Matthew Garrett is a Security Developer for CoreOS, and noticed something interesting about the hotel he was staying in. They had installed tablets in the rooms to control the lights, temperature and shades. He also found that they weren’t protected.
In the 21st century the familiar form of warfare in which physical damage is meted out against the opponent’s military forces and infrastructure has become only one form of attack. Instead, states are increasingly launching non-lethal attacks against an enemy’s information systems – this is the rise of information…
Hackers, a 1995 movie starring Angelina Jolie’s haircut, hit theaters exactly two decades ago. Its themes have never been more relevant or concerning to our connected society. Can you remember them? I almost can.
Last night’s Mr. Robot was the best, most breathless and downright insane episode of the entire first season so far. Find out what happened, and why the best hackers are often the most paranoid humans on Earth. MASSIVE SPOILERS COMMENCE.
Imagine a show that combines the anti-corporate craziness of Fight Club with the subversive hacker heroism of The Matrix. Add some great acting, and a fascinating conspiracy that’s unfolding in the hazy realm between our dystopian nightmares and hard reality. That’s Mr. Robot, which debuted last night on USA.
In 2009, a strange Facebook account appeared out of nowhere and friended people en-masse. The name on the account was Junko Junsui, and she had a message for anyone willing to listen.
The dark, psychological hacker drama Mr. Robot slayed audiences at South by Southwest, and now it’s become a series on USA. It’s one of those rare shows that actually seems to understand what’s corrupt and rotten at the heart of the tech industry — and wants to burn it all down. We talked to the show creator.
USA has put the pilot of its hacker TV show, Mr. Robot, on Youtube. You’ll have to wait until June 24th for the series to properly premiere on TV.
A hacker terrorized Guild Wars 2 for weeks and weeks. When the game’s creators finally took action, they humiliated the crap out of the dirty cheater.
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.
Last night on Scorpion, our gang of geniuses goes on a cruise ship to deal with some deadly rockets that are being smuggled on it. Which leads to this great scene, where a rocket is going to hit a Navy helicopter in 45 seconds... unless a little kid can hack into a Japanese destroyer in time.
It's not at the level of absurdity of, say, casting Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist in The World Is Not Enough, but I do have to look somewhat askance at the recently crowned "Sexiest Man Alive" Chris Hemsworth as the only computer hacker with the skills — sorry, skillz — to prevent the hackpocalypse in Michael…
A robotics company recently made one of its telepresence units accessible over the Internet for a public demonstration. But to keep it from going astray, the device was confined to an office — an unacceptable constraint that one crafty user interpreted as a challenge.
So accurate! You know how way back in the 90s we totally hacked things by wearing visors and gloves? Yeah.
The Stuxnet worm was the first known example of a digital weapon developed by the U.S. government — and it actually worked. Discovered in 2010, it had already destroyed several nuclear centrifuges in Iran. Now, veteran computer security reporter Kim Zetter has an action-packed book about it. We've got an excerpt.
So Scorpion debuted last night on CBS, bringing us the thrilling tale of "geniuses" who help DHS by setting up wifi access points in restaurants. Yes, that is a true plot point. It all leads to this scene, whose true meaning I will unfold for you so that you can appreciate the full amazing awfulness.
This map shows the locations of 17 mysterious cell towers in the United States that aren't part of any known cell phone provider network. Nobody knows where they came from, but they are busily intercepting the communications of any mobile in signal range. What happens next probably isn't good.
Security firm Kaspersky Lab has launched an interactive cyberthreat map that visualizes cyber security incidents occurring worldwide in real time. A quick glance shows that the world is a pretty scary place.
An athlete competing at an Australian triathlon was sent to hospital after an aerial camera drone suddenly swooped down and smashed into her. The operator of the UAV claims someone nearby "channel hopped" the device — wresting control away from him.
We've got an incredible short story for you to read, called "System Reset," written by Arctic Rising author Tobias Buckell. It's taken from the pre-apocalypse anthology The End is Nigh, edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey. It's a smart thriller about hacker bounty hunters on a world-ending job.