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 ...

Feb 17, 2015

Cyberattacks detected in Japan doubled to 25.7 billion in 2014

The number of computer attacks on government and other organizations detected in Japan doubled in 2014 from the previous year to a record 25.66 billion, a government agency said Tuesday. The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology used around 240,000 sensors to detect ...

Feb 15, 2015

Over 100 banks hit by sophisticated cyberattack: report

A sophisticated global cyberattack struck more than 100 banks in 30 countries stealing hundreds of millions of dollars, The New York Times reported Saturday. Citing a soon to be released report from computer security company Kaspersky Lab, the newspaper said the attack involved malicious ...

Hackers can get into most 'connected cars'

Feb 14, 2015

Hackers can get into most 'connected cars'

by Rob Lever

Virtually all “connected cars” on the road are vulnerable to hackers who could steal data or gain control of the vehicle, a report from a U.S. senator said Feb. 9. The report prepared by the staff of Senator Ed Markey said the wireless connectivity ...

Visa to fight fraud with apps

Feb 14, 2015

Visa to fight fraud with apps

The days of calling your bank to tell them that yes, you really are in Thailand and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs may be coming to an end. The payment-processing company Visa will roll out a ...

Feb 13, 2015

Obama to encourage companies to share cyberthreat data

President Barack Obama is set to sign an executive order on Friday aimed at encouraging companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government and each other, a response to attacks like that on Sony Entertainment. The order sets the stage for ...