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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
The difficulty of the three steps required to hack power grids explains why actual disruptions are so rare   —  IN 2017, IT can sometimes seem like power grids are practically crawling with digital intruders.  Over just the last four months, news has emerged that Russian hackers penetrated …
Oct 16, 2017, 12:10 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Open Whisper Systems, makers of Signal, are testing a way to scan contacts and then provably delete the data from its servers, rolling out in coming months   —  THE ENCRYPTED-COMMUNICATION APP Signal has a sterling reputation within the security and crypto community, but its critics point to a nagging flaw …
Sep 27, 2017, 10:30 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Cisco Talos report: hackers who hid backdoor in CCleaner targeted computers inside at least 20 tech firms including Akamai, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft   —  HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of computers getting penetrated by a corrupted version of an ultra-common piece of security software was never going to end well.
Sep 21, 2017, 10:15 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Study: Apple may be overselling its differential privacy protections, which add noise to a user's info before it's sent to iCloud; Apple disputes the findings   —  FOR THE LAST year, Apple has touted a mathematical tool that it describes as a solution to a paradoxical problem: mining user data …
Sep 18, 2017, 6:50 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Profile of Aaron Cashatt, who used a known bug discovered by researchers in 2012 and $50 in hardware to compromise hotel room locks and commit 75+ robberies   —  ON A WARM Phoenix night five years ago, Aaron Cashatt walked down the red-carpeted hall of the second floor of a Marriott hotel …
Aug 31, 2017, 6:40 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers show how malware encoded into physical strands of DNA can be used to infect computers running gene-sequencing software   —  WHEN BIOLOGISTS SYNTHESIZE DNA, they take pains not to create or spread a dangerous stretch of genetic code that could be used to create a toxin or, worse, an infectious disease.
Aug 11, 2017, 11:05 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers discover major vulnerabilities at multiple wind farms, requiring just a Raspberry Pi and on-site access to halt operation and return false readings   —  ON A SUNNY day last summer, in the middle of a vast cornfield somewhere in the large, windy middle of America …
Jul 1, 2017, 6:15 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Experts warn that repeated cyberattacks on Ukraine, including mass power outages in Kiev, are evidence of Russia testing its offensive cyber capabilities   —  The clocks read zero when the lights went out.  —  It was a Saturday night last December, and Oleksii Yasinsky was sitting on the couch …
Jun 20, 2017, 1:50 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
North Korea's cyberattack strategy may seem erratic, but experts warn it can be effective at raising funds, creating chaos, and extending military aggression   —  NORTH KOREA IS arguably the least-understood nation on the planet.  And that also applies to its state-sponsored hackers whose global cyberattacks …
Jun 16, 2017, 2:00 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers say Crash Override, which took down Ukraine's power grid, is the only known malware to have attacked physical infrastructure other than Stuxnet   —  AT MIDNIGHT, A week before last Christmas, hackers struck an electric transmission station north of the city of Kiev …
Jun 12, 2017, 12:20 PMIn context

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