Hacking America


  • 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.

  • 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?

    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.

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

  • 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

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

  • Taxes 1040

    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

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

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Edward Snowden

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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

    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

    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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