Darlene Storm

Darlene Storm (not her real name) is a freelance writer with a background in information technology and information security. It seems wise to keep an eye on new hacks and holes, to know what is possible and how vulnerable you might be. Most security news is about insecurity, hacking, cybersecurity and even privacy threats, bordering on scary. But when security is done right, it's a beautiful thing...sexy even. Security is sexy.

Snopes debunks Elf on the Shelf as NSA spy; Professor: Elf teaches kids spying is OK

Sony tells lawyer to sic ‘em, threatens media reporting on leaked data

Sony tells lawyer to sic ‘em, threatens media reporting on leaked data

Sony, the poster-child for the worst-case hacking scenario, has threatened legal action against media outlets exercising First Amendment rights and reporting on the company’s leaked data. Sony said delete the company's stolen info or...

Keurig 2.0 spoofing vulnerability: Hack bypasses coffee DRM, allows brewing of any pod

Keurig 2.0 spoofing vulnerability: Hack bypasses coffee DRM, allows brewing of any pod

An amusing Keurig 2.0 spoofing vulnerability was posted on the Full Disclosure mailing list. A simple hack, using a piece of tape, provides a permanent fix that gets around Keurig 2.0 coffee DRM and instead allows any pod to be brewed...

Despite surveillance cams, sons of Grinches steal Toys for Tots and holiday displays

Despite surveillance cams, sons of Grinches steal Toys for Tots and holiday displays

Many outdoor holiday heists, like stealing baby Jesus from nativity displays, are done as pranks. While that seems pretty low, there are plenty of other low-down-dirty sons of Grinches making off with other people’s holiday cheer,...

Stephen Hawking: Artificial intelligence could end up like Skynet

Stephen Hawking: Artificial intelligence could end up like Skynet

When someone like Stephen Hawking, who can blow my mind, says “full artificial intelligence” could potentially spell out a future that resembles Skynet movie scenes, that's disturbing.

FireEye suspects FIN4 hackers are Americans after insider info to game stock market

FireEye suspects FIN4 hackers are Americans after insider info to game stock market

Cybersecurity experts from FireEye suspect FIN4 financial hackers are Americans, who have targeted over 100 firms and are after insider info to make or to break stock market prices.

DHS and CIA digital purge: Plans to delete emails and network surveillance records

DHS and CIA digital purge: Plans to delete emails and network surveillance records

The CIA and DHS want to nuke years worth of emails and other electronic records like Einstein network monitoring system data. Cue the conspiracy theories about government cover-ups.

Detekt tool finds the Hacking Team's secret surveillance malware on PC

Detekt tool finds the Hacking Team's secret surveillance malware on PC

If you’ve ever wondered if the government has you under surveillance via your PC, then you need to run the new and free malware detection tool Detekt. It has already found traces of the Hacking Team's surveillance malware, but it also...

Anonymous wages cyberwar on the KKK with #OpKKK & #HoodsOff

Anonymous wages cyberwar on the KKK with #OpKKK & #HoodsOff

Anonymous has been waging cyberwar on the KKK after the hate group said it would use 'lethal force' on Ferguson protesters. The KKK threatened to shoot anyone wearing a Guy Fawkes (Anonymous) mask. The FBI warned there will likely be...

List of hacked government agencies grows: State Department, White House, NOAA & USPS

List of hacked government agencies grows: State Department, White House, NOAA & USPS

If whispers can be believed, then China is kicking cyber butt and taking names as the list of hacked government agencies grows to include the State Department, the White House, NOAA and USPS.

Slur digital market: Anonymously auction secrets, zero-days or blackmail for bitcoins

Slur digital market: Anonymously auction secrets, zero-days or blackmail for bitcoins

Slur is a new and dangerous digital marketplace for whistleblowers, disgruntled employees and psychopaths to anonymously sell the dirty secrets of governments and corporations, to peddle zero-days for bitcoins or to profit from...

BrowserStack hacked: Attacker sends email to customers alleging shoddy security

BrowserStack hacked: Attacker sends email to customers alleging shoddy security

After a hacker sent email to BrowserStack customers that claimed the company had no firewalls in place, stored passwords in plain text and other shoddy security practices, BrowserStack admitted it was hacked. Yet the company claims...

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