How will new device to help cops detect texting drivers know it wasn't the passenger?

How will new device to help cops detect texting drivers know it wasn't the passenger?

A new 'radar gun' type gadget is being developed to help cops catch texting drivers, but how will the device tell the difference between texting while driving, voice-to-text, automatic replies and a passenger in the car who is doing...

09/17/14

FBI hunting ISISGang hackers & gamers creating Cops episodes by swatting other gamers

FBI hunting ISISGang hackers & gamers creating Cops episodes by swatting other gamers

The FBI is allegedly hunting British hackers from the ISISGang for swatting, for using Skype to make terrorist threat “prank calls” that threatened schools with shootings and bombings. Sadly such hoax phone calls are becoming more...

09/15/14

Did the FBI violate CFAA by hacking to find Silk Road's server?

Did the FBI violate CFAA by hacking to find Silk Road's server?

Some security experts say the FBI's explanations for how it obtained the "leaked" IP address for Silk Road's misconfigured server are "impossible" and stink like the truth shouldn't. Legally, the DOJ claims the methods for finding the...

09/10/14

Healthcare.gov hacked? If only someone had warned it was hackable...Oh wait

Healthcare.gov hacked? If only someone had warned it was hackable...Oh wait

Malware was uploaded to a healthcare.gov test server that was not supposed to be connected to the Internet and was secured with the manufacturer's default password. But don't sweat it, we're told, as nothing was stolen and it only...

09/08/14

Will iCloud 'hack' help kill online security questions?

Will iCloud 'hack' help kill online security questions?

There is no such thing as a "private naked selfie" and the situation is not improved by Apple's online security questions. Kevin Rose is the latest to say it's time to kill such security questions. "If that's the best way we have of...

09/04/14

Are your calls being intercepted? 17 fake cell towers discovered in one month

Are your calls being intercepted? 17 fake cell towers discovered in one month

CryptoPhone users found 17 fake “cell towers” in a month, but don’t know who deployed them or why. Most phones don’t show any signs that they are a target of stingray surveillance, such as when users’ calls are recorded, texts spoofed...

09/02/14

Did you know Google's self-driving cars can't handle 99% of roads in the US?

Did you know Google's self-driving cars can't handle 99% of roads in the US?

While there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to driverless cars, Google's self-driving cars can't handle heavy rain, snow, unmapped traffic lights or stop signs. In other words, it is incapable of driving in nearly 99% of...

08/28/14

Feds issue bulletin warning about malicious 'Google dorking' cyber actors

Feds issue bulletin warning about malicious 'Google dorking' cyber actors

While it seems years too late, DHS, FBI and NCTC issued a bulletin warning website admins about malicious cyber actors using Google dorking advanced search techniques to find sensitive info and vulnerabilities that can be exploited...

08/26/14

New attacks secretly use smartphone cameras, speakers and microphones

Do you regard your smartphone cameras and speakers as a security threat? You might after checking out presentations from the 8th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT). If you were a target, you would neither see, nor...

08/20/14

Cracking smart house devices & pwning thousands of PCs via VNC remote access

Cracking smart house devices & pwning thousands of PCs via VNC remote access

Pen testers cracked the security of every IoT device within a smart house. Other researchers scanned the Internet and grabbed 30,000 screenshots in an hour of PCs running VNC without a password. Moral of the story? Change default...

08/18/14

Your PC or laptop may have a backdoor enabled by default, millions do

Computrace software, which is enabled by default on millions of PCs, could allow attacker to remotely wipe the hard drive. Researchers described the "backdoor" in BIOS/UEFI, as well as how it can be exploited at Black Hat USA....

08/13/14

Black Hat: Nest thermostat turned into a smart spy in 15 seconds

No, the Nest thermostat can't be remotely hacked. But you might think twice about buying one from somewhere other than Nest since a persistent backdoor can be added in about 15 seconds...a backdoor that you would have no way of...

08/11/14

Black Hat talk exposes how easily criminals can hack mobile broadband modems

A Black Hat USA talk exposed how easily criminals can exploit vulnerabilities and built-in functionalities in mobile broadband modems. An attacker can remotely control a target’s Internet traffic, use the built-in SMS functionality to...

08/07/14

Researchers find about 25 security vulnerabilities per Internet of Things device

70% of the 10 most popular types of Internet of Things “smart” devices are vulnerable to being hacked, with multiple attack vectors averaging out to about 25 security vulnerabilities per IoT device.

08/04/14

Your Android has a Fake ID problem, allowing malware to impersonate trusted apps

Security researchers have identified a critical vulnerability in all versions of Android devices, from 2.1 to 4.4, that deals with how apps are signed. Bluebox Security dubbed the flaw Fake ID; in the same way an underage person...

07/30/14

New DVD-quality Expendables 3 film leaked online, ranked as #1 most-pirated movie

The Expendables 3 appeared online, but it’s not a shaky cam version because the movie is not slated to hit theaters until August 15. Instead the film is a high-quality version apparently ripped from a screening DVD. Over 100,000...

07/28/14

Zero-day broker exploits vulnerability in I2P to de-anonymize Tails users

The one-two punch to privacy and security this week may push home the facts that even when using services that purportedly protect privacy, we are not as anonymous as we may like to think we are. Researchers at Exodus Intelligence,...

07/24/14

Backup your data now: New, more powerful ransomware using Tor spotted in the wild

When did you last backup your data? Let that serve as a reminder to do so since a new ransomware, touted as a more powerful version of Cryptolocker, has been spotted in the wild. It uses the Tor network to anonymize its...

07/21/14

Leaked GCHQ catalog of exploit tools for manipulation and mass surveillance

Just as civil liberties groups challenge the legality of the UK intelligence agency’s mass surveillance programs, a catalog of exploit tools for monitoring and manipulation is leaked online. The Joint Threat Research Intelligence...

07/16/14

Cyber espionage: Small biofuel firm allegedly attacked 39 million times in 4 months

Chinese hackers allegedly broke into U.S. government computer networks in March and “gained access to some of the databases of the Office of Personnel Management” that hold personal information about tens of thousands of federal...

07/14/14

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