The Federal Bureau of Investigation infiltrated and shut down what it called “the largest remaining known child pornography hidden service in the world” this summer, using a hacking method to track IP addresses on the Dark Web, Vice Motherboard reported. The Dark Web bulletin board site, named “Playpen,” launched in August 2014 and within one year had garnered 215,000 accounts with 11,000 unique visitors each week.
Security researchers claim that at least 68,000 medical systems — like MRI scanners and infusion systems — from a “large, unnamed US health group” are accessible online for hackers to attack.
Arms control treaties already do a lot to prevent extreme abuses of real-world weaponry, so why shouldn’t they apply to virtual conflicts? The US and China certainly think that makes sense. According to sources speaking to the New York Times, the two countries arenegotiating a deal that would set limits on cyberwarfare attacks. It’s not clear exactly what this agreement would entail, but it would offer a “generic embrace” of a UN code of conduct that, among other things, bars attacks on critical infrastructure like power grids and cellular networks. At the least, these nations wouldn’t be the first to resort to these assaults.
John McAfee is not known for his reasonableness. McAfee, founder of the eponymous antivirus software company, is very well known for being a security expert, however. Wearing both hats, McAfee now says that “Ashley Madison hack was not hacked.” He claims, “It was an inside job.” And it was a woman!?
In the hacking world, a password is only as strong as the person who knows it. Some of the most common tricks for hackers are social engineering or phishing—attacks gaining access to users’ accounts and company documents without even touching a line of code.
A new bug in the latest, fully patched version of OS X is being exploited by hackers. The vulnerability allows attackers to install malware on a Mac without needing any system passwords.
The road to our connected future may be paved with good intentions, but it may not be secure enough to drive on.