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Internet Insecurity

People Are Recklessly Speculating That the Massachusetts Gas Explosions Were a Stuxnet-Related Hack

There's no evidence that the Massachusetts gas explosions are caused by hackers, but that hasn't stopped people from baseless speculations.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4 days ago
Internet Insecurity

Apple Has Started Paying Hackers for iPhone Exploits

Despite their value in the grey market, security researchers are reporting bugs as part of the Apple iOS Bug Bounty program, and some are getting rewards.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4 days ago
Internet Insecurity

Feds Charge a Russian With Hack of 80 Million JP Morgan Customers

The Department of Justice announced the indictment of a Russian citizen. He is the fifth man to be charged for targeting several US financial institutions between 2012 and 2015.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.7.18
Internet Insecurity

Google Notifies People Targeted by Secret FBI Investigation

Dozens of people reported receiving an email from Google revealing a potential FBI investigation into people who purchased malware.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.4.18
Internet Insecurity

The Attack on Fair Elections Is a Great Marketing Opportunity For Tech Companies

With Donald Trump downplaying and denying Russian attempts to interfere with American elections, companies like Microsoft, Google, and Cloudflare have filled the void as defenders of democracy.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.21.18
Port Out Scam

Bitcoin Investor Sues AT&T After Losing $23 Million In SIM Swap Hack

An investor is asking AT&T to pay $220 million in damages in the first-ever lawsuit that attempts to hold carriers accountable for port out scams.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.15.18
Internet Insecurity

Hackers Could Cause Havoc By Pwning Internet-Connected Irrigation Systems

Researchers at a university in Israel have found ways to turn smart irrigation systems into a botnet that could theoretically drain some of a city’s water reserves. But don’t panic.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.8.18
Internet Insecurity

Reddit Should Tell Us More About How it Got Hacked

It really sounds like Reddit employees got SIM hijacked. If that’s the case, the company should be more transparent. Everyone gets hacked: It's how you disclose it, and deal with it, that distinguishes you and makes a difference.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.3.18
Internet Insecurity

Feds Accuse Three Hackers of Stealing 15 Million Credit Cards in 100 Security Breaches

The US Department of Justice announced the indictment of three alleged members of the infamous financial hacking group known as Carbanak or FIN7.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.1.18
Port Out Scam

‘TELL YOUR DAD TO GIVE US BITCOIN:’ How a Hacker Allegedly Stole Millions by Hijacking Phone Numbers

California authorities say a 20-year-old college student hijacked more than 40 phone numbers and stole $5 million, including some from cryptocurrency investors at a blockchain conference Consensus.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.30.18
Hacking

Watch a Hacker Install a Firmware Backdoor on a Laptop in Less Than 5 Minutes

This demo shows that “evil maid attacks,” hacks where an attacker has physical access to a target computer, are not as complicated as you may think.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.23.18
Port Out Scam

The SIM Hijackers

Meet the hackers who flip seized Instagram handles and cryptocurrency in a shady, buzzing underground market for stolen accounts and usernames. Their victims' weakness? Phone numbers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
7.17.18