By Jim Finkle
(Reuters) – Hacking experts and product manufacturers have sometimes been at odds over whether the disclosure of security vulnerabilities is helpful, or harmful, to the public interest.
Lawsuits, or even the threat of legal action, have resulted in the cancellation of some hacking presentations in recent years. Here are some examples, ahead of this week’s Black Hat and Def Con hacking conferences in Las Vegas:
BOSTON, July 28 (Reuters) – Car hacking is not a new field,
but its secrets have long been closely guarded. That is about to
change, thanks to two well-known computer software hackers who
got bored finding bugs in software from Microsoft and Apple.
Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek say they will publish
detailed blueprints of techniques for attacking critical systems
in the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape in a 100-page white paper,
following several months of research they conducted with a grant
from the U.S. government.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Barnaby Jack, a celebrated computer hacker who forced bank ATMs to spit out cash and sparked safety improvements in medical devices, died in San Francisco, a week before he was due to make a high-profile presentation at a hacking conference.
The New Zealand-born Jack, 35, was found dead on Thursday evening by “a loved one” at an apartment in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood, according to a police spokesman. He would not say what caused Jack’s death but said police had ruled out foul play.
SF Medical Examiner says conducting autopsy to determine how Barnaby Jack died, could take 30 days before cause of death is known
BOSTON (Reuters) – Well-known hacker Barnaby Jack has died in San Francisco, a week before he was due to show off techniques for attacking implanted heart devices that he said could kill a man from 30 feet away.
The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office said he died in the city on Thursday. It gave no details.
/BOSTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they have charged five men responsible for a hacking and credit card fraud spree that cost companies more $300 million and two of the suspects are in custody, in the biggest cyber crime case filed in U.S. history.
They also disclosed a new security breach against Nasdaq, though they provided few details about the attack.
/BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors charged six foreign nationals with hacking crimes, including credit and debit card thefts that authorities say cost U.S. and European companies more than $300 million in losses, and charged one of them with breaching Nasdaq computers.
Prosecutors said the indictments unsealed on Thursday for the payment card hacking were the biggest cyber fraud case filed in U.S. history.
/BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday they have launched the country’s largest hacking fraud case and charged five men in Russia and Ukraine with credit card theft resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for a number of multinational companies.
Victims include Nasdaq OMX Group Inc, Visa Inc, Dow Jones Inc, J.C. Penney Co, JetBlue Airways Corp and Carrefour SA.