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NSA hacking tools were likely stolen after an operative accidentally left them on a computer

NSA Hacking Tools
Though the NSA would prefer to fly underneath the radar, the controversial intelligence agency just can't seem to escape the spotlight in recent months. A few weeks ago, a group of hackers allegedly stole an impressively large number of NSA hacking tools and exploits and put them up for sale. Upon close inspection, a number of security experts went on record and confirmed that the leaked exploits were, in fact, from the NSA's vast toolkit. When word of the leak broke, some in the intelligence community initially feared that they were facing another Edward Snowden situation. As it turns out, it now appears that the leaked exploits were probably the result of human error. Embarrassingly, an investigation into the matter has revealed that a NSA operative may have inadvertently left the hacking tools in question on a remote computer, effectively leaving it behind as a gift to whomever discovered it.

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Yoni Heisler

September 23rd

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And this is why you don’t scam a security professional on Reddit

Reddit Scam
Trying to scam someone on the internet is always a bad idea, but if that someone turns out to be the head of a security research company, you're in for a whole world of hurt. Christian Haschek is an Austrian security researcher who was trying to sell $500 in US Apple gift cards on Reddit, since they're a pain to use from overseas. He thought he had struck a deal with a buyer, but that buyer turned out to be less than honest.

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Chris Mills

September 11th

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Terrifying video shows government spyware in action for the first time

Hacking software demo video
With the Snowden leaks, Stingray and FBI surveillance planes always in the news, most people just assume that The Man has god-like surveillance capabilities on tap. But the nuts and bolts of how government-sanctioned hacking actually works has always been a little mysterious. A new video obtained by Motherboard shows an Italian software company showing off a hacking tool, intended for use by police forces and government agencies. The video shows how little technical knowledge cops really need to get a scary level of detail out of a target's computer.

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Chris Mills

September 7th

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Sri Lankan teen hacks president’s website to demand exam reschedule

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It’s no secret that exam schedules can be annoying, but would you write your country’s president to voice your concerns? How about hacking their official website? Enter this summer's boldest Sri Lankan teenager. The BBC reported that a 17-year-old student has been arrested for allegedly hacking President Maithripala Sirisena's website to express frustration over the country's exam schedule. The announcement that the A-level (or advanced) exams were scheduled for April angered the teen, who pointed out that the exams coincided with celebrations for Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

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FoxNews.com

August 31st

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A Hacker’s Tips For Overthrowing The Government

Chris Rock, an independent security researcher, is pissed that the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, is more afraid of ISIS than hackers. He’s hoping to change that by teaching hackers how to overthrow governments.

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William Turton

August 6th

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Someone is trying to steal accounts from Walmart.com customers

Walmart email hack
According to hundreds of reports on social media, people across the US have been receiving password reset emails for their Walmart.com accounts, indicating that someone is trying to access those accounts and change the password. This appears to be some kind of mass hacking attempt, although success appears to be limited for now.

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Chris Mills

August 4th

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Car thieves are now using laptops to hack into and steal cars

Car Theft Hackers
Throughout the 80s and 90s, innumerable movies and TV shows taught us that stealing a car was a relatively straightforward affair. Simply break into the front seat of a given vehicle, fuse a few wires together from underneath the dash, and just like that, you'd be well on your way. These days, hot-wiring a car has given way to a more advanced form of car theft: computer hacking. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, enterprising thieves have begun using hacking techniques in order to break into a car's computer, start the car's electric ignition, and drive off without so much as making a noise.

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Yoni Heisler

July 8th

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The FBI has quietly been hacking Americans for 20 years

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Countless Snowden leaks have detailed the highly sophisticated tools used by the NSA to collect data in bulk from unsuspecting people, including American citizens. But the NSA isn’t the only agency conducting spying operations. The FBI has been spying on US citizens as part of ongoing investigations for two decades, yet many details about its data collection practices are still secret, despite all of the leaks in recent years.

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Chris Smith

May 17th

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Typo Bank Attacks Linked With 2014 Sony Pictures Hack

Security researchers have identified “strong links” between recent Swift bank attacks, one of which was foiled by a typo, and the Sony Pictures hacks of 2014.

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Jamie Condliffe

May 16th

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So, who else puts tape over their laptop’s webcam?

Should I Put Tape On My Laptop Camera
I admit it: I put tape over my computer's webcam. This is a paranoid thing to do. That said, I spend so much time in front of my computer that if a hacker managed to infiltrate my webcam and record everything I do, I'm sure they'd get lots of footage of me doing something embarrassing or disgusting. As I said earlier, I'm admittedly paranoid. But I'm not alone.

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Brad Reed

April 12th

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