Ingenious Hacks Hit Bank, Prison
Internal and external hack attacks breach security at two institutions.
This week’s news shows there are two ways to steal personal info: sophisticated DNS hacks and insider hacking. In the first case, a Brazilian bank had its DNS records hacked and changed to redirect legitimate traffic. In the second, prisoners built a pair of computers to capture prison network data and crack personal records.
DNS Hack Captures Bank’s Operation
Robbing banks doesn’t have to involve masks, notes and weapons. A Brazilian financial company had its entire online operation taken over via a DNS attack that redirected visitors using legitimate URLs to non-legitimate pages designed to capture user info. [Wired]
Prison Break: Tech Style
A group of inmates in an Ohio prison built two computers using parts from an electronics recycling program and hacked into the prison’s network. They used captured personal information to apply for credit cards in other inmates’ names, among a variety of activities. [Bleeping Computer]
Apple’s Secret Medical Project Could Sell Millions of Apple Watches
According to reports, Apple has been working on a project to measure blood sugar levels without drawing blood. This would be huge for diabetics and, if such technology could be put in a watch, it would sell millions of Apple Watches. [CNBC]
Successful Meetings are Face to Face
Need to ask for something? To enhance your chance of success, do it face to face and not via email. Sometimes old-school beats tech. [Harvard Business Review]
Burger King Almost Annoyed Lots of Google Home Users
It was only a matter of time: Burger King developed a TV commercial that would purposefully trigger Google Home devices to read from a special Wikipedia page that described the company’s Whopper. Thankfully, it disabled the feature in the ad. [The Verge]