Tag: hacking

Rooting an Amazon Echo
Device Security, Hacking

Rooting an Amazon Echo

Researchers have developed a method for getting a root shell on the Amazon Echo and then install a small piece of malware that can transmit live audio from the device to a remote computer or steal user authentication tokens. The attack relies on having physical access to the Echo and it […]

To Disclose or Not to Disclose
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To Disclose or Not to Disclose

LAS VEGAS–The people in the security community are good at many things, but reaching consensus is not one of them. That is never more clear than when the topic is vulnerabilities and how to handle them. The last year has seen the publication of a couple of studies on vulnerability […]

Facebook CSO: It’s Time to Focus on Real Problems
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Facebook CSO: It’s Time to Focus on Real Problems

LAS VEGAS–The security community needs to get back to solving real problems facing real users in the real world, Facebook’s CSO said, and the company is putting up a million dollars to help do that. Alex Stamos, the top security official at Facebook, said security professionals are spending too much […]

U.S., European Law Enforcement Take Down AlphaBay Dark Web Market
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U.S., European Law Enforcement Take Down AlphaBay Dark Web Market

Authorities in the United States and Europe have shut down two huge criminal marketplace operating on the dark web, one of which officials say was responsible for more than $1 billion in illicit transactions in the last three years. The investigations into the AlphaBay and Hansa marketplaces have been going […]

GhostCtrl Android Malware Hijacks Audio, Roots Devices
Device Security, Hacking

GhostCtrl Android Malware Hijacks Audio, Roots Devices

A recently discovered piece of Android malware called GhostCtrl apparently evolved from the well-known OmniRAT tool for desktop platforms and has the ability to steal or delete a wide variety of user and device data. GhostCtrl has an interesting pedigree and history. The backdoor is connected to a data-stealing worm known […]

Attackers Compromising Fresh WordPress Installs
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Attackers Compromising Fresh WordPress Installs

Attackers are scanning for new WordPress installations that haven’t been configured yet and compromising them and then using that access to take over entire sites. The attacks have been going on since May and researchers have seen many IP addresses that typically are engaged in other attack campaigns joining in this […]

Congressmen Seek to Outlaw Cyber Intel Sharing With Russia
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Congressmen Seek to Outlaw Cyber Intel Sharing With Russia

A group of House Democrats has introduced a bill that would formalize a policy of the United States not sharing cyber intelligence with Russia. The proposed law is a direct response to comments President Donald Trump made earlier this week after he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. After the […]

NATO: NotPetya Likely the Work of State Attackers
Device Security, Hacking

NATO: NotPetya Likely the Work of State Attackers

The NotPetya ransomware that hit thousands of computers last week likely was created and launched by state-sponsored attackers, according to a new analysis by security experts at NATO. Based on the complexity and estimated cost of the operation, analysts at NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence concluded that NotPetya […]

Anthem Settles Data Breach Suit for $115 Million
Hacking, Identity

Anthem Settles Data Breach Suit for $115 Million

Anthem Inc., the victim of one of the more extensive data breaches in U.S. history, has agreed to pay a settlement of $115 million to consumers affected by the incident. The settlement is believed to be the largest ever to result from a data breach in the U.S. and would end […]