Mar 10, 2015

CIA allegedly sought to hack Apple iPhones from earliest days

CIA researchers have worked for nearly a decade to break the security protecting Apple phones and tablets, investigative news site The Intercept reported Tuesday, citing documents obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The report cites top-secret U.S. documents that suggest U.S. government researchers had ...

Mar 10, 2015

South Korea activists plan to send 'Interview' to North

South Korean activists vowed Tuesday to sneak copies of Hollywood satire “The Interview” across the border by propaganda balloon later this month, in defiance of North Korea’s repeated threats. Up to 10,000 copies of the film — a comedy about a fictional CIA plot ...

Mar 9, 2015

NISC to begin hiring 'white hat' hackers in fiscal 2015

To cope with cyberattacks, the government plans to hire so-called white hat hackers who use their sophisticated techniques and knowledge to protect rather than destroy. The government will hire several private-sector computer experts in fiscal 2015, which starts next month. The government accepted applications ...

Mar 7, 2015

U.S. charges three in ring that stole 1 billion email addresses

Two Vietnamese citizens and a Canadian have been charged with running a massive cyberfraud ring that stole 1 billion email addresses, then sent spam offering knockoff software products, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. The Justice Department described the hacking spree as ...

CIA to make sweeping changes, focus more on cyberops

Mar 7, 2015

CIA to make sweeping changes, focus more on cyberops

The Central Intelligence Agency will make one of the biggest overhauls in its nearly 70-year history, aimed in part at sharpening its focus on cyberoperations and incorporating digital innovations, Director John Brennan says. Brennan told reporters he is creating new units within the CIA, ...

Stolen SIM card could be powerful spy tool

Feb 28, 2015

Stolen SIM card could be powerful spy tool

by Rob Lever

It would be another powerful tool in the arsenal of U.S. and British spy services: encryption keys for a large share of the SIM cards used for mobile phones. A report by the investigative news website The Intercept, citing leaked documents from former National ...

Feb 25, 2015

U.S. announces $3 million reward for alleged top hacker

The U.S. government has announced a $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest of a man American authorities call one of the world’s most prolific cyberhackers. Evgeniy Bogachev, who is believed to be in Russia, was indicted in Pittsburgh last year on ...

Feb 20, 2015

Hackers said to penetrate State Dept. email system

U.S. and private security experts are trying to expel unidentified hackers from the unclassified portion of the U.S. State Department’s email system, two officials familiar with the investigation said Thursday. The problem persists three months after the hackers were first discovered because the intruders’ ...

Feb 20, 2015

Lenovo shipped laptops preloaded with Superfish adware, experts say

Experts say Lenovo, the world’s biggest computer maker, shipped laptops with preloaded software that could let hackers steal passwords or other sensitive information when you use the Web to shop, pay bills or check email. Lenovo said Thursday that it has disabled the offending ...

Feb 18, 2015

North Korea's cybercapabilities not so good: Obama

North Korea’s cyberattack capabilities are actually not very good, according to an impromptu ranking by U.S. President Barack Obama. In an interview with the online site re/code published Tuesday, Obama used North Korea’s relative lack of electronic prowess to underscore how dangerous even less ...