Cops run unauthorized searches on confidential databases for revenge, stalking

Cops run unauthorized searches on confidential databases for revenge, stalking

Cops run unauthorized searches on confidential databases for revenge, stalking, curiosity and to sell data to others, an Associated Press investigation found.

09/28/16

iOS 10 backups are easier to crack, but Apple promises to fix security flaw

iOS 10 backups are easier to crack, but Apple promises to fix security flaw

Forensic researcher claims iOS 10 local backups are easier to crack due to a hashing algorithm that is 2,500 times weaker than in iOS 9; Apple confirmed the security flaw and promised to roll out a patch.

09/26/16

11 cities plan to force cops to disclose secret surveillance technologies used

11 cities plan to force cops to disclose secret surveillance technologies used

11 cities launched the “Community Control Over Police Surveillance” initiative; the campaign will push legislation to insure that new spy tech, as well as the tech currently being used, must first be approved and come with...

09/21/16

Millions of New York cellphones blasted with emergency manhunt alert

Millions of New York cellphones blasted with emergency manhunt alert

Millions of New Yorker's cellphones blasted an emergency manhunt alert before the suspected bomber was captured. It was the first time the electronic red alert warning was used in connection with a wanted person suspected of a crime.

09/19/16

New Guccifer 2.0 DNC dump and Colin Powell's private emails leaked

New Guccifer 2.0 DNC dump and Colin Powell's private emails leaked

Guccifer 2.0 dumped nearly 700MB of new DNC documents and two years' worth of former Secretary of State Colin Powell's private Gmails were leaked.

09/14/16

Researchers warn that hackers can DDoS 911 emergency phone service

Researchers warn that hackers can DDoS 911 emergency phone service

Researchers warned that a telephony denial of service (TDoS) attack, launched by a mobile phone botnet, could cripple America's 911 emergency call system.

09/12/16

Exploding Galaxy Note 7 totals family Jeep

Exploding Galaxy Note 7 totals family Jeep

More Note 7 smartphones have burst into flames, one totaling a Jeep; three Australian airlines have banned the use of the Note 7 during flights and the FAA is also considering a ban.

09/08/16

Windows 10 automatic browser blocking is 'for the children' claims Microsoft

Windows 10 automatic browser blocking is 'for the children' claims Microsoft

Microsoft is playing the 'it's for the children' card with changes to Microsoft Family settings that rolled out in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Some third-party browsers are blocked by default supposedly to ensure safer web...

09/06/16

SWIFT: More banks hacked; persistent, sophisticated threat is here to stay

SWIFT: More banks hacked; persistent, sophisticated threat is here to stay

SWIFT warned that more banks have been attacked, some losing money in the high-tech heists, and urged banks to tighten security since the persistent and sophisticated threat is here to stay.

08/31/16

Two state election systems attacked, FBI suspects ‘foreign hackers’

Two state election systems attacked, FBI suspects ‘foreign hackers’

FBI warned of two state election systems being attacked, Illinois and Arizona, and advised states to search for similar 'foreign hacker' activity in their logs.

08/29/16

Baltimore cops using private company's aerial cameras to conduct secret surveillance

Baltimore cops using private company's aerial cameras to conduct secret surveillance

Persistent Surveillance Systems mount cameras on a Cessna and fly for hours above Baltimore to conduct surveillance likened to Google Earth with TiVo capabilities; Baltimore police have not publicly disclosed the unblinking...

08/24/16

Malware alert: Dump on WikiLeaks contained over 3,000 malicious files

Malware alert: Dump on WikiLeaks contained over 3,000 malicious files

Malware expert Vesselin Bontchev discovered 323 malware instances in his first scan of WikiLeaks' email dump from Turkey’s ruling political party; he listed 3,277 in his second report. WikiLeaks quietly 'neutered' some of the malware....

08/22/16

1.4 billion Android devices vulnerable to hijacking thanks to Linux TCP bug

1.4 billion Android devices vulnerable to hijacking thanks to Linux TCP bug

8 out of 10 Android devices vulnerable to spying since they are vulnerable to the Linux TCP bug.

08/17/16

Hacking group purportedly hacked NSA-linked Equation Group, auctioning cyber weapons

Hacking group purportedly hacked NSA-linked Equation Group, auctioning cyber weapons

A group going by the Shadow Brokers claim to have hacked the Equation Group, which is believed to be linked to the NSA, and is auctioning off the 'best' cyber weapons.

08/15/16

Thugs developing cat-themed ransomware for Androids and Hitler ransomware for PCs

Thugs developing cat-themed ransomware for Androids and Hitler ransomware for PCs

Cat-themed ransomware targeting Androids can encrypt files and silently steal text messages; Hitler ransomware targeting PCs demands payment via a gift card; after one hour, the user's files are deleted.

08/10/16

Hackers demonstrated first ransomware for IoT thermostats at DEF CON

Hackers demonstrated first ransomware for IoT thermostats at DEF CON

Ransomware-infected smart thermostats, it's no longer hypothetical. An attacker could crank up the heat and lock the IoT device until a ransom was paid to unlock it.

08/08/16

$6 device can break into hotel rooms and infect PoS systems

$6 device can break into hotel rooms and infect PoS systems

At DEF CON, a researcher will unveil a small $6 device which can be used to duplicate every keycard in a hotel, so an attacker could break into every room, as well as to infect point-of-sale systems.

08/04/16

Russia: Hey, don’t blame us, 20 of our government organizations were hacked too

Russia: Hey, don’t blame us, 20 of our government organizations were hacked too

As the FBI starts investigating a cyberattack on the DCCC, Russia claims 20 of its government organizations were hacked too.

08/01/16

KeySniffer: Hackers can snag wireless keyboard keystrokes from 250 feet away

KeySniffer: Hackers can snag wireless keyboard keystrokes from 250 feet away

From hundreds of feet away, attackers can see everything that is being typed as well as type directly on a PC due to flawed wireless keyboards from at least eight vendors.

07/27/16

Schneier: Next president may face IoT cyberattack that causes people to die

Schneier: Next president may face IoT cyberattack that causes people to die

With IoT and cyber-physical systems becoming the new normal, respected security guru Bruce Schneier suggested the next president may face 'a large-scale internet disaster that kills multiple people.'

07/25/16

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