- Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:55:03 +0000: How RAM Scrapers Work: The Sneaky Tools Behind the Latest Credit Card Hacks - WIRED » Threat Level
In the world of hacking, every malicious tool has its heyday---that period when it rules the underground forums and media headlines and is the challenger keeping computer security pros on their toes. Viruses and worms have each had their day in the spotlight. Remote-access Trojans, which allow a hacker to open and maintain a secret backdoor on infected systems, have had their reign as well. These days, though, point-of-sale RAM scrapers are what's making the news.
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- Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:49:47 +0000: Hackers Are Already Using the Shellshock Bug to Launch Botnet Attacks - WIRED » Threat Level
With a bug as dangerous as the "shellshock" security vulnerability discovered yesterday, it takes less than 24 hours to go from proof-of-concept to pandemic.
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- Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:30:14 +0000: Why the Heyday of Credit Card Fraud Is Almost Over - WIRED » Threat Level
In 1960, an IBM engineer named Forrest Parry was developing a new type of ID card for the CIA when he had an epiphany: Why not make each card a tiny data storage device in and of itself? He cut a short length of half-inch wide magnetic tape from a reel and wrapped it around […]
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- Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:00:09 +0000: The Internet Braces for the Crazy Shellshock Worm - WIRED » Threat Level
A nasty bug in many of the world’s Linux and Unix operating systems could allow malicious hackers to create a computer worm that wreaks havoc on machines across the globe, security experts say. The flaw, called Shellshock, is being compared to last spring’s Heartbleed bug because it lets attackers do some nasty stuff—in this case, […]
- Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:41:07 +0000: Kevin Mitnick, Once the World’s Most Wanted Hacker, Is Now Selling Zero-Day Exploits - WIRED » Threat Level
As a young man, Kevin Mitnick became the world’s most notorious black hat hacker, breaking into the networks of companies like IBM, Nokia, Motorola, and other targets. After a stint in prison, he reinvented himself as a white hat hacker, selling his skills as a penetration tester and security consultant. With his latest business venture, […]
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