August 19, 2013 |
Facebook Inc. fixed a programming error last week that allowed users to post on any other user's timeline regardless of privacy settings, a flaw that a hacker was able to exploit to post on Mark Zuckerberg's profile even though the two weren't friends. Coding errors are common in the tech world, but this one's been getting attention because of the lengths the hacker went to get Facebook to acknowledge that the flaw existed. Khalil Shreateh said on his blog that he reported the problem to Facebook through its bug bounty program , which allows hackers to collect a monetary reward for discovering and properly reporting flaws.
August 15, 2013 |
A home security camera being used as a baby monitor by a Texas family was hacked last week, according to its owner. The incident has once again drawn international attention to the increasing number of security flaws being discovered in “smart-home” devices and the ongoing struggle to patch them. Marc Gilbert said in a phone interview Wednesday that his Foscam IP camera was connected by ethernet cord to his home's Comcast-provided network router. However, he had not turned on the settings needed to make the year-old device accessible over the Internet.
July 26, 2013 |
In the biggest cybercrime spree yet, Russian hackers stole 160 million credit card numbers to fleece hundreds of millions of dollars from a diverse group of financial firms, retailers and even the Nasdaq stock market, according to federal officials. Indictments unsealed Thursday in New Jersey and New York accuse five Russians and a Ukrainian of victimizing targets that included arms of Visa, Diners Club, Citibank, PNC Bank and Heartland Payment Systems, a company that processes credit card transactions from hundreds of thousands of small businesses.
July 2, 2013 |
A database containing email addresses and passwords belonging to users of the website for Ubisoft, the video game developer behind the hit "Assassin's Creed," was accessed illegally in a hack. The French company said someone used "stolen credentials" to access its “online network.” The company didn't disclose how many of its users were hit, but it has sold more than 55 million of its top game. Ubisoft said on its website Tuesday that no credit card information is stored with the company and thus users' financial information was not at risk.
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July 1, 2013
Margherita Hack, 91, an astrophysicist who explained her research on the stars in plain language for the public and who championed civil rights in her native Italy, died Saturday in the Adriatic Sea town of Trieste, where she had headed an astronomical observatory. The Italian news agency ANSA quoted family friend Marinella Chirico as saying Hack died in a hospital after being treated for heart problems. Hack was the first woman to oversee the observatory in Trieste, from 1964 to 1987, and was a popular and frequent commentator in Italian media about discoveries in astronomy and physics.
June 14, 2013 |
The computer of Washington-based CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson was hacked, the network said Friday morning. Attkisson, an investigative reporter who has done hard-hitting stories on topics including the anti-gun trafficking program known as "Fast and Furious" and the terrorist attack in Benghazi, had suspicions that her computer had been compromised early last year and said so on a radio interview last month. CBS News hired a cyber-security firm to check out Attkisson's concerns and determined that her computer had been accessed many times in late 2012.
June 14, 2013 |
As a member of Congress, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) is proud to stand up for the principles of limited government and individual responsibility. The first-term congressman expresses skepticism about such safety-net programs as food stamps, regarding them as the handiwork of an "oppressive" government that snatches wages from the hands of working people. Helping the poor is better left to individuals and churches, he said at a recent committee hearing in Washington, because then "it comes from the heart, not from a badge or from a mandate.
June 13, 2013 |
This post has been updated with information from an amended criminal complaint filed Thursday afternoon. Hackers allegedly targeted 15 financial institutions, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and E-Trade, as part of a nearly two-year-long scheme to hack into customer accounts online to steal at least $15 million, U.S. authorities announced this week. "Cybercriminals penetrated some of our most trusted financial institutions as part of a global scheme that stole money and identities from people in the United States," New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said in a statement.
June 12, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Edward Snowden told Hong Kong media that the United States is involved in extensive hacking operations directed against China and Hong Kong. In an interview with the South China Morning Post published on the newspaper's website early Thursday, Snowden said he wanted to demonstrate “the hypocrisy of the U.S. government when it claims that it does not target civilian infrastructure, unlike its adversaries. " The accusations throw a new wrench into the Obama administration's campaign against extensive hacking operations by the Chinese military.