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April 8, 2014
It’s a serious bug in that it doesn’t leave any trace. Bad guys can access the memory on a machine and take encryption keys, usernames, passwords, valuable intellectual property, and there’s no trace they’ve been there.
Codenomicon CEO David Chartier • Discussing the nature of the “Heartbleed” vulnerability, a security hole located in SSL services that allowed people with not-so-nice purposes to tap into data meant to be secure. How big of a deal is it? Let’s put it this way: You know how your web addresses sometimes say “https” instead of “http,” and how that’s meant to ensure your data is encrypted? That, friends, is what we’re talking about.
21:36 // 2 weeks ago
December 19, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 19, 2013

For those keeping track at home, the massive breach of Target’s payment-processing system could affect as many as 40 million people, or approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population. Awesome.

Speaking of hacking incidents, The Washington Post appears to be a common target: The Jeff Bezos-owned newspaper reported its third major data breach in the past three years. Ouch.

What would Brian Boitano do? Announce that he’s gay weeks before the Sochi Olympics, putting fresh pressure on Russia. Boitano is part of the U.S. delegation to the country.

The nanny caught in the middle of the whole diplomatic drama between the U.S. and India is considered a victim of human trafficking by the U.S. government.

Mark Zuckerberg did a bunch of stuff with his money today.

20:25 // 4 months ago
November 5, 2013
techcrunch:

FoxNews.com seemingly hacked (or someone just screwed up big time)
"WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"

STUFF YO

techcrunch:

FoxNews.com seemingly hacked (or someone just screwed up big time)

"WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"

STUFF YO

(via prweek)

16:17 // 5 months ago
May 22, 2013
17:19 // 11 months ago
February 19, 2013
laughterkey:

digg:

So Jeep was hacked. 

Fun fact, @LilInternet, the person ostensibly behind both this and the Burger King job, has #SEAPUNK in their bio.

That we get to enjoy this two days in a row makes this a fun week indeed.

laughterkey:

digg:

So Jeep was hacked.

Fun fact, @LilInternet, the person ostensibly behind both this and the Burger King job, has #SEAPUNK in their bio.

That we get to enjoy this two days in a row makes this a fun week indeed.

(via laughterkey)

13:58 // 1 year ago
January 26, 2013
Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the “discretion” or prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain.
A message posted to the hacked website of the U.S. Sentencing Commmission • Decrying the death by suicide of internet pioneer Aaron Swartz, whose family and friends have suggested was hounded towards suicide by an especially harsh prosecution being brought against him, for a large-scale downloading and alleged free releasing of academic articles (he faced a possible 35 years in prison, and 13 felony counts). Now, hacker group Anonymous has threatened vengeance over Swartz’s tragic death, having hacked the U.S. Sentencing Commission site and issuing a further threat that they’ve obtained information from secret government networks that they may release in retribution. The incident is being viewed as a “criminal investigation,” according to an FBI executive assistant director, Richard McFeely: “We are always concerned when someone illegally accesses another person’s or government agency’s network.” source
15:08 // 1 year ago
October 11, 2012
19:20 // 1 year ago
September 4, 2012
Pro-Assad activists deface Al Jazeera site in high-profile protest
Al-Jazeera has become the most recent high-profile hacking victim, after a group of pro-Assad Syrian hackers breached the site’s security on Tuesday. The hacker collective, known only as “al-Rashedon”, defaced the site’s front page in response to the organization’s “positions against the Syrian people and government.” Al-Jazeera was one of the first organizations to begin covering the events of the Syrian uprising, which have become increasingly sectarian in nature, and is based in the majority-Sunni nation of Qatar. (Photo via Mattthew Keys) source

Pro-Assad activists deface Al Jazeera site in high-profile protest

Al-Jazeera has become the most recent high-profile hacking victim, after a group of pro-Assad Syrian hackers breached the site’s security on Tuesday. The hacker collective, known only as “al-Rashedon”, defaced the site’s front page in response to the organization’s “positions against the Syrian people and government.” Al-Jazeera was one of the first organizations to begin covering the events of the Syrian uprising, which have become increasingly sectarian in nature, and is based in the majority-Sunni nation of Qatar. (Photo via Mattthew Keys) source

15:53 // 1 year ago
August 4, 2012
I still can’t get into Gmail. My phone and iPads are down (but are restoring). Apple tells me that the remote wipe is likely irrecoverable without serious forensics. Because I’m a jerk who doesn’t back up data, I’ve lost at more than a year’s worth of photos, emails, documents, and more. And, really, who knows what else. It’s been a @*(!&% night. For now, at least, I’m back on Twitter @mathonan.
Wired (and former Gizmodo) writer Mat Honan • Describing the hacking incident he went through last night, in which someone managed to 1) hack his Twitter account, 2) hack the Gizmodo Twitter account, 3) hack his Google accounts and 4) hack his iCloud account, which was then used to do a remote wipe on his iPhone, iPad and MacBook. And no, he didn’t have backups, which sucks, but who expects to have so many parts of their life hacked all at once? There were things he could’ve done to prevent the hacking — two-step authentication on his Google accounts would’ve helped, for example — but it wouldn’t have prevented his devices from getting wiped. Some commenters are expressing thoughts of schadenfreude towards Honan, but we hope he’s holding up OK, considering. Gizmodo’s got a post about what you can learn from Honan’s crappy night.
13:46 // 1 year ago
August 2, 2012
18:29 // 1 year ago