Hacking News, Articles and Updates

Pranksters deface 'Despacito,' other popular YouTube videos

A group of cyber pranksters defaced an array of some of the most popular YouTube music videos by changing titles and thumbnail images on the singer's VEVO accounts.

Hack the State Department bill introduced

Two congressmen have introduced a bill that would create a bug bounty program to challenge ethical hackers to find cyber weaknesses in the State Department.

Shadow Brokers' NSA data dump offers up more revelations

A group of Hungarian researchers found that the National Security Agency (NSA) was able to scan for and track nation-state threat groups when NSA workers were conducting operations inside other country's systems.

Mueller may be preparing charges against DNC hackers

Citing current and former officials in government, NBC News said the charges, like those recently filed against Russian nationals involved in an influence campaign meant to impact the 2016 presidential election, would draw from intelligence provided by agencies that are part of the U.S. intelligence community.

Hacking initial coin offerings leading to the loss of millions in cryptocurrency

Initial coin offerings (ICO) are losing about 10 percent of all ICO funds generated to cyberattack due to poor security as malicious actors take advantage of the absence of a centralized authority, blockchain transaction irreversibility and information chaos that presides over this sector.

Mueller's team includes cyber expert

Dickey is the first of Mueller's expanding, expert team who focuses exclusively on cybersecurity.

Aspen Cyber Strategy Group holds inaugural meeting to tackle cybersecurity issues

The organization is chaired by IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty, Rep. Will Hurd, and former White House Homeland Security Advisor Lisa O. Monaco.

Washington, D.C. police computers used by two Romanians to operate ransomware campaign

The U.S. Secret Service has filed a complaint against two Romanian nationals for compromising more than 100 Washington, DC police computers that helped operate the city's camera surveillance network in order to spread ransomware.

Congressional members demand election hack briefing by FBI and DHS

In the latest instance of what has become a regular occurrence, many members of the House of Representatives have requested more information regarding the security of America's electoral system.

British MPs push May to block Lauri Love extradition

Over a one-year period, Lauri Love allegedly exploited vulnerabilities in Adobe ColdFusion and carried out SQL injection attacksto hack government databases with unnamed co-conspirators in Australia and Sweden.

UK cyber chief fingers Russia for cyberattacks

The UK's GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) head accused Russia of having staged attacks on critical infrastructure and other sectors in the past year.

Hacking back bill gains sponsors in the House

The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (H.R. 4036) is gathering additional bipartisan support with seven House members signing on as co-sponsors.

Cybersecurity firm builds drone-based attack platform

An Arizona cyber research firm has developed an aerial drone that can be used to land on a roof and then hack into a network inside the building.

Dark Overlord threatens to release plastic surgery images of royals, celebrities

The Dark Overlord cybergang has at least temporarily moved away from attacking school districts and has turned back to threatening to release celebrity private information by hacking a London, UK plastic surgery firm.

Bill legalizing hacking back introduced in the House

Reps. Tom Graves, R-Ga., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., today introduced the Active Cyber Defense Bill which if passed would give individuals and companies hit with a cyberattack the legal authority to hack back against their assailant.

Former Congressional IT pro Awan wiped phone before FBI arrest

Imran Awan wiped his iPhone just hours before the FBI arrested him at Dulles Airport as he waited to board a flight to Pakistan.

Secret Service nixes personal mobile devices in West Wing after Kelly hack

Hackers likely made their way into the personal mobile phone belonging to Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly last December.

FBI does not have to reveal San Bernardino shooter iPhone hacking vendor

A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not have to reveal the vendor it hired nor the price paid to access to the iPhone 5C used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Malik and his wife Tashfeen.

Avast narrows down probable location of CCleaner attacker

Avast continued to reveal further details surrounding the cyberattack that placed a backdoor in its free computer maintenance app, CCleaner. The company now believes the attack originated from a country located in the UTC + 4 or UTC + 5 time zones.

FireEye ties APT33 to Iran and attacks on U.S., Saudi interests

FireEye has tied the hacking of several U.S., Saudi Arabian and South Korean aerospace and petrochemical to an Iranian cyber group it has labeled APT33.

Equifax hackers likely in network since March

The hackers, who exploited a vulnerability in Apache Struts, reportedly accessed the Equifax network by obtaining a user name after typing the "Whoami" command on one of the company's servers.

Avast execs explain CCleaner cyberattack

Avast executives today attempted clarify and mitigate the public relations damage done when its CCleaner computer maintenance app was discovered to have exposed 2 million users by saying the malware was likely injected prior to Avast's purchase of CCleaner and that to their knowledge no harm came to anyone.

Sens. Graham, Gillibrand look to establish a committee to examine 2016 election hacking

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, and Lindsay Graham, R-SC, introduced legislation that would create a 9/11-style commission that would investigate the cyberattack that took place during the 2016 election.

Houston man sentenced to 27 months for hospital hack

A Houston man was sentenced to 27 months in prison for hacking into the Centerville Clinic computer system, disabling all administrative controls and using the health care facilities credit card to make purchases at Staples.

DDoS'd online poker site CEO contemplating posting reward to find attacker

The online poker site America's Cardroom was hit earlier this week with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack timed to disrupt a major tournament prompting the company CEO to consider putting a 10-bitcoin bounty out to discover if the attack was launched by a competitor.

'Doxagram' searchable database of pilfered info on Instagram users back up and running

Hackers, who exposed photos of Selena Gomez and other celebrities after exploiting a bug that Instagram has since said it fixed, initially aimed their scraper at accounts with one million or more followers but them expanded their efforts.

Election hacking might be more widespread than previously thought

Voting incidents in at least 21 states that Russian hackers tried to penetrate have not yet be subjected to a thorough digital forensics probe.

Trump Energy appointee Bradford steps down amid hacking claims controversy

Controversial Trump appointee William Bradford left his position at the Energy Department on Thursday.