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Hackers Hijack a Jeep —From 10 Miles Away

Downside of cars that resemble smartphones? Control can be grabbed

(Newser) - In a stunt arranged by Wired , two "security researchers" hacked their way into a Jeep Cherokee carrying writer Andy Greenberg in St. Louis and, from a basement 10 miles away, took over the vehicle and steered it into a ditch. And it's not a one-off. Charlie Miller and... More »

Hackers: We Have Files on 37M Cheating Spouses

Ashley Madison says hack was an inside job

(Newser) - The 37 million members of infidelity hookup site Ashley Madison are going to have a very bad day unless the site is taken offline permanently, hackers warn. The hackers say they've compromised the entire database of parent company Avid Life Media, whose chief executive has confirmed the hack to... More »

Hack at UCLA Health Exposes Medical Records

Nearly 5M are at risk

(Newser) - Bad news for nearly 5 million people who are patients or employees of UCLA's sprawling health care system: Hackers might have your private medical records. The health system said today that the sophisticated hack tapped into the network that contains personal and medical information, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

How a Man Got 1M Free Miles on United Airlines

Jordan Wiens submitted 'lame' bugs to United's bug bounty program

(Newser) - A security researcher has earned the equivalent of a first-class, round-the-world trip after he submitted what he thought were a couple of "lame" bugs to United's new bug bounty program . In an industry first, United announced a bounty in May that rewards miles to anyone who identifies a... More »

2 Months After 'Staggering' Hack, 21.5M in the Dark

It could be weeks before those affected are notified

(Newser) - If the Office of Personnel Management performed a background check on you at some point during or since 2000, your personal information was probably compromised in the hack that was discovered in May and revealed last week . But some two months since its uncovering, none of the 21.5 million... More »

Trump Digs In: 'Well, Somebody's Doing the Raping'

Defends his comments in a CNN interview

(Newser) - Donald Trump has been dumped by Macy's , NBC , and a Mexican billionaire , among others over his assertion that rapists and criminals are pouring into the US from Mexico—but he's certainly not backing down. In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon last night, he cited a September... More »

FBI: 'Celebgate' Nude Photo Hack May Be Huge

At least 572 unique iCloud accounts accessed from Chicago: documents

(Newser) - FBI agents seized computers, cellphones, hard drives, and more during a Chicago search tied to last summer's "Celebgate" photo hack , according to unsealed documents. Agents executed search warrants at two locations—a brick bungalow and an apartment in Chicago's South Side—on Oct. 16, reports the Chicago ... More »

Data Stolen in Latest Hack Goes Back 30 Years

Reuters says it includes background checks from 1985

(Newser) - Some of the personnel data stolen in the massive new federal hack predates the widespread use of computers—and hackers themselves. Reuters reports that the breach at the Office of Personnel Management involves security clearances and background checks dating back to 1985. That would explain that while 4 million people... More »

Did a Hacker Really Commandeer a Plane?

There's not much to support claim in FBI document

(Newser) - Can a passenger with a laptop really electronically hijack a plane via its in-flight entertainment system? That's what security researcher Chris Roberts has confessed to doing, according to an FBI search warrant application, but there's little to indicate that such a thing is possible. A senior law enforcement... More »

FBI: Guy Hacked Plane's In-Flight Network, Made It Fly Sideways

Chris Roberts says he's been warning of vulnerabilities for years

(Newser) - The FBI's new best friend is Chris Roberts , a man variously described as a computer security expert and hacker, who made headlines last month after United Airlines booted him from a flight over a tweet. Roberts, the founder of One World Labs, has been interviewed by the FBI at... More »

Russian Hackers Got a Look at Obama’s Emails

His account appears safe, but not those with whom he communicated

(Newser) - Russian hackers got a peek at a bit more than President Obama's schedule when they hacked the White House's unclassified network late last year: They got a look at his emails, sources tell the New York Times . While Obama's email account, which is linked to his BlackBerry... More »

Snowden's Password Idea: Strange, but Not Terribly Secure

Cryptography expert says 'MargaretThatcheris110%SEXY' just wouldn't cut it

(Newser) - Edward Snowden recommended last week that people use longer "passphrases" instead of passwords for extra security. One of his suggestions: something unusual and counterintuitive like "MargaretThatcheris110%SEXY." But cryptography expert Joseph Bonneau tells Andy Greenberg, writing for Wired , why Snowden's approach leaves much to be desired. To... More »

Russia Hackers Had Access to Obama's Schedule

President's whereabouts not classified, but not public knowledge, either

(Newser) - Russian hackers' apparent infiltration of the White House computer network in October wasn't exactly confidence-inspiring, even though it was the unclassified portion of the system that was breached. Now US officials say some of the unclassified information that made its way onto hackers' screens was related to President Obama'... More »

Obama Exec Order Opens Up Sanctions for Hackers

US now has power to freeze assets of overseas hackers

(Newser) - President Obama today signed an executive order that creates the first-ever sanctions program to penalize overseas hackers who engage in cyber spying—and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of that espionage. Though no specific penalties were announced, in a post on Medium , Obama broadly writes that "from... More »

US Offers Record Bounty for a Hacker

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev accused of leading Zeus gang

(Newser) - The FBI is offering a record-breaking $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest of a Russian hacker accused of infecting up to a million computers with software that stole passwords and sucked at least $100 million out of bank accounts. Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, whose online aliases include "... More »

After 3 Months, Hackers Still Plaguing State Dept.

Malware keeps getting tweaked, insiders say

(Newser) - The hackers that got into the State Department's unclassified email system three months ago are still there, and they seem to be harder to get rid of than bedbugs, insiders say. Investigators believe the hackers first got into the network through an infected link in an email that spread... More »

Hackers Rob Up to $1B in 'World's Biggest Bank Raid'

Thieves allegedly infiltrate more than 100 banks worldwide

(Newser) - A hacking ring has allegedly stolen up to $1 billion from banks around the world in what appears to be one of the biggest banking breaches known; the Telegraph calls it the "world's biggest bank raid." The hackers have been active since at least the end of... More »

Email Scam Targets Anthem Hack Victims

Phishing campaign looks to gather yet more info

(Newser) - Victims of the Anthem hack were warned by the health insurer yesterday to watch out for an email scam targeting them. The "phishing" emails to current and former Anthem members claim to come from Anthem and advise recipients to click on a link so they can get credit monitoring,... More »

The Most Worrisome Part of the Anthem Hack

Thieves could rack up charges, alter medical records

(Newser) - Health insurer Anthem says medical data and credit card details were not taken in a huge data breach , but analysts warn that the stolen medical ID numbers could be an even bigger headache for customers. Identity thieves could use the numbers to rack up their own medical charges—and in... More »

Anthem Hack Bears China's 'Fingerprints'

Chinese hackers appear to be trying to assemble vast data trove

(Newser) - The Anthem hack that exposed 80 million Americans' data bears "fingerprints" of a nation-state, and investigators are chasing evidence that that nation-state is China, reports Bloomberg . And the attackers aren't necessarily after a credit-card shopping spree: Rather, security experts and government officials say that it appears to be... More »

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