News tagged: Hacking
Disney wasn't hacked after all. Despite multiple reports from the media and even some support from Disney itself, it turns out the company wasn't breached and none of its upcoming movies were stolen. Hackers were demanding a Bitcoin ransom to prevent the release of the movie.
Subtitle files that are often downloaded by people with pirated movies/shows are being used by hackers to hide malware. Checkpoint reports the exploit has given hackers a way to control someone's desktop by getting them to load fake movie/show subtitles.
Chaos Computer Club (CCC) recently revealed it had successfully hacked the iris scanner featured on Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Not long after that hack was revealed, Samsung issued an early statement to some media outlets. Samsung says its technology was rigorously tested.
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, told ABC staff today that hackers appear to have stolen Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. They're reportedly threatening to release the film in 20-minute chunks unless Disney pays a ransom in Bitcoin. Disney is refusing to pay.
Security firm FireEye reports hackers "aligned with Vietnamese government interests" are targeting companies, journalists, and governments around the world. They've been carrying out cyberattacks for at least 3 years. The implicated group is known as OceanLotus.
Windows may be the operating system that's affected by the WannaCrypt ransomware, but Microsoft isn't taking all of the blame. Brad Smith, the company's chief legal officer, has pointed a finger at the US government. The NSA knew about the exploit's existence.
Although Microsoft ended its support for Windows XP three years ago, it has issued a rare update to defend computers against WannaCrypt attacks. Ransomware based on leaked NSA hacking tools has been spreading around the world, affecting thousands of unpatched systems.
Ransomware based on leaked NSA hacking tools is spreading around the world and has already shown up in dozens of nations. On Friday, Kaspersky estimated there were at least 45,000 infected computers. Most are located in Russia, Ukraine, India, and Taiwan.
When the FBI couldn't get Apple to create an unlocking tool for the San Bernardino terrorist's encrypted iPhone last year, it ended up spending $900,000 on the task. Senator Diane Feinstein inadvertently revealed that figure during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Shadow Brokers, a hacking group that previously released NSA hacking tools, is now making more alleged exploits from the spy agency available. The files that are being released were previously locked behind a Bitcoin paywall. No one took the group up on their offer last year.
Millions of iCloud accounts have not been affected by security issues within Apple. A spokesperson for the company told Fortune there's been absolutely no breach of iCloud or Apple ID. A hacking group was demanding large amounts of money from Apple to not exploit the data.
Federal officials in the US have indicted four people involved with a Yahoo breach in 2014. The charges reveal alleged cooperation between the Russian Federal Security Agency (FSB) and hired hackers. Two FSB agents are covered by the indictment announced by the DoJ.
A team of hackers implicated in a massive Yahoo breach that affected "hundreds of millions" of users is set to be charged by the US Department of Justice. Four people are reportedly going to be indicted. One of the alleged hackers is located in Canada.
Numerous Twitter accounts, including those belonging to high-profile and verified users, have been hacked as part of a pro-Erdogan campaign. Possibly thousands of accounts saw their profiles covered with Nazi swastikas and the hashtags #Nazialmanya and #Nazihollanda.
As part of a spying campaign, Russia used a botnet from cybercriminal Evgeniy Bogachev. The botnet, GameOver ZeuS, was utilized to conduct spying campaigns in the US and other countries from 2011 to 2014. Bogachev has allegedly worked for Russian intelligence.
Newly leaked CIA documents posted by WikiLeaks reveal the spy agency has been hacking Samsung smart TVs. The relevant documents are part of WikiLeaks' Vault 7 publication, which includes a total of 8,761 documents and files. It's unclear how much data is collected.
Russian hackers have been blackmailing liberal groups in the United States by showing them stolen email or cloud data and threatening to release it if no payment is made. Bloomberg has reported on these extortion situations based on private security and FBI sources.
Harold Martin, a former NSA contractor working for Booz Allen Hamilton, has been indicted on 20 criminal counts for stealing government documents. Every charge comes with a max sentence of 10 years. His situation is somewhat reminiscent of Edward Snowden.
Two vulnerabilities in dozens of Netgear router models have been highlighted by Trustwave researchers. If they're exploited, hackers can recover your router's administrative password. The exploit only applies if your router accepts administration from outside the network.
CD Projekt Red's official developer forum for The Witcher was hacked in March 2016, affecting 1.8 million accounts. According to Have I Been Pwned, login information (passwords, usernames, and emails) was stolen, though all of the passwords were encrypted.