Somewhere in a small city in south central Russia, a group of men in their twenties have got away with what some are describing as one of the biggest cyber-heists in history.
Since a recent claim researchers could “uncloak” Tor users for less than $3,000, there has been a flurry of activity in the “anonymous” online service – but in the form of new adverts, new markets, and new security.
Victims of the notorious attack against Sony’s online gaming service and associated websites in 2011, which exposed details for up to 77 million subscribers, are to be offered $15m in digital goods as compensation.
Ebay’s online ticket resale service Stubhub fell victim to a cyber-scam where a “global gang” used 1,600 hacked accounts on the service and bought and resold tickets, laundering $1m through European banks.
Account hackers and thieves who loot magic weapons, armor and hard-won game currency from players in massively multiplayer titles such as World of Warcraft should face the same sentences as real-world thieves, a politician has suggested.
Given the ‘nightmare’ that is password management, is Microsoft right to say that it’s sometimes OK to re-use the same memorable password on several sites?
A new project aims to protect homes and small businesses from the security failings of Wi-Fi routers, a problem which has repeatedly hit the headlines over the past year.
A security researcher has built a remote control which hijacks any nearby Chromecast highlighting a Wi-Fi security issue, which allows an attacker to play a ‘surprise’ video on nearby gadgets.
A new smartwatch, Fidelys, aims to bring a new level of biometric security to our lives with an ultra-secure infrared iris-scanning camera – putting the fingerprint swipe pads of phones such as iPhone 5S and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 in the shade.
A flaw in PayPal’s two-factor authentication could allow attackers to gain access to up to 143 million PayPal accounts. The vulnerability affected users logging into PayPal via an app on their Android or iOS device, according to the Financial Times’ report.
The Wi-Fi network name and password for the security center at the World Cup were accidentally leaked online by a newspaper, and rapidly spread on social media, being retweeted more than 2,000 times.
Note-taking and archiving app Evernote has announced that its discussion forum has been hacked, compromising some users’ passwords, dates of birth and email addresses.
Even smartphone and tablet users who choose a four-digit PIN to protect their device are vulnerable to “shoulder surfers” glimpsing the code and using it later – but an older form of password could come to the rescue…
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.
Fernando Corbato, the MIT computer scientist widely credited with inventing the computer password, says that he and his colleagues could not foresee the World Wide Web from the early Sixties – and passwords have now become “kind of a nightmare.”
High-end Samsung phones could soon ship with a biometric scanner which puts fingerprint-swipe buttons (as seen in both Samsung and Apple’s flagship smartphones) in the shade, security-wise – an iris scanner.