Items tagged with hacks

According to security company Kaspersky Labs, hackers and cybercriminals are targeting gamers, with 11.7 million attacks on gamers in 2013 and some 4.6 million pieces of malware specifically designed to target them. Kaspersky says that’s about 34,000 attacks per day, on average. It’s perhaps not terribly surprising, though, as gaming enthusiasts present a growing attack vector. "Gaming has an ever-increasing fanbase, which also means that the number of potential victims for cyber criminals is rising as well,” said Christian Funk, Senior Virus Analyst, Global Research and Analysis... Read more...
If you’re responsible about managing passwords for your email and other online accounts, you’re probably juggling a bunch of memorized passwords or using software that stores them for you. The FIDO Alliance wants to make online passwords a thing of the past and have us providing our credentials via pluggable devices, thumbprints, and other easy methods. The Alliance has already reeled in some big names in the security industry who see a need for a widely-used authentication protocol for websites, and now it’s landed a particularly big fish: Microsoft is now on its board of directors.... Read more...
Following rumors that hacktivist collective Anonymous had breached the US Federal Reserve servers this past weekend comes word from the Fed itself to acknowledge that it did in fact happen. Despite the fact that Anonymous managed to leak information on some 4,000 banking executives, the Federal Reserve is down-playing the the incident due to fact that no truly sensitive information was among this (home addresses, for example) and nothing but that server itself was compromised. This acts as another wake-up call for those who are meant to keep these servers secure, however, because while the information... Read more...
Even as Sony continues to struggle with bringing the PlayStation Network (PSN) back online, there are rumours that credit card numbers gleaned in the attack are already available for purchase. According to Kevin Stevens, senior threat researcher at Trend Micro, various parties are already offering sections of the database up for sale. One unconfirmed report indicates that hackers, in a tremendous act of hubris (if little common sense) may have tried to sell the database back to Sony. Sony's Patrick Siebold stated that "there is no truth to the report that Sony was offered an opportunity to purchase... Read more...
It has only been a few days since the first shipments left the factory and there are already a number of hacks for the Apple TV device, from swapping out the hard drive to installing unsupported codecs. The game at Gizmodo have compiled a list of what they think are the top 5 hacks for Apple TV, complete with a video and explanations. "On the fence as to whether or not you should buy an Apple TV for your living room? Feeling a little constrained by the device's restrictions? From upping your unit's hard drive to getting it to run unsupported video... Read more...