Convicted hacker allowed in prison IT class, hacks prison’s computer systems

There are plenty of stories about dumb criminals doing dumb things, but we don’t get to hear as often about dumb prisons allowing smart criminals to make them look dumb. At HM Prison Isis in London, teen hacker Nicholas Webber enrolled in an IT class, from which he hacked the prison’s computer systems. The founder of… Continue reading Convicted hacker allowed in prison IT class, hacks prison’s computer systems

Duh. The easiest way to stop hackers is with real passwords.

One of the most personal online violations that can occur to anyone is getting hacked. It could be a personal attack such as a Facebook account, on which 600k successful hacks are achieved daily. It could be something more general such as a database hack that exposes personal information. It could be much, much worse.… Continue reading Duh. The easiest way to stop hackers is with real passwords.

The 10 most notorious hackers

While high-profile hacking made headlines in 2012, some of the most famous hack jobs took place years ago. The masterminds behind these notorious events are outlined below. Kevin Mitnick Labeled as the most wanted cyber criminal in United States history, Mitnick took down the dedicated servers of Motorola, Fujitsu and Nokia. After his 1995 arrest and five-year… Continue reading The 10 most notorious hackers

App security: how important is it?

If you consider the amount of attempts to hack into government systems and databases, and how many times your personal information is compromised – you’d understand just how important application security really is. The following infographic from Veracode details some of the biggest hacking attempts in recent history and the work behind the scenes to… Continue reading App security: how important is it?

Hacker group AntiSec leaks Apple device IDs to highlight FBI tracking

If reports from the hacker group are to be believed, the FBI has over 12 million Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) on file and now 1,000,001 of them have been leaked to the public. Using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability in Java, the group allegedly hacked into Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K Stangl’s notebook in March of this… Continue reading Hacker group AntiSec leaks Apple device IDs to highlight FBI tracking

As Gizmodo learned, you should change your company passwords regularly

It’s understandable when a Twitter account or other social media profile is hacked when a current employee gets their computer or cloud service hacked. It’s unforgivable when the accounts are taken over because a  former employee gets hacked. Gizmodo learned that lesson the hard way when their account was taken over by “foul-mouthed hackers” as… Continue reading As Gizmodo learned, you should change your company passwords regularly

Hotel keycards can be easily hacked in 200 milliseconds

With less than $50 of store-bought hardware and some programming, a hacker can gain instantaneous and untraceable access into over four million hotel rooms around the world, according to Cody Brocious, a Mozilla software developer. He details his findings on his website. The time it takes once installed: around 200 milliseconds. “With how stupidly simple… Continue reading Hotel keycards can be easily hacked in 200 milliseconds

Small businesses must take preventative measures to safeguard against hackers

Hackers are becoming increasingly clever and conniving, while small businesses remain shockingly naive about the threat they face from cyber-attacks. This infographic conveys a clear message to all small businesses worldwide: You’re not as secure as you think. Far too many small businesses mistakenly believe that they are simply too small to be on hackers’… Continue reading Small businesses must take preventative measures to safeguard against hackers

Sesame Street YouTube channel hacked, serves porn

For 22 minutes, kids around the world were greeted with a surprise when they went to the Sesame Street YouTube channel, and it wasn’t the kind of surprise that Elmo would have approved. Hackers took over the account on Sunday, deleted all of the videos uploaded by Sesame Street, and uploaded porn. Google and YouTube… Continue reading Sesame Street YouTube channel hacked, serves porn

DDoS takes down UK’s Russian embassy website before PM visit to Moscow

It has been 5 years since a British leader has visited Moscow. On the eve of the first visit since a Kremlin critic was killed in London, the website for the Russian Embassy in London was attacked by a distributed denial of service attack. British Prime Minister David Cameron has been very vocal in the… Continue reading DDoS takes down UK’s Russian embassy website before PM visit to Moscow