Items tagged with Hacker

What we have here is a data breach of major proportions that's been turned into data-napping, as well. According to a post on WikiLeaks, which you may recall is an online database of leaked documents, the hackers are asking for $10,000,000 to release 8,257,378 patient records and a total of 35,548,087 prescriptions. The hackers replaced the (more or less) secure site for the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program with the following ransom demand: "I have your sh*t! In *my* possession, right now, are 8,257,378 patient records and a total of 35,548,087 prescriptions. Also, I made an encrypted backup and deleted the original. Unfortunately for Virginia, their backups seem to have gone missing,... Read more...
And people wonder why we sometimes look askance at the future of the human race.Internet griefers descended on an epilepsy support message board last weekend and used JavaScript code and flashing computer animation to trigger migraine headaches and seizures in some users.The nonprofit Epilepsy Foundation, which runs the forum, briefly closed the site Sunday to purge the offending messages and to boost security."We are seeing people affected," says Ken Lowenberg, senior director of web and print publishing at the Epilepsy Foundation. "It's fortunately only a handful. It's possible that people are just not reporting yet -- people affected by it may not be coming back to the forum so fast." The... Read more...
Seventeen people ranging in age from seventeen to twenty-six have been rounded up by police in raids carried out in a dozen towns across Quebec. They're charged with participating in an international computer hacking ring. The hosers.Police raiding parties also sealed and carted away dozens of hard drives and other computer components from the homes of each of the suspects.This hardware is believed to contain the smoking guns -- a bonanza of incriminating data to document the alleged ring, said SQ Capt. Frederick Gaudreau, lead investigator."This is a new form of organized crime," he proclaimed to reporters summoned to SQ headquarters in Montreal.Savvy youngsters who've grown up with computers... Read more...
It's a weekend, and a holiday weekend to boot, so the site might stay this way for some time. Someone apparently used SQL injection to wipe, and we do mean wipe, the RIAA's website clean of content.Apparently the RIAA is so busy suing consumers that they forgot to hire a decent programmer. With a simple SQL injection, all their propaganda has been successfully wiped from the site.It started out on the social news website Reddit, where a link to a really slow SQL query was posted. While the Reddit users were trying to kill the RIAA server, someone allegedly decided to up the ante and wipe the site’s entire database.Anyone have a backup?... Read more...
Call it "Hot Coffee" take two, for Take Two games.  You may recall the "Hot Coffee" mod that exposed, er. sexual content in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas?  This isn't quite as successful, but some of the AO content that was hidden rather than removed from Manhunt 2 has been unlocked.In "Manhunt 2," the player takes the role of a man who escapes from an insane asylum and goes on a killing spree.Take-Two edited parts of the game, including blurring some of the most gruesome killing scenes, to get the less restrictive rating.Hackers defeated that blurring on the version of the game for Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Portable. The game is also available for the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii... Read more...
How many times have you forgotten to lock your car, or a door? While that's bad enough, what about essentially leaving a back door open for hackers, by "forgetting" about an old administrative system?A hacker infiltrated an eBay server and disabled accounts of several members on Friday. Representatives of eBay say that the hacker used vestigial components of an old eBay administrative system that has long been unused. The code exploited by the hacker has since been taken down, and eBay claims that no financial information was exposed. An individual who identifies himself as Vladuz has taken responsibility for the hack. Many believe that Vladuz was behind a massive disclosure of user information... Read more...
No one should be surprised nowadays when a site gets hacked.  Even sites that you would expect would have an extremely high level of security are vulnerable, as shown by the hacking today of the United Nations official website. Slogans accusing the US and Israel of killing children appeared on the pages reserved for statements from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Other pages on the site were also breached by the group, who described their actions as a "cyberprotest". The UN only took sections down for "maintenance;" most of the site remained available.  However, at the time of this writing the Secretary General's page was still being repaired.... Read more...
Now this is my kind of stuff. Earlier in the week we reported on Apple's new ads attacking Vista and the PC in general. It's Microsoft's turn to throw a few stones, and the company's leader himself has some things to say about Apple's assertions... Are you bugged by the Apple commercial where John Hodgman is the PC, and he has to undergo surgery to get Vista? I've never seen it. I don't think the over 90 percent of the [population] who use Windows PCs think of themselves as dullards, or the kind of klutzes that somebody is trying to say they are. How about the implication that you need surgery to upgrade? Well, certainly we've done a better job letting you upgrade... Read more...
It seemed that almost every day last year we heard of yet another new attack of security vulnerability in an operating system or popular application.  Much of this news came by way of white hat hackers who found and explained how to prevent attacks.  And eWeek explain who they think are the five most noteworthy hackers of last year in terms of discoveries and disclosures. "In the security year that was 2006, zero-day attacks and exploits dominated the headlines. However, the year will be best remembered for the work of members of the hacking - er, security research - community who discovered and disclosed serious vulnerabilities in the technologies we take for granted, forced software... Read more...
With Microsoft's emphases on security for their upcoming OS Windows Vista, they've decided to turn to the same people they're trying to combat. While Microsoft isn't about to let just anyone pick apart their OS, they have given early versions of Vista to around 3,000 security professionals. CNN's new article explains the benefits of this approach, and also details Microsoft's new way of thinking on how a program should be built. "They're going directly to the bear in the bear's lair," says Jon Callas, the chief technology officer at PGP Corp., which makes encryption software and other security products. "They are... Read more...
Rumors are up and about over the supposed theft of the source code for Flagship Studios' Hellgate: London. Bill Roper of Flagship studios hasn't confirmed that anything theft has happened, but sources say that a lone chinese hacker lifted the code, and may be attempting to sell the code. "For those of you who don't know, Hellgate: London is the first project by ex-Blizzard developer Bill Roper and his new studio, the game has been at the last two E3's and looks to be shaping up very nicely. The release date is currently "when it's done" and there is no indication that any potential code theft would impact the game's development." This isn't the first time a company has faced this... Read more...
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