Spyware sheik-down: UAE government accused of hacking phones of a prince, emir and other rivals

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) asked an Israel-based surveillance company to spy on a prince, a Qatari emir, and other rivals by hacking their phones, according to leaked emails obtained by the New York Times. The emails cited in the Times report, which was published on Friday, were submitted in lawsuits against Israel-based NSO Group. […]

Apple iOS 11.4.1 officially adds USB Restricted Mode, blocking hacking tools

Apple released iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1, and watchOS 4.3.2 today with minor bugfixes for its iPhones, iPads, HomePods, Apple TVs, and Apple Watches, but there was one surprise in the software: USB Restricted Mode, a feature designed to block iPhone-cracking USB devices used by law enforcement agencies, has finally arrived. USB Restricted Mode was fi…Read More

Alleged WikiLeaks source who helped expose CIA hacking tricks faces 135 years in prison

A former CIA and NSA programmer has been charged with stealing and leaking classified information and with possessing child pornography. Joshua Adam Schulte is thought to be behind WikiLeaks’ exposure of the CIA’s hacking arsenal. Schulte, 29, worked in the CIA’s Engineering Development Group, tasked with designing the clandestine tools used by the US intelligence […]

Assange willing to testify on alleged Russian hacking

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is reportedly willing to testify in the investigation surrounding alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. The claim that Assange is willing to speak to congressional investigators was made on Friday by his long time associate, Randy Credico. Radio host Credico told the New York Daily News that Assange […]

Two French teens arrested for hacking Taylor Swift’s and Drake’s music videos

Back in April, hackers managed to deface YouTube music videos by Drake, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Shakira and others (including Despacito, the reigning king of views on the platform). The infiltrators swapped out their thumbnails and titles with incendiary and offensive content in an apparent prank. Today, two French teens were arrested in connection with […]

Ex-CIA employee ID’d but not charged in Vault 7 leak of hacking tools

(credit: Dominic Byrd-McDevitt – Wikimedia) Federal authorities have identified a suspect behind last year’s Vault 7 leak of Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools. The trove published to WikiLeaks included exploits and documents for infecting iPhones, Wi-Fi routers, and Cisco Switches, and it represented the biggest-known loss of classified information in CIA history. According to articles […]