Thursday, February 29

These are the cybersecurity stories we were envious of in 2023

Back in 2018, my previous associate at VICE Motherboard Joseph Cox and I began releasing a list of the very best cybersecurity stories that were released somewhere else. It wasn’t simply a method to tip our hats at our friendly rivals; by indicating other publications’ stories, we were providing our readers a fuller image of what had actually occurred worldwide of cybersecurity, personal privacy and security in the year that was simply ending.

Our initial motivation was Bloomberg Businessweek’s Jealousy List, a continuous compendium of the very best stories released in other outlets as selected by Bloomberg press reporters and editors.

Now that both Cox and I have actually proceeded from Motherboard, we at TechCrunch are getting the cyber jealousy list to as soon as again note the very best cybersecurity stories of the year– and the ones we were the most envious of.– Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai.

3 young hackers behind the web-killing Mirai botnet lastly inform their story

If you were on the web in October 2016 and resided on the U.S. East Coast, you most likely bear in mind that day when significant sites like Twitter, Spotify, Netflix, PayPal, Slack and numerous others quit working for a number of hours. As it ended up, that was the work of 3 resourceful young hackers, who had actually constructed among the most reliable dispersed denial-of-service tools ever produced.

In this prolonged piece, Andy Greenberg profiles the 3 young hackers and informs the unknown story of their lives, from teenage computer system geeks, to accomplished cybercriminals– and, in the end, to reformed cybersecurity experts. Rest on a comfortable chair and get fascinated in this must-read.

404 Media press reporter bet in MGM’s gambling establishments throughout ransomware attack

In September, an unholy alliance of Russian cybercriminals and Western teens with extraordinary social engineering abilities supposedly hacked and removed MGM’s gambling establishments in Las Vegas, triggering extensive interruption. This was among the most spoken about cyberattacks of the year and a number of publications remained on the story. Jason Koebler, previous editorial director of VICE Motherboard and now among the co-founders of the workers-owned outlet 404 Media, had the clever concept of flying to Las Vegas and seeing the mayhem with his own eyes. The outcome of his journey was a piece that revealed simply how bad MGM was struck, leading to a “headache” for gambling establishment employees, as Koebler put it.

NPR’s series of stories and audio about life, cyber and war in Ukraine

NPR’s cybersecurity reporter Jenna McLaughlin reported from Kyiv, recording a series of outstanding news and audio stories about life in wartime Ukraine from those safeguarding the nation after Russia’s intrusion. Cyberwarfare has actually played a substantial function in the war, with cyberattacks striking Ukraine’s energy sector and its military operations. McLaughlin’s dispatches covered conferences with leading cyber protectors to reporting on Ukraine’s defensive (and offending) operations versus its Russian assailants, entwined with highlights of regular daily Ukrainian life including soccer, naturally.

The Verge’s reporting led to Anker confessing its Eufy cams weren’t end-to-end secured as it declared

In an impressive about-face,

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