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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.

Threatpost News Wrap, March 27, 2017

The latest Wikileaks dump of Apple hacking tools, the LastPass vulnerabilities, and a new Android security report are discussed.

Android Forums resets passwords after hack

Only 2.5 per cent of userbase affected Add Android Forums to the growing list of web properties that have suffered a security breach.…

Top 8 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss SAS 2017

The planning for Kaspersky Lab Security Analyst Summit (SAS 2017) is nearing completion and we have a small number of invitations available for malware...

Pwn2Own hacking contest ends with two virtual machine escapes

Two teams of researchers managed to win the biggest bounties at this year's Pwn2Own hacking contest by escaping from the VMware Workstation virtual machine...

Hundreds of Cisco switches vulnerable to flaw found in WikiLeaks files

The flaw was found by Cisco security researchers, despite WikiLeaks' claiming that the CIA hacking unit disclosures did not contain working vulnerabilities.

FBI looks into Russian hack of US election, possible Trump involvement

The FBI is actively investigating Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible cooperation from President Donald Trump’s campaign, agency director...

Google Reports a Jump in Hacked Websites in 2016

With the number of hacked and compromised websites on the rise, Google releases new documentation to help the site owners mitigate hacking risks.

Secret Service Agent’s Laptop With Clinton Hack Probe Details Stolen

The laptop, taken from Brooklyn, also contains information on Trump Tower floor and evacuation plans.

Microsoft Edge used to escape VMware Workstation at Pwn2Own 2017

Safari, macOS, Ubuntu, and of course Flash were all compromised in hacking contest.

Virtual machine escape fetches $105,000 at Pwn2Own hacking contest [updated]

Enlarge (credit: Heather Katsoulis) Contestants at this year's Pwn2Own hacking competition in Vancouver just pulled off an unusually impressive feat: they compromised Microsoft's...

Pwn2Own Hackers Earn $340,000 Exploiting Windows, macOS

The second day of the Pwn2Own 2017 hacking competition reveals Windows, macOS, Adobe Flash and web browser exploits.

North Korea’s ‘Lazarus’ Likely Behind New Wave of Cyberattacks

Symantec says it has digital evidence that hack group Lazarus is behind the recent sophisticated cyberattacks on 31 countries.