Hackers

Decade-old Bluetooth flaw lets hackers steal data passing between devices
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Enlarge (credit: Takashi Yamamiya) A large number of device makers are patching a serious vulnerability in the Bluetooth specification that allows attackers to intercept and tamper with data exchanged wirelessly. People who use Bluetooth to connect smartphones, computers, or other security-sensitive devices should make sure they install a fix as soon as possible. The attack, […]

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After indictment, Russian hackers’ lives “changed forever,” ex-ambassador says
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Enlarge / US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (C) holds a news conference at the Department of Justice July 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. Rosenstein announced indictments against 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking computers used by the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other organizations. (credit: Chip […]

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Can Hackers Crack the Ivory Towers?
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Just like leaders in every other field you can imagine, academics have been hard at work studying information security. Most fields aren’t as replete with hackers as information security, though, and their contributions are felt much more strongly in the private sector than in academia. The differing motives and professional cultures of the two groups […]

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Chinese hackers stole undersea warfare data from US Navy contractor
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Hackers associated with the Chinese government have broken into a US Navy contractor's systems and stolen data about undersea warfare. According to The Washington Post, these include secret plans to create a new anti-ship missile usable on US submari…

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US takes aim at Russian hackers who infected over 500,000 routers     – CNET
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The VPNFilter malware targets devices worldwide from Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear and TP-Link.

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Hackers Steal Millions From Mexican Banks In Transfer Heist
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happyfeet2000 shares a report from Reuters: Thieves siphoned hundreds of millions of pesos out of Mexican banks, including No. 2 Banorte, by creating phantom orders that wired funds to bogus accounts and promptly withdrew the money, two sources close to the government’s investigation said. Hackers sent hundreds of false orders to move amounts ranging from […]

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Hackers Are So Fed Up With Twitter Bots They're Hunting Them Down Themselves
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An anonymous reader writes: Even if Twitter hasn’t invested much in anti-bot software, some of its most technically proficient users have. They’re writing and refining code that can use Twitter’s public application programming interface, or API, as well as Google and other online interfaces, to ferret out fake accounts and bad actors. The effort, at […]

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Hackers exploiting rTorrent to install Unix coin miner have netted $4k so far
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Enlarge (credit: Elembis) Attackers have generated $3,900 so far in an ongoing campaign that’s exploiting the popular rTorrent application to install currency-mining software on computers running Unix-like operating systems, researchers said Thursday. The misconfiguration vulnerabilities are similar in some respects to ones Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy reported recently in the uTorrent and Transmission […]

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Hackers Hijack Government Websites To Mine Crypto-Cash
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BBC reports: The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) took down its website after a warning that hackers were taking control of visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrency. Security researcher Scott Helme said more than 4,000 websites, including many government ones, were affected. He said the affected code had now been disabled and visitors were no longer at […]

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