The half life of the CarrierIQ “rootkit” scandal proved to be a little more than a week. That’s about how long it took for Trevor Eckhart, a young, Connecticut-based Android developer to begin raising questions about some stealth software he discovered running on Android phones by HTC and speculation in the media and online to run rampant about what kinds of spying said software might be engaged in. It was time enough for CarrierIQ to issue a lawyer letter threatening to sue the Eckhart and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to come to his defense and even for Congress to get involved – each of which ensured even more news cycles would be taken up with the mini-controversy. And it was time, at long last, for more information to become available about what was really going on with CarrierIQs software, and for cooler heads to prevail on both sides. The question, now, is why incidents like this provoke our anger so – and what we can do to stop them from happening again.
Browsing Tag: Hacking
The FBI says that more than 2.5 million systems infected with the DNSChanger malware connected to DNS servers set up by the authorities in the week following a crackdown on a global criminal network dubbed Ghost Click.
In the wake of a highly visible hack of its network infrastructure, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says that hackers from the group TeamP0ison compromised an unpatched server and that e-mail addresses and account passwords exposed in the attack were outdated.
A report from The Guardian claims that detectives working for Rupert Murdoch’s News International may have siphoned off classified intelligence documents from MI5, Britain’s domestic intelligence agency.
The e-mail addresses and account passwords for more than one thousand United Nations staff and other users of a UN development Web site were leaked online by the hacking group TeamP0ison, which has been linked to past attacks on governments in the U.S. and India.
Unlucky: Supermarket Chain Tells Customers That Self-Service Checkout Lanes In 20 Stores Were Outfitted With Card Skimmers
Customers of the Lucky supermarket chain in California were feeling rather unlucky last week, after receiving notice from parent company Save Mart Supermarkets said that self-service checkout lines in 20 of its stores were found to have debit and credit card readers that had been outfitted with card skimmers.
Authorities in the Philippines teamed up with the FBI to arrest four reputed hackers they believe were working for a terrorist organization.
Was The Three Character Password Used To Hack South Houston’s Water Treatment Plant A Siemens Default?
Siemens said on Tuesday that it is working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to investigate a cyber intrusion into a water treatment plant in South Houston, Texas, but couldn’t confirm that a default, three digit password hard coded into an application used to control the company’s SCADA software played a role.
Calling it a form of “electronic civil disobedience,” hacktivist group Anonymous took aim at a special agent from the California Department of Justice on Friday. The group spilled 38,000 e-mails containing “computer forensics techniques, investigation protocols as well as highly embarrassing personal information,” according to a press release on Pastebin.
The news last month was of the bust up of the biggest cyber crime ring in history, with 4 million victims and $14 million in losses. Now the FBI is hoping a few of those victims step forward to help with the prosecution.