mask.of.sanity writes: A penetration tester is hacking business email scammers compromising their Microsoft accounts and sending the criminal's information to police. The scammers, or whalers, are responsible for causing billions of dollars of damage by tricking business into wiring funds to bank accounts.
mask.of.sanity writes: On June 7, Angler, possibly history's most advanced financially-driven exploit kit went silent and nobody knew why. Now Kaspersky's lead intelligence researcher has revealed it was the progeny of some 50 arrested hackers known as the Lurk group. The report is the culmination of some six years of research and bookends the mysterious demise of one of the biggest threats to end users on the internet.
mask.of.sanity writes: Aussie hacker 'Nixxer' recounts how he took a random home address from Pastebin and ended up learning enough information on the target to compromise his identity and hack his business gaining root privileges on the servers.
mask.of.sanity writes: A world-first proof-of-concept worm — if unleashed — could spell disaster for the worldâ(TM)s critical infrastructure, including power utilities by making attacks exponentially more difficult to detect and stop.
mask.of.sanity writes: Google's and Facebook's CAPTCHA services have been defeated in research that successfully designed an automated system to solve the human verification challenges. Their proof-of-concept attacks detailed in a paper had a 70.78 percent CAPTCHA-cracking success rate against 2235 CAPTCHAs, with an average running time of 19.2 seconds. It could also be applied to other CAPTCHA schemes including that used by Facebook, the trio says, with a higher accuracy of 83.5 percent.