Cyber Soldiers: White-hat hackers

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Since 2015, almost all healthcare organizations have reported at least one cyberattack. The largest U.S. hospital attacked in the U.S. 2017 was Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York, and they’re still feeling the effects. Dr. Jennifer Pugh runs their emergency room and she was on staff the morning…


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Can ‘ethical’ hackers be your friend?

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The word ‘hacker’ rightly fills the business world with dread… And this perception has only been reinforced in recent years following a series of high-profile news reports which exemplify the reputational and financial damage hackers reap. The importance of these stories is constantly climbing the news agenda. Last week, a…


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Licensed to hack: Singapore looks into registration scheme for ethical hackers

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thical hackers in Singapore could soon require a license to get their hands dirty, so to speak. The small Asian nation is currently requesting feedback on a proposed cybersecurity bill which will see ethical hackers having to obtain a license to do their work, and although it could seem quite…


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The next generation of cybersecurity professionals is being created by the Girl Scouts

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Girl Scouts of the USA is rolling out a set of 18 new cybersecurity badges next year, to teach young women in grades K-12 programming, ethical hacking, and identity theft prevention. Tech leaders will soon be able to look to the Girl Scouts for both their cookie and cybersecurity needs….


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Ethical Hacker Provides Tips to Avoid Becoming a Global Ransomware Victim

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Hospitals, academic institutions and well-known companies in 150 countries fell victim in May to “WannaCry” ransomware, a global cyberattack that infected more than 200,000 Windows computers, including those in the United States, Britain, Germany, China, Japan and South Korea. Most experts agree that the crisis is far from over and…


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When Is Hacking Ethical?

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When is hacking ethical? Let’s start with a couple basic definitions. Hacking is using a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system. Therefore, a hacker is someone who uses computer technology to gain unauthorized access to data in a system. There are several different types of hackers…


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White hat hackers hope to crowd-source a $20k Shadow Brokers subscription

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A team of security researchers will attempt to raise funds to purchase a $23,000 subscription to future leaks from the group that released the Windows exploit that made WannaCry ransomware mainstream news. The crowd-funding campaign is being launched by a group that calls itself Shadow Brokers Response Team, which is…


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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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