Everything We Know About the Cyber Attack That Crippled Parts of the Internet

Friday’s DDoS attack on Dyn’s domain name servers was unprecedented. The attack utilised a botnet made up of “internet of things” (IoT) devices (think: smart TV’s, DVRs, and internet-connected cameras) to take down a major piece of internet infrastructure. The result? For most of Friday, people across the United States and some parts of Europe were unable to access sites like Amazon, Twitter, CNN, PayPal, Spotify and more. Here’s what we know so far. Read More >>

Traffic Surged to a Child Porn Ring After the FBI Took Over

Way back in February 2015, the FBI infiltrated Playpen, a child pornography ring on the dark web. After taking control of the site, the FBI could have shut it down. But it didn’t. Read More >>

DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge Is a Glimpse of Our Human-Free Future

What if humans didn’t have to respond to major hacks or breaches in the networks they operated, and computers could just do it automatically? That’s a question being asked by DARPA, the US military’s boldest research arm, which set up a multi-million dollar challenge to answer that question. Read More >>

The FBI Says Its Malware Isn’t Malware Because the FBI Is Good

The FBI is facing accusations that malware it deployed while running Operation Playpen, a sting that infiltrated and maintained a dark web child pornography website for two weeks and eventually led to more than 100 arrests, was illegal. But the agency swears that using malware was good because, well, the FBI had good intentions. Read More >>

Islamic State Sucks at Hacking

A band of vandals is taking credit for doxxing some 1,400 American military and government personnel. Identifying themselves as the Islamic State’s “hacking division,” the group is telling its followers to “act and kill” the infidels. That threat rings somewhat hollow—because IS is bad at hacking. Read More >>

Zombie Vulnerability Affects Every Version of Windows

A team of researchers recently found a zombie vulnerability that affects every single version of Windows — including the Windows 10 preview. Microsoft is downplaying the vulnerability. Read More >>

Edward Snowden Tells John Oliver How to Generate the Best Passwords

On expat-Brit John Oliver's US chat show Last Week Tonight, a long conversation with whistleblower Edward Snowden wound up turning into advice on coming up with good passwords. Read More >>

Almost All of the World’s Top Hotel Chains Use Easily Hackable Hardware

Hotel internet is so far from secure—it's downright scary. You should know this by now. However, a new report from cyber security researchers suggests that issues with crappy security at hotels extend far beyond hackable Wi-Fi networks. Entire systems at some of the world's top hotel chains are very, very vulnerable. Read More >>

What’s the Most Convincing Phishing Scam You’ve Ever Seen?

Phishing scams are often obvious. For example, a hacker bot just emailed some Gizmodo writers with the subject line: "Send your full contact informations for a do na ti on claims." LOL not a chance. But dangerously convincing phishing scams definitely exist. Read More >>

China Finally Admits It Has an Army of Hackers for Cyberwar 

China is finally admitting what we've known for years: Yes, it has cyber warfare units, and plenty of them. Read More >>

Tor Doesn’t Want to Depend on US Government Money Anymore

Tor is transforming. The online-anonymity service is making a concerted effort to find funding sources other than the United States government, a problematic sugar daddy that's bankrolled Tor for years. Read More >>

Some Guy Figured Out How to Delete Every Photo on Facebook

A security researcher recently made seriously startling discovery. With just four lines of code, he could delete any photo album on Facebook. Zuck's wedding photos? Zap. Jessica Alba's profile pics? Gone. Your graduation album? Lost forever. Lucky for you, he decided to report the bug to Facebook, which promptly cut him a check. Read More >>