Midnight In The Desert — hacking

Russia has apparently hacked America's power grid

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Russia has apparently hacked America's power grid

Hackers taking down the U.S. electricity grid may sound like a plot ripped from a Bruce Willis action movie, but the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI recently disclosed that Russia has infiltrated “critical infrastructure” like American power plants, water facilities and gas pipelines. This hacking is similar to the 2015 and 2016 attacks on Ukraine’s grid. While it hasn’t risen beyond scouting mode, the specter of sabotage in the U.S. now seems more realistic than it used to. Clearly, there’s no time to waste in shoring up the grid’s security. Yet getting that done is not easy, as...

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Hacker Steals Data from Air-Gap Computer Using Noise, Light, and Magnets

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Hacker Steals Data from Air-Gap Computer Using Noise, Light, and Magnets

The field of cybersecurity is obsessed with preventing and detecting breaches, finding every possible strategy to keep hackers from infiltrating your digital inner sanctum. But Mordechai Guri has spent the last four years fixated instead on exfiltration: How spies pull information out once they've gotten in. Specifically, he focuses on stealing secrets sensitive enough to be stored on an air-gapped computer, one that's disconnected from all networks and sometimes even shielded from radio waves. Which makes Guri something like an information escape artist. More, perhaps, than any single researcher outside of a three-letter agency, Guri has uniquely fixated his career...

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'Cyber Hurricane': Millions of Devices Infected in Rapidly Replicating Botnet

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'Cyber Hurricane': Millions of Devices Infected in Rapidly Replicating Botnet

In a very short time, new rapidly expanding loT botnet malware, more complex and dangerous than the 2016 malicious Mirai bot that caused widespread outages in the US and beyond, has already compromised over a million devices. In 2016, an Internet of Things (IoT) worm named Mirai infected some 2.5 million gadgets worldwide, building botnets that sent unstoppable floods of junk traffic and took down major internet services including Spotify, Paypal and Reddit. Mirai impacted IP cameras and internet routers by simply trying default login and password combinations on them. But the new and recently-discovered botnet, known as IoT Troop...

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Computer virus infects US military drone fleet

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Computer virus infects US military drone fleet

A computer virus has reportedly infected the US military drone fleet, Wired.com reported, citing three sources familiar with the matter. The military's Host Based Security System detected the virus two weeks ago, according to the news outlet, which added that it so far has not appeared to affect overseas missions by either interfering with pilots' navigation or leaking classified information. Network security specialists, however, tell Wired that the virus keeps returning to computers at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada despite repeated attempts to remove it. "We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back," a source familiar with...

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What Is Biohacking and Should We Be Afraid of It?

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What Is Biohacking and Should We Be Afraid of It?

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