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How Hackers Avoid Honeypots

  Honeypots are networks, servers or web applications purposely built to appear vulnerable, thus showing obsolete operating systems and software, open services and ports, in order to attract malign visitors and induce them to try exploiting the system. While in a preceding tutorial I explained how to build your own honeypot, here I will explain how hackers try to avoid ... Read More »

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Hackers Steal Cellular Accounts to Break 2FA Protected Online Bitcoin Wallets

All of the major cellular service providers have been seeing an increase of attacks on customer accounts. Hackers are stealing cell phone numbers from users of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint through social engineering techniques. Once the attackers have control of a phone number they can use it to reset passwords for services like Google and social media sites. The ... Read More »

The Ghost Telephonist Allows Hackers to Make Calls and Texts from Your Phone Number

Chinese researchers unveiled a new mobile phone hacking technique they have created during a talk at this year’s Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The researchers are from Qihoo 360’s Unicorn Team. The Unicorn Team specializes in hacking radio and cellular technology. On Thursday, July 27th, the Unicorn Team delivered a presentation at Black Hat on their new ... Read More »

HOW HACKERS HIDE MALICIOUS SITES

  Since 2006, security researchers have been watching a new technique used in cybercrime to hide malicious traffic behind an intricate network of proxies. This technique called fast-flux, was initially used by few people but lead to thousands of personal computers infected and criminal content like phishing sites and malwares successfully delivered to innocent users. Fast-flux networks are today the ... Read More »

Hackers Demand Over $250,000 for Ransomware Decryption Keys

Hackers Demand Over $250,000 for Ransomware Decryption Keys The alleged authors of the NotPetya ransomware, which swept through Ukraine locking the systems of governments, financial institutes and businesses, demanded a payment of 100 BTC, which was over $250,000 at the time, for the private keys. Earlier this week, Motherboard reported that cyber security researchers detected movement around the BTC wallet ... Read More »

Credentials of Senior Figures in Britain Hacked and Sold On the Darknet by Russian Hackers

Credentials of senior figures of the United Kingdom, including ministers, ambassadors, and police have been sighted on the Darknet marketplace for sale. The passwords and emails which are believed to have been hacked by a group of Russian hackers are sold at cheaper prices for individuals who need them for their frauding activities. According to reports, the stolen credentials include ... Read More »

Bitcoin Brain Wallets : Hackers’ Heaven!

Since its launch in 2009, Bitcoin has by far been the most successful cryptocurrency, attracting a considerable magnitude of research during the past few years. Just like every other cryptocurrency, authorization of transfer of bitcoins from an account to the other relies on ECDSA digital signatures. The rising popularity of bitcoin, especially among non-tech savvy individuals and populations who have ... Read More »

Demand For Ethical Hackers Rise as Corporations Look to Combat Dark Web Criminals

Hackers are categorized into black, grey and white hat hackers. Black hat hackers are individuals or groups which target corporations and organizations with a malicious intent for political or financial gain. Grey hat hackers aim to find exploits in the computer and IT systems of corporations and either publish the findings or request incentive for the exploitation. Lastly, white hat ... Read More »

UK “Absolutely” Focused on Hunting the WannaCry Hackers

Law enforcement worldwide, either through their own channels or a proxy like Europol, announced a manhunt for the cybercriminals behind the recent “WannaCry” malware. Something of this size, as with most cybercrime of late, breaches any one government’s jurisdiction. And, to counter these exact situations, several nations joined forces under the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) umbrella. Many countries saw ... Read More »

Ransomeware Hackers Launch Global Assault

Computer systems in dozens of countries were locked down on Friday, in an attack cybersecurity experts said made use of a software vulnerability that the US National Security Agency had allegedly exploited earlier. Among those caught up in the attacks were American delivery giant FedEx, and the UK’s National Health Service, which reported 16 hospitals or clinics shut down and ... Read More »

FBI Warns That Hackers Target Open FTP Servers

In a Private Industry Notification, the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed they knew of threat actors who targeted specific healthcare facilities. The FBI explained that these “hackers” hunted open FTP connections from medical and dental practices across the United States. From there, the intruders stole sensitive medical information and use it for extortion, identity theft, or simply a darknet marketplace ... Read More »

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Hacking and Politics – Can Hackers Change World Politics?

Researching through Science and Technology Studies STS along with application of the social movement theory, present literature has tried to examine the relationship between hacking and politics. Most authors only present questions without proposing any answers. Most authors resist equating political activism with hacking. Hacking is unique, especially when considering Gabriella Cleman’s phrase “the political agnosticism of hackers” . This ... Read More »