Dennis Fisher talks with Marc Maiffret about his teenage years as a phone phreaker and BBS denizen, the early years of the vulnerability research scene, the Code Red worm and its aftermath and how the security scene has changed in the past 15 years.
Browsing Tag: Hacking
New documents leaked by Edward Snowden quantify the resources supporting an extensive intelligence community crypto-cracking program.
Dennis Fisher talks with Jeremiah Grossman about his days cobbling together old x8s machines, designing Web sites in the heyday of the spinning GIF, becoming Yahoo’s first hacker and then founding WhiteHat Security.
Like most major Web and software companies, Facebook receives a lot of bug reports. As one researcher learned recently, not all bugs are created equal, and Facebook doesn’t like people messing with its users–or its executives.
Dennis Fisher talks with Rich Mogull of Securosis about his days as a teen wannabe hacker, his meandering path through Navy ROTC, software development, near miss with medical school, mountain rescues and his life as a security industry analyst.
Dennis Fisher talks with Joe Grand of Grand Idea Studio about his current project, the JTAGulator, which helps hardware hackers find the OCD connections on devices. They also discuss Joe’s hardware-hacking background and the current resurgence of hardware research.
A 213-foot luxury yacht veered off course while cruising in the Mediterranean Sea this summer after a radio navigation research team led by global positioning systems expert Todd Humphreys of the University of Texas Austin built a custom-made device capable of overriding the ship’s GPS receivers with spoofed signals.
The predominant narrative among U.S. officials and cybersecurity experts is that Chinese hackers, allegedly at the behest of their government, are thoroughly compromising the computer networks of American government, defense, and public sector organizations in order to steal any valuable data found within them on a daily basis. What you don’t hear so often, though we’d be remiss to ignore it and you’d be a fool not to believe it, is that the U.S. is doing the same exact thing to China.
Investigative reporters for the Scripps news service have been threatened with legal action after informing a telecommunications company that confidential data on tens of thousands of applicants was available on the Internet.
MIAMI BEACH–Stephen Watt was involved in a series of attacks on retailers and restaurants that federal prosecutors called the largest identity theft in U.S. history. He wrote the sniffer used by some of his friends to steal millions of credit card numbers. After federal agents raided his apartment, confiscated all of his computer equipment, he eventually was indicted on a series of charges related to the attacks on TJX, Dave & Buster’s and others and was facing several years in prison. So he took a plea deal, hoping to reduce his prison time and the financial burden on his family. In all of that, what he regrets most is taking the plea.