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Jul 28, 2013

Hacking talks that got axed

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:

Jul 28, 2013

Factbox: Hacking talks that got axed

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:

Jul 28, 2013

Software experts attack cars, to release code as hackers meet

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.

Jul 27, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
Jul 27, 2013

Famed hacker Barnaby Jack dies a week before hacking convention

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.

Jul 26, 2013
Jul 26, 2013

Hacker Barnaby Jack dies in San Francisco

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.

Jul 26, 2013

U.S. indicts hackers in biggest cyber fraud case in history

/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.

    • About Jim

      "Jim works in the Reuters Boston bureau covering cyber security, hacking and technology privacy issues. He’s been with Reuters since 2005. He previously covered technology, media and biotechnology for Broadcasting & Cable, the Orange County Register and Bloomberg News out Tokyo, Taipei, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California."
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