Aug 16, 2016

Russian whistleblower Stepanova switches residences

The Russian runner who blew the whistle on Russia’s doping scandal fears for her safety and has switched residences after hackers breached a database that records her whereabouts. Yulia Stepanova and her husband, Vitaly, spoke up about a state-run doping system in Russia that ...

Aug 13, 2016

WADA, CAS are target of hackers

The World Anti-Doping Agency and Court of Arbitration for Sport said they have been targeted by hackers, with an attempt made to obtain access credentials for the database which tracks athletes for drug testing. WADA said it learned “this week,” during the Rio Olympics, ...

Bangladesh Bank heist used compromised SWIFT software

Apr 25, 2016

Bangladesh Bank heist used compromised SWIFT software

The attackers who stole $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank probably hacked into software from the SWIFT financial platform that is at the heart of the global financial system, said security researchers at British defense contractor BAE Systems. SWIFT, a cooperative owned by ...

Mar 23, 2016

Ransomware threat growing, aimed at more soft targets

Hackers are stepping up efforts to turn their exploits into cold cash, locking a user’s data unless a ransom is paid, a report found Tuesday. In the fourth quarter of 2015, so-called ransomware increased 26 percent quarter-over-quarter, according to Intel Security. One single ransomware ...

Feb 3, 2016

U.S. to rework arms control rule on exporting hacker tools

The U.S. government is rewriting a proposal under arms control rules from 20 years ago to make it simpler to export tools related to hacking and surveillance software since they are also used to secure computer networks. The White House said it supports making ...