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
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Because the last few years haven’t been sordid enough, the Gosselins are back in the news. And this time, they’re throwing around accusations of computer crime.
ABC News reports that Ms. Gosselin has filed suit against Jon, saying he “illegally hacked into her email account, phone and bank accounts, and ‘stole a hard drive’ from her house.” Allegedly he then handed the contents over to a friend writing a tell-all titled, Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World. (Too bad all we really want to hear about now is Kris Jenner.) Read More
Hey, you pranksters. Have you ever wanted to use your smartphone to hack a toilet, freaking out whoever is enjoying their after-coffee ritual by causing the seat to open and close and water to spray all over their sensitive areas? We’re about to make your Friday: according to information security company Trustwave Holdings, the fancy Japanese toilet Satis is easily hackable using just your cell phone. Read More
While other college students conquered the kegstand and crossed “motorboating” off their To Do lists last June, a handful of University of Texas students were acting out their inner pirate. The Houston Chronicle reports that students from the school of engineering worked with their professor to develop a device that approximates the spoofing fad of the early aughts, remotely taking control of a luxury yacht sailing the Mediterranean.
The Justice Department announced today that five men have been indicted for what’s probably the most successful data-breach scheme ever. The group (four Russians, one Ukrainian) is accused of targeting a slew of companies, including NASDAQ (not the trading platform), 7-Eleven, Carrefour, JCP, Hannaford, Wet Seal (!!), JetBlue, Dow Jones, Euronet, Visa Jordan, and others, between 2005 and 2012.
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Allegedly they stole 160 million credit cards all told, and the Justice Department says damages are in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Three breached companies alone claim more than $300 million in losses–ouch. Read More
Politicians and scaremongers are prone to throwing around some pretty big numbers for the costs of cybercrime. But the Wall Street Journal reports that, according to a new report, the costs are something like $100 billion annually–far less than the oft-cited previous estimate of $1 trillion.
The study is the work of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and McAfee, which was also responsible for the higher number, back in 2009. This time, though, they admitted that ”some of the assumptions” were wrong. No kidding. Read More
A disgraced Cal State San Marcos student has been sentenced to a year in prison for attempting to hack his way to the position of student body president.
We’re not talking a little simple War Games-style numbers-fudging, either. Read More
In late 2012, an Anonymous member who went by the handle “KYAnonymous” quickly rose through the ranks of the hacktivist collective, at one point helming Anonymous’ biggest Twitter account, @YourAnonNews. He also helped to launch a slew of operations on behalf of his Anonymous offshoot #Knightsec, including those against Westboro Baptist Church and revenge porn proprietor Hunter Moore. Read More
Social Anxiety: Indicted, Fired and Evicted—Alleged Hacker Matthew Keys Faces A Long Road to Redemption
On March 14, 2013, the indictment came down: 26-year-old Matthew Keys, a celebrated social media journalist, Twitter power user and full-time editor at Reuters, had been charged in a federal criminal case. In the indictment document, published by Politico, the Department of Justice alleged that Mr. Keys had conspired with the hacktivist collective Anonymous to gain access to the Los Angeles Times’ website by providing some of the group’s members with the usernames and passwords that allowed them to deface at least one story posted there. Read More
A virus is draining bank accounts on Facebook — and NFL fan pages appear to be helping spread the malware.