It Took Police Three Years to Fully Shut Down a Money-Stealing Botnet

Back in 2012 the Ramnit worm wriggled its way through social networks and onto the computers of over three million computers, and began to steal sensitive information like bank account details. Now, almost three years later, police have announced that the botnet behind the scourge has been fully shut down. » 2/26/15 6:00am Thursday 6:00am

Lenovo Made An Automatic Removal Tool For Its Adware Mess

Lenovo's pre-installation of the Superfish adware is one of the biggest fuck-ups the company could have made, but at least it's cleaning up fairly quickly: it created a custom uninstall tool to clean your computer of the program and its certificates, and in a responsibly transparent move, also posted the source code… » 2/21/15 11:00am 2/21/15 11:00am

How to Remove Superfish Adware From Your Lenovo Computer

We recently learned that PC manufacturer Lenovo is selling computers preinstalled with a dangerous piece of software, called Superfish, that uses a man-in-the-middle attack to break Windows' encrypted Web connections for the sake of advertising. (Here's a list of affected products.) » 2/20/15 10:45am 2/20/15 10:45am

It's Been Three Months And The State Department Is Still Hacked

Back in November, we learned that the State Department's unclassified networks had been hit by an unidentified group of hackers, causing the department's email and websites to go offline, and prompting some awkward conversations with the IT guys. And according to a WSJ report, the State Department still hasn't managed… » 2/19/15 8:59pm 2/19/15 8:59pm

Game Lets You Hack the Mainframe Just Like in Jurassic Park

Every nerd born before 1990 knows the Jurassic Park hacking scene. "It's a UNIX system—I know this!" Now, thanks to some nostalgic developers, you too can hack into the mainframe. A newly developed game mimics the 3D interface that Lex conquered to save everyone from the dinosaurs over 20 years ago. It's pretty fun! » 2/18/15 11:30am 2/18/15 11:30am

Lonely Hacker Builds Arduino To Trade Pokemon With Himself

Pokemon: to catch them all, you have to have two of everything—two Game Boys, two (slightly different) copies of the same game and, if you're lucky, a friend to play with. Trading monsters was addictive, fun and included forced social interaction! Well, it used to: someone just built an Arduino so he could trade… » 2/14/15 1:00pm 2/14/15 1:00pm

The Sony Hack's Banal Reality: Paper Memos, BlackBerries, and Takeout

It's been a little over two months since the Sony hack first rocked the world of the tens of thousands of employees who had their passwords and social security numbers (among other sensitive bits of info) exposed. But despite what some of the more imaginative amongst us might hope, it turns out that the reality of one… » 2/05/15 4:14pm 2/05/15 4:14pm

Hackers Posed as Hot Girls on Skype to Steal Intel From Syrian Rebels

It's kind of the oldest trick in the book. Catfishing is where you pretend to be someone you're not online so that you can trick someone else into doing something. And based on a new report, this is exactly how pro-Assad hackers have been robbing intel from opposition forces: They've been posing as hot girls on Skype » 2/02/15 11:25am 2/02/15 11:25am