How much does it take to hack a mobile network?
Is electronic government secure
in the era of WikiLeaks and Anonymous?

Is SCADA hacking a Hollywood fiction
or the nowadays reality?
Internet banking: is there any chance to win
over the fraudsters?

Cyber-crimes, cyber-espionage, cyber-war: where do we draw a borderline?

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Friday, May 29, 2015

PHDays V. Day First: How to Intercept SMS and Hack Satellite

Positive Hack Days launched on May 26, and on the very first day, cybersecurity experts demonstrated various techniques that are used to hack ATMs, online banking systems, mobile carriers' networks, energy, transport, and industrial companies. More than 50 reports were presented at the Word Trade Center. A number of hands-on labs, round tables were held as well. The organizer provided several video streams to broadcast the most interesting events on the forum's website.

Damage caused by a cyberattack can be measured in billions of dollars, while its actual cost is rather low. According to the Positive Research center, anyone with less than 10,000 dollars is able to gain remote access to somebody else's SIM card, which means access to the subscriber's traffic, SMS, calls and location data. Twenty percent of SIM cards are vulnerable to such attacks. It is also possible to obtain a subscriber's confidential information by attacking his mobile carrier's equipment. An attack on a GSM cell can cost about 1,000 dollars. To hack a base station, an intruder might need only a PC and access to the SS7 network.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Making Money on Cyberwar

It is well known that insider info about ups and downs of large corporations, if gained in time and played right, can earn you millions on the stock market. It’s hackers’ prerogative to get hold of such data or to influence a company’s activity by cracking critical business systems. So why not make some dough on your skill at Positive Hack Days V?

This year PHDays participants will be able to become part of our virtual country — the United States of Soviet Unions (USSU) — and trade stocks on the PHDays Stock Market. All forum attendees will be able to buy and sell “company” stocks (firsthand or using a broker) and gain advantage from insider info on the stock market.