Why Chinese Hackers Stole 4.5 Million US Hospital Records

This month's installment of Chinese hackers stealing your data focuses on breaches at an especially scary type of venue: hospitals. A massive hospital empire that mostly serves small towns and rural areas reports that hackers lifted 4.5 million patient records earlier this year. You might be surprised by what the… » 8/18/14 12:20pm 8/18/14 12:20pm

Pro Hackers Could Be Spying on You Through YouTube

Bad news, dudes and dudettes. It's getting increasingly straight-forward for deep-pocketed hackers to buy commercial-grade equipment so sophisticated that it can infect your computer with malware when you do something as innocuous as watching cat videos on YouTube. This is why it's time to encrypt your shit. » 8/15/14 4:09pm 8/15/14 4:09pm

The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users with Malware to Catch Kiddie Porn Creeps

Tor's had a tough week. Just a few days ago, the organization made the difficult announcement that an attack on their system likely stripped users of anonymity. Now, Wired reports that the FBI effort has been running a campaign to identify Tor users by installing malware on their computers for years, virtually… » 8/05/14 12:21pm 8/05/14 12:21pm

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

Internet-Connected Appliances Are a Hacker's Dream Come True

The web-connected appliances on the "internet of things" promise to make life way more convenient for you and me. But according to a security study by Hewlett-Packard, the most popular smart devices are about as secure as an unlocked screen door. Think twice before you share your street address with your TV. » 8/02/14 11:00am 8/02/14 11:00am

It's Alarmingly Easy for Hackers to Control Your Hotel Room

Next time you're in Shenzhen, "the Silicon Valley of mainland China," don't stay at the St. Regis hotel. Sure, it looks nice and everything. And those iPad-powered "digital butlers" sound neat. But really, the system is so littered with security vulnerabilities that a hacker on the other side of the planet can easily… » 7/18/14 10:23am 7/18/14 10:23am

This Movie About Hackers Is Free for 24 Hours Before It Disappears

The new film Algorithm tracks the travails of Will, a freelance computer hacker who "breaks into a top-secret government contractor and downloads all their recently developed programs." Like the subjects it tackles, the film has a tech-forward business model that make it more like a startup than a cinematic feature:… » 7/14/14 5:26pm 7/14/14 5:26pm

Every Webpage From the 1995 Movie The Net

To say the 1995 movie The Net is a classic would be…an overstatement. The Irwin Winkler film starring Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, and Dennis Miller didn't have the best reception when it came out, and over time it's gotten a reputation as a very schlocky paranoid thriller (in reality, it's probably become more… » 6/18/14 5:41pm 6/18/14 5:41pm