Pwn2Own contest will pay $900,000 for hacks that exploit this Tesla

Pwn2Own contest will pay $900,000 for hacks that exploit this Tesla

Pwn2Own has been the foremost hacking contest for more than a decade, with cash prizes paid for exploits that compromise the security of all manner of devices and software. Browsers, virtual machines, computers, and phones have all been fair game. Now in its 13th year, the competition is adding a new category—a Tesla Model 3,…
After damaged guarantee, AT&T states it’ll stop offering phone area information

After damaged guarantee, AT&T states it’ll stop offering phone area information

Getty Images | Witthaya Prasongsin Mobile carriers are again promising to stop selling your phone location data to other companies—this time for real. The four major carriers pledged to stop selling customer location data to third-party data brokers in June 2018, but a Motherboard investigation published this week found that T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T were…
New ransomware generates $4 million by embracing a “huge video game searching” method

New ransomware generates $4 million by embracing a “huge video game...

A recently discovered ransomware group has netted almost $4 million since August, in large part by following a path that’s uncommon in its industry—selectively installing the malicious encryption software on previously infected targets with deep pockets. The method differs from the usual one of indiscriminately infecting all possible victims. That’s the take of two analyses…
A DNS pirating wave is targeting business at a nearly extraordinary scale

A DNS pirating wave is targeting business at a nearly extraordinary...

Federal authorities and private researchers are alerting companies to a wave of domain hijacking attacks that’s using relatively novel techniques to compromise targets at an almost unprecedented scale. The attacks, which security firm FireEye said have been active since January 2017, use three different ways to manipulate the Domain Name System records that allow computers…
AT&T safeguards deceiving “5G” network icons on 4G phones

AT&T safeguards deceiving “5G” network icons on 4G phones

Enlarge / A smartphone with AT&T's "5G E" network indicator. AT&T An AT&T executive defended the company's rebranding of 4G phones as "5G E," saying that the name change has helped AT&T "br[eak] our industry's narrative" and get inside of its "competitors' heads." Speaking at CES yesterday, AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan said AT&T is…
Hot brand-new trading website dripped loads of user information, consisting of login tokens

Hot brand-new trading website dripped loads of user information, consisting of...

The past few days have showered plenty of favorable attention on a new trading platform called DX.Exchange, with glowing profiles by Bloomberg News and CNBC. The only problem is that the site, which allows people to trade currencies and digitized versions of Apple, Tesla, and other stocks, has been leaking oodles of account login credentials…
Report: AT&T prepares layoffs regardless of declaring tax cut would produce 7,000 tasks

Report: AT&T prepares layoffs regardless of declaring tax cut would produce...

Getty Images | SOPA Images AT&T is reportedly planning a significant round of layoffs, despite receiving a large tax break and various regulatory favors such as the repeal of net neutrality rules. Motherboard reported the pending layoffs yesterday, saying it obtained the information from AT&T internal documents and an anonymous AT&T source. "A source at…
Kaspersky blew whistle on NSA hacking tool hoarder

Kaspersky blew whistle on NSA hacking tool hoarder

Enlarge / NSA got a message from Kaspersky that one of its own was being very, very bad, according to a new Politico report. Harold T. Martin III, a former government contractor, is still facing trial for the alleged theft of massive amounts of National Security Agency data, including documents and tools from the NSA's…
Unlike AT&T, Verizon states it will not slap 5G label on 4G phones

Unlike AT&T, Verizon states it will not slap 5G label on...

While AT&T pretends to kick off the 5G mobile era early by slapping a 5G network indicator on 4G phones, Verizon Wireless says it won't be doing the same. "[W]e're calling on the broad wireless industry to commit to labeling something 5G only if new device hardware is connecting to the network using new radio…
Canadian strategies to transfer oil as strong briquettes move on

Canadian strategies to transfer oil as strong briquettes move on

Enlarge / A Canada National Railway Co. train in Alberta. CN The Canada National Railway Company (CN) has spent years developing a product called CanaPux, in which thick bitumen crude oil from Canada's oil sands is mixed with a polymer to become a solid puck that can be transported with little fear of spills or…
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