This Hacker Is My New Hero

The hacker’s name is Janit0r. You’ve probably never heard of him, but perhaps you’ve heard of his work. Janit0r is reportedly the one behind a particularly gnarly but undeniably fascinating form of malware called BrickerBot. BrickerBot, as the name implies, will brick internet of things (IoT) devices that fail a simple security test. This is surely illegal, but I love it. Read More >>

Hacker Claims He Hacked 150,000 Printers to ‘Raise Awareness’ About Hacking

=Over the weekend, a hacker who goes by the name Stackoverflowin claimed he hacked 150,000 insecure printers in an effort “to raise everyone’s awareness towards the dangers of leaving printers exposed online without a firewall or other security settings enabled.” Read More >>

Feds Bust Huge ‘Avalanche’ Hacker Network in Global Sting Operation

Federal authorities from around the world have finally shut down “Avalanche,” a massive network of 500,000 hijacked machines that hackers used to launch malware and phishing attacks. In fact, at one time, the Avalanche network was responsible for two-thirds of all global phishing attacks. Read More >>

The US Supreme Court Just Gave FBI the Power to Hack Innocent People

A proposed change to the ‘Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure’ issued yesterday by the United States Supreme Court will allow federal judges to allow the FBI to hack multiple computers at once, including machines of people who haven’t been suspected of a crime. It can even hack people the FBI knows to be innocent. Read More >>

A New Botnet Hits Servers With 150 Gbps DDoS Attacks

Just yesterday, Akamai’s Security Intelligence Response Team announced that it’s discovered a new botnet that uses a 150 Gbps onslaught to bring servers and websites to their knees. Read More >>

Damn, the Best Way to Get American Netflix Abroad is Seriously Dodgy

As an American living in Canada, there’s one Chrome extension I cherish more than any other: Hola Unblocker, a free VPN designed to help people abroad watch American Netflix, and other streaming US media. Unfortunately, it turns out Hola is up to some dubious business practices, ones that could put its users at risk. Read More >>

Obama: If You Cyberattack the US, We’ll Sanction You 

President Obama has a message for foreign hackers: You’re grounded. The US president declared a national emergency and signed an executive order today allowing targeted sanctions on anyone who is deemed a cyberthreat to the United States. Read More >>

It Took Police Three Years to Fully Shut Down a Money-Stealing Botnet

Back in 2012 the Ramnit worm wriggled its way through social networks and onto the computers of over three million computers, and began to steal sensitive information like bank account details. Now, almost three years later, police have announced that the botnet behind the scourge has been fully shut down. Read More >>

Hackers are Using Reddit to Connect 17,000 Macs to a Botnet

Bad news if you log onto Reddit on your Mac computer: you're at risk for an insidious malware that will connect your computer to a botnet. Read More >>

The Six Biggest Bitcoin Heists in History

Ever since a single Bitcoin became worth a small fortune, there have been people trying to steal them. Sure, there have some small-time thieves who've stolen a few hundred pounds worth of Bitcoin here and there. But there have also been heists. Massive, highly orchestrated attacks that lead to millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency changing hands. And they just keep happening. Read More >>

World’s Third-Largest Spam Botnet Is Knocked Offline for Good

Salutations, My Dearest One: I am writing to you this blog post with joy and happy feelings in my heart, bringing news that will be of great interest and benefit to you. Oh, beloved, there is indeed a special reason for why I have chosen to contact you in this moment of your day, I write to you now because of the urgency of our situation: the world's third-largest spam botnet was knocked offline, today—for good. Read More >>

As a Show of Gratitude for Discovering the Mac Botnet, Apple Tries to Shut Down Dr. Mac’s Virus Monitoring Servers

Dr. Mac is the security firm that discovered last week's all-Mac botnet, something that is pretty unprecedented for the operating system. After sending Apple the findings of their research, Dr. Mac heard nothing. And while it technically has yet to acknowledge Dr. Mac at all, the fact that Apple attempted to nix the group's monitoring servers shut down suggests it's very aware of the situation. Read More >>

Macs Do Have a Virus Problem — 600,000 Botnet Infections Discovered

Russian security experts are claiming to have discovered a massive Mac-based botnet ring, which is believed to consist of around 600,000 infected computers running OS X. Read More >>

Microsoft Raids Take Botnet Stings Into Its Own Hands

Over the weekend, Microsoft teams accompanied by United States marshals raided buildings and seized hundreds of web addresses to shut down a major botnet syndicate. The sting was part of a civil suit brought by Microsoft — because it was tired of waiting for law enforcement bodies to act. Read More >>

Visiting the Parents This Christmas? Remove Their PC From the Botnet Collective

Reports estimate that over one million computers in the UK are part of the "botnet" system, a network of spyware-infected computers used for various criminal spamming activities. Read More >>