Accused LulsSec hacker Cody Kretsinger has plead not guilty to charges including conspiracy, and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. Kretsinger, age 23, is alleged to have gone by the name “recursion” in the hacker collective and had a direct hand in the attack on Sony Entertainment Pictures earlier this year that exposed the personal details of thousands of people.
Hackers took control of Sesame Street's YouTube channel on Sunday and replaced videos of kid-friendly puppets with real-life actors engaged in hardcore porn. Security firm Sophos reported on its suddenly appropriately titled "Naked Security" blog that the XXX-rated content was available for around 20 minutes before the channel was pulled for "repeated or severe violations of our Community guidelines."
We understand that Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein is a busy man. Running a multi-billion dollar company tends to cut into your free time, that's just the way it is. Even still, the 57-year-old CEO would be wise to scrap any and all passwords and come up with new ones following a data dump of his personal information on Pastebin.
The hactivist group known as Anonymous is up to its old tricks again, seeking vengeance for perceived injustices in the world and seizing the opportunity to launch attacks that ultimately end up hurting the innocent. It's the same tired tirade Anonymous has been on ever since it gained notoriety for a string of high profile hacker attacks in recent months.
A well known security firm warns that the number of compromised digital security certificates from DigiNotar, a Dutch certificate authority outfit owned by VASCO Data Security International, has doubled in size over the past week from 250 false SSL certificates to 531. False certificates have now been issued for Facebook, Google, Tor, Skype, Mossad, CIA, MI6, Twitter, and several other high profile sites.
While Anonymous plots the destruction of Facebook and Lulzsec remains on the lam, another hacker (or group of hackers) decided to kick it old school by planting malware on a computer system at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The security breach exposed the social security numbers of thousands of students, faculty, and staff, and if that's what the party responsible was after, the numbers could end up on the underground market.
Can you access protected networks without breaking a sweat? Does just thinking about security exploits get you hot and bothered? Are "spoofing" and "packet sniffing" part of your regular vocabulary? If you answered "Yes" to those questions, and you can prove your hacking prowess at the upcoming DEFCON convention, you may just wind up getting a job offer (and a pension plan) from government agencies like the NSA.
Last week, I dusted off my crystal ball and took a long, hard look at the future of gaming. This week, I'm doing it again, because the remainder of Time As We Know It is sort of a lot of ground to cover. On the docket this time around? Everything from games that may actually justify forging your own Dream Machine with parts from the Heavens to the industry's continued, none-too-pretty war against the hacker menace. Read the full thing after the break!
Setting sail on the Lulz Boat with a of glass of wine in one hand and a wide-brimmed top hat protecting him from the harmful UV rays, a hacker might actually start to believe that life is all laffs and SQL injections. Here's a shocker: things aren't quite so sunny in the slam, jackass. British police are the ones lulzing in the Shetland Isles after arresting a 19-year-old man they say is Topiary, the smarmy LulzSec hacker responsible for the group's satirical Tweets.