According to a new quarterly report from McAfee, Android has now soared to the top as the most targeted platform for malware. In only three months time, Android has gone from third most attacked platform to the first. Another recent report from Lookout claimed a similar upward climb in Android malware infected apps.
Hardware company Samsung today has been revealed to have acquired one of the single most notorious names in Android modification, that being Steve Kondik, aka "Cyanogen" of CyanogenMod 7. For those whose life in the after-hours of their day is hacking and pushing their Android devices to the limits, this news has the potential to be much bigger than Google's early morning acquisition of Motorola. How exactly this will affect how Samsung will operate is not yet known - the next most important question, about what's going to happen to CyanogenMod now that Cyanogen himself is working for Samsung, we've got a bit more insight on that side of the situation.
Hackers attacked the Hong Kong Stock Exchange this week and forced the exchange to stop trading on some of the largest stocks it handles. The attack was on a website run by the exchange that tells traders about company announcements. The attack forced the site to be shut down and seven companies that were to make announcements that day were suspended from trading for half a day as a result.
It appears very likely now that the original call to action for what was (and still possibly is) called "Operation Facebook" is now being disowned by a large number of members of the famous hacker group. If you'll take a look at the monstrously popular Anonymous Vows Facebook Destruction post from late night Tuesday, you'll find the original release as created by a very real member of the collective, but this newest set of information confirms that the entirety of the Anonymous collective may not agree with the proposed action.
It's time again for us to hear from Anonymous, that rather well-known yet hacker group whose members remain largely, well, anonymous. The announcement made today makes clear that whichever member(s) of the hacktivist group have created said call to action are preparing to take down Facebook, one of the most popular and well-traveled social networks and indeed websites on the internet. Of course, as with all "Anonymous" messages, only time will tell if this announcement is "real", "fake", or just a message made by a single "member" of Anonymous to rally the rest of the "real" Anonymous troops. This message makes reference to several past news releases tying Facebook to the sharing of "private" user information and notes that Facebook is the antithesis of the AntiSec cause.
In an effort to continue their reign of hacking news supremacy, both LulzSec and Anonymous have claimed responsibility for a 10 gigabyte file containing social security numbers, credit card details, and vast amounts of police files including emails and confidentially sent tips on crimes. This information comes from more than 70 so-called "small-town" law enforcement agencies. Both hacking groups say they want to show solidarity with with Topiary and the Anonymous PayPal LOIC defendants as well as others - Topiary being the supposed name of one Jake Davis, a teen suspected of working with LulzSec to illegally hack several institutions.
A fellow by the name of Sanford Wallace, otherwise known as one of the "Spam Kings", has been charged with 11 federal criminal counts, these counts related to 27 MILLION unsolicited SPAM messages sent via Facebook servers. FBI officials note that Wallace received "substantial revenue" for this so-called "scheme" in which 500,000 Facebook users accounts were compromised. As of August 7th, 2011, Wallace has turned himself into authorities, has pled not guilty, and is free on a $100,000 bond while he faces more than 40 years in prison for his alleged crimes. Lulzsec and Anonymous have been unavailable for comment.*
I don’t get why someone would want to spend the time creating a method of hacking something as important and life sustaining to some people as an insulin pump. To diabetics that rely on the insulin pump for their lives hacking it and changing the dose of insulin could kill them. At the Black Hat Security conference a man named Jay Radcliffe showed off this hack. He is a diabetic and depends on an insulin pump and a glucose monitor to live. Radcliffe says that he has reverse-engineered the proprietary wireless communication system between the glucose meter and the pump.
With some high profile arrests in hacking cases lately it appears that Anonymous might be working on a new attack tool that makes it less likely that the attackers can be caught. The DDoS tool that anonymous is using in its attacks now is called LOIC. The new tool is apparently called #RefRef and the new tool attacks with new weapons.
The teenage LulzSec hacker arrested by British police last week has been released on bail this morning, despite investigations discovering the personal details of 750,000 individuals on computers seized from his home. Jake Davis, who is believed to be LulzSec spokesperson Topiary, was granted bail after the judge took into account his age, clean record and the "considerable shock" of his arrest and the media's reaction to it, The FT reports. Davis appeared at the court in London wearing Neo-style sunglasses and clutching a copy of Free Radicals: the Secret Anarchy of Science.