At the recent Hackers Halted convention in Miami, researchers John J. Strauchs and his daughter Tiffany Strauchs Rad told the audience how with only $2,500 and some basic equipment, they were able to develop a cyberattack on a simulated prison computer system with potentially catastrophic results Research into possible weaknesses in the U.S. prison system’s […]

By Derek Top HP unveiled a plan for new, low-energy server technology and launched a hyperscale business unit committed to data center efficiencies. The program, dubbed Project Moonshot, includes a server computing design intended for high-volume, large-scale data environments — such as those found in web- and cloud-based applications — and could reduce energy requirements by up […]

By Jim Finkle Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:38pm EDT (Reuters) – At least 48 chemical and defense companies were victims of a coordinated cyber attack that has been traced to a man in China, according to a new report from security firm Symantec Corp. Computers belonging to these companies were infected with malicious software known as “PoisonIvy,” […]

Analysis The infamous Stuxnet worm has reportedly begun spreading in China. The worm, which targets supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, has infected “millions of computers” across the country, AFP reports. Local anti-virus outfit Rising International told the official Xinhua news agency that six million individuals and nearly 1,000 corporate accounts across China had been infected […]

Darned compelling, and darned depressing. Not only because it snatches away our vicarious pride in U.S./Israeli ingenuity, but it feeds into western jitters about Chinese omnicompetence. Why, I’ll bet it was those Shanghai teens who cooked this thing up. During recess. The circumstantial evidence is impressive. Just one question: Why would China do it? China has an intimate […]

A precursor to the next Stuxnet discovered Symantec reports the discovery of a sample malware that appeared to be very similar to Stuxnet, the malware which wreaked havoc in Iran’s nuclear centrifuge farms last summer; the new malware — dubbed Duqu — is essentially the precursor to a future Stuxnet-like attack; the threat was written […]

By Noah Shachtman A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones. The virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System, has not prevented pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from flying […]