Archive for July, 2015

We’ve made machines that can float on water and machines that can walk on water, but until now, robots or automata that can leap suddenly into the air from the surface of a pond have eluded us. But a group of engineers, led by a researcher at the Seoul National University, have just created a machine that can jump on water. Rather impressively so, in fact. Continue reading

Jetzt mit neuer Einheit zur Internet-Überwachung: Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz in Köln. Bild: Stefan Kühn. Lizenz: Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0.

The German domestic secret service is setting up a new department to improve and extend its internet surveillance capabilities, investing several million Euros. We hereby publish the secret description for the new unit named „Extended Specialist Support Internet“. More than 75 spies are designated to monitor online chats and Facebook, create movement patterns and social network graphs and covertly „collect hidden information.“ Continue reading

A well-known German political and tech news website has received (English translation here) a nearly unprecedented letter from the German Federal Public Prosecutor, saying that two of the site’s top editors are being investigated for treason after having published secret government documents earlier this year. Continue reading

If it were up to the Federal Attorney General and the President of the German Domestic Security Agency, two of our reporters would soon be in prison for at least two years. Today, we were officially informed about investigations against our Markus Beckedahl, Andre Meister and an „unknown“ party. The accusation: Treason. Continue reading

OS X security researcher Patrick Wardle is expected at Black Hat to demonstrate how to write advanced Mac malware, including Gatekeeper and Xprotect bypasses, in hopes of raising awareness to the current state of OS malware detection. Continue reading

Black Vine has been active since 2012 and is behind several hacks targeting different industries

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Kim Dotcom was the founder of Megaupload, its successor Mega, and New Zealand’s Internet Party. A while ago you had a chance to ask him about those things as well as the U.S. government charging him with criminal copyright violation and racketeering. Below you’ll find his answers to your questions. Continue reading

On January 26, 2014, a systems administrator for the major healthcare provider Anthem discovered that their account had been compromised to access sensitive data from an internal database. Multiple queries had been run from the account, but the system administrator realized that someone else had executed the queries. The discovery of the database queries soon led Anthem to realize that it was under attack from an advanced cyberespionage group. This attack is believed to be the largest healthcare data breach to date, resulting in the theft of over 80 million records. Symantec refers to the group behind the attack as Black Vine. Continue reading

Facebook tor

Large technology companies have long led their users to security and privacy features. Some security technologies are transparent and are on by default, while others require a little prodding of users to turn them on. Continue reading

Late on Friday, 24 July, we became aware of a security issue whereby a number of Moonpig customer email addresses, account balance and passwords had been illegally published. As a precautionary measure, we promptly closed our Moonpig site and apps to help us investigate and contain this issue. Continue reading