It has become a familiar pattern: The computer system of a big American company is breached, the personal information of tens of millions of customers is stolen and a public outcry ensues. Rarely are the thieves caught.
But last summer’s attack on JPMorgan Chase — which resulted in hackers gaining access to email addresses and phone numbers for 83 million households and small businesses — may break that pattern of investigative dead ends in large corporate breaches.
Amidst a series of Apple-occupied offices in the town of Sunnyvale, Calif., is a mysterious company named SixtyEight Research, which has a limited online presence and recently renovated its facilities to add a "repair garage." This, accompanied by sources who say it's located in the office complex is where Apple is working on its secret electric car project, has led to speculation that Apple is using SixtyEight as a cover.
A security flaw in a popular WordPress plugin has been patched, preventing hackers from potentially taking over an entire blog installation.
Yoast, the maker of the popular "wordpress-seo" plugin for the blogging platform, said it has patched a cross-site request forgery flaw that allowed a blind SQL attack. That could've allowed a hacker to modify the back-end database, which might have allowed the insertion of malware, adware, spam links, or other unwanted content.