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Questions tagged [hacking]

use a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system.

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Do the “Presidential Alerts” give the government full access to all phone functionality?

John McAfee, libertarian politician and former computer programmer, tweeted this: The "Presidential alerts": they are capable of accessing the E911 chip in your phones - giving them full access ...
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Has illicit cryptocurrency mining surged 459 percent in 2018 compared to last year?

If you are unaware, a recent trend in cyber attacks involves hijacking your computer's processing power to "mine" cryptocurrency, which they sell for money. Some discovered attacks were large spread ...
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Did the maps for services such as Snapchat, CitiBike and StreetEasy label New York City as “Jewtropolis” for a brief amount of time?

While checking my Twitter feed this morning (August 30, 2018) I came across this tweet that claimed that services like Snapchat, CitiBike and StreetEasy renamed New York City as “Jewtropolis.” ...
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Were the BOSS Linux update servers hacked in 2015?

The Hackology Blog claims that update servers for BOSS Linux were hacked in 2015, eventually allowing access to Indian military and government servers. This website claims that: Hackers infected the ...
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Can Doom run on a car's infotainment system?

In this youtube video a hacker claims it is easily possible to mod the infotainment system in his Porsche to run the game Doom using the controls of his car to control the game. This Gizmodo/Sploid ...
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Was the investigation of the DNC Email Hack performed by anti-Russian activists?

In his The Savage Nation radio broadcast on February 16, 2017, radio talk show host Michael Savage made four claims to discredit the story that “the Russians” hacked the DNC during this past election. ...
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Did Russian Hackers beat slot machines with an app?

Russian Hackers made up to $250.000.- per Weekend, by using an app to tell them when to pull a trigger. ...custom app on the operative’s phone; those markers cause the handset to vibrate roughly ...
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Did 17 U.S. intelligence agencies claim that Russia was behind the DNC hack?

It has been reported repeatedly that 17 U.S intelligence agencies have come out publicly to say that the Russian government was behind the 2016 Democratic National Committee Email Leak For example, ...
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Was John Podesta's email password “password”?

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, said in a recent interview with Sean Hannity that John Podesta’s password was 'password'. The Daily Mail reports: In an interview, Assange revealed the ...
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Could “only Russia’s senior-most officials have authorized” the efforts to leak sensitive emails related to the 2016 U.S. presidential election? [duplicate]

There was a joint statement (released October 7, 2016) from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) about recent leaked emails. ...
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Did Hamza Tzortzis have a paid account on the Ashley Madison web-site?

The name and personal information of well-known British Muslim preacher, Hamza Tzortzis was found in leaked database of the Ashley Madison website (a dating agency for extra-marital affairs). In ...
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Can aircraft be hacked and “commandeered remotely”?

This sensationalist article by John McAfee on Business Insider makes a number of unsupported claims about cybersecurity. In the article, he claims that (emphasis mine): For the purpose of our ...
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Did Planned Parenthood fake being hacked?

Did Planned Parenthood fake being hacked? Example claims: Via Twitter: Their site is so hacked right now that someone has been rearranging CSS fonts and alignment. Another tweet If planned ...
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Was NYSE outage on July 8th, 2015 a result of a cyber attack? [closed]

New York Stock Exchange claims that the downtime was due "internal technical issue" and denies claims of cyber attack. On the other hand, allegedly few hours prior to the outage Anonymous has tweeted:...
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Could the Nokia 1100 be hacked to sniff SMS messages intended for third parties?

TL; DR; version: Is it possible that hackers were somehow able to "reprogram" a specific Nokia 1100 phone to make it receive SMS messages sent to another person's phone number? A couple of years ago, ...
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Do airliners use single physical network for both avionics and passenger wifi access?

BBC reports (emphasis mine): Planes including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus 350 and A380 have a single network that is used by both pilots to fly the plane and by passengers for ...
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Did “Max the Hacker” manipulate autocues and traffic lights?

There is a man who calls himself Max the Hacker. He appears in many Dutch videos filmed in the Netherlands, such as this one in which he shows himself purporting to manipulate news readers' autocues ...
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Did Jeremy Hammond use 60,000 credit cards to give to charity only?

The Wikipedia article on Jeremy Hammond echoes a Wired article: According to Kevin Poulsen, the credit card numbers were used by Anonymous to make $700,000 worth of fraudulent donations to non-...
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Are there back doors in Lenovo-built PCs?

I've just read this article, which claims that MI5 found backdoors in Lenovo built PCs: Machines produced by the state-backed technology company, which is the largest PC producer in the world, ...
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Can a computer be hacked to use a connected speaker as a microphone?

I read a book in which someone hacked into a computer and used the speakers (not a microphone) to listen to what was happening in the room. Is this even remotely possible without gaining physical ...
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Is the Chinese government responsible for hacking U.S businesses and government?

Over the past 18 months there have been several news articles pointing the finger at the Chinese government over hacks on U.S government and businesses. Most recently: China Suspected of Hacking US ...
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Can diabetics with pumps be killed from a half mile away?

Black Hat: Lethal Hack and wireless attack on insulin pumps to kill people Like something straight out of science fiction, an attacker with a powerful antenna could be up to a half mile away from ...
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Is using a mouse less efficient?

Users of programmable text editors such as Emacs and Vim claim that using a mouse for day-to-day programming and computing tasks makes you less efficient. For example, in this playful Welcome to Vim ...
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Has anyone ever hacked into a traffic control system to change the stoplights?

This is a relatively common trope with regards to the powers of hackers in film: Someone hacks into the "Traffic Control Center" and gains instant access to all stoplights in an area. This includes ...