Hacking

‘Honey Encryption’ foils hackers with false positive data

The key to beating hackers might not just lie in stronger security measures and ‘unbreakable’ passwords. Now, it seems like an element of trickery is required – almost beating hackers at their own game. Two independent security researchers have developed a system which they call ‘Honey Encryption’, which promises to make it harder for hackers

Whiter‑than‑white hats, malware, penalty and repentance*

I was recently contacted by a journalist researching a story about ‘hackers’ quitting the dark side (and virus writing in particular) for the bright(-er) side. He cited this set of examples – 7 Hackers Who Got Legit Jobs From Their Exploits – and also mentioned Mike Ellison (formerly known as Stormbringer and Black Wolf, among

China has “mountains of data” on U.S. cyber attacks, top official claims

A top internet security official in China has said that his organization has “mountains of data” on U.S. cyber attacks against the country. Huang Chengqing, the director of the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team Coordination Center of China (CNCERT), made the comments in the state-run China Daily newspaper, calling for greater cooperation between the two states on hacking.

Bush family e‑mails stolen in online attack

Several email accounts belonging to family members of former President George W. Bush were hacked and the contents made public, exposing private data, correspondence and personal photos, according to The Smoking Gun. The apparent hack affected email threads between several members of the Bush family, including both former U.S. Presidents. According to the report, the

Java vulnerability woes continue as Apple blocks access

The uncertainty around Java shows no sign of abating as Apple blocks all versions of Java on OS 10.6 and above through its anti-malware security applet, XProtect. This follows the blocking in all but name by Mozilla as it moved to end auto-loading of plug ins for the Firefox browser.

Australian Defence Force Academy attack exposes 20,000 user records

An attack on the Australian Defence Force Academy servers held at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) resulted in the loss of 20,000 user records. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald  the hacker, known as Darwinare, managed to break in and steal the records, including passwords and email addresses in a