New Zealand’s “hacked” budget was found on a website

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas New Zealand’s Treasury office said it had been “deliberately and systematically hacked,” with evidence showing more than 2,000 hacking attempts recorded over a 48-hour period from Sunday through Tuesday. On Tuesday, the National Party – a center-right political party in New Zealand that’s also known as the Nats or National – published […]

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What a teen grade hacker’s confession can teach us

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry at a new column that Motherboard’s Vice started earlier this month. It’s called Scam Academy. Pull up a chair, students: Scam Academy is where you come to read about “schemes and cheats from within the high schools and colleges of America.” The authors […]

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Three tech-support scammers charged with ripping off the elderly

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas Three alleged tech-support scammers have been charged with bilking the elderly out of at least $1.3 million for tech support services they didn’t need and never got. The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced on Friday that the three had been arrested the day before. According to […]

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Foreign spies may be hiding in your VPN, warns DHS

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas Before we get into the latest scary-virtual private network (VPN) news, let’s do as Naked Security’s Paul Ducklin advises and repeat after him: A VPN doesn’t magically improve security. All it really does is to make your VPN provider into your new ISP – your “first hop” on the internet. That first […]

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Facial recognition used to strip adult industry workers of anonymity

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas As if we don’t already have enough facial-recognition dystopia, someone’s claiming to have used the technology to match the faces of porn actresses to social media profiles in order to “help others check whether their girlfriends ever acted in those films.” A Germany-based Chinese programmer said he and some friends have identified […]

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Amnesty sues maker of Pegasus, the spyware let in by WhatsApp zero day

Posted on May 23rd, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas Last week, Facebook’s WhatsApp whispered out a warning to update the mobile messaging app after learning that it had a vulnerability that really deserved to be shouted from the rooftops: a zero-day vulnerability that allowed hackers to silently install government spyware onto victims’ phones had been exploited in the wild. The zero […]

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Rats leave the sinking ship as hackers’ forum gets hacked

Posted on May 23rd, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas Prepare yourself for the warm glow of schadenfreude: OGUsers, a forum devoted to trading stolen Instagram, Twitter and other accounts, has apparently been hacked, its forum hard drives wiped, and its user database stolen and published on a rival hacking community site for any and all comers to download for free. As […]

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Some Androids don’t call 911 when you tell them to call an ambulance

Posted on May 22nd, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas Somebody’s not breathing. You panic, you grab your phone, and you call for an ambulance. Or do you? Unfortunately, if you’re using an Android phone, you might not be. You could instead be calling for, say, medical transportation that isn’t authorized to respond to emergencies. As the Idaho Statesmen reported recently, Android […]

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Most hackers for hire are scammers, research shows

Posted on May 22nd, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas Hackers for hire are a bunch of swindlers, according to research published last week by Google and academics from the University of California, San Diego. The researchers were specifically interested in a segment of black-market services known as hackers for hire: the crooks you send in when you lack the hacking skills to […]

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Why ‘PWNED!’ is appearing on some GPS smartwatches

Posted on April 6th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas We’re sort of accustomed to Google Maps shenanigans, but usually they’re funny, and/or cat-obsessed. Like, say, the New Zealand map-cat behemoth that was for a time stretching off one side of Auckland’s Hobson Bay Walkway over to where its head was nearly touching the northwestern section of the trail: a full 250 […]

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