Cyber Rattling

Cyber Rattling

Thirty years after a young hacker played by Matthew Broderick nearly triggered a nuclear war in the movie "WarGames," fears of malicious computer attackers causing real-world destruction are an everyday reality. Online attacks, such as those recently aimed at U.S. banks and the Federal Reserve, represent a new front in wars fought with computer keystrokes rather than weapons. Costly to the banks, the attacks merely annoyed customers who could not access their accounts online. Future strikes, top military experts warn, could be destructive — even deadly — targeting nuclear power plants, public water systems, railways, air traffic control and hospitals.

Iranian hackers charged with attacks on PNC, other banks, N.Y. dam

Federal prosecutors charged seven Iranian hackers with causing computer disruptions at PNC, Citizens, Fifth Third and 43 other U.S. banks and gaining access to a ...

Moldovan man charged in Pittsburgh over $25M in computer hacker losses

The victims of a vast international computer hacking scheme thought they might never see a defendant brought to trial in Pittsburgh. But the FBI on ...

Ruling keeps lid on Carnegie Mellon hack of 'anonymous' Tor network

Computer users on the shadowy Tor network put themselves at risk of being identified ever since researchers at Carnegie Mellon University figured out how to ...

Pittsburgh-based cybersecurity nonprofit to expand to Los Angeles, NYC

A quiet, Pittsburgh-based cybersecurity nonprofit expects to announce plans this week for offices in New York City and Los Angeles, marking its first expansion out ...

Experts untangle old, new codes as encryption is eyed to fight terrorism

Like a computer hacker for 15th century texts, Thomas Ernst sees meaning where others find only gibberish. A German professor at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, ...

Limits of cyber warfare noted

Future wars might be waged online, but evidence from recent fighting between Russia and Ukraine suggests it won't be that simple. Russian-backed troops had the ...

FBI denies paying to unmask anonymous Tor users, but does fund research by Carnegie Mellon

The FBI does have an academic partnership with Carnegie Mellon University's researchers, the agency acknowledged Friday, but denied a claim it paid them at least ...

Legal scholars set guidelines for cyber skirmishes in Tallinn Manual

NEW YORK — After President Obama publicly blamed North Korea for a computer attack on Sony Entertainment and vowed the United States would respond in ...

Cyber attacks could warrant military reply, experts say

NEW YORK CITY — Computer attacks like North Korea's breach of Sony Entertainment are not acts of war, but they could cause enough havoc and ...

Cyber security chief: Manipulation of data by hackers may be next threat

Computer hackers could do more damage than just stealing information they find online, the nation's top cyber security official said in Pittsburgh on Monday. Computer ...

Pittsburgh gains national reputation as hub for preventing computer hacks

Computer hackers are not always looking for a company's biggest secrets. More often, computer criminals and spies want executives' emails and memos about business deals, ...

Top Justice Department official puts Chinese hackers on notice

The United States can make the cost of stealing computer secrets so high for Chinese hackers that they will want to stop, a top Justice ...

Expert: Online battles will be fought, but military conflict remains most pressing concern

Wars will be fought online as well as on land, air and sea, a top computer security expert told the Tribune-Review. But it's less likely ...

Toomey calls for Obama to push Chinese president on cyberattacks

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey on Friday joined a growing chorus of American officials asking President Obama to press his Chinese counterpart on damaging cyberattacks during ...

Experts: In cyber warfare, deterrence a challenge but may be key to nation's defense

The United States' best defense against a crippling cyber attack could be a more visible offense, military leaders and other experts recently suggested at the ...

TribLIVE exclusive: How FBI Pittsburgh led takedown of Darkode thieves

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jimmy Kitchen and two FBI agents from Pittsburgh sat two weeks ago around a large square table inside the ultramodern, glass-walled offices ...

FBI: CMU student charged with selling malware on Darkode

A fresh-faced college student who once designed a mobile app to bring Pittsburghers together slipped from his prestigious Carnegie Mellon University classrooms into the shadows ...

A look at Operation Shrouded Horizon

• Investigators disabled the Darkode forum, an online black market for stolen computer data and web tools for committing crimes. The site started about 2008. ...

7 allegedly involved in Darkode charged in Pittsburgh

David Hickton, the U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania, brought charges against seven defendants in federal court in Pittsburgh: • Morgan C. Culbertson, 20, of ...

Details emerge on global Internet crime sting led by Pittsburgh FBI agents

FBI agents in Pittsburgh led the largest global effort to date to take down an Internet crime ring that involved about 70 criminals from Serbia ...

Instances of hacking may be up, but indictments against Chinese military impactful, experts say

WASHINGTON — Computer hacking indictments filed in Pittsburgh last year against members of the Chinese military have not led to arrests, but they did put ...

Cybersecurity experts try to predict hackers' next moves

Ross Fazio thought he had taken every precaution against computer hackers at his Sharpsburg heating and cooling company, but they still found a way inside. Investigators ...