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A “hacker” broke into a Homeland Security Department telephone system over the weekend and racked up about $12,000 in calls to the Middle East and Asia

A “hacker” broke into a Homeland Security Department telephone system over the weekend and racked up about $12,000 in calls to the Middle East and Asia

WASHINGTON - A hacker broke into a Homeland Security Department telephone system over the weekend and racked up about $12,000 in calls to the Middle East and Asia. The hacker made more than 400 calls on a Federal Emergency Management Agency voicemail system in Emmitsburg, Md., on Saturday and Sunday, according to FEMA spokesman Tom [...]

DEFCON 16 – The Tools

DEFCON 16 – The Tools

DEFCON, the 9000+ attendee hacker conference in Vegas has become a sort of hydra conference. It has become more like a global fair than what most people think of conferences; even the badge is highly unique. I say this because there are so many things to do at DEFCON, other than going to talks, that you could spend your whole weekend looking at [...]

Judge refuses to lift gag order on MIT students in Boston subway-hack case

Judge refuses to lift gag order on MIT students in Boston subway-hack case

Lulz, if you guys think Boston's MTA cards are easy to hack you should take a swipe at Philly's SEPTA cards... Ohh and here's the DefCon Subway Presentation for all you lazy people. "A federal judge in Boston today refused to lift a temporary restraining order preventing three MIT students from publicly discussing details of several security [...]

Federal Judge in DefCon Case Equates Speech with Hacking

Federal Judge in DefCon Case Equates Speech with Hacking

I think this entry should be titled "Mass Transit submits substantially more detailed vulnerability assessment of themselves as public record... Hilarity ensues." But, to be fair, there's a legitimate enough reason to halt the talk the students were going to give. The justification for malicious hacking is that it helps the security world fix it's [...]

More Defcon Madness: Massachusetts transit authority sues subway hackers

More Defcon Madness: Massachusetts transit authority sues subway hackers

Las Vegas (NV) – Three MIT students probably won’t be giving their scheduled Defcon speech on getting free subway rides.  The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority – the agency in charge of the Boston T subway – sued the trio for computer fraud and requested a temporary restraining order to prevent them from presenting [...]

Defcon’s Hackers TURN OFF pacemaker remotely!

Defcon’s Hackers TURN OFF pacemaker remotely!

The Defcon conference is the wild and woolly version of Black Hat for the unwashed masses of hackers. It always has its share of unusual hacks. The oddest so far is a collaborative academic effort where medical device security researchers have figured out how to turn off someone’s pacemaker via remote control. They previously disclosed the [...]

E-Passports Can Be Hacked and Cloned in Minutes

E-Passports Can Be Hacked and Cloned in Minutes

Tests conducted for the UK's Times Online have concluded that the new high-tech e-passports being distributed around the world can be hacked and cloned within minutes. A computer researcher proved it by cloning the chips in two British passports and then implanting digital images of Osama bin Laden and a suicide bomber. Both passports passed as [...]

Esquire to geeks: hack our e-paper magazine cover

Esquire to geeks: hack our e-paper magazine cover

E-paper cover a "stupid gimmick"? No way, Brian. Esquire's animated 75th anniversary cover is the flashing, squawking future of magazines. It's pretty easy to see the far future. Cheap, disposable e-paper magazines on subway newsstands and on the racks of your airport's Hudson News. Each one thin, flexible, disposable. Just a couple of pages, [...]

Chinese bloggers evade censors by writing backwards

Chinese bloggers evade censors by writing backwards

You have to hand it to Chinese bloggers - they are determined to get the truth out, no matter what.   OK, they are not facing the death sentence like their fellow counterparts in Iran but nevertheless, they still face prison for their opinions.  At the very least, their work will be deleted by faceless humorless bureaucrats. So the [...]

Teens face felony charges of computer break-ins & grade changes at California High School

Teens face felony charges of computer break-ins & grade changes at California High School

A teenager faces felony charges and could spend decades in prison over allegations that he repeatedly broke into an acclaimed Orange County high school, hacked into computers to change his grades and stole tests -- all in hopes of improving his college admissions prospects, authorities said Tuesday. Omar Khan, 18, should be graduating with his [...]

British hacker faces extradition hearing

British hacker faces extradition hearing

When I started having stuff stolen from my garden, I called the local police to ask what I can do about it... Their response: "If you leave stuff unsecured, with public access, then you are asking for it to be stolen." The Internet should be treated in the same way. Don't put stuff on show to the entire world unless you have a really good lock. [...]

Metasploit Hacking Tool Site Hacked But Not “Owned”

Metasploit Hacking Tool Site Hacked But Not “Owned”

An attack this week targeting the Metasploit Website redirected visitors to a phony page proclaiming the hack -- but the hacking tool site’s servers remained intact. HD Moore, creator of Metasploit and director of security research for BreakingPoint Systems, says the attack didn’t actually touch the Metasploit servers themselves. [...]

Universal XSS In PDF

Universal XSS In PDF

More XSS (Cross-site Scripting) fun! After yesterday's post I realized that not everyone reads hacker blogs so I feel it as my duty to post it here. Stefano Di Paola and Giorgio Fedon have found a universal XSS in PDF. RSnake found also a vulnerability on local PDF file execution. This is bad people; Every server in this universe that host PDF [...]

Chinese Hackers Caused 2003 Rolling Blackouts in USA

Chinese Hackers Caused 2003 Rolling Blackouts in USA

Chinese hackers caused two power blackouts in the United States in the last half decade, according to the cover story in tomorrow’s National Journal. American intelligence sources confirm that the People’s Liberation Army was responsible for intrusions in 2003 that likely caused North America’s largest blackout, which affected [...]

18-Year-Old Says He Hacked Comcast Because He’s “Tired Of Their Shitty Service”

18-Year-Old Says He Hacked Comcast Because He’s “Tired Of Their Shitty Service”

Here's a technique we'll not be adding to our list of fun ways to escalate your complaint: The 18-year-old who recently hacked Comcast.net and took down the company's homepage and webmail told Wired that it was Comcast's own fault... The hacker, known as EBK, called Comcast to let them know they'd been hacked. The manager scoffed and hung up: "If [...]

New Smart Phone Hack Could Expose Cell Network

New Smart Phone Hack Could Expose Cell Network

Researchers have hacked a built-in maintenance application found on many smart phones that could open the door to hacking the cellular network itself. David Maynor, CTO for Errata Security, this weekend at the Summercon security confab in Atlanta will demonstrate a tool built by Errata that provides a peek into the inner workings of the cell [...]

15-Year-Old Steals Data on 55,000 People in School District Hack

15-Year-Old Steals Data on 55,000 People in School District Hack

And school isn’t even out for the summer yet: A 15-year-old student allegedly hacked into his Chester County, Pa., high school’s computer network and stole personal information on 55,000 people. The student, who attends the county’s Downingtown West High School, reportedly used a flash drive to siphon off the names, [...]

Hackers change grades at Texas high school

Hackers change grades at Texas high school

Four Hightower students being investigated after scores were changed for 60 students. SUGAR LAND — Four high school students are being investigated on suspicion of breaking into the Fort Bend Independent School District's computer network and changing the grades of at least 60 students, according to court documents and school [...]

More than 200 Videos from Defcon 15 Conference

More than 200 Videos from Defcon 15 Conference

Here is something for all you hackers out there reading my blog: all the videos from the previous year’s biggest and greatest hacker conference — DefCon 15! I found these videos via this post on Roy/SAC’s blog. He bought a full set of DVDs for several hundred dollars and uploaded them to Google Video! I sincerely appreciate [...]

Chinese Hackers Take Down SportsNetwork

Chinese Hackers Take Down SportsNetwork

The SportsNetwork, a privately held sports website located in Hatboro, PA, has been under attack from hackers for about 24 hours. Early Sunday the site was defaced with “Tibet was, is and will always be part of China” messages. Engineers returned the site to normal, but late Sunday evening the site was again hacked and taken offline. [...]

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