mask.of.sanity writes: Aussie hacker 'Nixxer' recounts how he took a random home address from Pastebin and ended up learning enough information on the target to compromise his identity and hack his business gaining root privileges on the servers.
mask.of.sanity writes: A world-first proof-of-concept worm — if unleashed — could spell disaster for the worldâ(TM)s critical infrastructure, including power utilities by making attacks exponentially more difficult to detect and stop.
mask.of.sanity writes: Google's and Facebook's CAPTCHA services have been defeated in research that successfully designed an automated system to solve the human verification challenges. Their proof-of-concept attacks detailed in a paper had a 70.78 percent CAPTCHA-cracking success rate against 2235 CAPTCHAs, with an average running time of 19.2 seconds. It could also be applied to other CAPTCHA schemes including that used by Facebook, the trio says, with a higher accuracy of 83.5 percent.
mask.of.sanity writes: Security researchers have exploited notoriously porous hospital networks to gain access to, and tamper with, critical medical equipment in attacks they say could put lives in danger.
In tests, hospital hackers from the Independent Security Evaluators research team popped patient monitors, making them display false readings which could result in medical responses that injury or kill patients.
mask.of.sanity writes: Bug bounty hunters are making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year finding and reporting vulnerabilities in what amounts to a casual job. Since its inception at a Netscape meeting some 20 years ago bounties have evolved to become a huge multi-million dollar industry that is making some hackers rich and lifting others out of poverty.