It was an unfortunate weekend for a handful of celebrities, with an unknown hacker on 4chan posting a plethora of photos -- some explicit -- of various well-known individuals in exchange for Bitcoin. Details on how, exactly, this individual came to acquire the content isn't yet known, but many have been quick to peg Apple's iCloud as the source.
This week white hat hacker Ben Caudill has revealed the identity of a friend in the app Secret. He’s done this with a simple method that allows him to identify the Secrets (generally anonymous) posted by those he has on his contacts list. While this may seem like a death-bell for the app that prides itself on anonymity, it’s all par for the course.
Did your package arrive on time? If so, you can possibly thank UPS. If your identity was recently compromised, you might be able to thank them for that, too. A new report suggests UPS is looking into a possible data breach, just like the one we’ve seen several retailers suffer lately.
Scientists are working on a method for controlling moths electronically. Yeah — moths. By attaching electrodes to the back of a moth, scientists hope to control its flight. Though the immediate use-case that comes to mind might be “trolling cats”, it seems there is much more sound reasoning for wanting an army of moth drones.
The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, regulator of the nation's use of nuclear materials and commercial power plants, was compromised three times in as many years, according to a report from Nextgov. Two of the hacks are said to have resulted from someone(s) abroad, while the third responsible party has not yet been identified.
You’d expect your information to be secure with a health provider — but you might be wrong. Community Health Systems (CHS) reports they’ve had roughly 4.5 million patients who have had their information compromised. Though personal data was obtained in the hack, no medical records were accessed.
There’s a malicious group of tricksters out there this week with the same game as they’ve had for several years. They suggest you’ll be able to change the color and/or layout of your Facebook homepage, you agree to their terms, and they steal your information. We implore you to let all of your Facebook friends know - DO NOT FALL FOR THIS TRICK.
Hey, today is World Cat Day — did you know that? To celebrate (not really), one proud cat owner outfit his feline with a special collar, giving it the special power of hacking. Finding hackable WiFi passwords was the order of the day, done by using an age-old hack. Busy at work (you know, between naps and chasing birds, when it has time), the cat found that a lot of us aren’t well guarded, digitally speaking.
Nissan and Chrysler are both reviewing assessments made by security researchers who deemed their vehicles the "most hackable". General Motors also had a vehicle included on the list, but it hasn't made any statements on the matter. This comes ahead of the planned Black Hat conference where the researchers will present their findings.
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.