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AIs Hacking Websites

Schneier on Security

New research : LLM Agents can Autonomously Hack Websites Abstract: In recent years, large language models (LLMs) have become increasingly capable and can now interact with tools (i.e., Namely, we show that GPT-4 is capable of such hacks, but existing open-source models are not.

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China Surveillance Company Hacked

Schneier on Security

I-Soon sells hacking and espionage services to Chinese national and local government. And they seem to primarily be hacking regionally. Last week, someone posted something like 570 files, images and chat logs from a Chinese company called I-Soon. Lots of details in the news articles.

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UK Electoral Commission Hacked

Schneier on Security

The UK Electoral Commission discovered last year that it was hacked the year before. That’s fourteen months between the hack and the discovery. It doesn’t know who was behind the hack. We worked with external security experts and the National Cyber Security Centre to investigate and secure our systems.

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Spyware Vendor Hacked

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A Brazilian spyware app vendor was hacked by activists: In an undated note seen by TechCrunch, the unnamed hackers described how they found and exploited several security vulnerabilities that allowed them to compromise WebDetetive’s servers and access its user databases.

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Hacking the High School Grading System

Schneier on Security

Interesting New York Times article about high-school students hacking the grading system. ” It’s a basic math hack. I know this is a minor thing in the universe of problems with secondary education and grading, but I found the hack interesting. What’s not helping? A teacher from Chapel Hill, N.C.,

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Belgian Tax Hack

Schneier on Security

Here’s a fascinating tax hack from Belgium (listen to the details here , episode #484 of “No Such Thing as a Fish,” at 28:00). Basically, it’s about a music festival on the border between Belgium and Holland. The stage was in Holland, but the crowd was in Belgium.

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Hacking the Layoff Process

Schneier on Security

My latest book, A Hacker’s Mind , is filled with stories about the rich and powerful hacking systems, but it was hard to find stories of the hacking by the less powerful. Here’s one I just found.

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