With computers, total security can be achieved with absolute isolation, but if you use your computer for communication of any kind through the internet, then you depend on password security everywhere. While you have little control over how well various online communities and companies protect your password, you do have a great deal of control over the passwords you use.
Another day, another hack spreading false news of death. But where LulzSec's defacing of the Sun's website was, for the most part, harmless, the news making the rounds today could hold actual life-or-death ramifications. When Taliban members logged into their Internet-connected devices in Afghanistan on Wednesday, they found messages and news reports claiming that the group's spiritual leader was dead. Which, um, he wasn't. While the story may bring a smile to the face of a deployed GI, the Taliban didn't get the lulz.
What's ironic about the hacking group known as Anonymous is that it's virtually impossible to remain truly anonymous on the Internet. We're not saying hackers can't hide themselves really well, but throw enough time and resources into the hunt, and chances are they'll be tracked down. The FBI has done just that and raided the homes of three suspected Anonymous hackers living in New York.
Less than a month after it announced its disbandment, notorious hacking group LulzSec returned on Monday to strike the website of the Sun, a UK paper owned by media (and phone hacking) baron Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. You can read more about Lulz Security’s latest caper after the jump.
Devouring a well prepared meal at a fancy restaurant can be a great experience. So can skydiving, overclocking, sitting in the front row of a sporting event, visiting the Grand Canyon, and the list goes on, perhaps endlessly. But would you classify being repeatedly hacked to the point where you have to shut down your gaming network a "great experience?" Sony's president of network entertainment Tim Schaaff did.
A Minnesota man is finding out that you can actually serve hard time for actling like an all-around jackass online. That can take many forms, but in this case, Barry Ardolf received an 18-year prison sentence for essentially terrorizing his neighborhood through a series of cyberattacks in retaliation for having the cops called on him by his neighbors. It gets more bizarre after the break.
If there was one thing Lulzsec was good at, it was making headlines: The shadowy hacker group entered the public consciousness with the spark of a lit match, only to extinguish back into obscurity as soon as its one-and-a-half-month-long stick ran out.
If there were two things Lulzsec was good at, it was making headlines and SQL injections, or the alleged attack vector behind a number of the group’s more notorious hacks. But now that the Lulzboat has sailed back from wherever it came—the hacktivist group Anonymous?– we find ourselves asking what the group actually managed to accomplish during its brief romp through the Internet. And more importantly, what did those attacked actually learn from Lulzsec? How do their responses influence the different kinds of techniques you can use, as a consumer, to keep your “protected” data safe from the next wave of angry Internet hackers?
Panda Security, makers of security products named after itself, just released its quarterly report on the state of security around the world, which is news in and of itself considering that, as Panda puts it, "The title of Guns N' Roses 'Welcome to the Jungle' perfectly sums up the events that have taken place" over the past few months. But that wasn't the least of Panda's colorful rhetoric, as the security firm had some strong words for Anonymous and LulzSec, the two hacking organizations responsible for many of the recent high-profile attacks.
Another day, another hacking story. If you thought the recent disbanding of LulzSec meant an end to the daily exploit updates, you thought wrong; plenty of other groups are wrangling for Lulzsec's crown as king of the headache-causing chuckleheads. Today's facepalm-inducing report involves a group called Inj3ct0r Team, who claim to have sneaked into a backup NATO server while waving the flag of Operation AntiSec, an anti-security movement popularized by LulzSec and Anonymous.
How many times have you heard that you can't believe everything you read on the Internet? That holds especially true for the past couple of months in which hackers have been on a rampage, mostly to swipe and distribute other people's personal information, but sometimes to post fake news. It happened again this morning as hackers claiming to be tied with Anonymous infiltrated Fox's political Twitter account and posted updates 'reporting' President Barack Obama had been shot and killed in Iowa.