John McAfee Is Back, This Time at a ‘Hackproof’ Crypto Security Firm

John McAfee, the creator of the security software that bears his name, has gotten pretty weird over the many years of his ongoing “lunacy binge.” Just a handful of the times McAfee’s name has popped up in the news in the past few years include allegations of rape, torture, and assassinations during his time as an expat in Belize, blatant lies to the media about his supposed encryption-breaking abilities, and an ill-advised and confusing run for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination. Read More >>

The Government Uses ‘Have I Been Pwned’ to Keep Tabs on Data Breaches

With all the hacks that have taken place over the past few years, there's a good chance you've heard of 'Have I Been Pwned'. Simple enter your email address and then HIBP will show you all the services you've signed up for that have suffered data breaches - and when those breaches occurred. Now it turns out that members of the government have been using it to monitor their own domains. Read More >>

Tinder Had a Bug That Let Hackers Take Over Your Account With a Phone Number

Last month it was reported that a flaw in Tinder's security could give complete strangers access to your matches and photos, and back in October is was one of many dating services that researchers hacked to reveal user photos and location data. Now there's a new bug that's been revealed, one that could have let hackers hijack your account with a phone number. Read More >>

New Report on AI Risks Paints a Grim Future

A new report authored by over two dozen experts on the implications of emerging technologies is sounding the alarm bells on the ways artificial intelligence could enable new forms of cybercrime, physical attacks, and political disruption over the next five to ten years. Read More >>

Hackers Steal Millions by Ditching Malware to Sidestep Security

Employing sophisticated scams involving social engineering, email phishing, and the harvesting of employee passwords, attackers have pilfered millions from some of the world's largest corporations—all while bypassing traditional hacking safeguards by simply avoiding the use of malware. Read More >>

Researchers Find New Ways to Exploit Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities in Modern CPUs

In the past few weeks, the entire information security industry has grown very anxious about Meltdown and Spectre, two classes of exploits that can be used to manipulate vulnerabilities in the way many varieties of modern processors (but especially Intel ones) handle a performance-improving technique called speculative execution and extract hidden system data. While numerous platforms have rushed to roll out patches, and Meltdown appears to be less of an issue than Spectre, it’s still unclear just how badly this situation could go. Read More >>

Report: Equifax Lost Even More Information on Consumers Than It Told the Public

Confidential documents filed with the US Senate Banking Committee suggest that Equifax could have lost considerably more personal information about over 145 million Americans to hackers than it’s publicly let on, CNN Money reported. Read More >>

Cryptojackers Strike Again, Hitting Thousands of Sites Including US and UK Government Pages

Thousands of websites including ones run by the U.S. and U.K. governments secretly hijacked browsers to mine cryptocurrency thanks to a compromised plugin, the Register reported on Sunday. Read More >>

Pyeongchang Olympics Hit By Cyber Attack, With Widespread Rumors Russia to Blame

Officials at the 2018 Pyeonchang Winter Olympics have occurred that a cyber attack hit the games, taking its website as well as TV and internet access at its main press centre offline, the Guardian reported. Read More >>

A Jailbreaker Was Allegedly Behind Apple’s iBoot Source Code Leak

The code to the iOS 9 version of the iPhone’s iBoot software—the proprietary system that ensures trusted launches of iOS, and one of Apple’s closely held secrets—leaked this week on Github, the open-source code repository. According to Motherboard, sources now say a low-level employee who stole the code at work was responsible. Read More >>

British Hacker Won’t Be Extradited to the US Because American Prisons Are ‘Medieval’

The ruling came down today after Love’s attorneys argued that he suffered from depression and was at risk of dying by suicide if he were placed in solitary confinement in the US, a disciplinary tactic seen by most of the developed world as torture. Read More >>

China Denies That It Gifted the African Union an HQ Building Stuffed Full of Surveillance Devices

The government of China has long held an interest in building bridges with countries across Africa, which it sees as both a major opportunity for economic investment and a chance to project geopolitical power. But while mutual solidarity is nice and all, the Chinese want to leave as little to chance as possible in their influence-building project on the continent, per a recent investigation by French newspaper Le Monde. Read More >>

Carphone Warehouse Fined £400K Over 2015 Data Breach

Back in 215 Carphone Warehouse got hacked, exposing data from over 3 million customers and 1,000 staff members. Today the Information Commissioner's Office has saddled them with a £400,000 fine for not ensuring that data's safety. Read More >>

Linus Torvalds is Not Happy About Intel’s Meltdown and Spectre Mess

Famed Linux developer Linus Torvalds has some pretty harsh words for Intel on the fiasco over Meltdown and Spectre, the massive security flaws in modern processors that predominantly affect Intel products. Read More >>

How a Reddit Email Vulnerability Led to Thousands in Stolen Bitcoin Cash

Beginning over two weeks ago, reports have trickled in on Reddit community “r/btc”—the de facto hub for supporters of bitcoin rival bitcoin cash (BCH)—of accounts being compromised by a new and worrying attack vector. What may have read to sceptics as infighting between two contentious factions was confirmed today as a genuine and novel hack that allowed malicious parties to access their targets’ Reddit accounts. And it seems the attackers exploited the vulnerability to steal thousands of dollars in BCH. Read More >>