Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

At the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday, the researchers will present their findings, which suggest that high-wattage IoT botnets—made up of power-guzzling devices like air conditioners, car chargers, and smart thermostats—could be deployed strategically to increase demand at certain times in any of the nine private energy markets around the US.

Games Don't Do Enough to Combat Toxicity at Launch

Games Don't Do Enough to Combat Toxicity at Launch

In early May, when Valorant was in closed beta, publisher Riot Games said it would make an effort to curb toxicity after several of the company’s female developers spoke out about harassment they’d received in-game.

Marriott Got Hacked. Yes, Again

Marriott Got Hacked. Yes, Again

Based on what we currently know, it's certainly not as bad as the 2018 breach, which not only comprised especially sensitive information like passport numbers but was also part of state-sponsored Chinese hacking campaign .

Russia Is Learning How to Bypass Facebook's Disinfo Defenses

Russia Is Learning How to Bypass Facebook's Disinfo Defenses

With the 2020 election now just seven months away, though, newly surfaced social media posts indicate that Russia’s Internet Research Agency is adapting its methods to circumvent those defenses.In September, University of Wisconsin researcher Young Mie Kim started analyzing posts on Facebook and Instagram from 32 accounts connected to the IRA.

ISIS Is Now Harder to Track Online—but That's Good News

ISIS Is Now Harder to Track Online—but That's Good News

Though you can still find many lingering rooms on Riot, the ISIS network as a whole looked elsewhere for a new home and quickly found one in TamTam, a messenger platform similar to Telegram (including a required phone number upon registering).

Why Ring Doorbells Perfectly Exemplify the IoT Security Crisis

Why Ring Doorbells Perfectly Exemplify the IoT Security Crisis

News reports this week are raising a different issue: hackers are breaking into users' Ring accounts, which can also be connected to indoor Ring cameras, to take over the devices and get up to all sorts of invasive shenanigans.

Facial Recognition Is Suddenly Everywhere. Should You Worry?

Facial Recognition Is Suddenly Everywhere. Should You Worry?

Three US cities, including San Francisco , recently blocked their agencies from using the technology altogether, while federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have expressed interest in regulating facial recognition.#facial recognition #Artificial Intelligence #algorithms #privacy.

You Can Now Play Fortnite as John Wick

You Can Now Play Fortnite as John Wick

Also, in the world of esports, Riot Games is backing former NBA star Rick Fox in his dispute with the organization he founded. Riot Games Backs NBA Star Rick Fox. Echo Fox is one of the biggest names in esports.

Airbnb and Marriott Each Want What the Other Has

Airbnb and Marriott Each Want What the Other Has

Marriott has its work cut out in competing with Airbnb, which controls 51 percent of the short-term rental market in the US, according to an analysis by Host Compliance, a company that tracks online rentals and works with city officials to enforce local laws.

The Punishing Ecstasy of Being a Reddit Moderator

The Punishing Ecstasy of Being a Reddit Moderator

Elliot checked the user histories of the people sharing the suspicious links. Because it didn’t seem like the company was doing anything, he wrote up a public post with links to all of the accounts he’d found.

Nest Cams Hijacked in the Name of PewDiePie and North Korea Pranks

Nest Cams Hijacked in the Name of PewDiePie and North Korea Pranks

Then they heard a hacker's voice on their Nest cameras saying, "I’m going to kidnap your baby, I’m in your baby’s room." For years, Internet of Things security woes have been epitomized by hackers accessing live feeds from video baby monitors.

Ford Axes its Chariot Shuttles, Proves Mobility Is Hard

Ford Axes its Chariot Shuttles, Proves Mobility Is Hard

When Chariot launched in 2014, it joined a wave of Uber-inspired "microtransit" tech companies hoping to disrupt transportation services by providing faster, more efficient options for riders sick of—and underserved by—traditional public transit.

The Worst Hacks of 2018

The Worst Hacks of 2018

But between the company's increasingly dismal track record on third-party access limits and a recent incident in which a bug exposed 6.8 million users' photos to third-party developers, it's hard to feel like things are going as well as they could on the user privacy and data management front.Atlanta RansomwareIn March, a ransomware attack locked down the City of Atlanta's digital systems, destabilizing municipal operations.

If China Hacked Marriott, 2014 Marked a Full-on Assault

If China Hacked Marriott, 2014 Marked a Full-on Assault

And if you throw the Marriott data into the mix, which included passport numbers like the OPM trove, the espionage effort seems even more comprehensive."If I were a foreign intelligence service and wanted to get a complete picture about a specific group of people, these are exactly the targets I would select," says Crane Hassold, senior director of threat research at the phishing defense firm Agari who previously worked as a digital behavior analyst for the FBI.

How to Protect Yourself From the Giant Marriott Hack

How to Protect Yourself From the Giant Marriott Hack

But the bulk of the victims—currently thought to be 327 million people—had different combinations of name, address, phone number, email address, date of birth, gender, trip and reservation information, passport number, and Starwood Preferred Guest account information all stolen."Four years is an eternity when it comes to breaches."David Kennedy, TrustedSecSome credit card numbers were also stolen as part of the breach, Marriott says, but the company did not provide an initial estimate of how many were taken.

SpaceX's Next Launch Will Spark a Space Internet Showdown

SpaceX's Next Launch Will Spark a Space Internet Showdown

“For 90 percent of the planet’s surface, you need satellites,” says Fabien Jordan, founder and CEO of Astrocast, one of the startups sending a satellite up next week.If shippers want to track assets at sea, farmers wish to check on the health of their crops, or governments seek to monitor dangerous bridges today, they must deploy powerful devices connecting to traditional satellite communications providers like Iridium, Globalstar and Inmarsat.

All 141 'League of Legends' Champions, Explained

All 141 'League of Legends' Champions, Explained

Valve's Dota 2 has 79.And then there's League of Legends.Since its release in 2009—just two short years after Team Fortress 2—Riot Games' battle arena title offers 141 champions players can choose.