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Software security group demonstrates how hackers can use ransomware to harm and potentially kill hospital patients

5/4/2016 - An anonymous member of Kaspersky Lab's research team has disclosed how easy it is for cyber-criminals to alter the way medical devices work, putting the lives of patients at risk, and potentially costing hospitals hundreds of thousands of dollars. Computer hackers have deployed a malicious piece...

Hackers force MedStar Health system's computers to go offline... viruses can now crater advanced medical facilities in an instant

3/31/2016 - The FBI is investigating a hacking incident that took place at a major hospital chain, MedStar Health Inc., on Monday, which caused record systems to go offline for thousands of doctors and patients. The government office is attempting to determine if the anonymous hackers are demanding a ransom to...

Hackers took over California hospital, demanded millions in ransom money to restore digital files

2/27/2016 - In dystopian views of human society, there's always a fear of losing control. Computers and robots are already everywhere, taking care of what used to be the responsibility of humans. In the hands of the right individuals, they can be made to serve a different purpose, one that doesn't necessarily follow...

Chinese hackers have been unleashed onto Taiwan over Chou Tzuyu Taiwan flag row

1/29/2016 - A South Korean entertainment company, criticized for forcing a teenage Taiwanese K-pop star to apologize for waving a Taiwanese flag on South Korean TV, has had its website taken down by hackers, a spokesman said Tuesday. JYP Entertainment represents the singer, Chou Tzuyu, who was accused of supporting...

House Homeland Security chairman warns hackers will target U.S. power grid

1/21/2016 - In his 2010 book, Cyber War, Richard Clarke -- a national security expert for several presidential administrations and the nation's first cyber security czar -- warned that the country's Internet-based, electronically controlled infrastructure was at risk. He said then that both state and non-state...

Massive AP investigation concludes entire U.S. power grid could easily be brought down by foreign hackers

1/17/2016 - A silent war is escalating in the U.S., a war of hackers and cyber attackers. Enemies of the U.S. aren't preparing to invade militarily; they have all the intelligence they need to tear down the U.S. from within, using technology to take down America's power grid. A massive AP investigation concluded...

Hackers take down the Ukrainian power grid... is USA next?

1/8/2016 - For years, the idea that hackers could take down a large, regional power grid has been only a theoretical threat to national security. But no more... Now, it has been confirmed that malicious code installed by hackers took down a large, regional power grid in Ukraine, plunging 700,000 homes and businesses...

Fiat-Chrysler recalls 1.4 MILLION vehicles after hackers expose them as deadly remote-controlled weapons

8/26/2015 - In an unprecedented security recall, Fiat-Chrysler has revealed that 1.4 million of its internet-enabled vehicles can be taken over and remotely operated by hackers. The security vulnerability was recently broken by a story in Wired Magazine that showed that a "zero-day exploit" hack (taking over a...

Fiat-Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles after hackers turn them into lethal weapons

8/12/2015 - Fiat-Chrysler is voluntarily recalling approximately 1.4 million vehicles fueled by fears of remote control hacking. WIRED security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Vassalage were able to take control of a Jeep Cherokee with a laptop and mobile phone from ten miles away. The two hackers had been...

Hackers paid $300,000 to halt attacks on Sony PlayStation gaming network

1/10/2015 - It is not at all clear if he meant to show his face, but a hacker working on behalf of the Lizard Squad hacking organization that was responsible for attacking the Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox networks did just that during a recent interview with Britain's Sky News. The man went by the name...

Hackers in charge: Sony hack and theater pullback reveals new era of hackers trouncing multinational corporations

12/17/2014 - Note the day of December 16th, 2014. That day will mark a milestone in history because it was the first time a U.S. cinema chain censored the launch of a movie due to threats from hackers. "Carmike Cinemas has canceled the nationwide Christmas Day release of Sony's 'The Interview,' the first theater...

Computer hackers will likely use internet technology to commit murders by end of 2014, security firm warns

11/6/2014 - There was a movie a few years ago called Catch Me if You Can, which was based on a true story about a young runaway fellow who brazenly managed to create fake checks and stay one step ahead of the law. In those days, it was cut and paste with real paper. Now it's craftier and more sophisticated. It's...

20 vehicles most vulnerable to hackers, putting drivers at risk of theft, hijacking, tracking and remote assassination

8/15/2014 - In 2013, when professional hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated that it was possible to hijack the steering and brakes of a Ford Escape and a Toyota Prius using only laptops connected to the autos, they raised two questions. First, could hackers perform the same thing wirelessly...

Hackers begin targeting your home appliances: toilets, ovens, refrigerators and more

6/23/2014 - They say "the Internet of things" is coming, and indeed, more and more devices, from televisions to small appliances, are becoming "smart," meaning that they can be accessed and controlled wirelessly. What's more, with everything that we use in our daily lives being connected, eventually, to the...

'Smart' home appliances vulnerable to malicious hackers

1/23/2014 - The first ever cyber attack on "smart" home appliances (those connected to the internet) has been uncovered. An investigation launched by security firm Proofpoint finds that hackers had broken into household appliances, such as refrigerators, televisions and routers, between December 23, 2013, and January...

Obamacare website 'crazy vulnerable' to hackers, security risks

1/18/2014 - It's not just glitch-prone and vague about important components of health insurance coverage, like how much it will cost. But the federal online Obamacare exchange, Healthcare.gov, is also a wet dream for hackers, despite the millions spent to "fix" it. That's the diagnosis of a number of Web security...

Massive security breaches in mobile phone technology are imminent

8/5/2013 - As I've said often enough, technology has become a double-edged sword, improving our daily lives and making us healthier and safer while at the same time being utilized by our unscrupulous government to shred our privacy and destroy the Fourth Amendment. Problem is, those kinds of privacy breaches...

Hackers can seize control of automobiles and make them crash on command

7/27/2013 - As technology advances, it is becoming more of a double-edged sword, improving our quality of life while at the same time making us more vulnerable to hazards and unconstitutional behavior in ways we've never been. Perhaps nowhere has technology had as much of an impact in our daily lives as in the...

A call to hackers everywhere

11/16/2012 - I've now established the most probable truth about the fate of Prop 37 in California. The election was electronically controlled. See my definitive piece here: http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com Now, to earn a place in the white-hat hall of fame, a few very talented hackers need to prove that...

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