iPhone user accounts breached by phishing, expert says

It's unlikely that consumers' iTunes accounts were hacked by a Vietnamese iPhone developer, a security researcher said today.Instead, it's more probable that users' credit cards were obtained through standard phishing tactics or keyloggers

Published on: July 12th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Car hackers can disable brakes, change speedometer, prevent doors from opening

University researchers have taken a close look at the computer systems used to run today's cars and discovered new ways to hack into them, sometimes with frightening results.In a paper set to be

Published on: May 17th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Man gets 81 months for ‘hack, pump and dump’ stock scam

An Indian national was sentenced Monday to 81 months in prison for hacking into online brokerage accounts and using those accounts to manipulate stock prices for personal gain.Jaisankar Marimuthu, 36, of Chennai, India,

Published on: April 29th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Hackers exploit Polish president’s death with massive scareware attack

Hackers exploited the tragic plane crash killing Poland's president and other military and civil society leaders on April 10 by flooding search engine results with links to fake anti-virus software.President Lech Kaczyinski and

Published on: April 15th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Breaching Safari, Firefox browsers will help duo keep title in Vancouver contest

Two former winners will line up later today at the Pwn2Own hacking contest to take another crack at thousands of dollars in prizes for exploiting fully-patched browsers.Charlie Miller, who has taken home cash

Published on: March 25th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

What Hollywood tells you about hackers

Quick: What's a hacker? A pimply faced teenager in a dark bedroom trying to start World War Three, or a thirty-something professional with mad computer skills?Although today's hacker is more likely to be

Published on: February 26th, 2010 Robert MacMillan

‘Don’t blame us for Google hack,’ say indignant Chinese schools

Two schools in China where computers were reportedly linked to cyberattacks on Google and other companies have denied involvement in the hack, Chinese state media said Sunday. Investigators say they have traced the

Published on: February 24th, 2010 Owen Fletcher and Jaikumar Vijayan

Kneber botnet — a multi-headed hydra that’s wreaking havoc

Information gathered about a newly discovered botnet called Kneber indicates that multiple infections by different malware on the same host could work together as a sophisticated mechanism to give all the malware a

Published on: February 22nd, 2010 Tim Greene

Iceman gets 13 years, must pay $27.5M to hacking victims

A former security researcher turned criminal hacker has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for hacking into financial institutions and stealing credit card account numbers.Max Ray Butler, who used the hacker

Published on: February 17th, 2010 Robert McMillan

VoIP hacker admits to re-selling stolen services, faces 25 years in slammer

A Miami man this week admitted hacking into the networks of several VoIP providers between 2004 and 2006 and then reselling millions of stolen minutes.Edwin Pena, 27, of Miami, yesterday pleaded guilty in

Published on: February 8th, 2010 Sharon Gaudin and Robert MacMillan

‘Hacker gods’ reform infamous group

The news report begins with shots of a tense space shuttle launch. Engineers hunch over computer banks and techno music pounds in the background. There is a countdown, a lift-off, and then you

Published on: July 27th, 2009 Robert McMillan

Adobe Reader download poses serious security risk

Adobe has acknowledged that some users are vulnerable to attack after downloading an outdated version of Reader from its Web site, and said it is now reevaluating how it updates the popular PDF

Published on: July 22nd, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Hacker uses Trojan to steal account numbers, swindle $112,000

A Hampton, New Hampshire, man has pleaded guilty to fraud charges for his role in a scheme to empty brokerage accounts by installing malicious Trojan horse software on victims' computers.According to court documents,

Published on: June 10th, 2009 Robert MacMillan

My motive wasn’t criminal, says Mafiaboy

Some estimates put the financial damage caused by his online hacking spree at around $1.7 billion.But Mafiaboy reiterates that his overall motive in launching those devastating hacking attacks nine years ago were "definitely

Published on: April 22nd, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes