December 6, 2013 |
Thirteen members of hacker group Anonymous have pleaded guilty to charges related to their involvement in a 2010 cyber attack of PayPal, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. One of the defendants also pleaded guilty to the charges arising from a separate cyber attack on the website of Santa Cruz County. The defendants -- five of whom are from California -- pleaded guilty in federal court in San Jose on Thursday, admitting to carrying out a Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, cyber attack against PayPal three years ago. Anonymous claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were facilitated by software tools designed to damage a computer network's ability to function by flooding it with useless commands and information, which in turn denied service to legitimate users.
November 1, 2013 |
Worried that computer hackers attacking banks and media companies could easily shift targets, the airline industry is taking preemptive steps to ensure it doesn't become the next victim. Although the "hacking" of planes midair to bring them down is unlikely, many networks, including airline reservation systems and airport parking meters, could be vulnerable to cyberattacks, which could disrupt air travel, weaken travelers' confidence and deal a major blow to a fragile economy. "The aviator guys are getting together because they see what's going on in every other sector," said Paul Kurtz, chief strategy officer for computer security firm CyberPoint International.
October 30, 2013 |
After originally saying that fewer than 3 million users had been affected by a cyber security breach earlier this month, Adobe is now saying that at least 38 million users' accounts were compromised. The software company, known for Photoshop and other programs, said hackers were able to obtain the Adobe IDs and encrypted passwords for about 38 million users who are active with their accounts. “We have completed email notification of these users. We also have reset the passwords for all Adobe IDs with valid, encrypted passwords that we believe were involved in the incident -- regardless of whether those users are active or not," the Silicon Valley company told KresbonSecurity, a cyber security website. However, hackers were also able to access other types of accounts, including some by users who are no longer active.
October 29, 2013 |
LONDON -- A young British computer hacker has been arrested by Britain's cyber crime unit at the request of American prosecutors on charges of infiltrating U.S. government and military files, Britain's newly formed National Crime Agency announced. Lauri Love, the son of a vicar, was arrested Friday at his home in the rural village of Stradishall in the county of Suffolk, 70 miles north of London. The arrest was made public late Monday. An extradition request is expected from the United States, where Love has been indicted on one count of accessing a U.S. government computer without authorization and one count of conspiracy.
September 15, 2013 |
Bleeding Edge A Novel Thomas Pynchon Penguin Press: 496 pp., $28.95 -- It has been 50 years since Thomas Pynchon's first book, "V.," was published. That he is still turning out works of dizzying complexity is, frankly, astounding. Few authors remain as ambitious and accomplished for so long. Enter "Bleeding Edge," a detective novel set in 2001 in Manhattan after the first dot-com boom-and-bust. Protagonist Maxine Tarnow is a defrocked fraud investigator, a rule-breaking accountant who is drawn into Internet business dealings and worse by a former lover-slash-documentarian, aided by mysterious deliveries from a bike messenger who still rides under the orange jersey of kozmo.com, the online store than went belly-up.
August 21, 2013 |
Remember the sneaky trick played by software makers? Download a free program and somehow it would automatically install an unwanted "search toolbar" on your computer's Internet browser. That annoying ploy hasn't disappeared on mobile phones. At least 50 million Android smartphones have downloaded a free app from the Google Play store called Brightest Flashlight Free that installs an unnecessary search feature on phones. The app activates a phone's camera light when launched - helpful.
August 20, 2013 |
Last year, Oakland resident Samantha Matalone Cook wanted to find a better way to teach kids about science, technology and engineering. An educator, writer and artist who home schools her three kids, Cook and some friends hatched a concept they called Hacker Scouts. The idea was to teach kids a range of concepts such as soldering, building electrical circuits, robotics and even sewing. The kids would form guilds and, as they completed projects, earn badges. In an era when the Maker Movement is a growing phenomenon, Hacker Scouts spread like crazy.
August 15, 2013 |
A hacker group briefly took control of portions of the Washington Post, Time and CNN websites on Thursday after breaking into an article recommendation service used by the news outlets. The Syrian Electronic Army took credit for the breach, with one member telling the Daily Beast that its ongoing assault on news websites is part of a campaign to call out Twitter for repeatedly shutting down the army's account. The member said the group has opened up its 16th Twitter account . The SEA posted screen shots showing that it had entered an administration portal for Outbrain, an article recommendation service that sends visitors to websites by recommending their content at the bottom of online articles of big publishers such as the Post.
July 25, 2013 |
At least 2 million people received the email May 16 notifying them that an order they had just made on "Wallmart's" website was being processed, though none of them had done any such thing. Still, thousands of people clicked on the link in the email, taking many of them to a harmless Google search results page for "Walmart. " Others weren't so fortunate. The link led to the invisible download of malware that covertly infected their personal computers, turning them into remotely controlled robots for hackers, according to email security firm Proofpoint Inc. These sorts of "phishing" attacks are not only becoming more common but also are getting more lethal, with fake emails becoming harder to distinguish from real ones.