Items tagged with Black Hat

Researchers appear to have found serious vulnerabilities in Mac laptops and desktops. Trammell Hudson at Two Sigma Investments and Xeno Kovah at LegbaCore are planning to discuss their discovery in detail at Black Hat USA 2015 in Las Vegas. The crux of their discovery: many of the same firmware vulnerabilities that plague PCs also exist in Macs. The researchers plan to prove the vulnerabilities on August 6th. Image credit: Apple   After discovering the firmware vulnerabilities, the researchers were able to create Thunderstrike 2, a proof-of-concept worm that can infiltrate Macs via their firmware.... Read more...
It doesn't matter what you invent, someone will figure out a way to use it for nefarious purposes. And so it goes with the Internet, a wonderful tool for connecting the world in ways that weren't possible prior to its inception, yet it's also provided a means for cybercriminals to steal large amounts of personal data at a time. Last year was particularly brutal, with several high profile attacks taking place, and this year it looks as though hackers are trying to rise from their underground hideouts and make themselves available for mainstream hire. Hackers List, which opened in November, is one... Read more...
Of all the hundreds of thousands of computer viruses, trojans, rootkits, and worms that have been written since 'Elk Cloner' first appeared in the wild in 1981, the overwhelming majority of them have targeted computer software. Attacking computer hardware directly isn't impossible now (and wasn't then), but it tends to be extremely difficult to pull off en masse. It is therefore a touch unusual to see security researcher Charlie Miller claiming that Apple batteries represent a security flaw. Miller will present his findings and provide a solution at the upcoming Black Hat conference, which runs... Read more...