After Shadow Brokers, Should the NSA Still Be Hoarding Vulnerabilities?
By Russell Brandom 08/19/2016
This weekend’s Shadow Brokers leak dropped 300Mb of stolen data onto the open web, including live exploits for some of the web’s most crucial network infrastructure, apparently stolen from the NSA in 2013. But while experts are still sorting out who stole the data and how, the new exploits have also left companies like Cisco, Fortinet, and Juniper scrambling to fix the newly published attacks against their systems. Suddenly, there was a new way into products that had been considered secure for years — and anyone who downloaded the data knew exactly how to get in.
The Mr. Robot Hack Report: Lighting Up the Dark Web
By Russell Brandom 08/17/2016
Mr. Robot is a show built on hacks. The mother of all hacks serves as the big cliffhanger at the end of the show's first season, and nearly every plot development leading up to it was nudged along by some kind of exploit. It’s rare to get through an episode without at least one digital intrusion, often drawn from real life. Each week, we'll be running through Mr. Robot's C Y B E R activities — who got hacked, why, and how much magic would be required to make them actually work.
Would You Trust This Bluetooth Safe to Keep Your Passport Locked Up?
By Ashley Carman 08/16/2016
The Vaultek is a connected safe that’s being crowdfunded on Indiegogo. It can be unlocked through either a Bluetooth-reliant phone app, a fingerprint scanner, a keyboard with a numeric passcode, or a regular manual key. Users have options. None of these methods are new ideas, so it’s easy to imagine that Vaultek’s creators can create a tangible product if they reach their funding goal. Here’s the thing, though, I don’t know who Vaultek’s creators are and what they’ve produced before.
Volkswagen Keys Are Insecure, But So Are Everyone Else’s
By Jordan Golson 08/12/2016
Earlier this week, it was revealed that researchers at the University of Birmingham had cracked the (rather poor) encryption scheme used by millions of Volkswagens for their remote unlock key fobs. That’s not good. But what’s also not good is that it’s not really new, and that it’s not limited to VW.