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 ...

Jul 22, 2015

Security experts hack into, seize control of moving car

A pair of veteran cybersecurity researchers have shown they can use the Internet to turn off a car’s engine as it drives, sharply escalating the stakes in the debate about the safety of increasingly connected cars and trucks. Former National Security Agency hacker Charlie ...

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 ...

Jun 2, 2015

Pension system hack sparks worries over My Number initiative

The revelation that the nation’s pension system has been hacked on an unprecedented scale may affect ongoing Diet deliberations on a bill to assign citizens individual numbers to improve social security management. The Japan Pension Service said during a hastily arranged news conference Monday ...

Apr 24, 2015

Carter: Russian hackers infiltrated unclassified Pentagon network

Russian hackers were able to access an unclassified Pentagon computer network earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Thursday. “We quickly identified the compromise and had a team of incident responders hunting down the intruders within 24 hours,” Carter said during ...

Tokyo cybersecurity contest draws hackers from around the world

Feb 7, 2015

Tokyo cybersecurity contest draws hackers from around the world

A cybersecurity competition began Saturday in Tokyo, with organizers aiming to show off the skills of young Japanese hackers by testing them against international rivals. The final rounds of the Security Contest 2014 (SECCON) brought together 90 participants in 24 teams from seven nations ...