Another Window for Hackers: QR Codes {2}

by Joshua L
The article I read for this week talks about how susceptible smartphone users are that use QR code reader applications. QR codes are a relatively new technology and they are apparently really easy to make and modify. This poses a problem for mobile phone users because if they scan a code that a hacker designed and stuck over an existing code on an item, they can easily be sent to a url that is malicious. These codes are very useful but it seems as though they can create a serious issue if the design is not improved. If the technology becomes more universal and these issues are not handled now they can really do mass amounts of damage in the future. read more...

Hacker Busted by Smartphone {5}

by Joshua L
The article I read is about a hacker by the name of Higinio O. Ochoa III, a Linux administrator, who was charged by the FBI with hacking into U.S. law enforcement agencies and posting online the home addresses for police officers, including those of more than 100 Los Angeles police officers. He was caught because on the site he posted the information he used a picture that he took with his cell phone that was traced back to his phone. He didn’t know about the fact that EXIF data (location, camera type, and other image information) is included in every photo taken with a smartphone. read more...

FBI Catches LulzSec Hacker {Comments Off on FBI Catches LulzSec Hacker}

by Asbed P
Many companies use SQL Databases to store company and customer information.  Sometimes these databases are not very well protected.  In Sony’s case, their databases were left open to a group of hackers known as LulzSec.  These loosely knit group of hackers like to create chaos and mischief for their own entertainment and not necessarily for profit.  On Thursday, September 22, 2011, a hacker named “Recursion” from the group LulzSec was tracked down and caught by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  He attacked the database by using a technique also known as SQL injection that allowed him full access into Sony Pictures systems.  From there he was able to post massive amounts of data online as part of LulzSec’s data dumps which included email addresses and passwords of Sony customers.  The student from Phoenix, used an online proxy service and a hard drive cleaner to cover his tracks but that was not enough.  He could spend the next 15 years in prison if he is found guilty. read more...