U.S. Gov't Changed Your HealthCare.gov Password Because of Heartbleed

Heartbleed, the gaping flaw that left the internet's security gate wide open for more than two years, is causing headaches for yet another site: the beleagured Healthcare.gov. The government says the site has not been compromised, but officials have reset all user passwords "out of an abundance of caution." Heartbleed's… » 4/19/14 3:00pm Saturday 3:00pm

This Simple Siri Hack Lets You Control Anything With Your iPhone

Voice control is a super convenient way to control stuff with your phone, at least when your AI isn't just shouting error messages at other computers. Googolplex makes it even better by unlocking Siri to let her control your stereo, your thermostat; honestly, just about anything. » 4/17/14 10:18am 4/17/14 10:18am

Adorable 5-Year-Old Discovers Bonehead Xbox Vulnerability

Five-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel's parents didn't want him getting into the grown-up games on the family's Xbox, so they put the gory stuff behind a password. But Kristoffer's an inquisitive little guy, and he blew right past the parental safeguard—and discovered a pretty silly Xbox security flaw in the process. » 4/04/14 11:13am 4/04/14 11:13am

Hackers Can Use the Labels On Your Snail Mail to Mess You Up Online

Think hacking starts and ends online? Think again. Forbes took a look at the damage an identity thief can do using just the address label on the magazines you subscribe to, and the answer ain't pretty. » 3/08/14 11:00am 3/08/14 11:00am

New Netflix Phishing Scam Tricks You Into Calling Fake "Tech Support"

If the screen below has ever popped up as you were supposedly logging into Netflix, we've got some bad news for you. No, it's not your Netflix account—that's perfectly safe (at least for now). But if you followed the instructions on the screen, you've been duped by a new phishing scheme that seems so painfully obvious, … » 3/03/14 12:23pm 3/03/14 12:23pm

Relive Jurassic Park's Iconic Hacking Scene Right From Your Browser

For the most part, Jurassic Park isn't the kind of movie you'd want a chance to live out, what with the mortal danger and velociraptors and all that. But thanks to the amazing Jurassic Systems website, you can experience of of Jurassic Park's safer thrills first-hand: getting hacked by Dennis Nedry. » 3/03/14 9:30am 3/03/14 9:30am

Report: Target's Big Credit Card Hack Might Involve Even More Retailers

The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon Communications is investigating similar security breaches at two more as-yet-unnamed retailers that occurred around the same time as the massive Target credit card hack late last year. The two retailers affected by the newly-discovered attack have not yet announced the event … » 2/26/14 3:51pm 2/26/14 3:51pm

Why Apple's Recent Security Flaw Is So Scary

On Friday, Apple quietly released iOS 7.0.6, explaining in a brief release note that it fixed a bug in which "an attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS." That's the understated version. Another way to put it? Update your iPhone right now. » 2/23/14 9:32am 2/23/14 9:32am

Neiman Marcus Missed 60,000 Alerts As Hackers Stole Credit Card Info

Remember how Neiman Marcus revealed that hackers accessed credit card info for brick-and-mortar store customers? Turns out, during the eight-month period when hackers were snooping around the company's system, they set off nearly 60,000 security alerts. That seems like a lot of pop-ups to casually dismiss. » 2/22/14 6:00pm 2/22/14 6:00pm

Why Hollywood Hacking Is So Hilariously Horrible

The hacking scenes in House of Cards are wildly unrealistic. They're everything from infuriating to hilarious, but they are definitely not surprising. It turns out, though, that this long tradition of portraying hacking horribly, horribly wrong in TV and film is often intentional. » 2/21/14 12:00pm 2/21/14 12:00pm

How an American Sued the Ethiopian Government for Spyware Infection

An American citizen living in Maryland sued the Ethiopian government today for infecting his computer with secret spyware, wiretapping his private Skype calls, and monitoring his entire family's every use of the computer for a period of months. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is representing the plaintiff in… » 2/19/14 3:44am 2/19/14 3:44am

The House of Cards Hacker Is the Best Worst Thing About Season 2

Season two of House of Cards has officially been out for a little over 80 hours, meaning you've probably already gorged yourself on all thirteen episodes. (WARNING: Some [non-critical] spoilers lie ahead.) The best worst part? An Anonymous-style hacker and his faithful sidekick, Cashew the guinea pig—every single… » 2/17/14 1:20pm 2/17/14 1:20pm

Crazy-Advanced Malware Has Been Infecting Governments Since 2007

Kaspersky security researchers just revealed their discovery of a cyberespionage threat they say could be the most advanced in the world. Immensely powerful and hard to detect, it's been active since at least 2007, targeting governments, embassies, and energy companies. And nobody knows where it came from. » 2/11/14 12:20pm 2/11/14 12:20pm

Hacker Swipes PayPal President's Credit Card Info, Goes on Shopping…

When you own a company specializing in online payments, the constant threat of hackers and phishing schemes is an inescapable part of the job description. So it's hard not to experience a little schadenfreude in the fact that PayPal President David Marcus's credit card information got swiped recently and taken on a bit … » 2/10/14 3:58pm 2/10/14 3:58pm

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

Sneaky "Honey Encryption" Stops Hackers By Drowning Them in Phony Data

It seems like no matter how much companies may try to up their defenses, there will always be some industrious young hacker who manages to evade every roadblock in his way. One team of researchers, though, think they may have finally found a way to turn their defense into an attack on the hackers themselves—by spewing… » 1/29/14 3:20pm 1/29/14 3:20pm