The Lizard Squad made waves with their massive DDoS attacks on PlayStation and Xbox Live networks over the Christmas holiday. These attacks spoiled Christmas for untold millions of people as the DDoS attacks crippled servers and left shiny new game consoles unable to connect to online services. These attacks appear to be part of a larger marketing scheme for the Lizard Squad's DDoS-for-hire services.
The Lizard Squad isn't afraid to taunt authorities and that has drawn even more scrutiny. However, they have been very successful at remaining in the shadows, until now. UK police with the South East Regional Organized Crime Unit (SEROCU) cyber crime unit apprehended an 18-year-old male connected with the recent PlayStation and Xbox Live DDoS attacks. The man was also charged with several swatting incidents, in which a fake police call is made to instigate police raids against others.
Over the past month a number of websites, including TweakTown, have experienced sporadic redirects to scam websites. It has been exceptionally difficult to track down the source of these redirects, and our team has been working tirelessly to isolate the source of the issue. The source of the issue appears to be malicious code injected into Google Adsense ads, which are used by websites around the world.
The malicious redirect worked even in the Ad Review Center of the Google AdSense dashboard on Google.com site where webmasters may view ads that Google displays on their sites. This problem existed for about a month since the second half of December 2014, but became really widespread last Friday (Jan 9th 2015). By the end of the weekend, Google seemed to have been able to mitigate it.
While there may be notably reduced frequency to the malicious ads, they are still circulating. We have noticed these redirects are still present on other websites as well during the last few days. Google Adsense works by targeting specific ads to a specific viewers. This type of maddening attack, referred to as Malvertising, is hard to track because different users view different ads. The redirects are landing users on pages that appear legitimate, such as a fake Forbes website, but are all contained in different subdirectoriess of lemode-mgz.com, consumernews247.com, and wan-tracker.com.
Cybercriminals want to breach US companies, stealing data and customer records, and have found surprising levels of success. Some breached companies eventually discover that criminals spent months poking aroun compromised systems, taking their time before stealing large amounts of data.
The US government wants companies to be more forthcoming about data breaches once they are discovered, but some companies - if they actually know about it - remain quiet. Companies will be given some leeway if they inform the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about cybersecurity incidents after they do occur, according to changes the Obama Administration plans to put in place.
"There is an element of embarrassment at work here," said Robert Cattanach, partner at the Dorsey & Whitney law firm, in a statement published by reporters. "But hacking is not a problem that any one company can solve alone."
Smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi took the phone market by storm, and hopes to transition that success into connected technology. Xiaomi has introduced a "smart module" that its hardware partners can integrate into products sold to consumers.
The module will cost just $3.60 and can be installed in refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and other home products, according to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun. There is tremendous potential in smart technologies, and Xiaomi wants to ensure products are created in an effective manner to appease partners and consumers.
The Internet of Things (IoT) had a prominent presence during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, and smartphone makers have taken notice. Ideally, Xiaomi and other companies want users to be able to control connected technology via their smartphones.
With newly updated plans to incorporate two 360mm radiators mounted on the rear of this S-Frame chassis, Metallicacid Customs PCs doesn't mess around when it comes to serious PC mods.
Modeled through the use of SketchUp and rendered in Keyshot 4, this build aims to "fabricate a back shield which protects the fans, and gives support to the chassis itself when installed" as described by the modder himself.
In Win's S-Frame ATX is an awesome looking chassis before any mods have taken place, so we can't wait to see that Metallcacid can throw inside. Adequately named Origami, this build project has been said to possibly begin production toward the end of January. From the looks of the images below, an SLI-graphics setup is to be expected, however information is severely limited at this stage.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a bureaucratic mess when it comes to cybersecurity - and would be inefficient and overmatched trying to protect citizens and other federal branches. This news comes as part of the "A Review of the Department of Homeland Security's Missions and Performance" report, which heavily scrutinized DHS activities.
"Widespread weaknesses in the federal government's information security practices represent a significant vulnerability that could be exploited by adversaries, creating a potential threat to national security and American citizens," according to the report.
It's not just hacktivists trying to breach US infrastructure, but foreign states with sophisticated cyberespionage programs. The DHS itself has failed in maintaining its own security protocols, let alone trying to secure other departments from potential cyberattack.
GE Appliances has teamed up with Keurig to offer you something a little different from your normal household fridge. For a cool $3,300 you can score yourself a fridge that not only contains the useful cold water function, but a fully operational Keurig coffee machine installed in the door.
Hitting the headlines late last year, Keurig made a move to block third-party coffee pods from working in their machines, seeing modders and hackers flock to the cause and eventually rectifying this without too much effort.
This awesome advancement allows you to combine a few devices in one, with the coffee machine now becoming arguably almost mandatory in any new-age home. Gone are the days of instant coffee ruling the world, one Sunday church session at a time - make way for the age of semi-barista quality coffee available straight out of your home.
According to a new ruling by the EU court, European flight booking websites must display the total cost of booking immediately as the booking process begins. This is due to most companies waiting to display additional charges and fees until the last page of the process.
The ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) applies not only to a flight you might be in the process of booking, but all flights in relation to it also. This news comes as a addition to the 2008 EU regulation stating "that airlines show the final price to be paid at all times, including taxes, charges, surcharges and other fees. The rules apply to any form of published pricing, including on the Internet," as reported by PC World.
Multiple airlines have ignored or bypassed these hidden charge laws, seeing the German Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV) take on a legal battle with Air Berlin, promoting this initial law to be put in place.
Amidst the hectic week that was everything-CES 2015, the WaratTell rose from the ashes - set as a sensor based on 10 years of "laugh-detecting technology" and designed by Masafumi Matsumura of Osaka Electro-Communication University - this product actually has a real purpose.
Designed for when your oldies are put away in a home, this sensor will allow you to monitor how happy seniors are via an internet connection and an linked application, showing you how often they laugh or even if they've fallen over or are in any other kind of distress. This is thanks to audio-processing software that is linked to the sensor automatically distinguishing between various vocal sounds.
Fully optioned with a microphone, Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi modules and an accelerometer, this device is located within a bright orange casing painted with a smiley face - which is then connected to a lapel or hangs around your neck.
Adobe has finally made Lightroom available on Android Smartphone platforms, months after adding iOS support for the program. This photo-editing program requires your device to be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or newer and needs a minimum of a 1.7GHz quad-core CPU and at least 8GB of free storage space.
This is one of the first times that we've seen smartphone applications specifically contain system requirements, but it's acceptable given the computing power needed for tasks that this software can perform. This app is also free to download, as long as you've created a Creative Cloud account and features slightly less features than the desktop edition - giving you full reign of the basic panel and cropping tools.
Unfortunately this release is limited only to your smartphones, with tablets being excluded from operation. You would think that tablets are far superior, given their viewing surface greatly outweighing that of a smartphone.