Meanwhile in Canada

Polite Canadian 14-Year-Olds Hack ATM, Steal No Money

Does Bank of Montreal need to rethink its ATM security measures? (Wikimedia Commons)

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. Read More

When Hackers Attack

Hacker Who Liberated George W. Bush’s Shower Portraits Jailed

The former president not in the shower (Getty).

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. Read More

Privacy is Dead

Mysterious Website Shows Your Facebook Privacy Settings Aren’t So Airtight After All

(Screengrab: DigitalShadow)

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. Read More

Things That Scare Us

Experts Warn Internet-Connected Vehicles Are Vulnerable to Hackers

Hacking target. (Photo: TechRadar)

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.  Read More

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Here’s a Fun Exploit for Hackers Who Really Want to be Pirates

How droll! (Trend Micro)

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