Last week, a Palestinian hacker found a flaw in Facebook that allowed you to post on anybody’s wall, even if you were not one of their friends.
After a couple of unfruitful reports to Facebook’s white-hat program, the hacker decided to go public in a big way by posting directly on the wall of Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg.
A view of the Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook wall showing an unauthorized post by a Palestinian hacker.
In a scene straight out of a movie, a Florida prison suffered what they are presently calling a “computer glitch.”
This “glitch” has caused all the electronically secured doors of a maximum security wing to open, allowing inmates to roam the corridors, with all the ensuing mayhem. In a recently released security video of the incident, one of the inmates can be seen jumping over a rail to avoid an attack from rival gang member.
The inmate seen here jumping a rail to avoid being attacked.
There is a fascinating presentation scheduled at Defcon21, by Charlie Miller of Twitter and Chris Valasek of IOACTIVE in regards to “hacking cars” — Miller and Valasek received a grant from DARPA , The Defense Advanced Research Agency, to perform research on this.
As motor vehicles advance technologically, they incorporate more and more computers.
So far, the threat of them being hacked has largely been ignored, as they have been seen as “stand alone” systems.
There is a trend to increase vehicle connectivity, and with this comes the potential risks of vehicles falling prey to malicious software. Suddenly, the glowing magnet devices of the latest iteration of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, that caused the hero’s cars to careen through buildings uncontrollably, do not seem all that far fetched.
Over the last few days two popular VOIP apps, Tango and Viber, had their servers breached that compromised customer data and support sites.
The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a pro-Assad hacker group known for hacking Western websites, typically defacing and trying to push Syrian propaganda, have claimed responsibility. The group has claimed responsibility for hacking The Onion and The Guardian’s Twitter accounts among others.
French video game developer and publisher company Ubisoft suffered a hack to one of their websites according to a statement published today. Customer data including names, emails and encrypted passwords were accessed by unauthorized third parties and should be considered part of the public domain now.
It is not clear how the breach happened as Ubisoft declined to share all the details: “Credentials were stolen and used to illegally access our online network. We can’t go into specifics for security reasons.“. However, their comment seems to suggest that a Ubisoft employee’s credentials were stolen (spear phishing attack perhaps?) and those credentials were sufficient to access sensitive data.