On the one year anniversary of Edward Snowden’s public revelations of mass surveillance conducted by the U.S. National Security Agency we look back on the impact, even as we face the prospect of more revelations to come.
The hi-tech research wing of the US military DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) is to offer a $2 million prize offered for a fully automated defense system – a computer that defends itself without human intervention.
In an embarrassing breach of security, the passport numbers of members of the England Football squad have been accidentally tweeted out by the team’s official sponsor.
Last weekend saw the (somewhat anticipated) discovery of an interesting mobile trojan – the first spotting of a file-encrypting ransomware for Android by our detection engineers.
Convincing-looking emails where the victim is directed to click on a Dropbox link to download a supposedly unpaid invoice (and other classic phishing tricks) are circulating widely on the internet.
FBI names as “Most Wanted” the leader of cyber criminal gang based in Russia and Ukraine responsible for both GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker schemes, as law enforcement agencies crack down on cyber crime infrastructure.
It is perfectly possible to “hack” a car while it is driving on the road, seize control, and force the vehicle into a fatal crash, says a car security specialist – saying that the 100-or-so computers in “connected” cars are vulnerable to attack.
No one is too surprised to meet robots on the International Space Station – its Robonaut has posed for dozens of photos with astronauts – but a floating ball with an Android smartphone and multiple cameras aboard may turn heads.
In Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs, a man out for vengeance chooses an odd weapon – a smartphone. Loaded with deadly apps, he blows up power stations, wrecks cars and stops trains. But how close to reality is it?
Some users of Apple iPhones, iPads and Macs have been getting strange wake up calls and unsettling messages demanding a ransom for access to their devices. Now is the time to make your i-stuff is locked down, even if you don’t live in Australia.
Ex-employees often still have full access to the network of their previous employer, leaving the company open to “revenge attacks” – or just practical jokes.
Music streaming service Spotify has urged its Android users to upgrade to a new version of the app after “unauthorized access to our systems and internal company data” – but only one, unnamed person fell victim.
Pirates who have downloaded one of the most popular torrent files of this week’s big game release Watch Dogs – ironically, themed around computer hacking – found malware pilfering their virtual gold (well, Bitcoins).
Android users beware: a loophole in the mobile OS allows apps to take pictures without users knowing and upload them to the internet, a researcher has found.
Pentagon officials showed off a virtual reality battlefield, using the Oculus Rift motion-sensing 3D VR headset, which turns cyber attacks into 3D visions where defenders can “look around” using the gadgets’s built in accelerometers.