Hacks & Hackers

A survey of penetration testers by Rapid7 finds most organizations are failing to detect malicious activity on their networks. (Image courtesy of Rapid7)

Survey: Hackers for Hire Find Most Networks Easy Prey

In-brief: A survey of penetration testers by Rapid7 finds most organizations are failing to detect malicious activity on their networks. 

Will hack for beer? Cisco's Talos security group rigged up a Kegerator with a WiFi hotspot and other controls, allowing an enterprising hacker who could break into the device to poor him or herself a beer. (Image courtesy of Marc Blackmer.)

At Industrial Control Security Con: Will hack IoT for Beer

In-brief: Cisco’s Marc Blackmer reports from the S4 Conference in Miami – one of the top gatherings of industrial control system security experts. Among the attractions this year: Justine Bone of the firm Medsec, the psychology of malicious insiders and a hackable “kegerator.”

Russian authorities arrested a top official in charge of cyber security in the country's intelligence agency, as well as the head of cyber security research at Kaspersky Lab.

Blowback: Russian Cybercrime Researcher Arrested for Treason

In-brief: the arrest of a prominent security researcher from the firm Kaspersky Lab in Moscow has prompted speculation that the Russians may be cleaning house after recent U.S. intelligence revelations about Russian hacking in this country.  

The ransomware attack on the San Francisco MUNI was just one cyber physical attack the world has witnessed in recent years. (Photo courtesy of Twitter.)

Six Cyber-Physical Attacks the World Could Live Without

In-brief: cyber attacks that affect physical systems are still a small minority of all incidents. But they’re becoming more common. What are some of the attacks we’ve seen to date and what do they tell us about what’s to come? Check out this slide show for an answer to those questions. 

A flaw in smart cameras sold by Samsung leaves them vulnerable to remote attack, researchers claim.

Flaw Lets Hackers Own Samsung Smartcams With Bogus Firmware

In-brief: a flaw in Samsung’s Smartcam product could allow remote attackers to take control of the devices. The news comes two years after Samsung took steps to patch other flaws in its Internet connected cameras.