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In computer security, a hacker is someone who focuses on security mechanisms of computer and network systems. While including those who endeavor to strengthen such mechanisms, it is more often used by the mass media and popular culture to refer to those who seek access despite these security measures. That is, the media portrays the ‘hacker’ as a villain. Nevertheless, parts of the subculture see their aim in correcting security problems and use the word in a positive sense. White hat is the name given to ethical computer hackers, who utilize hacking in a helpful way. White hats are becoming a necessary part of the information security field. They operate under a code, which acknowledges that breaking into other people’s computers is bad, but that discovering and exploiting security mechanisms and breaking into computers is still an interesting activity that can be done ethically and legally. Accordingly, the term bears strong connotations that are favorable or pejorative, depending on the context.

An attempt was made Google is offering cash to those who can find, exploit and report bugs in its Android apps, or similarly hack other programs in its Play Store.…
Given how the NSA has tried to hack anything it can, many looked to one top secret leaked document for answers.
It's another IoT security flaw - attackers can hack smartwatches to monitor the wearer's location, eavesdrop on conversations or even communicate with the child.
Block all the things! No, wait, not the XSS security alerts Top ad-blocking plugin uBlock Origin has come under fire for being a little too eager in its quest to murder nasty stuff on the internet: it prevents browsers from thwarting and sounding the a...
Database contained details required to carry out highly advanced software attacks.
Manic miners don't even hack you - they just use default creds admins are too lazy to change Here's yet another reason to make sure you secure your cloud console: cryptocurrency mining.…
Inside the bizarre ongoing Rigzone saga Analysis  David Kent, of Spring, Texas, USA, was sentenced to prison earlier this month for hacking Rigzone.com, a oil and gas industry website he founded and sold to employment data biz DHI Group, in an effort t...
Researchers unearth new tactics and strategies used by the criminals behind the hacking group known as Bronze Butler.
Can you say 'collateral damage'? Two members of the US House of Representatives today introduced a law bill that would allow hacking victims to seek revenge and hack the hackers who hacked them.…
Your essential security news soaking Roundup  We almost wanted to feel sorry for Equifax, were it not for the fact that the credit biz takes to IT security like a duck to an acid bath.

After a brutal few weeks under the spotlight, on Wednesday night it...
Elliot is back, so too is the high-wire filmmaking and haywire plot.