Items tagged with Hacking

Would it truly be 2022 if we were not informed of at least one data breach each week? Sadly, no institution is safe from the hands of bad actors. Flagstar Bank recently disclosed that 1.5 million of its customers were impacted by a data breach. The data breach occurred between December 3rd and December 4th, 2021... Read more...
WhatsApp, the messaging app owned by Meta that employs the end-to-end encryption Signal Protocol, is massively popular worldwide. The app boasts more than 2 billion users, which is over a fourth of the world's population. Unsurprisingly, given the app’s popularity, scammers and hackers often target WhatsApp and its... Read more...
Cybersecurity experts are constantly trying to improve user account security. This task can be a difficult one when users don’t take basic steps to secure their own accounts. A recent report found that the most commonly used passwords among business executives are “123456” and “password.” However, even accounts... Read more...
Last month, we reported on a Chinese state-sponsored hacking group known as “Cicada” that was exploiting VLC Media Player to attack governments and infrastructure. According to security researchers, the hackers were able to access some victimized networks for as long as nine months before being discovered. Now... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported on Operation TOURNIQUET, a year-long coordinated effort by law enforcement agencies from seven different countries that culminated in the seizure of the hacking site RaidForums and the arrest of its founder and administrator, Diogo Santos Coelho. RaidForums functioned as the hub for the trade of... Read more...
It’s likely that some of your information has appeared on RaidForums at some point during the site’s seven year run. RaidForums was a popular hacking site where users shared data collected from breaches, leaks, and scrapes. According to the US Department of Justice, the databases on offer on RaidForums contained... Read more...
Running servers for a popular game can be a lot of hard work. Unfortunately, sometimes there are jerks out there who want to ruin the fun for others, though. Luckily, some developers take it in stride. Like the developers of Among Us, the popular social deduction game, who suffered a distributed denial of service... Read more...
Thousands of satellite modems are said to have been hacked during the onset of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, according to U.S. intelligence agencies. This information comes after President Biden warned U.S. businesses this past Monday of "evolving intelligence" that Russia is "exploring options" for potential... Read more...
As gas prices continue to rise, some shadowy figures are looking for "alternative" method to acquire fuel, whether legal or not. One such method, specifically hacking a gas pump, has led to the recent theft of 400 gallons of fuel at a High Point gas station in North Carolina. However, this is not the only incidence of... Read more...
The hacking group Lapsus$ (or "LAPSUS$") has been extra busy the past couple of weeks. First it breached NVIDIA and stole what it claims is 1TB of data, including what appears to be DLSS source code, and now it has plundered sensitive information from Samsung. Proprietary source code is involved there as well, Samsung... Read more...
More details continue to emerge regarding the hacking incident involving NVIDIA and a  group taking credit for the security breach, Lapsus (or "LAPSU$" as the entity prefers to stylize it). Days after the breach hit headlines, NVIDIA has confirmed the incident, noting that some proprietary information was indeed... Read more...
This week, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published a “Free Cybersecurity Services and Tools” webpage outlining what can be done for security incidents, intrusions, preparation, and resilience against cyberattacks. This is intended to be a “one-stop resource where organizations of all... Read more...
It seems Bowser always has Princess Peach locked up in another castle, and he really should be held accountable for that. There's also a real life Bowser linked to Nintendo, but in a much different way. His name is Gary Bowser, and he just received a 40-month prison sentence for his role in creating and selling... Read more...
Even with malware attacks against Linux on the rise, a major security vulnerability has somehow been lurking in every Linux distribution for a dozen years. Just hours after the bug became public, a proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit showed up in the wild. The problem lies within a system utility called Polkit, which... Read more...
To the casual observer, the world of cryptocurrency may seem like the modern version of the Wild West. It definitely doesn't help the optics when hackers infiltrate one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges, Crypto.com, and swipe $15 million worth of Ethereum, as a blockchain security and data analytics company... Read more...
When St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Josh Renaud reported a serious security problem with a State of Missouri website, he thought he was doing the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) a favor. Missouri Governor Mike Parson didn’t see it that way, and now wants to prosecute the journalist. In spite... Read more...
Criminal ransomware distributors have evolved dramatically over the past few years. Operators that were once splinter groups or lone individuals have become highly sophisticated and organized. Security experts say it’s not getting any better, either. Rather, some say we’re in the “golden era of ransomware” and 2022... Read more...
In something that would seem straight out of a spy flick, Rostec, a Russian tech company has introduced a USB Flash drive that can destroy its NAND flash memory chips -- and hence the data stored on them -- using a built-in detonator. Technodynamika, which apparently falls under the umbrella of Rostec, are the ones... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago a hacker managed to infiltrate Robinhood's network and access email addresses and full names for millions of customers. The person who is purportedly responsible has now listed the stolen data for sale on a popular underground forum where they are seeking a payday of at least five figures... Read more...
For at least the second time in 2021, hackers have breached Acer's servers, this time plundering more than 60 gigabytes of data. Acer has confirmed that names, addresses, and phone numbers belonging to several million clients have been compromised in the breach, as well as sensitive corporate financial and audit... Read more...
Ransomware attacks are on the rise, and it may feel like there is no recourse for many victims. A new law has been proposed in the United States by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Deborah Ross to attempt to address that, but with an added dilemma. The new law, the Ransomware Disclosure Act, would require... Read more...
This week has seen its share of headlines concerning data breaches and leaks. Late last night Twitch reported on its blog page that its data breach was "due to an error in a Twitch server configuration change that was subsequently accessed by a malicious third party.”" They went on to say that they are working with... Read more...
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