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.
A 23-year old Arizona man is in FBI custody today charged with breaking into Sony Pictures computer systems as a member of LulzSec. Cody Kretsinger is alleged to have used proxy servers to access Sony’s systems back in May. The FBI is not making any statements, but other search warrants are apparently being executed.
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.
Sony executives bowed down before the Japanese and international press earlier this year to tell everyone “we’re sorry”, but for those of us wondering if our credit card numbers were being sold off on the seedier parts of the web, somehow “we’re sorry”, just didn’t cut it. A new law being presented by Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal however will finally start holding large companies responsible for cyber security, and impose pretty harsh penalties on firms that don’t take the appropriate precautions.
The last time we referred to Anonymous hackers as a bunch of attention starved "script kiddies" (the same term the Department of Homeland Security used in this PDF document), it sparked quite the debate over what to label these band of hackers. Whatever you want to label them, their shenanigans are catching up with them as law enforcement agencies continue to make more arrests.