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Jul 15, 2013

Researchers hack Verizon device, turn it into mobile spy station

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two security experts said they have figured out how to spy on Verizon Wireless mobile phone customers by hacking into devices the U.S. carrier sells to boost wireless signals indoors.

The finding, which the experts demonstrated to Reuters and will further detail at two hacking conferences this summer, comes at a time of intense global debate about electronic privacy, after top-secret U.S. surveillance programs were leaked by a former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, last month.

Jul 11, 2013

Hackers convention ask U.S. gov’t to stay away over Snowden

BOSTON, July 11 (Reuters) – The annual Def Con hacking
convention has asked the U.S. federal government to stay away
this year for the first time in its 21-year history, saying
Edward Snowden’s revelations have made some in the community
uncomfortable about its presence.

“It would be best for everyone involved if the Feds call a
‘time-out’ and not attend Def Con this year,” conference founder
Jeff Moss said in an announcement posted Wednesday night on the
convention’s website.

Jul 11, 2013
Jul 11, 2013

Hackers ask Feds to stay away from convention to defuse tension over Snowden

BOSTON (Reuters) – The annual Def Con hacking convention has asked the federal government to stay away this year for the first time in its 21-year history, saying Edward Snowden’s revelations have made some in the community uncomfortable about having feds there.

“It would be best for everyone involved if the Feds call a ‘time-out’ and not attend Def Con this year,” Def Con founder Jeff Moss said in an announcement posted Wednesday night on the convention’s website.

Jul 9, 2013

Microsoft reports hackings linked to report by Google researcher

BOSTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said hackers have attacked some computers by exploiting a bug in Windows first disclosed two months ago by a Google Inc researcher, who came under fire at the time for publicizing the flaw without going to the software company first.

Microsoft provided few details about the attacks. In an advisory on Tuesday, it said hackers had launched “targeted attacks,” a term generally used by security experts to refer to cyber attacks on corporate or government targets, with espionage and sabotage as the motive.

Jul 8, 2013

Hackers in four-year effort to steal South Korea military secrets: study

BOSTON (Reuters) – A mysterious group of computer hackers has spent four years spying on the South Korea military, U.S. security software maker McAfee said Monday, citing evidence uncovered from malicious software samples.

The findings, which were not confirmed by authorities in Seoul, provide one possible motive for ongoing attacks on South Korea that date to 2009.

Jul 2, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
Jun 27, 2013

Four-year hacking spree in South Korea blamed on ‘Dark Seoul Gang’

BOSTON (Reuters) – Researchers with U.S. security software maker Symantec Corp say they have uncovered digital evidence that links cyber attacks on South Korea dating back four years to a single hacking group dubbed the “Dark Seoul Gang.”

Eric Chien, technical director with Symantec Security Response, said late on Wednesday that his firm made the connection while reviewing malicious software code used to launch attacks that disrupted some South Korean government websites earlier in the week.

Jun 25, 2013
    • 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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