DDoS attacks are the nuclear weapons of the hacking community, and soon they could launch one that even the experts won't be able to thwart.
It seems like hackers can gain access to just about any electronic device these days, but now, in a scary twist, someone has demonstrated how even a pacemaker embedded in your chest can be corrupted from up to 30 feet away so that it kills you.
Hackers recently targeted Bitcoinica, an exchange service for the peer to peer virtual currency Bitcoins, and stole more than $87,000 worth of Bitcoins. The company said in a blog post that all money will be repaid, but it does bring back up the security issues involved with Bitcoins.
The hacktivists are striking back. After Hector Xavier Monsegur — better known as "Sabu," the leader of LulzSec — was outed as an FBI informant after last year's string of Web terror, Anonymous is now taking back control of the group, declaring its return on April 1.
After getting arrested by the FBI last June, Hector Xavier Monsegur aka "Sabu" — leader of the Louise Boat hacker group LulzSec that rained terror on the CIA, Fox and Sony has apparently been forced into helping the agency catch his ex-fellow hackers and Anonymous members.
Stop us if you've heard this one before: PlayStation Network hacked. It's happened again, only not as terrible as it was back in April. Sony says it has locked 93,000 PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment accounts after it detected a "massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against [its] network database."
Missed the news that Anonymous was planning to purge the entire Internet of the New York Stock Exchange on October 10? Well, it might not even happen, as the cyber threat might just be a fake.
It was only a matter of time before the FBI tracked LulzSec members down for wreaking havoc on the Internet over this past spring. With three new alleged critical arrests, it's almost safe to say the FBI got the last "lulz."
The hacktivists keep making the headlines. Despite the alleged Topiary arrest, Anonymous has been quite busy over the last few days. After stealing and releasing 10GB of confidential police data from across the U.S., Anonymous (or parts of it, see our update within) has publicly declared its next target: Facebook.
U.S. government agents have descended on the secretive Defcon hacker's convention in Las Vegas this week. But rather than trying to take down the guys who hacked in to the CIA website last June, they were there to hang up a 'help wanted' sign.