Posts Tagged ‘hacking’

Rough start for Apple Pay alternative – CurrentC mobile payment data systems hacked today

// October 29th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

MCX’s CurrentC payment system, the alternative to Apple Pay backed by Walmart, Best Buy, CVS, Rite Aid, Gap, and others, was hacked today. Reports indicate the data breach involves the theft of email addresses of early beta participants and others who expressed interest in testing the new mobile payment system. No word yet on how […]

JPMorgan Chase security breach not what you think – military attack against key financial institutions turns over keys to the kingdom

// October 4th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Although I’m disappointed that JPMorgan Chase delayed the disclosure of the breach that touched more than 83 million U.S. households (they knew about it at least four months ago), I’m even more upset at what they disclosed – that key customer financial data was not stolen. JPMorgan may tout the expertise of their security team […]

Spike DDoS toolkit details – frightening new DDoS botnet could potentially utilize Linux, Windows, and ARM IoT devices

// September 26th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Security researchers have discovered an unusual, and frightening, new toolkit capable of infecting not only Windows and Linux computers, but also routers and IoTs. Dubbed Spike, it has demonstrated DDoS attacks as high as 215 gigabit/second against targets in Asia and the United States. Spike toolkit interfaces discovered by Akamai used Mandarin and thus, it […]

400 Gbps DDoS attack on Monday smashes Spamhaus DDoS record

// February 11th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

CloudFlare announced late last night that a 400 Gbps DDoS attack against an unnamed entitym smashed the record set last year during the Spamhaus incident in which a sustained 300 Gbps attack was launched against a European organization who maintains a blacklist of spam-related ISPs. Effects from the attack were especially strong in Europe which […]

Target/Neiman Marcus POS hacks – point-of-sale malware attack vector not that complex after all

// January 17th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

In late 2013, two major retailers were hit with up to a half-dozen more major retailers exploited without even knowing it. In Target’s case, where credit and bank card data was collected from November 27, 2013 through December 15, 2013, 40 million credit card numbers were obtained by the hackers, impacting more than 70 million […]

Target retail stores hacked – 40 million credit and debit card holder impacted

// December 19th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

If you shopped at a Target store between November 27 and December 15, you might want to keep an eye on your credit card statements. Today, the retail chain acknowledged that a recent hack revealed the names, credit card numbers, expiration dates, and 3-digit security codes of “certain store customers”. Target said about 40 million […]

4chan provide XBox One backward compatibility hack – hack really bricks system instead

// December 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // Gaming

Ah, those crazy goofs at 4chan are at it again, this time convincing noobs, who were trying to unlock a magical ability to run older Xbox games on their new Xbox One consoles, to follow a specific set of procedures that, in the end, bricks their Xbox One consoles. Now Microsoft has its hands full […]

Evidence emerges suggesting hijacking of huge chunks of Internet traffic

// November 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Researchers from network intelligence firm Renesys published an assessment this week that documents dozens of distinct hijacking events within the last few months where huge chunks of Internet traffic were purposefully diverted through distant service providers leading them to speculate that the traffic may have been “surreptitiously monitored or modified before being passed along to […]

Syrian Electronic Army declares war on U.S. – hijacks President Obama’s Twitter and Facebook feeds

// October 28th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) is back in the news today, this time after tweets from the @BarrackObama Twitter account and posts to the President’s Facebook fan page contained links to SEA YouTube content. At this time it is not believed that the President’s Twitter nor Facebook page was hacked but rather SEA has gained […]

Family stunned to find hacked baby monitor taunting infant girl, calling her a “little slut”

// August 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

A Houston, Texas family was stunned this week when they entered their baby daughter’s room and heard the webcam, which they use to monitor the baby, taunting the small girl with insults and profanity. The couple said they walked in and heard the baby monitor say “Wake up Allyson, you little slut.” The couple say […]

Illuminati obsessed hacker – mysterious “Guccifer” entertains while outing prominent politicians and media personalities

// June 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

His screen name is a bit humorous – and a bit scary. Nobody knows where the Illuminati-obsessed hacker originates from (IP addresses originate from Russia but language appears to be distinctly American). And his hacking expertise is well worth noting, especially if you are a politician that has found yourself in his cross-hairs. Right now, […]

Corps of Engineers confirms that sensitive National Inventory of Dams (NID) database was hacked by Chinese

// May 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The Army Corps of Engineers has admitted that an unauthorized Chinese user has hacked the National Inventory of Dams (NID) database in January 2013 and that the attack was not discovered until sometime in April. There are about 8,100 major dams in the U.S., and the NID database has information about all of them, including […]

Differences in Chinese and Russian security philosophies and how the United States should counter

// April 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Technology

I enjoy hacking. The intrigue, digging through arcane protocol specs in order to discover some new architectural design flaw or idiotic programmer bug, and the excitement surrounding a mysterious hidden world that few are capable of experiencing, in my mind is akin to losing yourself deep in a software coding problem. I consider myself a […]

Huge number of WordPress bruteforce attacks reported in the wild

// April 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Security software firm Sucuri has announced the discovery of a massive WordPress brute force attack that is circulating in the wild. Analysis of security logs and monitoring via their operations center, has revealed a three-fold increase in WordPress bruteforce attacks over the past three months. The attacks are coming from a large number of IP […]

U.S. government gets even dopier with new Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) – really? [UPDATE]

// April 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Security lock in network

The House Intelligence committee is currently working to amend the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) whose stated aim is to “help the U.S government investigate cyber threats and ensure the security of networks against cyberattack”. Yes, the government that has already proven they cannot protect its citizens from cybersecurity threats now wants to […]

Anonymous makes good on threats – takes control of several North Korea websites, Twitter, and Flickr accounts

// April 4th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

A few hours ago, Twitter and Flickr accounts belonging to a North Korean news agency have been hijacked by Anonymous just one day after they announced “war” against the North Korean government. The Twitter and Flickr accounts represent Uriminzokkiri (meaning “Our Nation”), a North Korean news and known propaganda site. The Twitter page, which has […]