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It's Alarmingly Easy For Hackers To Control Your Hotel Room

Next time you’re in Shenzhen, “the Silicon Valley of mainland China“, don’t stay at the St Regis hotel. Sure, it looks nice and everything. And those iPad-powered “digital butlers” sound neat. But, really, the system is so littered with security vulnerabilities that a hacker on the other side of the planet can easily break in and turn off your lights when you least expect it.


Report: Chinese Hackers Turn Attention To Smaller Government Agencies

Sometimes, you can find secrets in the strangest places — and it seems Chinese hackers are well aware of that fact. According to the New York Times, digital attacks from China have recently been focusing on more obscure US agencies.


This Movie About Hackers Is Free For 24 Hours Before It Disappears

The new film Algorithm tracks the travails of Will, a freelance computer hacker who “breaks into a top-secret government contractor and downloads all their recently developed programs”. Like the subjects it tackles, the film has a tech-forward business model that make it more like a startup than a cinematic feature: It’s free today only.


Chinese Hackers Targeting Top-Secret US Employee Records

Earlier this year, Chinese hackers broke into US government computer networks in order to gain access to the personal information of thousands of employees with top-secret security clearances.


Stuxnet-Like Malware From Russia Is Attacking US Power Plants

Security researchers confirmed on Monday that a vicious new cyberattack has compromised the computer systems of over 1000 organisations in 84 countries. Dubbed “Energetic Bear”, the Stuxnet-like malware is largely targeting energy and utility companies. It’s almost certainly from Russia.


The Biggest Thing That Yo Got Right Is Hiring Its Hackers

Yo is a borderline-offensively useless (if amusing) app, but its founder Or Arbel made a shrewd decision by hiring one of the Georgia Tech students who hacked into the absurdly simple service last week.


Hackers Reverse-Engineer NSA Spying Tools Using Snowden Leaks

Besides exposing all of the not-so-good things the NSA and other clandestine agencies around the world were up to, the documents leaked by Edward Snowden have allowed hackers to reverse-engineer some of the tools the NSA has used to spy on us.


Every Web Page From The 1995 Movie The Net

To say the 1995 movie The Net is a classic would be… an overstatement. The Irwin Winkler film starring Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam and Dennis Miller didn’t have the best reception when it came out, and over time it’s gotten a reputation as a very schlocky paranoid thriller (in reality, it’s probably become more realistic as the net’s reach has expanded).


Report: There's A New Chinese Hacker Army Attacking The US

A report by security company CrowdStrike claims that a new Shanghai-based cyberattack unit, with links to the People’s Liberation Army in China, has been hacking the US. The group — codenamed “Putter Panda” because it often preys on golf-playing conference attendees — is believed to have been in existence since 2007.


14-Year-Old Kids 'Hack' Into ATM Using Default Security Code

A couple of crafty 14-year-old kids from Winnipeg figured out how to get past the security on a a Bank of Montreal ATM. Crazy as it might sound, the “hack” didn’t require any advanced computer hacking at all — these kids just looked up the ATM manual on the internet.