Ethical hackers complain their efforts in finding ‘exploits’ are largely ignored in India

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Kanishk Sajnani did not receive so much as a thank you from a major Indian airline when he contacted them with alarming news — he had hacked their website and could book flights anywhere in the world for free. It was a familiar tale for India’s army of “ethical hackers”,…


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Zomato working with ‘ethical hacker’ to improve security

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Restaurant and food delivery app Zomato has confirmed that it has been communicating with the hacker responsible for stealing the data of around 17 million of its customers. The company, which claims to boast over 120 million users, confirmed that information including email address and hashed passwords had been compromised,…


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ETHICAL HACKERS RAISE MONEY TO HELP REPEAL BILL REDUCING INTERNET PRIVACY

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A UTD group called Ethical Hackers is donating the profits from its first annual fundraiser to protest a federal bill overturning previous Federal Communications Commission regulations protecting consumer privacy. On April 19, Christopher Franson, an information technology and systems junior and president of Ethical Hackers, raised $66 at the organization’s…


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Hacking for the greater good

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Increasingly we look to ethical hackers to help ensure the cyber landscape is safe and accessible for all. But what makes a good hacker? As the cyber landscape becomes increasingly complex, private enterprises and public entities are looking for ways to better protect information and preserve the integrity of their…


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The Ethical Hacker: Technically Speaking, Cybersecurity isn’t about Speaking Technically

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These days cybersecurity seems to be all about technology. Pen testing, firewalls, port scanning, SIEM, zero-day, IPS, AES256, SHA, DMZ, NIDS, TLS, SS7 – I’ll stop. I could go on, but you get the idea. And I have a vested interest in keeping your attention. Acronyms and geek-speak abound, and…


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Bounty platforms use ‘white hat’ hackers to prevent China’s cyber attacks

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More than 800 Chinese “white hat” hackers gathered in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong province, on Thursday, to attend the China White Hat Conference held by 360 Business Security Group’s Butian Vulnerability Response Platform (Butian). Unlike movie-fueled myths, most of them looked like ordinary young people in their early 20s rather…


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Why GM invites ethical hackers to try and hack its cars

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GM invites hackers to try and hack their vehicles to test their defenses. As more and more cars become internet-connected, or even self-driving, cybersecurity is going to be more important than ever. And the stakes are higher than ever before — because unlike most traditional hacks, people’s lives are stake….


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MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar is ‘pwned’ by ethical hackers

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The Touch Bar for Apple’s latest MacBook Pro is supposed to enable users to be more productive with supported apps, although the latest discovery relating to the OLED strip isn’t quite so helpful – it has been cracked to flash up a message of the perpetrator’s choosing. This happened during…


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When China’s White-Hat Hackers Go Patriotic

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Only hours after China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) released the country’s first strategic document on cyberspace on March 1, which outlined the country’s vision for peaceful cooperation in cyberspace, patriotic Chinese hackers took down the website of a South Korean conglomerate at odds with Beijing. On March 2 at…


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Top 4 Reasons Why Bug Bounty Programs Matter

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Considering the number of cyber threats continues to increase, it is not surprising to learn a lot of companies offer bug bounty programs. Ensuring one’s online platform or service is safe from harm is the top priority for any business owner. There are quite a few benefits to running these…


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Ditch Computers to Save Democracy, Says Ethical Hacker

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In an age of superfast computers and interconnected everything, the only sure way to protect the integrity of election results is to return to paper and pen. That is the view of Sijmen Ruwhof, an ethical or “white hat” hacker, who last month revealed that the Dutch election’s commission computer…


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‘White hat’ hackers see rising demand for protection in corporate Japan

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“White hat” hackers who spot security vulnerabilities may be one of the most sought-after professions today as Japan’s tech firms struggle to cope with the rising threat of cyberattacks. White hats are tasked with guarding computer networks against “black hats,” the malicious hackers who infiltrate computer systems to steal or…


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Japanese university begins training ‘white-hat’ hackers to probe cybersecurity weaknesses

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“White-hat” hackers who spot a security vulnerability in a computer system or network may be one of the most sought after professions in Japan today with technology firms struggling with increasing threats of cyberattacks. In an effort to strengthen education on system security and train ethical hackers, a state-run Japanese…


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NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY UNIVERSITY OFFERS FREE CYBER SECURITY COURSES TO VETERANS AND REFUGEES FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

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NCSU Will Train Veterans And Refugees On How To Become A Part Of The $3 Trillion Cyber Security Industry.   National Cyber Security University (an online university) will offer 100% free scholarships to any refugee living in the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany or France. This scholarship…


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200 Coders and Hackers United to Save NASA’s Climate Data From Deletion

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BAGGERS AND TAGGERS With pages of climate-related documents and other environmental issues quickly disappearing from government websites, hackers, students, and scientists have decided to take it upon themselves to salvage the information that still remains. Groups in more than 20 cities have embarked upon the task of collecting this valuable…


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The Changing Role of the White Hat Hacker

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The word “hacker” existed long before it entered the public consciousness as a reason to practice good cybersecurity habits. It goes back to the 1960s, where computer culture was developing at MIT. The Jargon File, a glossary for computer programmers established in 1975, has eight definitions for hacker (or nine,…


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HackerOne, a startup that helps companies create “white hat” hacking incentive program

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HackerOne, a startup that helps companies create “white hat” hacking incentive programs, said today that it’s raised $40 million in new funding. The Series C investment in the San Francisco-based company was led by Dragoneer Investment Group, with participation from earlier investors New Enterprise Associates and Benchmark. HackerOne, led by…


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GSA to join DoD in hiring ethical hackers to find cyber vulnerabilities

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The federal market for “white hat” hackers continues to grow. Not only are ethical security burglars popular in the Defense Department, but now the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service (TTS) is setting up a bug bounty program. TTS issued a draft solicitation in January aiming to set up a…


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Government calls on white hat hackers

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The Australian Government is urging white hat hackers to enter a 24-hour cyber security competition. Student teams of four are being invited to enter the fifth Cyber Security Challenge Australia (CySCA), which was last held in 2015. CySCA is open to full-time Australian university undergraduates and undergraduate-equivalent TAFE students based…


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‘Ethical hackers’ prep for final round of annual cybersecurity contest

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With cyberattacks proliferating worldwide, a Japanese contest for “white hat” hackers supported by organizations including the communications ministry and National Police Agency is gearing up for the final round this weekend. The Security Contest, dubbed Seccon, provides an opportunity for those aspiring to become white hat, or “ethical hackers,” to…


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