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Uncle Sam to strap body sensors to hackers in nuke lab security study

Exclusive The US Department of Defense is funding research into how hackers hack, with an interesting twist. It wants to wire them up with body monitoring equipment to measure how they react while hunting down and exploiting security flaws. The study is running this month and next at what's described as a high-security nuclear science …
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2017

Estonia cuffs suspect, claims he's a Russian 'hacker spy'

Russia has denied that a person nabbed by Estonian local authorities was one of its spies. Estonia alleges the suspect had been intent on hacking into the Baltic country’s computer network. Alexei Vasilyev, 20, was arrested in the northeastern border city Narva on 4 November as he was about to leave Estonia by officials of the …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2017

Manic miners, hideous hackers, frightful flaws, vibrating mock cock app shock – and more

Roundup Phew, we made it to the weekend. Let's take a look at everything that went down in IT security beyond what we've already covered this week. The week started badly after an anonymous individual managed to bork the Parity Ethereum wallet and lock up $280m with of the crypto-currency – an act that may or may not have been …
Iain Thomson, 11 Nov 2017

Learn client-server C programming – with this free tutorial from the CIA

WikiLeaks has shoved online more internal classified stuff nicked from the CIA – this time what's said to be the source code for spyware used by Uncle Sam to infect and snoop on targets' computers and devices. Today's code dump is part of a larger collection called Vault 8, and spills onto the internet what is claimed to be …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Nov 2017

Marissa! Mayer! pulled! out! of! retirement! to! explain! Yahoo! hack! to! Senators!

Poor Marissa Mayer. After selling off Yahoo! and floating away on her golden parachute, she must have been looking for a nice rest. But US Congress wanted her to explain how every single user account on the portal got hacked. On Wednesday, she testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on …
Iain Thomson, 8 Nov 2017
Tax haven

Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

Revelations from the Paradise Papers, a leaked set of more than 13 million financial documents, have shed light on how the rich and famous channel funds through offshore tax havens. Among early stories spawned from the leak and published over the weekend are allegations that Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments …
John Leyden, 6 Nov 2017

OpenSSL patches, Apple bug fixes, Hilton's $700k hack bill, Kim Dotcom raid settlement, Signal desktop app, and more

Happy weekend, everyone, except those of you on call, of course. Let us catch you up on all the IT security bits and pieces besides what's been reported this week. Down in New Zealand, Kim Dotcom, the bête noire of Hollywood, reached a settlement with the New Zealand authorities over a rather dramatic raid in 2012 on his home …
Iain Thomson, 4 Nov 2017
Russian hacking

US says it's identified six Russian officials as DNC hack suspects

The US government has identified "more than six members of the Russian government" involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee's computers and leaking information during last year's presidential election. The Wall Street Journal reports that Justice Department officials are in the early stages of deciding whether to …
John Leyden, 2 Nov 2017

FBI: Student wrestler grappled grades after choking passwords from PCs using a key logger

A former chemistry student allegedly used keystroke-logging gadgets to steal tutors' passwords, changed classmates' grades and downloaded copies of exams ahead of time. Amateur wrestler Trevor Graves, 22, who studied at the University of Iowa, in the US, was arrested and indicted this month on two hacking charges – each of …
Iain Thomson, 1 Nov 2017

America's 2020 Census systems are a $15bn cyber-security tire fire

Analysis In 2020, America will run its once-a-decade national census, but the results may not reflect reality if hackers manage to have their way. On Tuesday, the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard that the 2020 census will be the first to make extensive use of electronic equipment. For example, census …
Iain Thomson, 1 Nov 2017

Smart? Don't ThinQ so! Hacked robo-vacuum could spy on your home

LG SmartThinQ smart home devices were totally hackable prior to a recent security update, according to new research. The so-called HomeHack vulnerabilities in LG's SmartThinkQ mobile app and cloud application created a means for hackers to remotely log into the SmartThinQ cloud application and take over the user's LG account, …
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2017
Jennifer Lawrence

Fappening celeb nudes hacking outrage: Third scumbag cops to charge

More than three years after miscreants splashed hundreds of stolen intimate photographs of celebrities online, a third man has been charged regarding the mass hack. Emilio Herrera, 32, of Chicago, is accused of breaking the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act logging into online accounts and stealing victims' private snaps without …
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2017

NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky

Analysis The NSA staffer who took home top-secret US government spyware installed a backdoored key generator for a pirated copy of Microsoft Office on his PC – exposing the confidential cyber-weapons on the computer to hackers. That's according to Kaspersky Lab, which today published a report detailing, in its view, how miscreants …
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2017

Brit intel fingers Iran for brute-force attacks on email accounts

Iran has been blamed for the brute-force attack on UK Parliament earlier this year. An unpublished assessment by British intelligence obtained by The Times fingers Iran for the high-profile hack. The revelation comes as the US president has refused to continue signing off the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, to which the UK is a party …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2017

US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

Two members of the US House of Representatives today introduced a law bill that would allow hacking victims to seek revenge and hack the hackers who hacked them. The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC) [PDF] amends the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to make limited retaliatory strikes against cyber-miscreants legal in …
Iain Thomson, 13 Oct 2017

Malware again checks into Hyatt's hotels, again checks out months later with victims' credit cards

Hyatt has provided the perfect excuse for folks trying to explain to bosses or spouses why a film they watched in their hotel room for just seven minutes appeared on their company or personal credit card. Its computer systems were earlier this year hacked by miscreants, who infected payment terminals with malware that siphoned …
Iain Thomson, 12 Oct 2017

Hackers nick $60m from Taiwanese bank in tailored SWIFT attack

Updated Hackers managed to pinch $60m from the Far Eastern International Bank in Taiwan by infiltrating its computers last week. Now, most of the money has been recovered, and two arrests have been made in connection with the cyber-heist. On Friday, the bank admitted the cyber-crooks planted malware on its PCs and servers in order to …
Iain Thomson, 11 Oct 2017

After selling his site for millions, founder hacked it for a second payday

"Operation Resume Hoard" was going well. Initiated around April 1, 2015, it represented David W. Kent's plan to build the membership of his oil and gas industry networking site Court documents indicate that Kent, 41, of Spring, Texas, USA, had a buyer in mind: DHI Group, the employment data biz that in 2010, when …

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