Recent headlines warn that the government now has greater authority to hack your computers, in and outside the US. Changes to federal criminal court procedures known as Rule 41 are to blame; they vastly expand how and whom the FBI can legally hack. But just like the NSA’s hacking operations, FBI hacking isn’t new. In fact, the bureau has a long history of surreptitiously hacking us, going back two decades.
A well known underground hacking forum has been hit with a massive data breach which exposed IP and email addresses, private messages and password data of around 500,000 members who used the website to expedite the selling and sharing of compromised passwords and stolen credentials. The hacker leaked the data on 6 May in a 1.3 GB tar archive file.
Apple has punted hacker Stefan Esser's app designed to highlight the security posture and running processes on iOS devices.
The app System and Security Info shows detailed data on the state of security including possible anomalies like injected libraries and the state of code-signing and AppStore binary encryption, and a breakdown of any installed jailbreak.
Cupertino wrote in a message to Esser (@i0n1c) that his app was torpedoed from the App Store because it "provides potentially inaccurate and misleading diagnostic functionality for iOS devices".
John McAfee, noted liar and one-time creator of anti-virus software, apparently tried to convince reporters that he hacked the encryption used on WhatsApp. To do this, he attempted to send them phones with preinstalled malware and then convince them he was reading their encrypted conversations.
In April, WhatsApp announced that it had added automatic end-to-end encryption for its billion plus users. The company touted the move as one that would help protect and secure the communications of all WhatsApp users around the world.
A bank in Vietnam successfully managed to thwart an attempt made by hackers to pull-off a cyber heist similar to the one on Bangladesh Bank in February. The Tien Phong Bank in Hanoi said on 15 May that the cyberattack targeted a vendor that the bank had previously used to connect to Swift's systems, which the bank has since stopped using.
According to reports, the TPBank had identified a suspicious request made via Swift's messaging system and subsequently contacted all parties involved to stop the transfer of the funds in the fourth quarter of 2015.