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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.

WikiLeaks doc dump reveals CIA tools for infecting air-gapped PCs

Brutal Kangaroo jumps network breaks, according to leaked classified info WikiLeaks has published online more top-secret documents it has obtained from the CIA describing the agency's hacking tools.

This time the dossier details software codenamed Brutal Kangaroo that agents can use to infect targets' air-gapped computers with malware.…

Two Brits nabbed in connection with global plot to hack Microsoft...

Organised crime coppers cuff young men Detectives of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit arrested two UK men this morning in connection with an international "conspiracy" to break into the Microsoft network.…

Homeland Security: Putinrsquo;s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21...

Senate Intelligence Committee frustrated by lack of details Russian attempts to hack key US election systems are more advanced than first thought, according to testimony by Homeland Security officials in Congress on Wednesday.…

Security experts warn lawmakers of election hacking risks

The hundred-plus security experts say many US states are "inadequately prepared" to deal with the rising cybersecurity risks of state and federal elections.

US is Number One! In sales register hacking attacks, at least

Fraudsters love America's easy-to-hack card slurpers Hacking attacks against sales terminals have risen by nearly a third last year, and the US is still leading the way in being insecure.…

Security Firm’s Astonishing Level of Ineptitude Exposed in RNC Breach

NEWS ANALYSIS: Records of nearly every voter in the U.S. found unprotected and open to anyone on the internet, making it so the Russians didnrsquo;t need to hack in.

Mexican government accused of illegal phone hacking of citizens

Investigation reveals targeting of journalists and activists An investigation by Mexican NGOs and a Canadian tech lab has revealed how the Mexican government is illegally targeting the mobile phones of journalists, lawyers and activists to spy on them.…

GTA Online publisher goes after paid cheating services

Menyoo, Lexicon, and Force Hax forced offline after "discussions."

Honeypots and the Internet of Things

According to Gartner, there are currently over 6 billion IoT devices on the planet. Such a huge number of potentially vulnerable gadgets could not possibly go unnoticed by cybercriminals. As of May 2017, Kaspersky Lab’s collections included several thousand different malware samples for IoT devices, about half of which were detected in 2017.

Worried about election hacking? There’s a technology fix – Helios

End-to-end encrypted, verifiable voting already in action Election hacking is much in the news of late and there are fears that the Russians/rogue lefties/Bavarian illuminati et al are capable of falsifying results.…

Wikileaks Alleges Years of CIA D-Link and Linksys Router Hacking Via...

The latest dump from Wikileaks alleges the CIA installed custom router firmware on unsuspecting targets in order to spy on internet activity.

Engineer Sentenced to Prison for Hacking Utility, Disabling Water Meter-Readers

A Pennsylvania man is sentenced to more than a year in prison after hacking into a remote water meter reading system run by his former employer.