Meanwhile in Canada
Did you think restoring your phone to factory setting meant deleting each and every torrid midnight sext you’ve ever sent or received? So did we, don’t feel bad. But a Czech Republic-based security firm has proven that dick pics and sundry nude photos are actually not that hard to recover from a wiped Android.
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When Hackers Attack
We Canadians might not all live in igloos and wear beaver pelts, but some of us are really as ridiculously polite as the rumors say.
A pair of 14-year-old boys from Winnipeg managed to hack a Bank of Montreal ATM on their school lunch break, the Winnipeg Sun reports. But once they broke into the system, instead of pocketing heaps of cash, they politely informed the bank about the ATM’s vulnerability.
Privacy is Dead
It’s a sad, sad day in legal news.
The Romanian cab driver who rose to fame after hacking George W. Bush’s AOL e-mail account and posting his bathroom self-portraits online has been sentenced to four years in prison, The Verge reported.
Marcel Lazar Lehel, 42, used the alias “Guccifer” to hack into the accounts of the former president and several of his family members in 2013, according to the Guardian.
He uncovered top secret info — home addresses, phone numbers and email addresses belonging to both former U.S. presidents and dozens of their relatives — but the bathroom nudies are obviously what went viral.
My Facebook has been semi-private for quite a while, but just last week, I locked it up as tightly as possible. I figured I had made all my personal information totally inaccessible to outsiders — but a scary new website proved I was completely wrong.
With my new privacy settings, people who aren’t my friends see a nearly empty profile, consisting of only a profile picture, a cover photo, where I work and my friends list (only because I couldn’t figure out how to hide it). No one — as far as I knew — was able to see any photos, check-ins or any of those embarrassing “likes” from years ago. Nothing.
Remember back in December when Target caused us to have a collective breakdown because the credit card information of 70 million shoppers was stolen? The government said yesterday it found who you should direct your anger toward: the Russians.
Things That Scare Us
When it’s not offering you downloads of Snow Patrol, the Starbucks app is busy being vulnerable to hackers. A flaw was recently discovered by researchers that showed people’s passwords and usernames aren’t properly secured in the iOS app.
As our cars slowly morph into Compaq desktops on wheels, security experts warn all those Internet connectivity options might lead to severe issues–like hacking.
Security firm Harman warned that it could become a “serious problem” because the car’s electronic control units, which contains the connected infotainment systems that Google and Apple are pushing to be a part of, are also connected to the vehicle’s engine and safety functions. That poses a problem for evil motorheads who could potentially hack into the car.
Hack Hack Hack Hack It Apart
Our joyous weekly visits to Target are now shrouded in fear and crippling anxiety–and not because of the check-out lines. The retailer announced today that a security breach might have compromised the credit and debit card information of 40 million shoppers who frequented the mecca the last few weeks.
Between the Internet of Things and the proliferation of GPS tracking, we’re finding all kinds of new ways to hack big, dumb objects wandering the real world. The latest discovery: The MIT Technology Review reports that researchers at Trend Micro have figured out that with a little Internet-enabled skullduggery, it’s possible to disappear container ships or Read More
The Church of Scientology has allegedly been using Craigslist to hook new members–likely with promises of spiritual cleansing and house calls from Kirstie Alley–and hacker collective Anonymous is fighting back with counter-ads.