Hacking America


  • What bosses don't know about cybersecurity Friday, 9 May 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
    What bosses don't know about cybersecurity

    Each company data breach costs $3.5 million on average. For corporates executives the consequences can be even more dire, potentially costing them their jobs. Yet,experts tell CNBC you'd be surprised at what the boss doesn't know. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports.

  • Making summer concert plans? Don't get scammed Saturday, 3 May 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    As artists release summer concert schedules, fraudsters are luring consumers into buying fake tickets. Here's how to protect yourself.

  • Would you invest in a hacker's hedge fund? Friday, 2 May 2014 | 1:35 PM ET
    Would you invest in a hacker's hedge fund?

    Now that Andrew Auernheimer, hacker nickname "weev" is out of jail, he is starting a hedge fund based on using hacking skills to see what companies have vulnerabilities. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports.

  • Your new Android has been hacked, now what? Friday, 2 May 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Think your new smartphone is safe from cyberattacks? Think again. Many Android phones are vulnerable, as updates are not widely prevalent.

  • Hacker's hedge fund targets vulnerable companies Monday, 28 Apr 2014 | 3:48 PM ET

    Infamous computer hacker Andrew Auernheimer is opening a hedge fund that will short companies vulnerable to security breaches.

  • Your new Android phone could be hacked Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 4:00 PM ET
    Your new Android phone could be hacked

    Buyer beware! Up to 70% of Android smartphones may be vulnerable to hackers. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports.

  • IRS impersonators target tax filers after April 15 Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET
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    If you’ve filed tax returns and think everything is OK, guess again. Phone and email scams try to nab your data by impersonating the IRS.

  • Watch out! Tax scammers, the Heartbleed vulnerability Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 PM ET
    Watch out! Tax scammers, the Heartbleed vulnerability

    Tax scammers have no deadline, and the Heartbleed vulnerability threatens websites. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports.

  • Cybercriminals’ new target? Medical records Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 1:13 PM ET
    Medical records

    Millions of Americans have had their medical records breached since 2009 and the problem is growing. Some warning signs your data have been compromised.

  • The new target for cybercriminals: Medical records Friday, 28 Mar 2014 | 1:30 PM ET
    The new target for cybercriminals: Medical records

    Medical identity theft is a growing problem with 50 million data breaches each year. Also this week, Target is once again facing heat from Congress for its payment processing breach. CNBC's Scott Cohn and Sheila Dharmarajan report.

  • Filing taxes online? How to protect yourself Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    As millions of Americans file their taxes online, cybercriminals are ready to pounce. Here's how to protect yourself online.

  • Prevent cybercriminals from filing your taxes Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 4:00 PM ET
    Prevent cybercriminals from filing your taxes

    As millions of Americans move to file their taxes online, cybercriminals are ready to pounce. CNBC's Eamon Javers reports on how you can prevent a tax fraud.

  • Dangerous website attacks—and how to avoid them Saturday, 8 Mar 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    With identity theft rising, here's a look at some of the most dangerous kinds of attacks on websites. Plus, how to protect yourself online.

  • The most devastating website attacks Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 12:00 PM ET
    The most devastating website attacks

    How safe is your personal information online? CNBC's Eamon Javers reports on the top three website attacks that could lead to your identity being stolen.

  • How cybersecurity pros really feel about hackers Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    Edward Snowden

    Even as cybersecurity professionals try to fight cybercrime, they can't help but admire hackers' intelligence.

  • How cybersecurity pros feel about malicious hackers Friday, 28 Feb 2014 | 3:50 PM ET
    How cybersecurity professionals feel about malicious hackers

    What do the brightest think about those on the other side of the cyberwar? CNBC's Eamon Javers reports from the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco.

  • 360 million newly stolen credentials for sale Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 10:47 AM ET

    A cybersecurity firm said it uncovered stolen credentials from some 360 million accounts that are available for sale on cyber black markets.

  • New cyberattack could threaten U.S. markets Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 3:00 PM ET
    New cyber attack could threaten US markets

    CNBC's Eamon Javers talks with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers about how hackers have tried to exploit any weakness in financial markets' computer networks.

  • 'Dark web' selling stolen data Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 3:12 PM ET
    'Dark web' selling stolen data

    In the wake of a cybersecurity firm reporting 360 million stolen credit cards are being sold on the black market, CNBC's Eamon Javers details the "dark web," the network for cybercrime. Javers also comments on the NSA privacy debate taking place within the industry.

  • Top cybersecurity plays Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 10:37 AM ET
    Top cybersecurity plays

    CNBC's Eamon Javers takes a look at the most innovative and valuable companies in the cybersecurity space.


Investigations Inc.: Cyber Espionage

  • When a person enters information on a website, like an email or credit card, it gets stored in that company’s data base. Those web-based forms are a simple tool for users, but they are also another way hackers can exploit a company’s system. Instead of inputting a name into the website, cyber spies can put in a specially crafted text that may cause the database to execute the code instead of simply storing it, Alperovitch said. The result is a “malicious takeover of the system,” he said.

    By attacking business computer networks, hackers are accessing company secrets and confidential strategies and creating huge losses for the overall economy.

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    China is working feverishly to counteract its slowest GDP growth in recent years, and one of the ways it’s doing so, say U.S. officials, is through the theft of American corporate secrets.

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    US businesses are enduring an unprecedented onslaught of cyber invasions from foreign governments, organized crime syndicates, and hacker collectives, all seeking to steal information and disrupt services, cybersecurity experts say.


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