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Florida city gives in to $600,000 bitcoin ransomware demand

July 3rd, 2019 at 9:29 am » Comments Off

But there’s no guarantee hackers will actually restore Riviera Beach’s systems. Riviera Beach, a city in Florida, is set to pay hackers $600,000 in bitcoin with the hope of having its systems restored. Hackers took over the systems several weeks ago, when a police department employee opened a malicious email that allowed them to inject […]



Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked

February 23rd, 2019 at 12:54 pm » Comments Off

More and more security holes are appearing in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms, and some are fundamental to the way they were built. Early last month, the security team at Coinbase noticed something strange going on in Ethereum Classic, one of the cryptocurrencies people can buy and sell using Coinbase’s popular exchange platform. Its blockchain, […]



This is the industry to enter if you want to basically be guaranteed a job

January 18th, 2019 at 12:43 pm » Comments Off

“If you are ambitious, if you’re thoughtful, if you understand yourself, and how to grow yourself, and how to learn, you will be wanted and needed, and you will find yourself progressing in the field,” an expert says. When companies such as Marriott International, Yahoo! and Equifax experience a data breach, the consequences are huge […]



The big hack: How China used a tiny chip to infiltrate U.S. companies

October 11th, 2018 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources. In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its streaming video service, […]



Your smart TV is watching you watching TV, Consumer Reports finds

February 10th, 2018 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

  Consumer Reports reported that Samsung and Roku Smart TVs were vulnerable to hacking through a web-based attack. Millions of smart TVs sitting in family living rooms are vulnerable to hackers taking control — and could be tracking the household’s personal viewing habits much more closely than their owners realize, according to a new Consumer […]



Security breach and spilled secrets have shaken the N.S.A.to its core

November 14th, 2017 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

A serial leak of the agency’s cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide.



Revenge hacking is hitting the big time

September 23rd, 2017 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

The plan was to hack the hackers. Cybercriminals had targeted a global bank’s customers with phishing emails to break into their accounts. The legal option—waiting for law enforcement to investigate and perhaps apprehend the hackers—would have taken too long. So the bank was willing to try something else, and a team of security consultants offered […]



Someone finally made an app to detect credit card skimmers at the gas pump

September 21st, 2017 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

In less than 30 seconds a hacker can install a $10 piece of pre-built hardware – easily purchased online – into a gas pump. This device is called a skimmer and it’s designed to get your credit card number when you use it at the pump.



Hackers are the real obstacles for self driving vehicles

August 26th, 2017 at 7:13 pm » Comments Off

Out-of-work truckers armed with “adversarial machine learning” could dazzle autonomous vehicles into crashing.



Sonic weapon knocks the drones right out of the sky

July 31st, 2017 at 7:12 pm » Comments Off

LAS VEGAS — Smartphones, virtual-reality headsets, toy robots, quadcopter drones and self-balancing scooters can be hacked by powerful sonic blasts, a team of Chinese researchers demonstrated at the Black Hat security conference here last week.



Biometric ring to replace your passwords, cards and keys

June 29th, 2017 at 5:00 am » Comments Off

Smart rings aren’t a new idea: There are plenty of fitness tracking, notification-sending, payment or even protective finger ornaments around. But none have the ability to identify you and authorize your transactions wherever you go. That is, until Token hits the market. It’s a biometric ring that can be used to open house doors, start […]



When computers refuse to obey: Will this be our terrifying future?

April 30th, 2017 at 5:48 am » Comments Off

Cory Doctorow: In the Foundation series, Isaac Asimov posited three rules to protect humans from robots. As our own technology advances exponentially every day, how can will we make technology that frees us, rather than enslaving us? Let us begin by cleaving this problem into two pieces, only one of which I am qualified to […]



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