Dissemination of Information in the Cyber Age

Traditionally, most organizations that took part in offensive and defensive operations from a combatant perspective kept vulnerability information within the confines of a need-to-know classification structure. Yet, the concept becomes reversed when dealing with vulnerability information regarding cyber systems. Any individual with access to the Internet can search for these vulnerabilities and find a….


This Facebook extortion scam is too horrifying for words

A Michigan man will spend the next 21 years in jail and 10 more years on probation after being convicted of one of the worst, most disgusting Internet crimes I’ve ever heard of. His terrible crime spree may be over, but someone else could use this scheme against your children or grandchildren.

James S. Allen, a 38-year-old from New Baltimore, was convicted of production of child pornography and cyberstalking after his elaborate online scheme.


Russian Hackers Hijack Satellite To Steal Data from Thousands of Hacked Computers

A group of Russian hackers, most notably the Turla APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) is hijacking commercial satellites to hide command-and-control operations, a security firm said today.

Turla APT group, which was named after its notorious software Epic Turla, is abusing satellite-based Internet connections in order to:

  • Siphon sensitive data from government, military, diplomatic, research and educational organisations in the United States and Europe.
  • Hide their command-and-control servers from law enforcement agencies.


Former Tesla engineer charged with hacking and leaking data

A former Tesla Motors mechanical engineer is facing federal charges in a San Jose District Court on two counts of felony computer intrusion, and one count of misdemeanor computer intrusion.

Authorities said Canadian citizen, Nima Kalbasi, accessed his former manager’s email account and got his hands on communications regarding Telsa employee evaluations and other confidential information, according to a FBI release.


Could Your Smoke Detector Steal Your Identity?

Ever get the feeling you’re being watched? The answer is probably yes. Most of your online life is likely being tracked and recorded by someone somewhere every single moment. It’s almost impossible to walk down a street without that innocent behavior being caught on camera. And even your phone is probably tracking your every movement if you’ve got something as simple as geo location switched on.

But what about in your own home? Your TV, your refrigerator, even your smoke alarm? Are they in on this surveillance thing too? The answer is yes, and while it might not be happening in your home, right now, it could happen soon. Because it’s already happened to others.

Welcome to the Internet of Things, or IoT, the latest and maybe scariest battlefront between you and those who seek to snoop on or hack your life.


How To Keep NSA Computers From Turning Your Phone Conversations Into Searchable Text

“As soon as my article about how NSA computers can now turn phone conversations into searchable text came out on Tuesday, people started asking me: What should I do if I don’t want them doing that to mine?”

“The solution, as it is to so many other outrageously invasive U.S. government tactics….”


Junkyards become goldmine for ID theft

San Antonio – Junkyards aren’t just a place where people can pick up spare parts. Thieves are also rummaging through junked vehicles to try and steal someone’s identity.

“Do you know a Karlis Anthony?” Fox San Antonio’s Ryan Wolf asked a woman outside a West Side area home.

“Yes,” Tremeka Boone responded. That’s my son-in-law.”

“Well, look what he left behind in a car,” Wolf said while he pointed to paperwork with Anthony’s personal information on it.

Fox San Antonio picked a salvage yard at random after the station received a tip about people leaving personal documents in junked vehicles. Wolf wanted to see what would turn up on a search of vehicles.


New Browser Hack Can Spy On Eight Out Of Ten PCs

A group of Columbia University security researchers have uncovered a new and insidious way for a hacker to spy on a computer, Web app or virtual machine running in the cloud without being detected. Any computer running a late-model Intel microprocessor and a Web browser using HTML5 (i.e., 80% of all PCs in the world) is vulnerable to this attack.

The exploit, which the researchers are calling “the spy in the sandbox,” requires little in the way of cost or time on the part of the attacker; there’s nothing to install….