Scorpion Features Another One Of The All-Time Great Fake Hacking Scenes

Last night on Scorpion, our gang of geniuses goes on a cruise ship to deal with some deadly rockets that are being smuggled on it. Which leads to this great scene, where a rocket is going to hit a Navy helicopter in 45 seconds... unless a little kid can hack into a Japanese destroyer in time. » 2/10/15 3:10pm 2/10/15 3:10pm

Only The World's Sexiest Hacker Can Save Us In Blackhat

It's not at the level of absurdity of, say, casting Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist in The World Is Not Enough, but I do have to look somewhat askance at the recently crowned "Sexiest Man Alive" Chris Hemsworth as the only computer hacker with the skills — sorry, skillz — to prevent the hackpocalypse in Michael… » 12/12/14 11:15am 12/12/14 11:15am

Watch As A Hacker Frees This Telepresence Robot From Its Confinement

A robotics company recently made one of its telepresence units accessible over the Internet for a public demonstration. But to keep it from going astray, the device was confined to an office — an unacceptable constraint that one crafty user interpreted as a challenge. » 11/26/14 7:30am 11/26/14 7:30am

This Supercut Reminds Us How Totally Accurate Hacking Was in 90s Movies

So accurate! You know how way back in the 90s we totally hacked things by wearing visors and gloves? Yeah. » 11/23/14 9:00pm 11/23/14 9:00pm

The True Story of the Computer Worm that Took Down a Nuclear Facility

The Stuxnet worm was the first known example of a digital weapon developed by the U.S. government — and it actually worked. Discovered in 2010, it had already destroyed several nuclear centrifuges in Iran. Now, veteran computer security reporter Kim Zetter has an action-packed book about it. We've got an excerpt. » 11/07/14 2:36pm 11/07/14 2:36pm

Scorpion Brings the Stupidest, Most Batshit Insane Hacker Scene Ever

So Scorpion debuted last night on CBS, bringing us the thrilling tale of "geniuses" who help DHS by setting up wifi access points in restaurants. Yes, that is a true plot point. It all leads to this scene, whose true meaning I will unfold for you so that you can appreciate the full amazing awfulness. » 9/23/14 4:03pm 9/23/14 4:03pm

Impostor Cell Phone Towers Could Be Controlling Your Mobile

This map shows the locations of 17 mysterious cell towers in the United States that aren't part of any known cell phone provider network. Nobody knows where they came from, but they are busily intercepting the communications of any mobile in signal range. What happens next probably isn't good. » 9/03/14 7:51pm 9/03/14 7:51pm

An Interactive Map Showing Global Cyberattacks In Real Time

Security firm Kaspersky Lab has launched an interactive cyberthreat map that visualizes cyber security incidents occurring worldwide in real time. A quick glance shows that the world is a pretty scary place. » 4/11/14 4:00pm 4/11/14 4:00pm

Athlete Struck By Potentially Hacked Aerial Drone

An athlete competing at an Australian triathlon was sent to hospital after an aerial camera drone suddenly swooped down and smashed into her. The operator of the UAV claims someone nearby "channel hopped" the device — wresting control away from him. » 4/08/14 8:40am 4/08/14 8:40am

Read this intense, pre-apocalyptic hacker story by Tobias Buckell

We've got an incredible short story for you to read, called "System Reset," written by Arctic Rising author Tobias Buckell. It's taken from the pre-apocalypse anthology The End is Nigh, edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey. It's a smart thriller about hacker bounty hunters on a world-ending job. » 3/13/14 7:00pm 3/13/14 7:00pm

How to solve the problem of NSA surveillance

Leave it to the folks at Abstruse Goose to deliver one of the most tragicomically honest observations on the current state of NSA surveillance. » 3/08/14 1:37pm 3/08/14 1:37pm

Relive Jurassic Park's Iconic Hacking Scene Right From Your Browser

For the most part, Jurassic Park isn't the kind of movie you'd want a chance to live out, what with the mortal danger and velociraptors and all that. But thanks to the amazing Jurassic Systems website, you can experience of of Jurassic Park's safer thrills first-hand: getting hacked by Dennis Nedry. » 3/03/14 2:46pm 3/03/14 2:46pm

Watch the subversive version of spy tech conference RSA

Right now, downtown San Francisco is teeming with people attending RSA, the world's biggest conference devoted to "cybersecurity." But up the street, there's another tech conference. It's full of computer security analysts who want to stop the surveillance state. It's called Trustycon, and you can watch it here, live. » 2/27/14 9:20am 2/27/14 9:20am

Hacked fridge sends out malicious emails in unprecedented cyber attack

You know how virtually everything these days is connected to the internet? And how tech companies don't give a crap about security? Well, as a recent Internet of Things cyber attack has shown, our appliances are being made to turn against us. » 1/17/14 1:40pm 1/17/14 1:40pm

Need more reasons to feel paranoid about the NSA? Watch this.

This is a terrific presentation from tech researcher and journalist Jacob Appelbaum. At December's Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg, he presented the latest documented revelations about how deep the NSA spying rabbit hole really goes. » 1/06/14 4:01pm 1/06/14 4:01pm

Did Neal Stephenson predict the NSA spying on World of Warcraft?

New leaked documents from Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA and British intelligence have been spying on people in World of Warcraft and other online games. And Neal Stephenson's epic spy novel REAMDE predicted this whole mess back in 2011. » 12/10/13 6:28pm 12/10/13 6:28pm

Could technology be used to control your mind?

As our brains become increasingly intertwined with our technologies, we run the risk of exposing our minds to hackers. As this new video from AsapScience shows, the possibility is very real. » 10/03/13 10:20am 10/03/13 10:20am

Want to be safe from the NSA's prying eyes? Here are some tips.

Every day, we get new revelations from the Snowden Files that suggest the NSA has been spying on pretty much everybody's activities online. Now computer security expert Bruce Schneier has written up a few tips on how to make sure you're not one of the people they're watching. » 9/05/13 3:35pm 9/05/13 3:35pm

This device takes us one step closer to a colony on Mars

If we're going to build cities on Mars, we must first figure out how to supply colonists with water and food. If underground Martian ice turns out to be as plentiful as some hope, we may have water covered. And now a group of Greek hackers has invented a device for growing food there, too. » 9/04/13 2:51pm 9/04/13 2:51pm

Quite possibly the best human vs. robot competition in history

Last month saw the debut of R2B2, a button-mashing robot that can unlock a phone in hours, just by randomly pushing buttons. But the real question is, can this little pin-typing hacker robot beat a human hacker? » 8/21/13 2:22pm 8/21/13 2:22pm