Category: Hacking

Facebook flaw let hackers delete any photo

September 3, 2013

Facebook flaw let hackers delete any photoA security researcher has discovered a simple bug in Facebook that could let somebody delete a photo from anyone account without detection. It’s led to a bounty well above Facebook’s usual payouts.

Twitter Streamlines Two-Step Verification With New Update

August 6, 2013

new-twitter-logoWhen Twitter announced its two-factor authentications system — a security system which requires users to enter both their password and a passcode — in May there was a collective sigh of relief from press Twitter accounts everywhere. But there was one problem: it used a cumbersome SMS-based method, drastically slowing down the process of sending an 140-character message on the go.

Deceptive Mirrors Has Stores Smiling All The Way To The Bank

August 3, 2013

jobssmileJapanese researchers have developed a system that can make a reflection look like it’s either smiling or frowning.

Head Of NSA Speaks At Black Hat, Gets Heckled By Hacker

August 1, 2013

General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, Black HatThe summer of 2013 is turning out to be a rough one for the NSA and other government security entities: highly classified cybersecurity programs made their way into the public sphere after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked the information to the British newspaper, The Guardian. Further, at a congressional inquiry, the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said the NSA and the federal government wasn’t collecting information on U.S. citizens. That claim turned out to be false, thanks further revelations made by Snowden.

Is your SIM card hacking your phone?

July 21, 2013

Is your SIM card hacking your phone?It’s not just the U.S. government’s National Security Agency you have to worry about eavesdropping on your phone calls.

The Emergency Alert System Is Hackable — For Now

July 9, 2013

Emergency-Alert-SystemGreat news: The Emergency Alert System, a U.S. government medium which can interrupt T.V. and radio broadcasts in the event of an emergency situation, is hackable.

How The NSA Started Its Metadata Snooping

June 28, 2013

PRISM-and-NSA.jpgWhen President Barack Obama took to the press in February of 2013 he had one goal in mind: to publicly shame the Chinese government for allegedly hacking and stealing information from U.S. industries and government agencies.

Meet Tempora, The U.K.’s PRISM Surveillance Program

June 21, 2013

GCHQsiteOne of the most secretive spook agencies in the world, the National Security Agency (NSA), has been doing a poor job of late. The agency has been thrust under the public’s eye after former NSA agent Edward Snowden, currently on the lam in Hong Kong, leaked a series of spy programs which trawl massive collections of digital communications for analysis.

3D Printers Lend Helping Hands To Those In Need

June 20, 2013

3D Hand

Using 3D printing technology, two men from opposite sides from the globe have created a prosthetic hand for people without fingers.

How much surveillance is too much?

June 7, 2013

How much surveillance is too much?As Stephen King wrote in Firestarter,“No one likes to see a government folder with his name on it.” Good news, now that most agencies have at least gone partially paperless, you won’t see a physical folder with your name, but that doesn’t mean that in the bowels of the NSA there isn’t digital data with your name and information on it.  That seems to be the gist of all of the headlines over the past few days.  The US and UK governments have been collecting data on us for several years and yes it is disturbing.

Lulzsec hackers get lengthy jail terms

May 17, 2013

"LulzsecFour British members of the Lulzsec group have received lengthy jail terms for hacking offenses. One member was sent down for 32 months, thought to be the longest such sentence for hacking in the UK.

Glass Gets Hacked, But Does it Matter?

April 28, 2013

google-glass2-b910424100ec7c2fc4b6efd0f280d51613e864db-s6-c10Google Glass has been out for less than a month, but newfound owners are already wondering how they can break it, hack it, and make it work in ways that, perhaps, don’t fulfill Google’s vision for Glass. Enter Jay Freeman, who hacked and rooted his Glass while he ate dinner with friends.

Twitter Gets To Work On Two-Factor Authentication After AP Hack

April 24, 2013

Either it’s right on time or two hacks too late. Twitter is reportedly testing its two-factor authentication system before releasing it — incrementally according to Wired — to users.

New “BadNews” Malware Family Downloaded Up To 9 Million Times on Android

April 20, 2013

Lookout Mobile Security, a security research firm, has discovered a new Android-based malware family dubbed — in what must be considered one of the more apt names for more malware — “BadNews.” And it is, truly, bad news: the affected applications, according to Lookout, have been downloaded 2,000,000 to 9,000,000 times from the Google Play store.

Syrian Hackers Claim NPR As Latest Victims

April 16, 2013

NPR’s web publishing system, along with its social media accounts, were compromised late Monday night by a group supporting embattled Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The group, calling itself the “Syrian Electronic Army,” claimed credit for incident which resulted in several headlines being rewritten as “Syrian Electronic Army Was Here.” The headlines popped up across the public news provider’s main and affiliate websites.

Matthew Keys, man accused of assisting Anonymous, lawyers up

March 16, 2013

Matthew Keys, the now-suspended Reuters deputy social media editor accused of assisting the hacking conglomerate known as “Anonymous,” has gotten himself two lawyers and a defense.

Matthew Keys, Reuters social media manager, indicted for assisting Anonymous

March 14, 2013

Matthew Keys, 26, former web producer and current social media editor for Reuters, has been charged by the Department of Justice with assisting the hacker collective “anonymous” with defacing the Los Angeles Times website in December 2010. Keys faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted on all three charges. He also faces a fine of $250,000 for each charge.

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