Posts Tagged ‘hacking’

Pwn2Own 2017: Windows, Ubuntu, Edge, Safari and Firefox Exploited

Friday, March 17th, 2017

The good news is that Chrome managed to resist hacking (this time.)

The tenth anniversary of the Pwn2Own gathering of hackers, Pwn2Own 2017, saw eleven teams attempt to exploit products across four categories. The products that teams were allowed to target this year included operating systems and web browsers, but also the new product categories Enterprise applications and server-side. Programs like Adobe Reader, and Apache Web Server, were added as targets by the Pwn2Own committee.


How to Secure Your Yahoo Mail Account Properly

Friday, January 31st, 2014

If you’ve got a Yahoo Mail account, you might want to take a look at this article. Apparently, Yahoo Mail has become a popular target for organized hackers …

Yahoo released a statement yesterday in which it notified users of its mail service Yahoo Mail that it noticed a coordinated “effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts”. According to Yahoo’s preliminary analysis, it does not appear as if the data was dumped from Yahoo servers directly. The company assumes that the data has been collected from third-party databases instead.


Security Tip: Do Not Answer Security Questions Correctly

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

This definitely sounds like a good idea; favorite colors are easy to guess and your wife’s middle name is usually pretty easy to find too.

When you create an account on Internet sites, services or in local apps you are often asked to pick a security question and answer as a recovery option.  It is basically a fail safe mechanism that gives you another option to restore your account if you have forgotten or misplaced your account password.


Symantec’s pcAnywhere Source Code Published

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Patch or no patch, this sounds like extremely bad news (publicity-wise) for both Symantec/pcAnywhere and Norton Antivirus …

Back in 2006 hackers managed to download source codes of Symantec software after successfully gaining access to Symantec’s infrastructure. The hackers managed to obtain Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition, Norton Utilities, Norton GoBack, pcAnywhere and Norton Internet Security source codes during the operation.


Massive Data Theft in Citibank Hack

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Hack attacks on large corporate data centers seem to be getting more and more common these days …

It’s being reported that hackers have stolen the details of thousands of Citibank customers including their account details and personal information.

The breach has not exposed the names, dates of birth and card security codes and all of this information remains safe.


Hacking Group LulzSec’s Activity Over the Weekend

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

I always wonder who benefits from large scale hacking attempts like this. Certainly not the hackers … unless they just happened to be working for a company that sells security solutions …

LulzSec is certainly going to make a name for themselves at the rate they are going. The hacker group claims responsibility for the recent major attacks against Sony and PBS’s websites as we have written about, compromising well over an incredible number of user’s security information and exposing the poor security of both companies.


PSN Security Hole Sparks Hacking Concerns

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

This sort of thing actually makes me happy that I’m so old that I don’t care about gaming anymore …

Sony forced to take down website set up to help users regain access to network after exposure of flaw in password system

When Sony said that its PlayStation Network (PSN) had been hacked in April, potentially releasing the personal details of 77 million people – such as their email address, physical address and date of birth – people understood that restoring the service might be difficult, and that to ensure security they might be asked to change their password.


Google Offers Secure Searching

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

This is kind of a good idea … but it might be more helpful if they worked a little bit harder on ridding their database of virus distribution type sites.

Inevitably, it’s a beta product – but the SSL-enabled version of the search page may have benefits to people who fear their queries are being monitored (updated)

Google has enabled encrypted searching using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) which it says will prevent “employers and internet service providers” from reading what is sent.


Sony PSN Hack – What You Need to Know Right Now

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

If you’re a Sony PSN user, you should probably check this out …

Maybe you have heard that Sony has taken their Playstation Network (PSN) offline on April 20. It first was not clear why it was taken down, with many suspecting a DDOS attack to be the reason. Back then, Sony let everyone know that the services were taken offline because of external intrusion. No one knew the scope of the intrusion at that time, nor if data was downloaded by the intruders.