Posts Tagged ‘hacking’

Spike DDoS toolkit details – frightening new DDoS botnet could potentially utilize Linux, Windows, and ARM IoT devices

// September 26th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Security researchers have discovered an unusual, and frightening, new toolkit capable of infecting not only Windows and Linux computers, but also routers and IoTs. Dubbed Spike, it has demonstrated DDoS attacks as high as 215 gigabit/second against targets in Asia and the United States. Spike toolkit interfaces discovered by Akamai used Mandarin and thus, it […]

400 Gbps DDoS attack on Monday smashes Spamhaus DDoS record

// February 11th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

CloudFlare announced late last night that a 400 Gbps DDoS attack against an unnamed entitym smashed the record set last year during the Spamhaus incident in which a sustained 300 Gbps attack was launched against a European organization who maintains a blacklist of spam-related ISPs. Effects from the attack were especially strong in Europe which […]

Target/Neiman Marcus POS hacks – point-of-sale malware attack vector not that complex after all

// January 17th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

In late 2013, two major retailers were hit with up to a half-dozen more major retailers exploited without even knowing it. In Target’s case, where credit and bank card data was collected from November 27, 2013 through December 15, 2013, 40 million credit card numbers were obtained by the hackers, impacting more than 70 million […]

Target retail stores hacked – 40 million credit and debit card holder impacted

// December 19th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

If you shopped at a Target store between November 27 and December 15, you might want to keep an eye on your credit card statements. Today, the retail chain acknowledged that a recent hack revealed the names, credit card numbers, expiration dates, and 3-digit security codes of “certain store customers”. Target said about 40 million […]

4chan provide XBox One backward compatibility hack – hack really bricks system instead

// December 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // Gaming

Ah, those crazy goofs at 4chan are at it again, this time convincing noobs, who were trying to unlock a magical ability to run older Xbox games on their new Xbox One consoles, to follow a specific set of procedures that, in the end, bricks their Xbox One consoles. Now Microsoft has its hands full […]

Evidence emerges suggesting hijacking of huge chunks of Internet traffic

// November 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Researchers from network intelligence firm Renesys published an assessment this week that documents dozens of distinct hijacking events within the last few months where huge chunks of Internet traffic were purposefully diverted through distant service providers leading them to speculate that the traffic may have been “surreptitiously monitored or modified before being passed along to […]

Syrian Electronic Army declares war on U.S. – hijacks President Obama’s Twitter and Facebook feeds

// October 28th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) is back in the news today, this time after tweets from the @BarrackObama Twitter account and posts to the President’s Facebook fan page contained links to SEA YouTube content. At this time it is not believed that the President’s Twitter nor Facebook page was hacked but rather SEA has gained […]

Family stunned to find hacked baby monitor taunting infant girl, calling her a “little slut”

// August 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

A Houston, Texas family was stunned this week when they entered their baby daughter’s room and heard the webcam, which they use to monitor the baby, taunting the small girl with insults and profanity. The couple said they walked in and heard the baby monitor say “Wake up Allyson, you little slut.” The couple say […]

Illuminati obsessed hacker – mysterious “Guccifer” entertains while outing prominent politicians and media personalities

// June 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

His screen name is a bit humorous – and a bit scary. Nobody knows where the Illuminati-obsessed hacker originates from (IP addresses originate from Russia but language appears to be distinctly American). And his hacking expertise is well worth noting, especially if you are a politician that has found yourself in his cross-hairs. Right now, […]

Corps of Engineers confirms that sensitive National Inventory of Dams (NID) database was hacked by Chinese

// May 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The Army Corps of Engineers has admitted that an unauthorized Chinese user has hacked the National Inventory of Dams (NID) database in January 2013 and that the attack was not discovered until sometime in April. There are about 8,100 major dams in the U.S., and the NID database has information about all of them, including […]

Differences in Chinese and Russian security philosophies and how the United States should counter

// April 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Technology

I enjoy hacking. The intrigue, digging through arcane protocol specs in order to discover some new architectural design flaw or idiotic programmer bug, and the excitement surrounding a mysterious hidden world that few are capable of experiencing, in my mind is akin to losing yourself deep in a software coding problem. I consider myself a […]

Huge number of WordPress bruteforce attacks reported in the wild

// April 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Security software firm Sucuri has announced the discovery of a massive WordPress brute force attack that is circulating in the wild. Analysis of security logs and monitoring via their operations center, has revealed a three-fold increase in WordPress bruteforce attacks over the past three months. The attacks are coming from a large number of IP […]

U.S. government gets even dopier with new Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) – really? [UPDATE]

// April 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

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The House Intelligence committee is currently working to amend the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) whose stated aim is to “help the U.S government investigate cyber threats and ensure the security of networks against cyberattack”. Yes, the government that has already proven they cannot protect its citizens from cybersecurity threats now wants to […]

Anonymous makes good on threats – takes control of several North Korea websites, Twitter, and Flickr accounts

// April 4th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

A few hours ago, Twitter and Flickr accounts belonging to a North Korean news agency have been hijacked by Anonymous just one day after they announced “war” against the North Korean government. The Twitter and Flickr accounts represent Uriminzokkiri (meaning “Our Nation”), a North Korean news and known propaganda site. The Twitter page, which has […]

Largest known cyber attack targeting Apple computers – vulnerable machines used to attack Facebook, Twitter

// February 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Apple announced yesterday (2/19/13) that hackers had infected Macintosh computers of employees using an exploit in Oracle’s Java software stack. The attack is largest known cyber attack targeting Apple computers. The malware is believed to have originated from an iPhone developer website and was later used to launch massive attacks against Facebook, Twitter, and “other […]

Federal Reserve announces breach of internal website by hackers

// February 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The Federal Reserve has openly stated that “one of its internal websites had been briefly breached by hackers, though no critical functions of the central bank were affected by the intrusion.” This comes after Anonymous announced via Twitter (@OpLastResort) that they had struck the Fed on Sunday accessing personal information, which included phone numbers, login […]