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Phreaks and l33ts: Inside the early ‘90s tech scene that created L0pht, the legendary hackerspace 

Shortly after I left Boston University in the spring of 1991 and was working as a rent-a-cop at the Lafayette Place Mall, I called up a new online bulletin board, or BBS, for the first time. I think it was simply called “M.” They requested that users create a unique username, something totally new, that had not been used on any other system. The goal...

Sanctioned Iranian hackers behind Charlie Hebdo breach, Microsoft says

An Iranian cybersecurity company sanctioned by the U.S. government for meddling in U.S. elections was responsible for stealing and attempting to sell subscriber data from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Microsoft researchers said Friday. The hackers, believed to be affiliated with the sanctioned Iranian cybersecurity company...

Vulnerabilities could let hackers remotely shut down EV chargers, steal electricity

Two vulnerabilities in a commonly used networking protocol for electric vehicle chargers could allow hackers to remotely shut down charging stations or manipulate docking stations to recharge for free, according to a report from cybersecurity firm Saiflow. “Essentially, if a hacker exploits these two vulnerabilities, he can create a denial...

GoodRx will settle claim it shared sensitive health data with advertisers

GoodRx, a telehealth provider and online platform selling discounted prescription drugs, will pay $1.5 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint that it failed to disclose to consumers it was sharing health data with Facebook, Google and other ad-targeting companies. The FTC alleged that since at least 2017 GoodRx shared the...

Watchdog warns FDIC fails to test banks’ cyberdefenses effectively

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. isn’t doing enough to monitor cyber risk effectively at the financial institutions it regulates, according to a federal government watchdog. In a report issued Wednesday, the FDIC’s Office of Inspector General identified major deficiencies in the agency’s IT and cyber risk assessment program, which is known...

Reality check: Is ChatGPT really the next big cybersecurity threat?

When OpenAI released ChatGPT in November, programmers were astounded to discover that the artificial intelligence-powered chatbot could not only mimic a huge variety of human speech but could also write code. In the days following its release, programmers posted wild-eyed examples of ChatGPT churning out fairly competent code. From stringing together...

Cybercrime groups offer six-figure salaries, bonuses, paid time off to attract talent on dark web

Cybercrime is a booming business. So, like any other thriving market, the masterminds behind ransomware syndicates or online scam operations need workers, too. And they aren’t just looking for other criminal hackers. Developers, administrators and designers are in high demand. And just as the cybersecurity market is competing for the best talent,...

Racial slurs discovered in leaked Yandex source code

Russian tech giant Yandex apologized on Friday for racial slurs uncovered in the company’s source code. The apology came in response to the discovery of multiple references to the N-word in the company’s code base after it leaked online. “We deeply regret that this word ever appeared in our internal codes,” the Yandex press office told CyberScoop in...

Inside TikTok’s proposal to address US national security concerns

TikTok has presented a detailed proposal to a secretive federal panel that will decide its future in the U.S. that relies extensively on the American tech giant Oracle to mitigate perceived security risks of the viral video app. A TikTok official speaking on condition of anonymity described the company’s proposal to the Committee on Foreign...

Russia’s Sandworm hackers blamed in fresh Ukraine malware attack

One of the Russian military’s most prolific hacking units deployed yet another destructive malware attack against Ukrainian targets this week, researchers with cybersecurity firm ESET said Friday. The researchers attributed the attack to the hacking unit known widely as “Sandworm,” a group in the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, behind...

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