Articles by Joseph Menn

New AI Programs Can Learn How to Beat Best Cyber Defenses

The nightmare scenario for computer security – artificial intelligence programs that can learn how to evade even the best defenses – may already have arrived. That warning from security researchers is driven home by a team from IBM Corp. who …

FBI Urges Rebooting, Upgrading Office, Home Routers After Russian Hacking

The FBI warned on Friday that Russian computer hackers had compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and could collect user information or shut down network traffic. The U.S. law enforcement agency urged the owners of many brands …

SEC Hackers Took Advantage of Firms Using Authentic Data for Testing: Reuters Exclusive

Hackers breached the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s computer system last year by taking advantage of companies that used authentic financial data when they were testing the agency’s corporate filing system, according to sources familiar with the matter. The Federal …

Cyber Security Firms in Spotlight Following WannaCry Attack

For Kris Hagerman, chief executive of UK-based cyber security firm Sophos Group Plc, the past week could have been bad. The WannaCry “ransomware” attack hobbled some of its hospital customers in Britain’s National Health Service, forcing them to turn away …

Russia Cracks Down on Financial Hacking Ring, Raiding Moscow Office: Sources

Russian authorities in November raided offices associated with a Moscow film distribution and production company as part of a crackdown on one of the world’s most notorious financial hacking operations, according to three sources with knowledge of the matter. Cyber …

Uber Plans for Driverless Cars, Hires Hacking and Robotics Experts

Uber Technologies Inc. has hired two top vehicle security researchers, the company said on Friday, high-profile additions that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars. Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter …

Fiat Chrysler Recall Highlights Cyber Risks of Connected Cars, Telematics

Fiat Chrysler will recall 1.4 million vehicles in the United States to install software to prevent hackers from gaining remote control of the engine, steering and other systems in what federal officials said was the first such action of its …

Staged Hacking Shows Vulnerability of Connected Vehicles

A pair of veteran cybersecurity researchers have shown they can use the Internet to turn off a car’s engine as it drives, sharply escalating the stakes in the debate about the safety of increasingly connected cars and trucks. Former National …

Most Cyber Attacks Due to Trick Emails, Errors, Not Sophisticated Hacking

When a cyber security breach hits the news, those most closely involved often have incentive to play up the sophistication of the attack. If hackers are portrayed as well-funded geniuses, victims look less vulnerable, security firms can flog their products …

Surprising Number of Cyber Attacks Aim to Destroy, Not Steal

Hacking attacks that destroy rather than steal data or that manipulate equipment are far more prevalent than widely believed, according to a survey of critical infrastructure organizations throughout North and South America. The poll by the Organization of American States, …