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 ...

Oct 29, 2015

Narita Airport operator files claim over cyberattack

Narita International Airport Corp. has filed a claim with police about a suspected cyberattack that made access to its official website difficult, officials of the airport operator said Thursday. The Chiba Prefectural Police Department accepted the claim on Oct. 22 over the alleged fraudulent ...

Police probe if Ashley Madison hack spurred extortion-linked suicides

Aug 25, 2015

Police probe if Ashley Madison hack spurred extortion-linked suicides

The hacking of the cheating website Ashley Madison has triggered extortion crimes and led to two unconfirmed reports of suicides, Canadian police said Monday. The company behind Ashley Madison is offering a 500,000 Canadian dollars ($378,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of ...

Uber badges, coveted by hackers, glow radioactive at Def Con

Aug 10, 2015

Uber badges, coveted by hackers, glow radioactive at Def Con

The uber badge awarded to champion hackers at Def Con here in Las Vegas has a certain glow. That’s because it’s radioactive. Uber badges, once known as black badges, promise free lifetime admission to annual Def Con conferences and are coveted prizes sought by ...