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

Sony Hackers Used a Zero Day Vulnerability to Break In

That hackers really messed up Sony's shit is indisputable, but how they did it (and also who they were) is still up in the air. A Recode report sheds some light on the former, though; access was apparently gained through a Zero Day vulnerability, a previously unknown hole that could very well have been for sale on the… » 1/20/15 10:24am 1/20/15 10:24am

Lizard Squad Kept Its Hacker-for-Hire Customers' Info in Plain Text

Somebody hacked the Lizard Squad's super stupid DDoS-for-hire service last week, and guess what? The Lizard Squad sucks at cybersecurity. Not only did the hackers leave their so-called LizardStresser service vulnerable, the money-hungry kids left all their customers' data in plain text and $11,000 in bitcoin on the… » 1/19/15 5:35pm 1/19/15 5:35pm

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

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

The FBI Thought This Guy's Joke Was a Legit Threat to CNN

Remember when the FBI issued a bulletin about the Sony hackers' threatening a media outlet? Turns out the threat was actually a thinly veiled joke made by David Garrett, Jr., a homeland security blogger from Knoxville, Tennessee. The punchline: David got to spend his New Year's Day being questioned by the Feds! » 1/02/15 5:55pm 1/02/15 5:55pm

If Your iCloud Password Is On This List, Change It Before You Get Hacked

Somebody just uploaded a password-hacking tool called iDict to GitHub that promises to use good old fashioned brute force techniques to crack iCloud passwords. The tool also claims to be able to evade Apple's rate-limiting and two-factor authentication security that's supposed to prevent brute force attacks. But it's … » 1/02/15 12:30pm 1/02/15 12:30pm

FBI: The Sony Hackers Also Targeted CNN (Probably)

According to an official FBI bulletin obtained by The Intercept, the same hackers who broke into Sony Pictures and stole a devastating amount of data made threats against an American "news media organization" as well. (It's probably CNN.) The bulletin also warns that the attacks "may extend to other such organizations… » 12/31/14 10:09am 12/31/14 10:09am

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