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Hackers

  • Passcode Voices How to reform the outdated federal anti-hacking law

    The more than 30-year-old Computer Fraud and Abuse Act carries overly harsh penalties for trivial digital transgressions – and it needs to be completely overhauled (or abolished altogether). 

  • 15 under 15: Rising stars in cybersecurity

    The Christian Science Monitor's Passcode traveled across the country to meet these hacker kids who are hunting software bugs, protecting school networks, and helping to safeguard electrical grids.

  • Passcode Voices A hacker's guide to fixing automotive cybersecurity

    The security researcher known for hacking a 2014 Jeep Cherokee, leading to a 1.4 million-vehicle recall, outlines how automakers can keep connected cars safe from cyberattacks.

  • Podcast: How to hack the Pentagon

    The Cybersecurity Podcast crew interviews Chris Lynch, the director of the Defense Digital Service, and Lisa Wiswell, the group’s digital security lead, about the Pentagon's bug bounty programs. 

  • Video: What is a zero-day?

    Melanie Teplinsky, cybersecurity expert and adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, explains. 

  • The secret world of vulnerability hunters

    Spies, hackers, and cybersecurity firms compete to find and exploit software flaws, often to infiltrate criminal networks or track terrorists. A look into this complex ecosystem.

  • The human cost of surveillance

    Often, activists, dissidents, and journalists are victims of government spying. And it can happen with one click.

  • Hackers for good: A bug bounty hunter's path to America

    So-called 'bug bounty' programs, which pay ethical hackers anywhere in the world for reporting security flaws, are the ticket for one Indian security researcher to study in the US.

  • Opinion: Why Washington needs more hackers

    The federal government is finally beginning to embrace hackers, but it should do more put their talents to work fixing the nation's cybersecurity. Their help is sorely needed.

  • Are software updates key to stopping criminal car hacks?

    Security researchers at New York University have developed a system that aims provide secure software updates for computerized vehicles.

  • Are Russian cyberspies buried in Dutch networks, too?

    A US government analysis appears to show that Russian operatives hijacked hundreds of computers globally to carry out attacks on US political groups. But in this case, looks may be deceiving.

  • Passcode Voices Opinion: The hackers are winning

    Unless Washington stops politicizing the response to the US election hack and focuses on improving the nation's digital security, the country remains vulnerable to devastating cyberattacks.

  • Online retailers' fake news problem

    Just as fake news circulated around the web ahead of the presidential election, bogus ads are spreading on Facebook and Twitter as a vehicle for delivering malicious software.

  • Pressure rises on Obama to retaliate against Russia for hacks

    Lawmakers and cybersecurity experts say the Obama administration should have acted faster to retaliate against Moscow once it learned that Russian hackers tampered with the US presidential election. President Obama defended his response so far, and promises more is coming.

  • Podcast: Lessons from OPM hack to improve federal cybersecurity

    The Cybersecurity Podcast crew interviews the primary author of the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report looking into last year's Office of Personnel Management cyberattack.

  • Obscure legal change expands government hacking powers

    A revision to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure allows law enforcement to hack suspects' computers regardless of jurisdiction. Civil liberties groups worry the change will harm individuals' privacy rights.

  • Video: More kids are becoming 'white hat' hackers

    One striking theme from Passcode's profile of 15 hackers under 15 years old: The kids all had a strong sense of ethics – and a desire to create a safer digital future for their peers – rather than create chaos online for pranks. 

  • Cover Story The kids who might save the internet

    A new generation of cybersecurity prodigies breaks into networks – just to make them safer. Meet the young hackers trying to keep the web from tilting to the dark side. 

  • Opinion: Don't drop fitness standards for military hackers

    The notion that the government needs to lower personnel standards to attract cybersecurity researchers just perpetuates stereotypes of hackers as basement-dwelling slobs.

  • What you need to know about the botnet that broke the internet

    Why security experts are worried about Mirai – the software attackers use to create malicious networks out of ordinary connected devices – and how you can protect yourself. 

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