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Oh SNAP! Old-school '80s Unix hack to smack OSX, iOS, Red Hat?  03 July 2014 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Unix-based systems, as used worldwide by sysadmins and cloud providers alike, could be hijacked by hackers abusing a hard-coded vuln that allows them to inject arbitrary commands into shell scripts executed by high-privilege users.
 
Serious Android crypto key theft vulnerability affects 10% of devices  02 July 2014 
Source: arsTechnica - Posted by Alex   
Researchers have warned of a vulnerability present on an estimated 10 percent of Android phones that may allow attackers to obtain highly sensitive credentials, including cryptographic keys for some banking services and virtual private networks, and PINs or patterns used to unlock vulnerable devices.
 
Hacker Tactic: Holding Data Hostage  22 June 2014 
Source: NY Times - Posted by Anthony Pell   
THE perpetual cat-and-mouse game between computer hackers and their targets is getting nastier. Cybercriminals are getting better at circumventing firewalls and antivirus programs. More of them are resorting to ransomware, which encrypts computer data and holds it hostage until a fee is paid.
 
At least 32,000 servers broadcast admin passwords in the clear, advisory warns  22 June 2014 
Source: arsTechnica - Posted by Dave Wreski   
An alarming number of servers containing motherboards manufactured by Supermicro continue to expose administrator passwords despite the release of an update that patches the critical vulnerability, an advisory published Thursday warned.
 
FBI Nabs Alleged NullCrew Hacker  20 June 2014 
Source: Daily Caller - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The FBI announced Wednesday the capture of an alleged member of NullCrew, an organization responsible for cyber-attacks against universities, government agencies and corporations. The suspect, Timothy French, was arrested in Tennessee last Wednesday.
 
Telling Folk Heroes From Monsters  20 June 2014 
Source: NY Times - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Woe to the once-hallowed trickster. In ancient mythologies, the riddler-thief and agent of change held a position of prestige. Now, we don’t know what to do with him. In our two Americas, we do black and white, either/or, with us or against us. The trickster is in between, both and neither, a character on the fringes.
 
Hacker puts 'full redundancy' code-hosting firm out of business  19 June 2014 
Source: TechWorld - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A code-hosting and project management services provider was forced to shut down operations indefinitely after a hacker broke into its cloud infrastructure and deleted customer data, including most of the company's backups.
 
Stop sneaky hackers from launching DMA attacks  17 June 2014 
Source: InfoWorld - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Direct Memory Access (DMA) is a controller feature that has been available at least since the original IBM PC. It can be used by hackers to compromise your otherwise very heavily protected computer. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize DMA-based attacks.
 
14-year-old code crackers hack Winnipeg ATM  12 June 2014 
Source: Toronto Sun - Posted by Alex   
A couple of 14-year-old computer whizzes have the Bank of Montreal upgrading its security after the teens hacked an ATM machine. Matthew Hewlett and Caleb Turon, both Grade 9 students, found an old ATM operators manual online that showed how to get into the machine's operator mode.
 
FBI Shutdown of Virus Demanded New Anti-Hacker Tactics  12 June 2014 
Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Dismantling one of the world's most insidious computer viruses required complex and fast-paced tactics that will be the blueprint for U.S. law enforcement's future cyberbattles.
 
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