Inside Def Con: World's Biggest Hacker Gathering
Whatever this massive hacker-party-turned-industry-extravaganza has become, this week host Ben Makuch descended on Las Vegas to see what Def Con is all about in 2019.
Chinese Antivirus Companies Don’t Flag Chinese Border Malware
After a joint investigation found China installing malware on tourists’ phones, several antivirus companies started flagging the app. Several Chinese companies did not, however.
Antivirus Companies Now Flag Malware China Installs on Tourists’ Phones
After a collaborative investigation found Chinese authorities were planting malware on the phones of travellers, Symantec, Malwarebytes and other cybersecurity firms have updated their products.
China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border
The malware downloads a tourist’s text messages, calendar entries, and phone logs, as well as scans the device for over 70,000 different files.
A Computer Afflicted With 6 Infamous Viruses Has Passed $1 Million at Auction
The art project can be yours for a mere seven figures.
‘WannaCry Hero’ Marcus Hutchins Pleads Guilty to Making Banking Malware
The researcher who helped stop the WannaCry ransomware pleaded guilty to two counts of hacking for writing banking malware in 2014.
Prosecutors Launch Investigation Into Company That Put Malware on Google Play Store
Italian government authorities have launched an inquiry into eSurv, a company that made spyware apps that it concealed as legitimate and innocuous-looking apps on the Google Play Store.
Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware
Security researchers have found a new kind of government malware that was hiding in plain sight within apps on Android’s Play Store. And they appear to have uncovered a case of lawful intercept gone wrong.
Ransomware Forces Aluminum Manufacturing Giant to Shut Down Network Worldwide
Norwegian giant Norsk Hydro was forced to shut down its internal network after some of its computers in the United States were hit by ransomware.
Releasing the NSA’s Previously Classified Tool ‘Ghidra’ For Free Is a ‘Game Changer’
The NSA release a free and open source reverse engineering app called ‘Ghidra.”
When Spies Come Home
PayPal Processes Payments for ‘Stalkerware’ Software Sold to Abusive Partners
The booming industry of spyware to spy on romantic partners doesn’t exist in a vacuum: Companies need financial and tech giants to process their payments and advertise their wares.
Google Made a Quiz to See if You Can Identify Phishing Emails
Alphabet’s Jigsaw has a new quiz to test your ability to distinguish phishing emails from regular, benevolent ones.