It’s a Hacker’...

Dear Sony: Sure, you lost 100 million user accounts, suffered a weeks-long outage, got sanctioned by your own government, and were so thoroughly humiliated that it’s amazing your executives can still show their faces in public. But look at the bright side: You get to take home a pretty pink pony. This past weekend Sony won a Pwnie (“pony”) from the...

Microsoft to Fix 22 Flaws ...

Microsoft is to release a larger than usual security update on 9 August, with 13 patches fixing 22 vulnerabilities. ‘Critical’ flaws in Internet Explorer 6-9 and Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003 and 2008 all allow remote code execution on a target machine, and all patches require a full restart. The bulk of the patches are rated ‘important’,...

Microsoft Will Pay $250,00...

Microsoft is offering more than $250,000 to researchers who develop new security defenses to protect Windows users against attacks that exploit software bugs. Microsoft’s Blue Hat Prize announced on Wednesday at the Black Hat security conference will pay $200,000 for the best “novel runtime mitigation technology designed to prevent the exploitation of memory...

Flying Drone Can Crack Wi-...

How do one ex-Air Force official and one former airplane hobby shop owner, both of whom happen to have decades of experience as network security contractors for the military, spend their weekends? Building a flying, unmanned, automated password-cracking, Wi-Fi-sniffing, cell-phone eavesdropping spy drone, of course. At the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences in...

‘War Texting’ ...

Researcher will demonstrate at Black Hat USA next week how ‘horrifyingly’ easy it is to disarm a car alarm system and control other GSM and cell-connected devices It took researcher Don Bailey a mere two hours to successfully hack into a popular car alarm system and start the car remotely by sending it a message. Bailey, a security consultant with iSec...

Anonymous, Lulzsec, Mannin...

THE COMPUTER SECURITY INDUSTRY’S Pwnie Awards ceremony is a week away and the nominations are out. The notorious Lulzsec hacking outfit, the Anonymous hacktivist collective, the Stuxnet industrial sabotage worm and the alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning are all up for the ‘Epic 0wnage’ Pwnie award at Black Hat. Anonymous was nominated for...