As the annual mega-week of hacking conferences wound down in Las Vegas, more news surfaced about the DNC hack, and the usual trickle of vulnerabilities and breaches continued. A researcher showed methods for unlocking “high security” consumer electronic safes without leaving any evidence of the attack, Oracle’s payment system Micros (which is used at roughly 330,000 cash registers around the world) was hacked, and a Windows vulnerability served as a reminder of why putting backdoors in secure processes doesn’t make sense.
WIRED reported on vulnerabilities in the keyless entry systems of roughly 100 million Volkswagens, open Internet advocates are petitioning to keep web access unfettered in Brazil, and hacking newswires to get embargoed press releases is actually a decent way to do insider trading. Oh, and a hardware vulnerability exposed 900 million Android devices. Casual.
But there’s more: Each Saturday we round up the news stories that we didn’t break or cover in depth at WIRED, but which deserve your attention nonetheless. As always, click on the headlines to read the full story in each link posted. And stay safe out there.
On top of breaching the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, investigators say that Russian hackers targeted and compromised personal email accounts and the accounts of other organizations related to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The evidence is strong enough that officials have been notifying people associated with the Clinton campaign that their email data may have been compromised. Information about who was actually hacked is trickling out slowly. For example, Democrats feared that the Democratic Governors’ Association had been breached, but so far the group says it doesn’t see evidence that its networks were affected. Law enforcement officials …