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Report: The FBI Paid Some Dodgy Hackers A One-Time Fee For A Zero-Day To Unlock The San Bernardino Phone

I was kind of tired of the FBI vs. Apple story, but now it has a secret collective of morally ambiguous hackers, and I’m into it again.


Why Hackers With Sketchy Pasts Should Avoid 'Hack The Pentagon'

The US Department of Defence launched a new program last week, “Hack the Pentagon”, to reward hackers for pointing out security flaws in some of its public-facing websites. It’s a bug bounty, the same kind of program that most big tech firms use to encourage hackers to help instead of harm. The program budget is $US150,000 ($195,387), so rewards will be small, especially compared to private bounties.


Hackers Broke Into A Security Company And Stole The KKK's Data

Staminus Communications, a hosting provider that specialises in DDoS protection, was the target of a massive hack that exposed sensitive customer data, including credit card information. One of the company’s clients is the Ku Klux Klan, so there’s that.


Adobe Flash Is More Dangerous Than Ever

Adobe just announced that its Flash player has yet another major security flaw — one that’s already wild and could let hackers take over your entire computer. Adobe is urging Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and ChromeOS users to download the patch immediately. AGAIN.


A Basic Spelling Error Cost These Hackers $1 Billion

Most spelling mistakes are innocent, fleeting and only mildly embarrassing. Then there are the ones that result in a loss of over $US800 million ($1 billion) during a bank heist. Those ones suck.


Some Guy Figured Out How To Hack Into Any Facebook Profile

A white hat hacker in India says he found a way to hack into any Facebook user’s profile. Don’t freak out though! Like a good white hat, the hacker alerted Facebook to the disastrous loophole. Facebook paid him a $US15,000 bug bounty. Seems small.


If The IRS Actually Cares About Not Getting Hacked, It Has A Funny Way Of Showing It 

Hackers stole sensitive records from over 700,000 people by breaching the Internal Revenue Service in 2015. You’d think that kind of horrific security breach would prompt some soul-searching, but [insert joke about soulless taxman here] nope. The IRS continues to use an impressively bad PIN authentication process to protect people from fraud.


The Pentagon Wants People To Hack It

The Pentagon has announced that it’s seeking “vetted outside hackers” to test the security of US Defence Department websites.


Security Testers Managed To Hack Hospital Patient Monitors And Drug Dispensers

As part of a wide-ranging, two-year-long attack, hackers managed to breach the systems of a number of hospitals, exposing critical patient systems to wide-ranging attacks. Luckily, the hacks were just a drill, but the flaws exposed are scary as hell.


Tim Cook: An iPhone Master Key Would Be The 'Software Equivalent Of Cancer'

Apple CEO Tim Cook told ABC World News Tonight‘s David Muir that he remains opposed to giving the FBI a skeleton key that would allow it to break into one of the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhones.


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