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Most infosec pros agree that few Hollywood films or TV shows have gotten hacking as "right" as USA's Mr. Robot. The show's creator, Sam Esmail, told Engadget, "The hacker side of it actually was a combination of my frustration with the way hacker culture and tech culture was represented in Hollywo...

August 29th 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: An MIT group built a 3D printer that extrudes glass rather than plastic; they believe the technology could be used to make cheaper fiber optic cables. Chatroulette users were treated to a surprise live first-person shooter game that pitted them against creepy zombie...

August 22nd 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Impact Team, the hacking collective that recently made headlines by absconding with the personal data of some 37 million customers, has made good on previous threats to release the information. On Tuesday, the group dumped 9.7 GB worth of data onto the Dark Web, a semi-anonymized corner of the Int...

August 18th 2015 at 6:46pm 0 Comments
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Reuters reports that a pair of former employees have accused Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs of building malware to trick its competition into flagging and quarantining important, non-viral, files on customers' computers. Basically the malware would inject malicious bits of code into important PC file...

August 14th 2015 at 7:20pm 0 Comments
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Having outgrown the odiferous corridors of the Rio, hacker conference Def Con entered this year by relocating to Bally's Hotel and Casino -- a venue described to me, in turns, by a Mandalay Bay hairdresser as "a shithole," a taxi driver as "a punishment" and a Mandarin Hotel bar waitress as "total...

August 14th 2015 at 5:10pm 0 Comments
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Immobilizers are supposed to kill a vehicle's engine to prevent it from being stolen. However, a trio of researchers recently released a study that reveals the Megamos immobilizer system used by more than two dozen car manufacturers -- including Volkswagen, Porsche and Honda -- can be cracked with...

August 14th 2015 at 1:44pm 0 Comments
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In a ballroom in Bally's Vegas casino, kids are lined up on either side of a table with soldering guns melting metal to metal. Their small hands deftly join LED to circuit board, while a few feet away other children are learning the basics of developing. In the back of the room, a group of childre...

August 13th 2015 at 3:15pm 0 Comments
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The phrase I saw and heard over and over again while talking to other journalists and security researchers about the Def Con hacker convention was "hostile environment." Not physically hostile; the attendees and staff were extremely nice. The hostility was digital. The hackers and security researc...

August 11th 2015 at 5:34pm 0 Comments
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The Wall Street Journal reports that federal prosecutors are set to unseal charges Tuesday against nine hackers and stock traders involved in an insider trading operation that netted more than $30 million on illicit deals. The group to be charged allegedly had been conducting sophisticated cyber-a...

August 11th 2015 at 1:17pm 0 Comments
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You probably don't think about thieves when you unlock your car, but Samy Kamkar certainly does. The security researcher known for his droll (and scary) hacks has created a device called "Rolljam" that cracks the wireless entry systems used by car- and garage-door makers. He demonstrated it at Def...

August 10th 2015 at 3:22am 0 Comments
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A couple of weeks ago the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff suddenly shut down its unclassified email network for all users, but didn't say why beyond citing "suspicious activity." Now, anonymous sources and unnamed government officials have told NBC and The Daily Beast that investigators believe t...

August 7th 2015 at 4:46pm 0 Comments
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Macs have typically been heralded as the more secure of the two main operating systems. But according to researchers, at the firmware level, that's not necessarily true. Ahead of their 'Thunderstrike 2: Sith Strike' Black Hat presentation, Xeno Kovah, Trammell Hudson and Corey Kallenberg demonstra...

August 3rd 2015 at 7:53pm 0 Comments