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Hacker claims planes can be hacked through on-board WiFi

Hacker claims planes can be hacked through on-board WiFi

Passenger airplanes are vulnerable to hackers because of their on-board WiFi, says security researcher Ruben Santamarta. According to Santamarta, he has come up with a way to compromise the communications equipment on passenger planes, a serious threat if it is determined to be true.

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Plane, Car hacks will be shown off at BlackHat conference

Plane, Car hacks will be shown off at BlackHat conference

One of the last things you want to hear is that your chosen mode of transportation can be hacked, but that’s what is on the docket at the BlackHat 2014 conference this week. Two hackers are set to show off their work, in which a plane and car can both be compromised using pretty standard hardware. In the case of air travel, it’s a potentially damaging incident.

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Rickmote Controller rickrolls all nearby Chromecasts

Rickmote Controller rickrolls all nearby Chromecasts

If you're using a Chromecast one day, only to have Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up video start playing on its own, you now know who to blame. Dan Petro has posted a write up over on the Bishop Fox blog detailing the Rickmote Controller, a DIY project that your Chromecast-using friends and neighbors likely won't find as amusing as you do.

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Google trying to end security exploits with Project Zero

Google trying to end security exploits with Project Zero

Stopping the black-hat hackers of the world is a tough proposition, but that’s Google’s newest aim. Project Zero, which was announced this morning by Google Security Engineer Chris Evans, aims to stop zero-day exploits by creating an open source platform. This new project also has no bounds, and won’t be limited to Google products.

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Boeing and others hacked for military data

Boeing and others hacked for military data

Boeing and other companies were the subject of a hacking effort by suspect Su Bin, who is said to have worked with two unnamed Chinese hackers in an effort to nab data on military projects. Details on the hacking surfaced Friday following a criminal complaint filed in Los Angles that was unsealed this past Thursday.

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Hack shows ‘smart’ lightbulbs may allow WiFi access

Hack shows ‘smart’ lightbulbs may allow WiFi access

When considering your connected home, one of the biggest concerns is how much you’ll end up spending. Those gadgets that link to your smartphone via apps can end up costing quite a bit, but a new hack shows a vulnerability that many hadn’t thought of. In the wrong hands, this workaround could have dire consequences.

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NullCrew hacker arrested for cyberattack conspiracy

NullCrew hacker arrested for cyberattack conspiracy

The Department of Justice has announced the arrest of a member of hacking collective NullCrew, Timothy Justin French. NullCrew is the self-proclaimed group behind some well-known cyberattacks, including some that resulted in the theft of data. French, who is 20-years-old, went by variations of the name "Orbit" and "crysis".

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What’s a DDoS attack? Zombies, shopping help explain it all

What’s a DDoS attack? Zombies, shopping help explain it all

There has been a lot of news today about DDoS; Feedly went down, and at the time we publish this article, still is. Those types of attacks happen often, and can cause some major headaches. What are they, though? Are you at risk if it happens? We explain DDoS in layman's terms to help you understand a bit about what’s going on.

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You should know about this malware exploit before buying a Smart TV

You should know about this malware exploit before buying a Smart TV

A new exploit in Smart TVs has been discovered, which affects various smart TVs and allows a would-be hacker to potentially exploit your entire system. The threat lasts as long as you use an affected app, but once the malware is placed, the app itself is compromised. Called a “Red Button Attack”, the vulnerability is already widespread in Europe, and could be working its way to the US and other territories.

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WhatsApp issue leaves messages vulnerable

WhatsApp issue leaves messages vulnerable

WhatsApp has been big news in 2014 with the company purchased by Facebook in what will be one of the biggest deals of the year. Facebook plunked down $19 billion for WhatsApp spending more to acquire the app than NASA has for its 2014 budget.

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Hijacked Twitter vanity handle returned to owner

Hijacked Twitter vanity handle returned to owner

Some people have an unhealthy attachment to their Twitter accounts, but for Naoki Hiroshima, it was a matter of tens of thousands of dollars. With no exact explanations given, his precious @N handle which was extorted from him last month, was finally restored to his custody.

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University of Maryland hacker nabs SS# trove

University of Maryland hacker nabs SS# trove

In a statement on the university's website today, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh revealed a security breach resulting in hundreds of thousands of compromised social security numbers, as well names, university IDs, and dates of birth. Calling it a "sophisticated computer security attack," Loh stated all relevant parties that have been issued a university ID since 1998 are at risk.

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