The company called Wickr, (for those of you that aren’t familiar with it, it’s a secure messaging app), has reached out to hackers and offered them a reward for doing what they do on a daily basis.
That’s right, hackers are being offered $100,000 to uncover and, here’s the important part, ‘responsibly disclose’ any and all critical security flaws in the company’s app.
In January 2014, Homeland Security has been breached by hackers, ironically. A web portal for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security containing private and financial documents for more than 110 organizations was hacked. Apparently the companies affected had bid on a Science and Technology contract for a division within Homeland Security. The source is currently undetermined.
In January, Neiman Marcus confirmed that it had suffered a data breach. Initially only a few details were released - all that was shared was that fraudulent charges were found on credit and debit cards of customers of Neiman Marcus. It did not reveal what types of data were stolen or how many customers were affected. A few weeks later, it was revealed that the data breach was much worse than originally thought. Neiman Marcus has since announced that cyber criminals had hacked into their system and had been operating within it for several months. Over 1.1 million credit and debit cards were affected.
Late last year we ran a blog on vulnerabilities in D-Link routers. In recent weeks hacks on routers have reportedly picked up with attacks on Linksys and Asus routers. There are even reports of hackers in Poland launching large-scale router attacks to get log-in details and passwords for online bank accounts.
Would you report a crime via an app? Well the option is out there. iPhone app Red Handed allows you to film and post videos of any crimes you witness. Instead of an app centered around a social network, this one is more focused on social awareness. Everyone’s always filming the ridiculous things they witness around them, and uploading them to YouTube, this app is just taking advantage of existing behavior and putting it to good use.