France is trying to outlaw fake news

PARIS — Can a democratic country outlaw fake news? France is about to find out after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns. Criticism is pouring in from media advocates, tech experts — and Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT. They say the law smacks of

North Korean caught secretly mining bitcoin rival

North Korean hackers are secretly mining a cryptocurrency rival to bitcoin as Kim Jong Un aims to cash in on the booming virtual cash economy and skirt the sanctions that are crippling his regime. According to a report, the rogue state is using foreign computers to funnel the cryptocurrency

North Korean caught secretly mining bitcoin rival

North Korean hackers are secretly mining a cryptocurrency rival to bitcoin as Kim Jong Un aims to cash in on the booming virtual cash economy and skirt the sanctions that are crippling his regime. According to a report, the rogue state is using foreign computers to funnel the cryptocurrency

PC security pioneer John McAfee claims his Twitter was hacked

John McAfee has finally caught a bug. The eponymous founder of the PC software security giant was left red-faced when his Twitter account was allegedly hacked. The 72-year-old McAfee, now involved with a Bitcoin firm, said his account was used to promote lesser-known crypto-currencies. “Urgent: My account was hacked,” McAfee posted

Russian hackers targeted hundreds of journalists around the world

PARIS — Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone: Some of his most intimate messages had just been published to the web. Days earlier, the veteran journalist had come out live on air as HIV-positive,

North Korea’s stolen bitcoins now worth more than $80M

North Korean hackers stole millions of dollars’ worth of bitcoin and other digital currencies earlier this year — which are now worth more than $80 million, South Korea’s spy agency said. Nearly $7 million of the cryptocurrency that went missing from electronic exchanges over several months was swiped using

These hackers took down the internet for money and revenge

Last year, hackers used a network of hundreds of thousands of hijacked devices to take major portions of the internet offline for hours. The Mirai botnet, as it’s called, conscripted routers, smart fridges and CCTV cameras to take down vital services that power companies like PayPal and Netflix. New

Famed hacker hit with more sexual misconduct allegations

Nine men have come forward to accuse a legendary hacker of inappropriate touching, stalking and sexual harassment, according to a report Friday. John Draper, a 74-year-old cyber whiz nicknamed “Cap’n Crunch,” used his status at computer conferences to lure young men to his hotel room for private “energy” workouts

Famed hacker hit with more sexual misconduct allegations

Nine men have come forward to accuse a legendary hacker of inappropriate touching, stalking and sexual harassment, according to a report Friday. John Draper, a 74-year-old cyber whiz nicknamed “Cap’n Crunch,” used his status at computer conferences to lure young men to his hotel room for private “energy” workouts

Hackers steal $70M in bitcoins as price briefly hits $19K

Bitcoin continued its incredible and volatile rise to new heights on Thursday — even as hackers broke into one company and made off with about $70 million of the cryptocurrency. The 8-year old digital asset, which was trading for under $2,000 in the spring, soared past $19,000 for a

Uber paid 20-year-old man to keep data breach secret

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON – A 20-year-old Florida man was responsible for the large data breach at Uber Technologies Inc last year and was paid by Uber to destroy the data through a so-called “bug bounty” program normally used to identify small code vulnerabilities, three people familiar with the events

Schumer says “Grinch bots’ are stealing Christmas

Cyber scalpers are helping the Grinch steal Christmas. Bots, sophisticated computer programs used for mass online purchases, have already driven up ticket prices for Broadway shows and top concerts and are now turning their sights on the season’s hottest toys and games, said Sen. Chuck Schumer. “Bots come in and

Terrorists ‘could kill millions’ by remotely hacking cars: experts

Modern cars could be turned into lethal weapons by computer hackers working for enemy states or terrorists, experts have warned. They say any car built since 2005 can be controlled remotely and many built between 2000 and 2005 are also vulnerable. Government ministers in the UK have been urged to

One rogue programmer could end the human race

The idea of small groups of humans having control over some of the most powerful weapons ever to be built is scary, but it’s the reality we live in. In the not-so-distant future, that incredible power and responsibility could be handed over to AI and robotic systems, which

Russian cybersecurity company admits taking NSA code

SAN FRANCISCO – Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab on Wednesday acknowledged that its security software had taken source code for a secret American hacking tool from a personal computer in the United States. The admission came in a statement from the embattled company that described preliminary results from an internal inquiry it launched

Hackers can now get into any Wi-Fi connection in the world

Equifax and Yahoo disclosed major security breaches recently, which are quite scary, especially the former. But security researchers are about to unveil to explain how hackers could hack any existing Wi-Fi connection and spy on all of your data. The encrypted WPA2 protocol was just breached, putting at risk everyone who

Iran cyberattack targeted UK Prime Minister’s email

Iran was behind a cyberattack that targeted British Prime Minister Theresa May’s email and dozens of other accounts belonging to members of Parliament, according to reports Saturday. The “brute force’’ June breach — which may have been carried out by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard — allowed the hackers to break into

Equifax may have been hacked again

They have got to be kidding. Equifax announced on Thursday that it was investigating another hack on its website — barely a month after the company admitted that hackers had stolen the private data of more than 145.5 million people. An Equifax site redirected visitors to a fake Adobe Flash download that

Equifax denies its website was hacked again, blames vendor

Equifax shot down reports on Thursday that its website was hacked, and instead put the blame on a third-party vendor that was compromised. “Despite early media reports, Equifax can confirm that its systems were not compromised,” Marisa Salcines, a spokeswoman for the company, said in a statement. A vendor that Equifax uses

South Korea claims North hacked nuclear attack response plans

North Korean hackers stole strategic plans drawn up by South Korea and the United States on how they would respond to an attack by the rogue regime as well as details of a “decapitation” plan to assassinate President Kim Jong Un, according to a report on Tuesday. The hackers broke into

UK teen admits trying to hack into computers of FBI, CIA chiefs

A British teen admitted he tried to hack into the computers of several high-ranking officials in the US, including the heads of the CIA and FBI. Kane Gamble pleaded guilty Friday to 10 charges against him in Leicester crown court, the Guardian reported. The 18-year-old targeted then-CIA Director John Brennon and former