Jul 28, 2015

Android flaw gives hackers access with a text message

Cyber security firm Zimperium on Monday warned of a flaw in the world’s most popular smartphone operating system that lets hackers take control with a text message. “Attackers only need your mobile number, using which they can remotely execute code via a specially crafted ...

How Sony sanitized films to please China's censors

Jul 26, 2015

How Sony sanitized films to please China's censors


In a 2013 script for the movie “Pixels,” intergalactic aliens blast a hole in one of China’s national treasures — the Great Wall. That scene is gone from the final version of the sci-fi comedy, starring Adam Sandler and released by Sony Pictures Entertainment ...

Jul 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to prevent hacking

Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. just days after two hackers revealed that they took control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet. The company also disclosed in government documents that the hackers got ...

Cheats get cheated as pro-adultery website Ashley Madison is hacked

Jul 21, 2015

Cheats get cheated as pro-adultery website Ashley Madison is hacked

Millions of people who used an adultery facilitation website faced exposure Monday after a breach by hackers seeking to shut it down. Attackers said they had seized extensive data identifying users of the Ashley Madison site and would release it unless the Canadian company ...

Jul 17, 2015

United pays miles to hackers who spotted IT-system flaws

Two hackers have scored a million frequent-flier miles each on United Airlines for finding security holes in the airline’s computer systems. The awards were made under a security program that United started in May. Technology companies have offered so-called bug bounties, but they are ...

Jul 16, 2015

U.S. shuts down top English-language malware marketplace

Investigators have shut down what they call the world’s largest-known English-language malware forum, an online marketplace called Darkode where cybercriminals bought and sold hacked databases, malicious software and other products that could cripple or steal information from computer systems, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. ...

U.S. personnel agency chief resigns over massive data breach

Jul 11, 2015

U.S. personnel agency chief resigns over massive data breach

The chief of the U.S. federal hiring office resigned on Friday after massive computer hacks at the agency that put the personal data of more than 22 million Americans at risk, including people seeking sensitive security clearances. The White House said Katherine Archuleta stepped ...

Jul 8, 2015

Chinese parliament publishes draft cybersecurity law

China’s rubber-stamp parliament has published a draft cybersecurity law that consolidates Beijing’s control over data, with potentially significant consequences for internet service providers and multinational firms doing business in the country. The document, dated Monday but picked up by state media Wednesday, strengthens user ...