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Google Has Eyes on You…

You know that little feature on your smartphone where you can turn off location history? Yeah, well, turns out that’s not the only way Google can track you. According to researchers at Princeton University, there are plenty of other ways that Google can keep its eyes on you, even if you’ve turned location services off for maps. It’s […]

Aussie Teen Hacks Apple’s Servers

If you know anything about Apple, you know that the world’s first trillion dollar company prides itself on being virtually un-hackable. Well, last week there was a little hiccup for the normally tight security in Cupertino. More accurately, the embarrassing hack came from Down Under, and at the hands of a 16-year old high school student nonetheless. Insert Tim […]

Water Heater Hacks

When we talk about cybersecurity doomsday scenarios, bad guys breaking into the brain of the electrical grid (think Luke Skywalker targeting the reactor core of the Death Star) is usually near the top of the list. In reality, researchers have painted a much less sophisticated scenario for taking down the grid. Experts have estimated that hackers using botnets to commandeer just 1% of […]

Hacking at the PGA

Well, it turns out, Phil Mickelson wasn’t the only one hopelessly hacking away at the PGA (Professional Golfer’s Association) Championship. Last week, the PGA released the news that hackers had seized some of it’s digital assets, including marketing materials to be used for the 100th PGA Championship over the weekend. When they powered up their computers on Tuesday morning, Team […]

Cyber Holes in the Electrical Grid

We know that nothing is entirely safe from malicious hackers, but few things are as delicate and important as the electrical grid. A recent test by researchers at Cybereason revealed just how fast industrial control systems (ICS) can be compromised. The company set up a fake power transmission substation, known as a honeypot, and then lured would-be hackers. It […]

Pacemakers Infected With Malware!

Imagine a world political leader taking the stage at a major UN event. The lights come up and everyone quiets down as the speaker prepares to address the crowd. Then, just as he begins, he clutches his chest, doubling over and then falling to the ground, as his artificial pacemaker delivers a fatal shock to his […]

The Billion Dollar Heist

Last week, a bit of sweet justice was dished out when three members of one of the world’s most notorious cybercrime organizations were indicted and charged with 26 felony counts. These guys, all from the Ukraine, were accused of bilking over a billion dollars from banks across the world over the last five years. They also stole […]

You Said What on Reddit?

If you’ve never heard of Reddit, just ask your teen about it. It’s basically an online news aggregator and discussion platform. Oh, and it gets over 600 million visits ever month. So yeah, it’s kind of a big deal that last week, a hacker (likely a ticked-off user) managed to hack into it’s system via […]

Your Device is Now Paired…And Hacked

Over the past year, several kinda big hacks have reminded us that bluetooth technology isn’t exactly hacker-proof. At all. Last week, yet another bluetooth hacking technique has been uncovered. The new bluetooth device vulnerability was found in some big brands including Apple, Intel and Qualcomm and the tech-wizards are still testing Google, Android and Linux. Apparently, […]

Remote Access on Voting Machines???

This is a big one. The idea of installing modems and any sort of remote-access software into voting machines is about the worst idea since, well, ever. But that’s precisely what the nation’s top voting machine vendor did for nearly a decade. That’s right. Over a period of six years, Election Systems & Software manufactured and sold […]