Tesla recruits hackers to boost vehicle security

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By Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld | August 26th, 2014 Electric carmaker Tesla Motors wants security researchers to hack its vehicles. The Silicon Valley based high-tech carmaker will hire up to 30 full-time hackers whose job will be to find and close vulnerabilities in the sophisticated firmware that controls its cars. Electric carmaker Tesla Motors wants security…

Why contractors’ home networks are a security threat

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By Antone Gonsalves, CSO | August 15th, 2014 Companies should take note of a recent poll that found contractors and IT administrators were the favorite targets of hackers. Four in 10 of a 127 self-proclaimed hackers surveyed last week at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas listed the login credentials of contractors as a…

Survey: Most hackers do it for the lulz

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By Jared Newman, PC World | August 14th, 2014 What motivates hackers to wreak havoc on security systems and steal sensitive data? According to a new survey, most hackers do it for kicks, and few think they’ll get caught. Security firm Thycotic surveyed 127 self-identified hackers at the Black Hat conference last week. When asked…

DATA BREACH Russian hackers amass 1.2B stolen Web credentials

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By Martyn Williams, IDG News Service | August 5th, 2014 The hackers collected data on a massive scale, ‘so it affects absolutely everybody,’ security firm says. Criminals in Russia have amassed a huge database of 1.2 billion stolen user names and passwords and half a billion email addresses, a U.S.-based Internet security company said Wednesday.…

Hackers inside Chinese military steal U.S. corporate trade secrets

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By David Geer, CSO | July 22nd, 2014 In May, a grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania indicted five members of the Chinese military on charges of hacking and economic espionage, according to a May 19 U.S. Department of Justice media release. Per the same release, the targets were six U.S. enterprises operating…

Chinese hackers switched targets to U.S. experts on Iraq

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Computerworld | July 8th, 2014 A sophisticated Chinese hacker group that had been stealing information from U.S. policy experts on nearby Southeast Asia suddenly changed targets last month to focus on the Middle East — Iraq, in particular — security researchers said Monday. The group, called “Deep Panda,” switched from exploiting one area of expertise…