Leaked from today's 404 episode:
The November data breach that affected as many as 110 million Target customers could have been stopped in its tracks, according to a story published Thursday by Bloomberg.
Speaking with more than ten former Target employees and eight people with knowledge of the hack, Bloomberg said that Target already had in place a sophisticated malware detection system designed by security firm FireEye. The $1.6 million system was set up specifically to identify hacks and cyberattacks before they had a chance to do real damage.
Highlighting the ingenuity of FireEye's detection system, Bloomberg explained that it creates a parallel … Read more
The people behind WhatsApp are rebutting a report contending that the app is vulnerable because your chats can be stored on an Android phone's SD card.
Earlier this week, DoubleThink chief technology officer Bas Bosschert posted a blog alleging that hackers could use a malicious app to tap into your WhatsApp conversations by uploading the database from the SD card to a Web site. To prove his point, Bosschert said he created an app that was able to snag and read the database files.
In response, a spokesperson for WhatsApp called the report "overstated" and issued the … Read more
With some old-fashioned trickery, hackers were able to get more than 162,000 legitimate WordPress-powered Web sites to mount a distributed-denial-of-service attack against another Web site, security researchers said Monday.
Security firm Sucuri said hackers leveraged a well-known flaw in WordPress that allows an attack to be amplified by harnessing unsuspecting Web sites. It's unclear which site was the victim of the cyberattack, but Sucuri said it was a "popular WordPress site" that went down for many hours.
"It was a large HTTP-based (layer 7) distributed flood attack, sending hundreds of requests per second to their … Read more
An ongoing investigation has revealed that a Vietnamese man posing as a private investigator was able to dupe Experian in to compromising data which could equate to millions of customer records.
Last year, Krebs on Security published a story documenting the tale of 24-year-old Vietnamese national Hieu Minh Ngo, the founder of an online identity theft service. Phishing campaigns, breaking in to systems, keylogging software -- these are all ways to snatch someone's personal, financial data, but what if you can go to an agency source and simply buy the information you want instead?
Ngo, posing as a private … Read more
Apparently frustrated by a lack of information about how Mt. Gox lost hundreds of millions of dollars in a security lapse, hackers hit the personal blog of Bitcoin exchange's chief executive to level charges of fraud.
The Reddit account and personal blog of Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles, MagicalTux.net, were hijacked Sunday and defaced with a post that alleged the exchange kept some of the coins allegedly stolen in fraudulent withdrawals. Hackers also posted a 716MB ZIP file that allegedly contained data stolen from Mt. Gox servers on the sites as well as to Pastebin.
The data dump … Read more
I knew remarkably little about him when we first met. Alex is not his real name -- it's a pseudonym to protect his identity. But everything else about him is very real. He travels to our New York newsroom and our San Francisco office from his home near Charlotte, N.C., where he lives with his family.
Alex is one of a growing population of "privacy ambivalent" users. He keeps his Social Security number close to his chest, and rarely gives out his personal e-mail address unless he has to. But he isn't clued … Read more
Bitcoin is going through a bit of a rough patch. Just over a week after Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy, Bitcoin bank Flexcoin shut down after hackers stole all of its digital currency.
Hackers stole 896 bitcoins -- worth more than $580,000 based on Bitcoin's current trading value -- in an attack on Sunday, according to a note posted on the Canadian bank's site. Flexcoin decided to close its doors, saying it did not have "the resources, assets, or otherwise to come back from this loss."
Flexcoin offered more details on exactly how … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Apple CarPlay to bring iPhone experience to your next car's dashboard.
- This electric condom promises to supercharge your sex life.
- 60-year-old goes on Tinder tear: "By the end of the year, I had slept with 15 men, 11 of whom were in their 20s or 30s."
- A smart Netflix employee invents wristband that pauses your shows when you fall asleep.… Read more