The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested a computer programmer for allegedly stealing proprietary software code from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY). Bo Zhang, the man accused of stealing the source code, worked at the bank as a contract employee assigned to work on further developing a specific portion of the Government-Wide Accounting and Reporting Program (GWA), software which is owned by the Department of Treasury to track government spending.
An Indian hacking group known as "The Lords of Dharmaraja" celebrated swiping the Norton antivirus source code from Symantec earlier this month and promptly began releasing fragments to the public before promising to upload the full Monty on January 17, 2012. That's today, but rather than release the source code in its entirety, the hacking group decided now is not the time.
Zappos, the online apparel shop acquired by Amazon in July 2009 for $928 million in stock and cash, began alerting millions of customers over the weekend that it was hit hard by a data breach that may have granted cyber crooks access to sensitive account information, including the last four digits of any credit cards on file. The database that stores full credit card information and other payment data was not affected or accessed, the company said.
Anonymous seems to be moving up in the world. After attacking a global security research firm earlier this week, elements of Anonymous have now announced a hack from a few months ago the compromised SpecialForces.com, a seller of equipment to the military and law enforcement. As per the usual pattern, the stolen data is now available online.
The now widely used Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) standard is apparently not as protected as router makers had hoped. According to a new study, the PIN codes used to lock down the system can be brute forced on many devices by inputting incorrect PIN codes. Millions of routers and access points could be affected.
We here at Maximum PC usually don’t cover drones, except for the ones that can be controlled using generic Android- or iOS-based smartphones and tablets. But we are left with little choice but to venture into Aviation Week territory when a story about military drones also features hackers, zero-day vulnerabilities and malware. You get the drift, don’t you? Hit the jump for more.
Not only could a hacker from the opposite side of the globe take control of your printer and issue instructions that could ultimately set the thing on fire, but it's very likely to happen, along with a host of other misdeeds, and it's all thanks to a new class of computer security flaws that has the potential to wreak havoc with businesses, with consumers, and yes, government agencies too.
It was beginning to seem like hackers had developed a fetish for water, or water systems. Earlier this week, an entire city's water control system controlling water and sewage systems was hacked into, in part because system admins saw fit to protect the system using a weak three-character password. Around the same time, it was being reported that hackers broke into an Illinois water plant and ultimately caused a water pump to burn out. Turns out it was just faulty equipment.
One Russian and six Estonians have been arrested (or have a warrant for their arrest) and charged with wire fraud and conspiracy in a 27-count indictment for allegedly hacking millions of computer systems in more than 100 countries and participating in a "massive" scheme to reroute Web surfers to rogue servers. By doing so, the seven individuals accumulated millions of dollars in fraudulent online ad revenue, the DoJ said.
The hactivist group known as Anonymous is taking credit for busting up an online child pornography ring consisting of several underground websites. As part of Operation Darknet, Anonymous targeted "the owners and operators at Freedom Hosting [who] are openly supporting child pornography and enabling pedophiles to view innocent children, fueling their issues and putting children at risk of abduction, molestation, rape, and death," a statement on the organization's website reads.