Bitcoin mining marketplace NiceHash loses tens of millions of dollars following hack

 Bitcoin is flying sky high after crossing the $14,000 mark for the first time, but one projected aimed at helping mine coins is short of at least $60 million after it was hacked. NiceHash, a marketplace that matches those with spare computing to power to miners wanting to create new coins, has confirmed that it has hit by attackers who snatched bitcoin. The company has paused operations for… Read More

Bitcoin mining marketplace NiceHash loses tens of millions of dollars following hack

 Bitcoin is flying sky high after crossing the $14,000 mark for the first time, but one projected aimed at helping mine coins is short of at least $60 million after it was hacked. NiceHash, a marketplace that matches those with spare computing to power to miners wanting to create new coins, has confirmed that it has hit by attackers who snatched bitcoin. The company has paused operations for… Read More

Canadian hacker pleads guilty in huge Yahoo hack case

 A Canadian citizen has pleaded guilty to aiding Russian intelligence officers in a 2014 hack of Yahoo that exposed as many as 500 million accounts. The defendant, 22-year-old Karim Baratov, is the only arrest to come out of the Yahoo hack as the three other individuals facing charges live in Russia, which obviously has no interest in extraditing them to the United States. Read More

Surreptitious cryptocurrency miners hide on Politifact and hundreds of other sites

 Politifact is the latest and perhaps most high-profile website to host code that secretly hijacks visitors’ CPUs to mine cryptocurrency. Driven by a boom in cryptocoin value and a lack of protections against JavaScript routines like this one, this surprising form of audience monetization is now found on hundreds of sites. Read More

Israel and Russia’s overlapping hacks of Kaspersky complicate espionage narrative

 The drama between Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky and the U.S. government just doesn’t quit, but a new report may answer some longstanding questions. This week, The New York Times revealed that U.S. intelligence was actually tipped off about the Russian government hacking Kaspersky Lab software by Israeli intelligence officers who observed Russia in action during the course of their… Read More

Nintendo’s mini SNES has already been hacked to run more games

 Nintendo SNES Classic owners should be glad to learn that more games aren’t out of your reach. Cluster, the Russian coder who originally cracked the NES Classic Edition, has now figured out how to side-load more games to the SNES CE through his Hakchi tool. With the release of Hakchi v2.20, users can expand their options on the little SNES, which comes with only 21 games pre-installed.… Read More

Russia targeted election systems in 21 states, successfully hacking some

 On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security notified nearly half of the U.S. states that their election systems were targeted by Russia-affiliated hackers in an attempt to influence the 2016 election. In most of the states targeted, the hackers were engaged in preliminary activities like scanning. In other states hackers attempted to infiltrate systems and failed, but in a small selection… Read More

Facebook and Twitter play bigger role in Congressional election-hacking probe

 As Congressional investigations into Russia’s role in manipulating the election for U.S. president deepens, tech companies are assuming a more central role in the inquiries. Both Twitter and Facebook are stepping up their efforts to cooperate with Congressional investigations into Russian interference with last year’s presidential election. Read More