Hacking America


  • Top Cybersecurity Headlines: January 10     Friday, 10 Jan 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports that hackers were busy over the holidays. Among the companies compromised: Skype, Snapchat and Target. Also this week, the IRS announced that investigations into Identity Theft more than doubled in 2013.

  • Was 2013 the year of the hacker? Friday, 27 Dec 2013 | 1:18 PM ET
    Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden during an interview at an undisclosed location in Moscow.

    Cybercriminals were busy in 2013, hacking into everything from banks to personal data. A look back plus, what to watch for in 2014.

  • Most Wanted in cyberspace: FBI adds to its list Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 2:46 PM ET
    FBI Most Wanted cyber criminals.

    The FBI has put out its new "Cyber's Most Wanted" list, saying the new names collectively compromised millions of computers.

  • CNBC's Scott Cohn reports that the FBI doubled the number of fugitives on its Cyber's Most Wanted list. Collectively, the new fugitives comprised millions of computers to gain millions of dollars.

  • Cyberthreats on the rise, says McAfee Labs report Monday, 25 Nov 2013 | 1:05 PM ET

    Cyberthreats are growing and evolving, with spam and malware at record levels last quarter. The report also warned about digital currencies, such as bitcoin.

  • New woes for Obamacare website—hackers Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | 2:34 PM ET

    About 16 cyberattacks have been launched on HealthCare.gov, the Department of Homeland Security says.

  • DHS Admits Cyberattacks on HealthCare.gov     Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan reports that the Department of Homeland Security admitted that there have been cyberattacks on the federal health-care exchange.

  • The Plaid Parliament of Pwning team from Carnegie Mellon let CNBC cameras follow members as they work to claim a coveted hacking title.

  • Hackers’ next target: Maybe the ball game? Monday, 4 Nov 2013 | 11:55 AM ET
    The Mercedes-Benz Superdome after a sudden power outage during Super Bowl XLVII.

    Security experts warn that facilities nationwide are vulnerable to cyberattack through systems that control a building's operations.

  • McAfee Lab's third-quarter 2013 threat report released this week warns that spam and Android malware are up over the previous quarter. Also, this week, cybersecurity experts testify before the House that they have concerns about HealthCare.gov. Hacking America brings you the latest on the largest bank heist, with five new arrests announced this week. CNBC's Amanda Drury reports.

  • Defense networks vulnerable to cyberattack: Expert Friday, 11 Oct 2013 | 2:00 PM ET

    The U.S. government shutdown leaves cybersecurity experts fearing the Department of Defense's computer networks may be more at risk.

  • US Health Care Exchanges Could be Vulnerable to Attack Saturday, 5 Oct 2013 | 12:36 AM ET

    Cyber experts say citizens should be aware of the potential security pitfalls with the new health care exchanges that debuted this week.

  • How secure are health care exchanges?     Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 4:00 PM ET

    Computer glitches are plaguing online health care exchanges. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on the five things you must know about the security of health care exchanges.

  • Cybercrime: Hackers sell Social Security info Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | 4:30 PM ET

    The credit and background information of millions of Americans has allegedly been stolen by cyberthieves who hacked into three large data brokers.

  • CNBC's Scott Cohn reports that though hacking costs the U.S. at least $70 billion a year, many cybercrime laws have not been updated. Hacking America presents five legal loopholes that may give hackers a financial incentive.

  • Most dangerous celebrity for your computer     Friday, 20 Sep 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    Actress Lily Collins topped McAfee's list of the most dangerous cyber celebrities of 2013.

  • 'Flash Freeze' raises concerns about cybersecurity Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | 6:11 PM ET

    Nasdaq officials say a "connectivity" problem was what shut down trading for three hours Thursday, but some cybersecurity experts are concerned that hackers see an opportunity.

  • 5 ways to protect markets from hackers     Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports that while there is no evidence that hackers caused this week's NASDAQ shutdown, experts are concerned about the cybersecurity of US markets. Hacking America presents five ways to ensure US stock exchanges are more secure.

  • Yes, you can. Teaching children to hack safely Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 6:57 PM ET

    With their parents permission, more and more kids are learning how to hack in a responsible manner, with the goal of thinking innovatively.

  • Teaching kids to hack safely     Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 4:00 PM ET

    Children learn computer security, coding and, yes, hacking, at Defcon in Las Vegas. The program is run by r00tz Asylum, a nonprofit aimed at getting children to think innovatively.


  • CNBC's senior correspondent and lead investigative reporter, Scott Cohn also appears on "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," the "Today" and on MSNBC.

  • Co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street," David Faber also is a co-producer of CNBC's original documentaries.

  • Eamon Javers is a reporter based at CNBC's Washington, D.C. bureau, appearing on business day programming and contributes to CNBC.com.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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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