information security

Opinion

The Internet Has a Huge C/C++ Problem and Developers Don't Want to Deal With It

What do Heartbleed, WannaCry, and million dollar iPhone bugs have in common?
Alex Gaynor
10 hours ago
The Weakest Link

How Kevin Mitnick Stole the Source Code for the Best Cell Phone of 1992

While on the run from the feds, Kevin Mitnick stole the source code of the Motorola MicroTAC Ultralite, the most advanced cellphone at the time, with a few phone calls.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
a day ago
Hacking

Why Is Antivirus Software Still a Thing?

Antivirus has been around for more than 20 years. Do you still need it to protect yourself today?
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
a day ago
How Hacking Works

The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked

Do you want to stop criminals from getting into your Gmail or Facebook account? Are you worried about the cops spying on you? We have all the answers on how to protect yourself.
MOTHERBOARD STAFF
3 days ago
The Weakest Link

How to Use an iPod Touch as a Secure Device Instead of a Phone

From SIM-jacking, to SS7, to dodgy telco data selling, for some people an iPod may be a better security decision than using a normal phone.
Joseph Cox
3 days ago
The Weakest Link

Hacking Team Hacker Phineas Fisher Has Gotten Away With It

Leaked court documents show that Italian authorities have no idea who hacked the government spyware maker Hacking Team.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3 days ago
spyware

‘Stalkerware’ Website Let Anyone Intercept Texts of Tens of Thousands of People

A hacker exposes the awful security of two companies that sell spyware for consumers. By simply viewing the HTML of a particular website, anyone could log in and rummage through Facebook messages, texts, and phone call data.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.31.18
Hacking

How ‘Mr. Hashtag’ Helped Saudi Arabia Spy on Dissidents

Saud Al-Qahtani, a close advisor of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, was tasked with buying Hacking Team spyware, and apparently moonlighted as a member of online cybercrime website Hack Forums.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.29.18
State of Surveillance

Government Spyware Vendor Left Customer, Victim Data Online for Everyone to See

The Germany-based spyware startup Wolf Intelligence exposed its own data, including surveillance target’s information, passports scans of its founder and family, and recordings of meetings.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.24.18
Hacking

Russian Malware Was Apparently Used in an Attempt to Sabotage a Saudi Petrol Plant

Cybersecurity firm FireEye points the finger at the Russian government and a government-linked facility for creating a destructive malware.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.23.18
encryption

Slack Doesn’t Have End-to-End Encryption Because Your Boss Doesn’t Want It

A former Slack employee and the company's current chief information security officer say that Slack's paying customers aren't that interested in end-to-end encryption.
Joseph Cox
10.16.18
Hacking

Facebook Says 14 Million People Got Their Location Data and Private Search History Stolen

The social network elaborated on the recent data breach, explaining exactly what kind of data the hackers accessed, and revealing that the victims were 30 million, and not 50 million users.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.12.18