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

Hackers Created a Fake News Site to Friend US Officials on Facebook

The extent to which hackers think up elaborate schemes to win people's trust online never ceases to amaze. The latest ones to be so bold are a crew of Iranian hackers who won the trust of American leaders by building a fake news site, along with phony social media profiles for all its fake writers.And it worked. » 5/29/14 12:35pm 5/29/14 12:35pm

Hackers Are Using Find My iPhone to Hold iOS Devices for Ransom

A strange rash of virtual iPhone kidnappings in Australia recently spread to the United States, and boy, are they strange. Hackers appear to be using Find My iPhone to lock iOS devices remotely, and then demanding a ransom to unlock them. Said ransom is payable through PayPal. You should not pay it. » 5/27/14 1:13pm 5/27/14 1:13pm

The US Is Already Turning Back Chinese Hacker-Types at the Border

A senior administration official recently listed several ways that the United States is taking aim at the Chinese hacker community on the whole. That list includes everything from economic sanctions to a blanket ban on Chinese hackers attending conferences in the U.S. It's actually already happening. » 5/25/14 9:00am 5/25/14 9:00am

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