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San Francisco Subway Is Free To Use After Ransomware Attack, Hackers Sought Bitcoins

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The holiday season is a time for shopping for gifts, spending time with family and for some, hacking into the San Francisco subway system. In fact, many, many computer systems in San Francisco were hacked this past weekend. So many, in fact, that the entire subway system has been left free to use until the computer problem is resolved. The answer will come in the form of Bitcoin, as this is what the culprits have demanded in return for putting the computer system back online. Over 2000 local computer systems affected A strain of a computer malware, known as HDDCryptor, hit 2,112 computers within the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, according to correspondence with the ransomware’s masters. This has affected the railway system starting on Friday evening, continuing throughout Saturday, and as of Sunday night, there has been no news of a resolution. CBS affiliate KPIX in San Francisco, says sources inside of the city’s transit agency told them on Saturday that the system was hacked days ago. Payment kiosks are out of service and cards can not be purchased. “There’s no impact to the transit service, but we have opened the fare gates as a precaution to minimize customer …

How the Dark Web Works

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Beneath our everyday internet lurks a murky network of encrypted sites known as the Dark Web. Is it all bad? No. But it does fuel a lucrative criminal subculture that could threaten businesses and consumers. The Dark Web is an ominous network of shadowy hackers hellbent on stealing company data, overthrowing the country, and selling drugs to your kids with Bitcoin. Or is it? The hidden and encrypted internet enables hackers and activists and criminals. It’s also a wonderful source for shocking headlines and salacious YouTube stories, and a communication and privacy-enhancing platform. Powered by a network of encrypted websites and accessible only by using a complex set of security tools, the Dark Web is as intriguing as it is beguiling. To understand the realities of the hidden internet, better grab a flashlight. The Dark Web and the deep web are terms often confused and used interchangeably. The deep web is a term that refers to sites and pages unavailable to the general public and not indexed by traditional search engines, like corporate intranet sites, private social media posts, and pages with nofollow search tags. Above the deep web hovers the clearnet, the traditional internet and mobile web used by …

How is Bitcoin Actually Stolen? Theft Prevention

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The successful US$65 million dollar hacking attack launched on the Bitfinex trading platform left the community to question the security measures of the multi-signature technology implemented by the exchange. It also triggered a relatively simple yet important argument; how is Bitcoin actually stolen? To begin with, let’s tackle the fundamentals of the security breach of Bitfinex. As demonstrated by the infographic provided by Bloomberg below, the major factor behind the Bitfinex trading platform’s vulnerability was its improper implementation of the multi-signature technology and of the BitGo software. In theory, BitGo is the second authenticator behind Bitfinex to sign and approve each transaction initiated in the Bitfinex trading platform. Thus, when a user sends or broadcasts the transaction to the Bitcoin Blockchain, Bitfinex first approves it with their version of the private key and BitGo then provides a second authentication to approve the transaction. Bitcoin is stolen when private keys are compromised However, after the hackers managed to get hold of the private keys held by Bitfinex, BitGo automatically signed all suspicious transactions, due to the weak and vulnerable implementation of Bitfinex. Considering this fact, Bitcoin is actually stolen from users when the private keys of user funds are compromised. Private …

Are you guilty of the following password mistakes?

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This is a great time to be really honest with yourself! Because if you’re not worried about your security between you, all the hard work that you’ve put in to get to where you are today, then don’t be surprised or say you weren’t informed when someday you login to find you’ve been compromised. So do………..? You use the same password on all websites you are registered with. Your password is too short. Let’s take each case and from a hackers point see what he or she can do with current technology. 1. You use the same password on all websites you have registered with. This means if one site you use is breached i.e. your password is leaked the attacker can access every site you own Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Paypal and everything else. Secondly, a dishonest or incompetent website owner might store your password in plain text. Then if you register with that site the owner can take your password and email and try different websites to see if you have an account there. 2. Your password is too short. With current technology and say your password is something like “dinky1”, a computer programm can try all combinations of …