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By CNN Money | There's a new hacker story every day. In the fast paced world we live in, how safe are you really?

You can hack this high-tech rifle

New York (CNN) — It was only a matter of time before someone would figure out how to hack TrackingPoint's Wi-Fi-connected smart rifle.

TrackingPoint makes an expensive smart rifle that easily lets novices hit targets a half mile away. It lets you digitally "tag" a target, then locks the trigger …


Android phones can be hacked with a simple text

New York (CNN) — Android phones can get infected by merely receiving a picture via text message, according to research published Monday.

This is likely the biggest smartphone flaw ever discovered. It affects an estimated 950 million phones worldwide -- about 95% of the Androids in use today.

The …


Cars can be hacked. What about a plane?

New York (CNN) — Yes, hackers can remotely cut the engine of your 2014 Jeep Cherokee. No, they can't take down a plane.

Not yet, anyway. But it's just a matter of time.

Here's the thing about modern machines. They all operate on computer code. And when we hook them up to the Internet, we can send …


Chryslers can be hacked over the Internet

New York (CNN) — A flaw in several Chrysler models lets hackers remotely control them over the Internet, posing an unprecedented danger for American drivers.

Hackers can cut the brakes, shut down the engine, drive it off the road, or make all the electronics go haywire.

Jeep Cherokees, Chrysler 200s, …


Hackable Chryslers need a software update

New York (CNN) — Welcome to a future where cars -- like computers -- need urgent software updates.

Now that we know Chryslers can be hacked over the Internet, car owners have two options to fix them.

One, take your Chrysler to the auto dealer. Or two, download the update to a USB flash drive, plug it …


Cybersecurity intern accused in huge hacking bust

New York (CNN) — The guy accused of being one of the world's top Android phone hackers is a bright young student who's been honing his skills as an intern at the cybersecurity firm FireEye.

On Wednesday the U.S. Justice Department announced a massive international bust of Darkode, an online black …


Hackers score 1 million miles for helping United find security bugs - Jul. 16, 2015

Here's how you can profit from hacking

Two hackers scored an unusual bounty of one million frequent flyer miles for identifying holes in United Airlines' security system.

That's enough for each of them to circle the globe five times.

Such awards, known as a "bug bounties" are paid to any hacker that …


UCLA Health hacked, 4.5 million victims

New York (CNN) — Hackers broke into the massive hospital network of the University of California, Los Angeles, accessing computers with sensitive records of 4.5 million people.

Names, medical information, Social Security numbers, Medicare numbers, health plan IDs, birthdays and physical addresses -- …


Hackers threaten to release names from adultery website

Hong Kong (CNN) — A dating website that helps married people cheat has been hit by hackers who threatened to release information about millions of customers.

Ashley Madison, which uses the advertising slogan "Life is short. Have an affair," said Monday it had been attacked and some user data was …

Ashley Madison

CVS Photo website might have been hacked - Jul. 17, 2015

CVS Photo, the popular website where you can upload digital images and pick up prints at the pharmacy, appears to have been hacked.

Customer credit card data "may have been compromised," the pharmacy explained. In cases like these, it's typically hackers who break in and steal large batches of …

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Police bust huge hacker black market

New York (CNN) — On Wednesday, police around the world coordinated a major bust, closing down a massive, highly-guarded black market for hackers.

Darkode, the shuttered black market, was a website where hackers would trade their dangerous wares.

Criminals would swap huge batches of stolen data. …


OPM hack's unprecedented haul: 1.1 million fingerprints - Jul. 10, 2015

The hackers who stole millions of federal personnel files also took 1.1 million fingerprints, a theft that poses an unprecedented danger.

This is extremely sensitive information, especially as we increasingly use biometric scanners on phones and computers.

This could be one of the potentially worst …


Why would China hack the U.S. government?

New York (CNN) — U.S. investigators say the Chinese government is behind a data breach that stole the personnel records of 4 million federal workers.

Considering what was stolen from the Office of Personnel Management -- details about who has access to the nation's secrets -- experts say the Chinese …


My debit card has been hacked TWICE

New York (CNN) — I'm only 21, and I've had my debit card hacked twice. Your first reaction might be to think I'm young and foolish. But hear me out.I use my debit card to make purchases at pretty standard places -- Subway, H&M, CVS -- and I only make ATM withdrawals at my bank ATM. I've also tried …

Debit Cards

Can you outsmart a hacker? - CNNMoney

It’s easy to be careless with our online behavior. All it takes is one slip, and your finances or identity could get hacked. How responsible are you?

Popular Android game stole Facebook logins - Jul. 9, 2015

More than half a million people downloaded an Android game that stole their Facebook usernames and passwords, according to researchers.

It was called "Cowboy Adventure," and it just got pulled out of the app store for Android phones, Google Play. But it had already been downloaded anywhere from …


Google makes its own phone safer - but exposes other Androids to hacks

New York (CNN) — Google just pulled some business jiu-jitsu.

In one swift move, Google has made its own Nexus phones the safest, most reliable Android phones on the market. But it also made every other type of Android smartphone -- Samsung Galaxy, LG G4, Alcatel OneTouch -- more vulnerable to …


Banks are skimping on website security

New York (CNN) — Nearly every major bank is using second-rate security to guard its website.

Capital One, JPMorgan Chase, Suntrust, Wells Fargo -- none of them use what's commonly referred to as the "best practice" in the industry when it comes to Web security.

The worst offenders are HSBC and TD …


This company sells spy tools to evil governments

New York (CNN) — We know dictatorships spy on innocent people. And now we know where they buy their tools -- from a tiny Italian company in Milan.

It's called Hacking Team. And the world knows about it, because Hacking Team has been hacked.

On Sunday, a massive load of stolen documents were uploaded …


What the future of crime looks like - Jun. 4, 2015

Robbing someone at gunpoint in an alleyway isn't just a crime. It's bad business.

That's because it isn't scalable. Now, criminals can rob millions of people at a time using new technologies. Both businesses and individuals are at risk, but there are ways to mitigate the danger, according to Marc …

The Future

What hackers know about you - CNNMoney


Physical address

Phone number


Social security number

Contact list



Encrypted password

Password hint

Debit card

Credit card

Employment, salary


Irony alert: Password-storing company is hacked

New York (CNN) — No one's safe from hackers -- not even LastPass, a company that stores people's passwords.

LastPass lets people store passwords online so they can access them all with a single master password.

You're storing all your eggs in one basket. That could be a problem.

On Monday, LastPass …


600 million Samsung Galaxy phones exposed to hackers

New York (CNN) — Every Samsung Galaxy device -- from the S3 to the latest S6 -- has a significant flaw that lets in hackers, researchers have discovered.

The vulnerability lives in the phones' keyboard software, which can't be deleted. The flaw potentially allows hackers to spy on anyone using a …


Major Mac flaw spills your passwords

New York (CNN) — Apple claims that its "Keychain" software lets people securely store their passwords on their Macs. As it turns out, hackers can pull the keys off the chain.

A crucial flaw found in Macs allows a malicious app to snatch the passwords from your Keychain -- or even directly from other …


Mac attack! Nasty bug lets hackers into Apple computers

New York (CNN) — Some Apple Macs have a particularly terrible flaw that lets hackers sneak in and remain undetected, a security researcher has found.

It means a hacker could -- from far away -- force a Mac into a coma. Personal, corporate or government Macs could be spied on in a way that even the …


Experian - The worst hacks of all time - CNNMoney

Experian unknowingly sold the personal data of millions of Americans to a fraudster, who then sold that to identity thieves around the globe, putting the information in a database that criminals accessed 3.1 million times.

Hieu Minh Ngo, a scam artist in Vietnam. posed as a private investigator in …


IPhone hacked? Here's how to get back into Messages

(CNN) — If you received a strange string of characters that instantly crashed your iPhone, you might have trouble getting back into your Messages app.

Apple has released a temporary fix while it works on a more permanent solution to the problem.

Here's how to get back into Messages:

1) Hold down the …


Adult dating site hack exposes sexual secrets of millions

(CNN) — More than 3.5 million people's sexual preferences, fetishes and secrets have been exposed after dating site Adult FriendFinder was hacked.

Already, some of the adult website's customers are being identified by name.

Adult FriendFinder asks customers to detail their interests and, based on …

Cross-dresser fears adult site hack will 'out' him

(CNN) — "Kim" is a cross-dresser in the Midwest. And he's worried the personal information exposed by the recent adult website hack could reveal his secret double life.

The Adult FriendFinder hack laid bare more than 3.5 million people's sexual preferences and fetishes.

One user …