News tagged: Hacking
Kaspersky's antivirus software has in some cases grabbed files from user computers in an arguably improper way. CEO Eugene Kaspersky has confirmed its software sometimes takes files that aren't immediately threatening, which has generated some concern.
Hacking is a widespread issue in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) even though its cheat system is already banning upwards of 6,000 accounts per day. To try and make the game more suitable for people playing by the rules, the development team says improvements are coming.
Six officials with the Russian government could face charges from the United States over their alleged involvement in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) email hack last year. That hack allowed damaging emails to reach the public, making a republican win in 2016 more likely.
Though most of the victims of the large Equifax breach are in the United States, some are located in the UK, which has led to the UK's Financial Conduct Authority becoming interested in the case. Equifax already faces investigations from US authorities.
A secret Microsoft database filled with information about software vulnerabilities was hacked in 2013, but the company didn't disclose the breach. Reuters says the vulnerabilities ended up being exploited, but a review concluded the exploits didn't come from the breach.
The UK's Channel 4, one of the nation's largest broadcasters, was reportedly hacked by North Korea because of a TV series North Korea disliked. According to The New York Times, Channel 4 was targeted in 2014 with the goal of preventing the release of a show set in the country.
A devastating security flaw has been discovered in the main WiFi security protocol, putting millions of people at risk. Mathy Vanhoef, a researcher with imec-DistriNet, discovered a vulnerability in the WPA2 protocol, which is used by essentially all WiFi devices globally.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, a massively popular game and the title with the most concurrent players on Steam, is banning more than 6,000 accounts per day with its anti-cheat system. According to BattlEye, even close to 20,000 have even been banned in 24 hours.
The UK's Parliament was attacked during the summer and blame is now being placed on Iran. During the "sustained and determined" cyberattack, hackers tried to find weak passwords in use by British lawmakers. 90 accounts ended up being compromised during the effort.
Important military documents belonging to South Korea and the United States were reportedly stolen by North Korean hackers. Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of South Korea's top political party and a member of the parliamentary defense committee, revealed the hack.
Guo Wengui, a Chinese businessman who's now living in the US under self-imposed exile, was targeted by hackers last week. The Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank, faced attacks intended to shutter its website, forcing the organization to cancel an event with Wengui.
The SNES Mini has been hacked just a week after its release, enabling users to play downloaded SNES games on the platform. You'll be able to attach your mini console to a PC via USB and then modify its software to (if everything goes well) play more games.
Russia has been targeting the phones of individual NATO soldiers in countries like Poland, according to sources speaking with The Wall Street Journal. The hacking has led to compromised smartphones and social media accounts, with some soldiers reporting a loss of contacts.
As if having 143 million people affected by a breach wasn't enough, Equifax has revised its figure to include an extra 2.5 million affected consumers. The company released new information on Monday after Mandiant, a cybersecurity firm, concluded part of its investigation.
The FBI doesn't have to disclose the hacking tool it used to break into the iPhone 5C used by Syed Farook, the terrorist responsible for 2015's San Bernardino attack. Judge Tanya Chutkan refused to order the agency to reveal the tool and the company that created it.
Equifax may have been the target of a state-sponsored hack, according to Bloomberg. Some investigations are yielding signs of government involvement. It's possible a Chinese group was responsible for at least part of the operation. "Many" of the implicated tools are Chinese.
Nearly a year after federal officials with the Department of Homeland Security learned Russia had targeted state election systems, state officials are finally being informed of the findings. After a push from secretaries of state, the DHS has informed officials in 21 states.
It appears the malware that spread through CCleaner downloads was targeted at some of the world's largest tech companies. The targeted nature of the attack wasn't initially clear, but it has since become evident, according to posts from Avast and Cisco's Talos research group.
CCleaner, a free system maintenance application, has been spreading malware for up to a month. Hackers exploited a vulnerability with the software's download channel, meaning anyone who recently installed the software also installed malware. This attack has impacted millions.
There's an active investigation from the FTC into the Equifax hack, which compromised the personal data of up to 143 million people. Equifax revealed last week that hackers could have stolen Social Security numbers and other kinds of sensitive, personal info.