A radiology physicians group in New Hampshire has some explaining to do today after one of its servers was hacked by a group to play a nice online game of Call of Duty Black Ops. The problem for the medical company comes in that the server hosted private health information on 230,000 patients.
A system for turning trackerless BitTorrents into DDoS tools has been described at a hacker convention, potentially using peer swarms for inadvertent botnet-style cyberattacks. Hacker "Astro" revealed the process in a talk called "Lying to the Neighbours" earlier this week, whereby a decentralized DHT could be maliciously co-opted to target certain websites by overloading their servers.
It seems that the hacker group going by the name Anonymous may not have been as anonymous in their DDoS attacks leveled against perceived enemies of WikiLeaks as they thought. The hacker group ran a massive DDoS attack against a number of websites that stopped working with WikiLeaks after the site came under significant fire for posting government documents.
Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter let the world know that former members of the WikiLeaks staff have quit their former jobs (they got paid? weird!) to start a new site next week called Openleaks. Dagens Nyheter reports that their action is to be in protest of their former leader Julian Assange. Why? Dagens Nyheter reports an anonymous (not THE Anonymous) member of the new group as saying: "Our long-term goal is to build a strong, transparent platform to support whistleblowers, both in terms of technology and politics, while at the same time encouraging others to start similar projects."
We all know that just about anything with a computer can be hacked from ATM machines to smartphones. You probably also know that there are lots of computerized gear inside your average car today. What you might not have considered is that those computerized car systems are subject to hacks too.
About 100 customers who purchased vehicles from Texas Auto Center in Austin Texas found out the hard way that tech can affect their lives. The drivers had all purchased vehicles from Texas Auto Center that were fitted with remote systems that could disable the cars and make the horns honk uncontrollably.