Items tagged with hacks

If you try to market a product as “unhackable,” it stands to reason that someone is going to attempt to hack your device to knock you down a peg or two. That is exactly what happened with eyeDisk, which was first brought to light last year with a successful Kickstarter campaign. eyeDisk was able to raise over $21,000 from nearly 250 backers and began shipping the thumb drive in 32GB and 128GB capacities earlier this year. The device uses a combination of AES-256 encryption and iris recognition to lock down the device and keep it safe from harm's way. In fact, eyeDisk was billed as "the world’s first USB flash drive that uses iris recognition technology for unbeatable data security."... Read more...
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 Team, Kasperksy Lab. He also noted that the level of sophistication of the attacks is on the rise.... 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. Launched last year FIDO, which stands for Fast IDentity Online, is a relatively young group,... 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 snatched might be considered no big deal, it shouldn't have been accessed at all by outside... 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 the list... The entire credit card table was encrypted and we have no evidence that credit card... 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 codecs, these hacks will make your $299 purchase worth the splurge."... Read more...