security

Free Apps May Be Tracking Your Phone Without Your Consent

Free Android apps are getting a bit promiscuous. That, at least, is the conclusion of a group of security researchers, who find that poorly vetted apps on Google Play are connecting to a massive number of ad and tracking sites — without user being any the wiser.


An Ageing Cold War Policy May Make It Easier To Hack Nuclear Warheads 

Floppy disks. Cheating schemes. Drunken bar antics. The security of America’s nuclear arms is… less than perfect. And now, more critics are questioning the outdated policies that regulate them.


WikiLeaks Has Started Accepting Secrets Again 

WikiLeaks is accepting submissions again, after a nearly five-year hiatus. Anyone who wants to submit a document can do so by accessing a new Tor site to anonymously upload whatever scandalous files you’ve obtained.


The Trick To Cracking A Master Combo Lock In Eight Tries Or Fewer 

Look, we all know that Master combo locks are not paragons of security. But, damn, this looks easy. In a new video, hacker Samy Kamkar demonstrates a dead simple trick that he claims can break into most Master combo locks in just a few tries.


Tesla Wants Hackers To Try Breaching The Model S

Every year, hackers from all over descend onto Las Vegas to try and hack the world. Everyone from banks to cloud technology companies come down to see how secure their products are, and now Tesla wants to give it a go. That’s right: hackers are going to get to have a crack at the Model S.


Russian Hackers Read Obama's Emails During White House Security Breach

Last October, some of President Obama’s emails were leaked to Russian hackers during a White House computer system breach, although no classified networks appear to have been accessed, the New York Times reports.


Tesla Motors Website And Twitter Accounts Hacked

The Elon Musk-owned Telsa Motors might be on the cutting-edge of vehicle technology, but the company should probably give its web security the same level of attention. Earlier this morning, the Twitter accounts for Telsa as well as Musk himself were hacked, along with the car manufacturer’s website.


Medical Robots Can Be Hacked During Surgery, Researchers Find

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have just hijacked a teleoperated surgical robot, demonstrating major security weaknesses in the machines that may eventually replace a surgeon’s hands in hospitals worldwide. Yikes.


Slightly Radioactive Drone Spotted On Japanese Prime Minister's Roof

There are plenty of things you might welcome on your roof: squirrels, tasteful weathervanes, Santa. But a radioactive drone probably isn’t one of them. Disturbingly, that’s exactly what was found atop Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Tokyo office Wednesday morning.


US Homeland Security Secretary Begs Silicon Valley To Stop The Encryption

Today at massive security tech conference RSA in San Francisco, US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told a packed audience that DHS would be forging alliances with Silicon Valley. He described plans to build an office here, in order to work directly with tech companies on key issues for the DHS.