hacks Archive

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 …

Dropbox employee’s password reuse led to theft of 60M+ user credentials

Dropbox disclosed earlier this week that a large chunk of its users’ credentials obtained in 2012 was floating around on the dark web. But that number may have been much higher than we originally thought. Credentials for more than 60 million accounts were taken, as first reported by Motherboard and confirmed by TechCrunch sources. The revelation of a password breach at Dropbox is an evolution of the …

I Taped My Toes Together to See if It Made Wearing High Heels More Comfortable

I’m not a fan of high heels. I mean, in theory, I’m a huge fan of high heels, because they’re beautiful and make you feel like a queen, but in practice, I’m just no good with them. Not only have I made myself completely unused to wearing them by being a wimp about it for too long, but I also never … Continue reading Source …

‘Smart’ locks yield to simple hacker tricks

It’s an open secret that the Internet of Things (if we must call it so) is pretty terrible, whether in standards, interoperability or security. You don’t really expect good security in a smart light bulb or coffee maker, though. A smart front door lock, however, really shouldn’t be quite this easy to hack. Two different presentations at DEF CON this year made it clear that …

Nightwork: the extraordinary, exuberant history of rulebreaking at MIT

MIT has a complicated relationship with disobedience. On the one hand, the university has spent more than a century cultivating and celebrating a “hacker culture” that involves huge, ambitious, thoughtful and delightful pranks undertaken with the tacit approval of the university. On the other hand — well, on the other hand: Star Simpson, Bunnie Huang, and Aaron Swartz. In Nightwork, first published in 2003 and …