Pentagon considers nuclear response to retaliate for large cyber attacks

Pentagon considers nuclear response to retaliate for large cyber attacks

A draft for the Pentagon’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review says the U.S. would consider using nuclear weapons to respond to non-nuclear attacks.

01/17/18

Skygofree: Powerful Android spyware with advanced surveillance tools

Skygofree: Powerful Android spyware with advanced surveillance tools

Android spyware has advanced surveillance capabilities, including turning on the mic when the victim enters specific geolocations.

01/16/18

Mirai Okiru: New DDoS botnet targets ARC-based IoT devices

Mirai Okiru: New DDoS botnet targets ARC-based IoT devices

Meet Mirai Okiru and brace for the DDoS botnet targeting 'billions' of ARC-based IoT devices.

01/15/18

Hitting the ‘wrong button’ pushed out false ballistic missile alert to Hawaii

Hitting the ‘wrong button’ pushed out false ballistic missile alert to Hawaii

Oops, emergency warning about the coming apocalypse was a false alarm.

01/14/18

FBI chief claims encryption is an 'urgent public safety issue’

FBI chief claims encryption is an 'urgent public safety issue’

After 25 years of "going dark" claims, FBI Director Christopher Wray says not being able to crack the encryption on devices is "a major public safety issue."

01/10/18

Microsoft hits the brakes, stops rolling out Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD devices

Microsoft hits the brakes, stops rolling out Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD devices

Blue Screen of Death errors caused Microsoft to stop rolling out Meltdown and Spectre patches to AMD devices.

01/09/18

Hardcoded backdoor in 12 Western Digital My Cloud NAS devices

Hardcoded backdoor in 12 Western Digital My Cloud NAS devices

Patch now to remove the backdoor in Western Digital My Cloud network storage devices that could give anyone remote access.

01/08/18

Attorneys for WannaCry hero turned suspect request discovery evidence

Attorneys for WannaCry hero turned suspect request discovery evidence

Attorneys for Marcus Hutchins, arrested for the WannaCry ransomware, filed a motion requesting discovery, expecting to get information to prove he was coerced to talk.

01/07/18

Meltdown & Spectre: Microsoft releases emergency patches, US-CERT says to replace CPU

Meltdown & Spectre: Microsoft releases emergency patches, US-CERT says to replace CPU

Two major vulnerabilities in processors — Meltdown and Spectre — affect most modern systems. Security advisories and patches are being issued.

01/04/18

Anonymous no more: Reusing complex passwords gives your identity away

Anonymous no more: Reusing complex passwords gives your identity away

Researchers deanonymized anonymous Tor Mail accounts, raising awareness of the implications of reusing even complex passwords when creating an anonymous account.

01/03/18

Researcher drops 15-year-old macOS zero-day that leads to full system compromise

Researcher drops 15-year-old macOS zero-day that leads to full system compromise

A researcher released details of a macOS kernel exploit, which has been around for more than a decade, that could allow an attacker to get root access.

01/02/18

Forever 21: Hackers breached payment system for 7 months

Forever 21: Hackers breached payment system for 7 months

Forever 21 confirmed hackers breached its payment system for seven months and admitted encryption was turned off on some point-of-sale (POS) devices.

01/01/18

Man booby-trapped boxes with exploding shotgun shells to stop package thieves

Man booby-trapped boxes with exploding shotgun shells to stop package thieves

A man 'hacked' a box to stop would-be thieves from stealing packages off his porch.

12/20/17

Top 25 worst, most insecure passwords used in 2017

Top 25 worst, most insecure passwords used in 2017

SplashData released a list of the top 100 most popular, and therefore dangerous, passwords used in 2017.

12/19/17

Loapi malware capable of destroying Android phones

Loapi malware capable of destroying Android phones

Kaspersky researchers discovered malware capable of cryptocurrency mining, launching DDoS attacks and so much more that it destroyed an Android phone after two days.

12/18/17

Firefox users are ticked after Mozilla secretly installed Mr. Robot add-on

Firefox users are ticked after Mozilla secretly installed Mr. Robot add-on

Firefox users are ticked, questioning if Mozilla can be trusted after the Mr. Robot add-on was installed in Firefox without asking permission.

12/17/17

Popular streaming sites secretly mine cryptocurrency while you watch free movies

Popular streaming sites secretly mine cryptocurrency while you watch free movies

AdGuard discovered crypto-jacking schemes at Openload, Streamango, Rapidvideo and OnlineVideoConverter, affecting nearly 1 billion users per month.

12/13/17

Researchers' tool uncovers website breaches

Researchers' tool uncovers website breaches

UCSD researchers' Tripwire tool uncovered website breaches, yet none of the sites disclosed the breaches to customers after they were told of the hack.

12/12/17

Researchers use BlueSteal to remotely crack ‘smart’ handgun safe in seconds

Researchers use BlueSteal to remotely crack ‘smart’ handgun safe in seconds

Researchers hacked a Bluetooth-enabled gun safe, Vaultek VT20i, showing how the 'smart' safe can be remotely opened in mere seconds using a laptop.

12/11/17

Keylogger found in keyboard driver of 475 HP notebook models

Keylogger found in keyboard driver of 475 HP notebook models

A researcher found a keylogger, turned off by default, in the keyboard driver for hundreds of HP laptops. HP released updates to address the security vulnerability.

12/10/17

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