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 ...

Aug 2, 2015

Smart gadgets, from guns to cars to kettles, are ripe for hacking

Hackers are not just after your computer: connected devices from cars to home security systems to sniper rifles are now targets for actors looking to steal or cause mischief. The rapid growth in the “Internet of Things” has opened up new opportunities for cyberattacks ...

Jun 22, 2015

Hackers ground 1,400 LOT passengers at Warsaw

Around 1,400 passengers of the Polish airline LOT were grounded at Warsaw’s Chopin airport on Sunday after hackers attacked the airline ground computer systems used to issue flight plans, the company said. The computer system was hacked in the afternoon and fixed after around ...