An American tech company has admitted it was the victim of a hacking that led to the publication of a million Apple device details. The revelation appears to prove the FBI’s denial that it was the source of the stolen data.
News agency Reuters has been hacked for the third time this month. This time the culprits posted a bogus report claiming the Saudi Arabia foreign minister had died.
Last.fm has been hit with allegations that it missed a clear opportunity to catch a password breach before it became public. Meanwhile fellow-victim LinkedIn is insisting there’s no evidence that any user accounts were breached following its own password hacking.
Some supporters of Anonymous who’ve downloaded tools to help in attacks may have unwittingly installed malware. Who’s responsible for this ironic infection remains unclear, but what if it’s the work of officials?
The office responsible for overseeing NASA’s activities has reported some spectacular security breaches. Not only did Chinese-based hackers briefly gain control of a lab’s network, but a stolen laptop contained unencrypted codes for controlling the International Space Station.
American firm Trendnet produces a range of home security cameras that let users check activity in their property while away, via an Internet connection. The problem — which the company has only just admitted — is that for several weeks now tens of thousands of the camera feeds have been viewable by everyone who’s online.
15 major Internet firms have launched a joint project to make it harder to get “phishing” e-mails through to recipients. The plan involves the firms labeling their messages in a way that is much harder for scammers to emulate.
Google’s mobile operating system gets a lot of grief for fragmentation. For better, worse and whatever comes after that, the platform is actually standardizing and rapidly so. In fact, a 55 percent and increasing share of active devices are running a version of Android that Google released two Christmases ago.
“Hacktivist” group Anonymous may have crossed the line from disruptive protest to outright fraud. But as always it’s hard to verify claims or associate individual actions with the “movement” as a whole.
The big black hole of personal computer security can usually be found right between the user’s ears. From phishing (miracle weight loss, cheap Viagra, anyone?) to the subject of this wake up call, passwords, it’s people like you and me making bad, bad and easily avoidable choices.
Any computer can be hacked, it’s simply a matter of time, motivation and, increasingly less, skill. If you want to exploit Adobe Flash, the source of much hacker inspiration, there are ready made exploit kits available for download. With Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and, yes, even Adobe turning to HTML5, the question of security comes to mind.
Researchers at Columbia University say hackers could seize control of a printer and cause it to catch fire. But they’ve been unable to prove the claims with a demo, and manufacturers HP suggest it’s unlikely such attacks could be carried out.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security say they have no evidence that an online attack caused an Illinois water pump to fail. They contradicted a previous state report leaked to a security firm owner.
The United States has finally accused China and Russia of stealing data that threatens the economic security of the US. Up until now the US has been ignoring the problem that has been happening for years. Just as with most things that threaten ones health, ignoring it only means it is harder to manage once you acknowledge the problem.