Stories by Robert McMillan

A power plant hack that anybody could use

The night before the start of this week's Black Hat hacker conference here in Las Vegas, security researcher Dillon Beresford gave a demonstration to a small audience in his room at Caesar's Palace. The topic: how a hacker could take over the Siemens S7 computers that are used to control engines, machines and turbines in tens of thousands of industrial facilities.

Robert McMillan | 05 Aug | Read more

LulzSec's parting Trojan is a false positive

The LulzSec hacking group <a href="http://lulzsecurity.com/releases/50%20Days%20of%20Lulz.txt">sailed off into the sunset Saturday,</a> leaving behind a treasure trove of stolen data along with what some antivirus programs identified as a nasty surprise for anyone who downloaded the Torrent file: <a href="https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/14784-Warning-Original-50-Days-of-Lulz-Payload-is-Infected.html">a Trojan horse program.</a>

Robert McMillan | 28 Jun | Read more

LulzSec attacks gaming sites ... just for laughs

The hacking group known as LulzSec called it Titanic Takeover Tuesday. Gamers called it by a variety of names, many of which cannot be reprinted here. But for system administrators at a handful of gaming companies, Tuesday, June 14 was a nightmare: the day their websites went down under an online attack.

Robert McMillan | 15 Jun | Read more

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