Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Computer Security/Hacking & Cracking

How game companies can protect their online operations and players from cyberattacks

Games are still tempting targets for hackers. Zynga’s popular online game, Words With Friends, was recently hacked and more than 218 million users had their information stolen. And once hackers breach a game company’s defenses and get inside, they can steal identities, financial wealth, and virtual property in games that can be resold for real-world […]

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Words With Friends player data allegedly stolen for 218 million users

A Pakistani hacker claims to have hacked Zynga’s Words With Friends popular social mobile game, gaining access to a database of information on more than 218 million users. The Hacker News reported that a hacker who goes by the online alias Gnosticplayers said he breached the game and got the player data, just as the […]

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Checkm8 exploit promises permanent jailbreak for Apple A5-A11 devices

The cat-and-mouse game between Apple and hackers has continued for years with small victories on each side, but hackers appear to have scored an atypically large win this morning: a permanent and unpatchable bootrom exploit for all iPhones and iPads using A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, A10, and A11 series processors — a range covering […]

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Apple blasts Google Project Zero over iOS Uighur security claims

Google’s Project Zero team hasn’t been shy in accusing Apple of lax security practices or sneaky updates to its security advisories over the last year, most recently claiming that Apple sat on major iOS vulnerabilities that let hackers target China’s Uighur Muslim community. Apple returned fire in a rare statement today, accusing Google of creating a […]

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Symantec reveals WhatsApp and Telegram exploit that gives hackers access to your personal media

Cybersecurity company Symantec found an exploit that could allow WhatsApp and Telegram media files — from personal photos to corporate documents — to be exposed and manipulated by malicious actors. The security flaw, dubbed Media File Jacking, stems from the time lapse between when media files received through the apps are written to the disk […]

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Researcher hacks macOS using plugins for secretly whitelisted apps

Security researcher Patrick Wardle has spotted a number of noteworthy flaws in the hack protection systems used by macOS and — with Apple’s WWDC only hours away — has identified (via TechCrunch) a significant new flaw: an attacker can use a malicious plugin for a trusted app to seize control of a user’s microphone, camera, […]

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