Rewarding friendly hackers who contribute to a more secure internet.
"We've selected some of the most important software that supports the internet stack, and we want you to hack it. If the public is demonstrably safer as a result of your contribution to internet security, we'd like to be the first to recognize your work and say "thanks" by sending some cash to you or your favorite non-profit." This is a full disclosure bug bounty program, and all vulnerability reports will eventually be made public. Also featuring an Allie Brosh logo for The Internet.
Barnaby Jack, a hacker and security researcher previously known for his hacks involving ATMs
and insulin pumps
, has died in San Francisco.
He was 35. His death came just days before he was to give a presentation about techniques for hacking implanted heart devices, which could kill a person from 30 feet away.
"During his civil lawsuit against the People's Republic of China, Brian Milburn
says he never once saw one of the country's lawyers. He read no court documents from China's attorneys because they filed none. The voluminous case record at the U.S. District courthouse in Santa Ana contains a single communication from China: a curt letter to the U.S. State Department, urging that the suit be dismissed. That doesn't mean
Milburn's adversary had no contact with him." [China Mafia-Style Hack Attack Drives California Firm to Brink
“My country should have control over Google, Skype, Yahoo, etc.,” he said by e-mail. “I’m breaking all encryption algorithms and giving power to my country to control all of them.”
Is an independent Iranian hacker trying to help his government spy on its people?
A blogger for information security firm Imperva reports the discovery
of a hacker site
offering root access on US & foreign government, military & educational sites for sale for prices ranging from $55 to $499, or just database records for the reasonable price of $20/1000. Besides US sites the hacker(s) also offer government servers in India, Taiwan & Italy. The hacker(s) also provide what they claim is proof
of their access for the skeptical or cautious buyer. No credit card offers, please - the only currency they accept is Liberty Reserve
"Millions" Of Home Routers Vulnerable to a Web Hack
At the upcoming Black Hat Conference
, to be held on July 29th in Las Vegas this year, a security researcher and ethical hacker
named Craig Heffner
will reveal a software tool to exploit a large-scale vulnerability
in most home routers that will give users outside of the network access to the device. [more inside]
Cyber security consultant & self-styled “innovator, leader & visionary” Greg Evans
has just written & self-published a book titled How To Become The Worlds No. 1 Hacker
. Or did he?
His company, LIGATT Security International
, counts Philips Arena, the NBA Atlanta Hawks and the NHL Atlanta Thrashers
among its clients. Or does it?
a US Intelligence Analyst has been arrested in connection with the "Collateral Murder
" video released by Wikileaks
. According to the article, SPC Bradley Manning was turned in by former hacker Adrian Lamo
based on concerns about Manning's threat to leak an additional 260,000 classified embassy cables.
Mitnick and Me.
Kevin Mitnick's girlfriend, TechTV producer Darci Wood,
blogs their lives and defends his activities in anticipation of Kevin's return to the Internet
later this month. Mitnick anticipates the end of his probation in today's NY Times.
John Draper says he's going straight for good
and looking to "pay back society for [his] deeds in the past," by working with a software security outfit
Mitnick is free to use computers for work
"[The] federal judge has ruled that such blanket restrictions are unacceptable and job offers should be considered on a case-by-case basis."
They bagged the kid who was responsible
for all those Denial-of-Service attacks a couple of months ago. He's Canadian.
Here's an interesting legal question: could the US extradite him? The crimes were committed in the US, but he was in Canada at the time he did it, since he worked through the Internet. Whose laws apply?
(By the way, I've seen no indication that the US is considering extradition; I was just curious whether they could
Last night Kevin Mitnick
was on 60 minutes (the gist of the interview is quoted here
), and I have to say he came off as an utterly harmless geek. He was an information junkie that enjoyed the challenge of cracking firewalls. He never profited from his activities and the affected companies made up their monetary losses. It's a shame he was forced to waste away in prison instead of offer his security expertise to the affected companies.