cyber war… » 4/10/14 6:00pm 4/10/14 6:00pm

How Secure Are Your Favorite Websites?

Heartbleed is a scary thing. Aside from the violent-sounding name, the vulnerability in OpenSSL security protocols spans the entire internet and affects most of the sites we know, love, and use on a daily basis. Even outside of Heartbleed, not all security protocols are created equal. So how do you know who to trust? » 4/10/14 2:24pm 4/10/14 2:24pm

Hackers Have Figured Out How to Steal Millions from ATMs

Federal regulators just alerted banks across the country of a very dangerous new skill ATM hackers have picked up. They can trick ATMs into spitting out unlimited amounts of cash, regardless of the customer's balance. Not only that, but also schedule the illicit withdrawals for holidays and weekends, when the ATMs are… » 4/03/14 3:04pm 4/03/14 3:04pm

Watch Every Cyber Attack in the World in Real Time

Kasperkspy Labs recently launched a beautifully terrifying interactive map that shows online threats arounds the world in real time. In practice, it's a global visualization of cyber attacks that, Kaspersky hopes, will motivate you to buy their security software. But it's still a hell of a spectacle. » 4/01/14 3:20pm 4/01/14 3:20pm

Hackers Can Force ATMs to Spit Out Money With a Text Message

It's getting remarkably easy to hack ATMs these days, and security researchers say that Microsoft's aging Windows XP is making the problem worse. This week, security analysts at Symantec blogged about a new technique popping up in Mexico that uses text messages to give hackers access. It's as wild as it sounds. » 3/25/14 1:20pm 3/25/14 1:20pm

This Facial Recognition Software Signals the End of the Security Guard

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Minority Report references are old hat in the tech world. In fact, it's often a great way to describe technology that, as the cliche goes, "sounds like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel," yet is destined to remain a fiction. But this futuristic facial-recognition security system is the exception. It exists, and… » 3/20/14 5:20pm 3/20/14 5:20pm

Scary New Drone Can Hack Your Phone From the Air

Imagine you're walking around, enjoying the early spring sunshine, and looking for a Wi-Fi network. You hear a whirring sound above you, look up, and there's a drone, just chilling. Did that drone just take your picture? Nah. It just stole all the precious passwords from your smartphone. » 3/20/14 4:00pm 3/20/14 4:00pm

Every Gmail Message You Send Will Now Be Protected by Encryption

Good news, security lovers! Google just announced that Gmail will be all encrypted all the time. More specifically, every single email you send or receive will use an encrypted HTTPS connection, regardless of which device you're using and which network. Even public Wi-Fi is okay. » 3/20/14 1:50pm 3/20/14 1:50pm

The NSA Has Impersonated Facebook To Spread Malware

So the NSA is spying on you. You've known that for quite some time now. What you might not know much about is exactly how they're doing, and a new report from Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald offers up some pretty grizzly details about the agency's worldwide, automated malware network. » 3/12/14 10:02am 3/12/14 10:02am

A Contagious Computer Virus That Spreads via Wi-Fi

It's sort of your worst nightmare: a computer virus as contagious as the common cold that avoids detection and infects every computer on a given wi-fi network. You just pop into your local coffee shop for a latte and a little internet surfing, and you leave with a virus. This is scary! » 2/26/14 12:40pm 2/26/14 12:40pm

Great, Hackers Can Use Snapchat to DoS Attack Your Phone

When it comes to security, this hasn't been Snapchat's year. First hackers leaked a massive amount of private user data; then we discovered how dumb easy it is to circumvent Snapchat's anti-robot feature. Now, cyber security researchers have shown that Snapchat can be used to launch a denial-of-service attack that… » 2/08/14 11:00am 2/08/14 11:00am

The U.S. Government's Cybersecurity Is a Total Shitshow

Today, a report from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Minority Committee offered an overview of the fed's current state of cybersecurity. And how is the government with which we entrust our most sensitive and private information looking? In short—bad. Very, very bad. » 2/04/14 3:09pm 2/04/14 3:09pm

Looks Like Russians Were Behind the Target Hack

A U.S. government report finally offers up some details about the series of hacks that led to theft of the debit card information for 40 million people and the personal information of 70 million. Based on chunks of computer code written in Russian, it appears our old Cold War foes may have been the culprits. » 1/16/14 4:45pm 1/16/14 4:45pm

The NSA's Trying to Build a Quantum Computer That Cracks All Encryption

You will not be surprised to learn that the NSA is spending nearly $80 million trying to build "a cryptologically useful quantum computer." The Washington Post just published details of the program, codenamed "Penetrating Hard Targets," based on documents supplied by Edward Snowden. » 1/02/14 4:39pm 1/02/14 4:39pm