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  • Samsung Galaxy S5 has a scary bug that could allow hackers to steal your fingerprints 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone has a scary bug that could potentially allow hackers to steal your fingerprints! Researchers at FireEye have discovered a flaw in the fingerprint scanner of Samsung's flagship device that could allow hackers to breach into the so-called 'trusted zone,' where the device stores your fingerprint...
  • Why Internet security conferences are the scariest events to attend 2 days ago

    San Francisco: A conference of Internet security experts is not for the faint of heart. Hallway chatter and keynote speeches are peppered with scary stories of increasingly sophisticated hackers siphoning off valuable personal and corporate data. In the words of one expert, the bad guys are outmaneuvering those charged with keeping the...
  • Can robots replace hackers? It's only a matter of time 5 days ago

    New Delhi: In the age of robotics and wearables, it is not hard to imagine a situation where the software is itself the hacker-malicious and unmalicious. But how close are we to the future where we have no human hackers? The US military's research arm, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency...
  • Security researcher jokes about hacking a plane, barred from boarding 5 days ago

    Washington: United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked. The researcher, Chris Roberts, attempted to board a United flight from Colorado to San Francisco to speak at...
  • Russian hackers used two unknown flaws in Windows, Flash to penetrate target machines 5 days ago

    San Francisco: A widely reported Russian cyber-spying campaign against diplomatic targets in the United States and elsewhere has been using two previously unknown flaws in software to penetrate target machines, a security company investigating the matter said on Saturday. FireEye Inc , a prominent US security company, said the espionage effort...
  • Sony's hacking problems aren't over: WikiLeaks creates searchable archive of hacked Sony documents April 17, 2015

    New York: Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet. Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year's crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online archive. It's the latest blow for the entertainment and technology company struggling to get past the attack,...
  • Hackers take down Google Malaysia home page April 15, 2015

    Kuala Lumpur : Internet users were denied access to Google Inc's Malaysia website on Tuesday, and were redirected to a hacked page saying "Google Malaysia Hacked by Tiger-Mate #Bangladeshi Hacker." The company has reached out to the organization that manages the domain name to resolve the issue, MYNIC, a Google...
  • A new security flaw in Microsoft Windows allows hackers to steal users' login credentials: Researchers April 14, 2015

    Seattle: Computer security researchers said they have uncovered a new variation on an old weakness in Microsoft's Windows operating system that could theoretically allow hackers to steal login credentials from hundreds of millions of PCs. The vulnerability, named 'Redirect to SMB' by security firm Cylance, is similar to one found in...
  • Chinese hackers snooping on India for a decade: Researchers April 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Hackers, most likely from China, have been spying on governments and businesses in Southeast Asia and India uninterrupted for a decade, researchers at internet security company FireEye Inc said. In a report released on Monday, FireEye said the cyber espionage operations dated back to at least 2005 and "focused...
  • Coding site GitHub faces denial-of-service cyber attack March 30, 2015

    New York: US coding site GitHub said on Sunday that it was deflecting most of the traffic from a days-long cyber attack that had caused intermittent outages for the social coding site, with the Wall Street Journal citing China as the source of the attack. "Eighty-seven hours in, our mitigation is...
  • Amazon-owned Twitch possibly hacked March 24, 2015

    Bengaluru: Amazon Inc's Twitch unit said on Monday there may have been unauthorized access to some of its user account information, according to the live streaming gaming network's official blog. Twitch said it had expired passwords and stream keys, and disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube to protect the users. As a...
  • Islamic State Hacking Division releases 'list' having information of 100 members of US military March 23, 2015

    A group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division released an apparent 'hit list' which it claims has the personal information of 100 members of the US military. The information posted online includes names, photos and purported addresses of military personnel who have taken part in US military campaigns in...
  • US defence dept. issues new acquisition rules for cyberattack-proof weapons March 23, 2015

    Washington: The US Defence Department is taking aggressive action to bolster the security of US weapons systems against cyberattacks, including issuing new rules for acquisitions that will be finalized in coming months, officials told Reuters. In addition to the acquisition policy, the department is producing a guidebook to help program managers...
  • Only 2 per cent of large British firms have insurance against cyber attacks: Report March 23, 2015

    London: Only 2 per cent of large British firms have separate insurance against cyber attacks and the number dwindles to nearly zero for smaller firms, the government said in a report on Monday. Responding to concern that companies are not protected against the risks of cyber attacks, which cost billions of...
  • Kolkata's first tech hackathon to see scores of techies brainstorm for 'smart India' concept March 21, 2015

    Kolkata: At least 100 computer programmers and innovators will brainstorm in the city's first technological hackathon to come up with ideas for a 'smart' India where devices could be controlled from a single source, an organiser said on Saturday. The 'Spark HACK' event organised by Jadavpur University seeks to give shape...
  • Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari - all major Web browsers hacked by security researchers March 21, 2015

    New Delhi: At the Hewlett-Packard Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) sponsored Pwn2Own hacking challenge, security researchers were able to exploit all major web browsers and take home a total of $240,000 in prize money. The second day of the event saw Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Apple Safari being...
  • Microsoft patches old Stuxnet bug, Freak vulnerability March 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Microsoft has finally fixed a five-year-old Stuxnet bug and the recently revealed Freak vulnerability that exposed Apple and Android browsers, and some Windows PCs to hack attacks. On Patch Tuesday, the company rolled out patches for varied issues along with releasing an advisory announcing that SHA-2 code signing support...
  • Cyber criminals use social media to cooperate with each other on executing major attacks March 8, 2015

    Kolkata: The rapid expansion of social media has enabled hackers to closely cooperate and group with each other to launch measured attacks, an industry expert said here on Saturday. "The cyber crime scenario is turning murkier day by day... and social media is providing a fantastic platform for these people (cyber...
  • Hackers steal 1 billion email addresses in spam software sale scheme March 8, 2015

    Atlanta: Computer hackers stole 1 billion email addresses from US marketing companies in what federal authorities Friday called one of the largest reported data breaches in US history. Three people were indicted on federal charges after they allegedly netted $2 million in commissions from millions of spam emails that routed recipients...
  • Apple, Android browsers vulnerable to 'Freak' attack due to weaker encryption March 4, 2015

    San Francisco: Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as "FREAK attack." There's no evidence so far that any hackers have exploited the weakness, which companies are now moving to repair....
  • European SIM maker confirms hacking by spy agencies NSA, GCHQ February 26, 2015

    The Hague: After an internal investigation, digital security company Gemalto has concluded that it had "reasonable grounds to believe" that it was hacked by US National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the Amsterdam-based company stated Wednesday. On February 19, 2015, news website The Intercept revealed that, based...
  • Lizard Squad hacking group defaces Lenovo website with goofy webcam selfies of teen February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: After the SuperFish controversy, Lenovo again got into trouble when hackers turned its official website into a teen's selfie slideshow. Lizard Squad, which is a hacking group, took over Lenovo's homepage and posted images of a teen with a funny haircut posing for the webcam and the song "Breaking...
  • NSA, GCHQ spies hacked mobile SIM card keys: Report February 20, 2015

    Washington: US and British intelligence services can tap into mobile voice and data communications of many devices after stealing encryption keys of a major SIM card maker, a report said Thursday. The report, from investigative website The Intercept, said the US National Security Agency and its British counterpart GCHQ obtained encryption...
  • NSA identifies North Korea as the source of the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment February 20, 2015

    Ottawa: The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) identified North Korea as the source of the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment after analyzing the software used in the intrusion, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers said on Thursday. Speaking to a Canadian security conference, Rogers explained that the discovery was part of...
  • Lenovo says new laptops won't come installed with controversial Superfish software that makes devices vulnerable to hacking February 20, 2015

    Beijing: China's Lenovo Group, the world's largest PC maker, said on Thursday it will no longer pre-install software that cybersecurity experts said was malicious and made devices vulnerable to hacking. Lenovo had come under fire from security researchers who said earlier on Thursday the company pre-installed a virus-like software from a...
  • Twitter CFO Anthony Noto's account hacked; fires off spam posts February 11, 2015

    San Francisco: An official Twitter account for the company's chief financial officer unleashed a barrage of spam posts on Tuesday in what may have been a hack or a glitch. Anthony Noto's account @anthonynoto for a brief time fired off terse, slangy missives inviting people to click on a link that...
  • Newsweek Twitter account hacked by pro-IS hacking group 'CyberCaliphate' February 11, 2015

    Washington: Newsweek's Twitter feed was briefly hijacked by hackers who displayed messages supporting the Islamic State group. The feed showed images similar to those from the hacking of the social media feed of the US Central Command last month. The account showed a picture of a hooded figure and the words "Cyber...
  • Beware, e-banking users! A new virus steals passwords, other personal information February 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Cyber security sleuths have alerted e-banking users in the country against the infectious and destructive activity of a "worm" virus which attacks and steals personal login secrets and passwords of an individual. The virus, of the deadly Trojan variant, has been identified and named as 'Cridex' and is considered...
  • Malaysia Airlines website hacked by group claiming support for ISIS January 26, 2015

    Hong Kong: Malaysia Airlines officials were struggling on Monday to restore the embattled carrier's website after it was hacked by a group proclaiming support for the militant Islamic State group. The airline's site was changed, at first displaying a message saying "404 - Plane Not Found" and that it was "Hacked...
  • Twitter, YouTube accounts of US military allegedly hacked by Islamic State backers January 13, 2015

    Washington: The Twitter and YouTube accounts for the US military command that oversees operations in the Middle East were hacked on Monday by people claiming to be sympathetic toward the Islamic State militant group being targeted in American bombing raids. "American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back, ISIS," the hackers...