Last week, the UK telecom TalkTalk was hit with a cyberattack, and a short while later it revealed that a ransom had been made by an individual claiming to be behind the hack. The cyberattack was described as being “significant and sustained,” though later on it stated the attack wasn’t as bad as previously feared. Now a teenager has been arrested by law enforcement in Northern Ireland in connection to the cyberattack.
PCs, smartphones, and tablets are fair game to hackers these days. And we've also started to see cars with sophisticated infotainment systems and controls also getting hacked. But how about the innocent little whose sole purpose is to keep your body healthy? Well, now they're getting hacked as well. And worse, they might be used to make other computers unhealthy. Fortinet researcher Axelle Apvrille reveals that the Fitbit is one such wearable that easily succumbs to a hack in just 10 seconds and can then spread the malware to computers it syncs with.
Although they haven't become the widespread and always used features they were meant to be, voice controlled virtual assistants like Siri, Google Now, or Cortana can be found in almost every mobile device in the market. In some cases, they are even enabled by default. While convenient and useful, this may lead to some serious security and privacy issues, as some researchers from the French government agency ANSSI have discovered. They have come across a way to call Siri and Google Now into action with neither user nor hacker uttering a single word.
The Dow Jones has revealed that it recently suffered a data breach, with its customer data being targeted. About 3500 customers have been affected as a result of the hack; the compromised data includes contact information and bank card details. Says the company, it does not have evidence that the data was stolen, only that it was compromised. Customers potentially affected by this will receive a letter in the mail with further information.
This past Friday, Scottrade announced that it had suffered a data breach potentially affecting millions of users. The breach happened some time between the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, possibly affecting users who opened an account before February of last year. In a statement, the company revealed that it appeared only contact data was targeted in the breach — names and home addresses, namely. Concerns abound that the hackers may use the stolen data to manipulate stocks.
The names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and more of fifteen million T-Mobile credit applicants have been stolen, the carrier has confirmed today. The hack focused on the servers of consumer credit agency Experian, which had stored credit assessment data of customers applying for service with T-Mobile between September 1, 2013 through September 16, 2015.
Hilton Worldwide Holdings announced over the weekend that it is probing whether some of the restaurants and gift shops at Hilton properties in the United States were compromised by hackers. If that turns out to be the case, Hilton will be the latest in a growing number of business affected by security breaches. Target, most notably, was hit with a massive security breach that left the financial details of many customers compromised, an issue that is still being ironed out many months later.
Our houses are getting smarter, with new fangled connectivity to the Internet and our smartphones and new fangled remote controls. But what if your needs were simply to comfortably watch your favorite Netflix shows in the dimmed coziness of your living room? What if you happened to be a tinkerer with some spare tools and chips around? What if you wanted pizza to go with that? If you answered yes to all of those, or maybe even just the first two, then the Netflix Switch might be perfect for you.
The PlayStation TV, or PS Vita TV in some markets, may not be one of Sony's most loved gaming hardware. Although it bears the name and some of the traits of the PS Vita, it is a set-top box more than a handheld. Even more, despite being compatible with a number of PS Vita games, the mini console doesn't support more, even those that perhaps make sense on the device. Fortunately, thanks to a simple hack posted on HackInformer, some of those games and apps might not be available for the PS TV.
Wireless NAS or Network Attached Storage drives are a terribly convenient way of practically having your own little cloud, whether at home, at work, or even remotely. Given that they are not usually managed by security experts, they also become ripe targets for hackers. But sometimes, the manufacturers themselves make it almost too easy for criminals. Like some of Seagate's NAS devices for example, which can be easily broken into using nothing more than Telnet, a user name of "root", and a default hardcoded password.
Autonomous cars naturally rely on a variety of sensors in order to determine and navigate through its environment. Apparently, one of the most expensive sensors available can be foiled a a cheap, makeshift setup. Software security researcher Jonathan Petit demonstrated how a laser radar or lidar, specifically one from the IBEO Lux, could be tricked into seeing phantom cars, pedestrians, or walls, which could effectively paralyze the self-driving vehicle from moving or at the very least prevent it from being able to accurately analyze its surroundings.