Hack Archive

Deloitte gears up for the launch of a $20 million XPRIZE to irradicate cancer

XPRIZE, the incentivized prize competition for breakthrough science and technology, has announced three new prizes. Among them — ALS, avatars and Deloitte’s Cancer XPRIZE. Deloitte is working in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute and Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative to bring some of the best and brightest minds together to rid the world of what is the number one leading cause of …

Why an unhackable mobile phone is a complete marketing myth

The mobile security market is taking flight due to high-profile hackings, but is there such a thing as an unhackable phone? Especially one that costs as much as $14,000? Consider this: The smartphone in your pocket is 10 times more powerful than the fastest multi-million dollar supercomputers of just 20 years ago. There are tens of millions of lines of software in that phone of …

Clinton Foundation denies hack claims by Guccifer 2.0

The hacker who claimed responsibility for the Democratic National Committee email leak in July claims to have breached the Clinton Foundation’s servers and retrieved a number of files potentially damaging to the Democratic Presidental nominee — but the Foundation denies any such breach occurred. The hacker, Guccifer 2.0, posted screenshots and spreadsheets they claimed were from the Foundation’s servers. “Hillary Clinton and her staff don’t …

FBI director warns that hackers have been ‘poking around’ voter registration systems

The systems underlying our elections process are more important than ever this year, and the bad guys know it too. FBI director James Comey said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing today that “bad actors have been poking around” voter registration systems lately. “This is very different than the vote system in the United States, which is very, very hard for someone to hack into …

43 million passwords hacked in Last.fm breach

43,570,999 user accounts were breached in a hack of Last.fm that occurred back in March of 2012, according to a report from Leakedsource. Three months after the breach, in June of 2012, Last.fm issued the following statement:  “We are currently investigating the leak of some Last.fm user passwords. This follows recent password leaks on other sites, as well as information posted online. As a precautionary measure, we’re asking …

Opera says its service for syncing web browser data was hacked

Opera, which recently agreed to sell its browser business to a Chinese consortium, has reset user passwords for one of its services after its servers were breached by hackers this week. The company revealed that attackers gained access to Opera Sync, a service that lets users synchronize their browser data and settings across multiple platforms. It is investigating the incident, but initially believes the attack may have compromised user data, including passwords …

Apple zero-days mark a new era of mobile hacking

Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture, Ivan Krstic, told a rapt audience at the Black Hat security conference earlier this month that his notoriously secretive company was ready to open up its vulnerability reporting process to researchers. Krstic announced that Apple was launching a bug bounty program, offering $50,000 for zero-day vulnerabilities that allow malicious code exploits in the kernel, among other rewards. The …

Snowden docs link NSA to Equation Group hackers

A group calling itself the ShadowBrokers dumped data online last weekend that it claimed to have stolen from a hacking team widely believed to be linked to the NSA. The data contained vulnerabilities affecting major firewall products and ignited speculation that the NSA had been hacked. Expert analysis of the data suggested that the NSA and the Equation Group are one and the same, but confirmation came …

Bitcoin drops 20% after $70M worth of Bitcoin was stolen from Bitfinex exchange

Bitfinex, one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges online, has suffered a major hack. The company has posted a note on their website detailing the security breach, and while it doesn’t mention a total amount, one of their employees confirmed on Reddit that the total amount stolen was 119,756 bitcoins.   That amount converts to about $77,000,000 based on a price of $650 USD per …

Serious privacy flaws discovered in Glow fertility tracker app

There are scores of startups making fertility tracker and family planning apps today, but a Consumer Reports investigation has singled out Glow Inc. for serious security and privacy flaws. First, Consumer Reports’ team was able to access very personal information including data and comments about users’ sex lives, history of miscarriages, abortions and more, through a privacy loophole having to do with the way the …