The water in a Tampa Bay plant was hacked remotely, raising the lye to dangerous levels

Hackers managed to break into a Tampa Bay water plant and momentarily poison the water, remotely, on Friday. Fortunately, a plant operator noticed his mouse moving across his computer screen. Although he thought it was nothing at first, minutes later he noticed the levels of sodium hydroxide – or lye, used in liquid drain cleaners – shoot up from 100 parts per million to more than 11,100 parts per million, "a hazardous level that could sicken residents and corrode pipes," according to The Washington Post. — Read the rest

Get VPN and email security protection and keep your cyber world safe with this bundle

Back in 2013, market research firm Global Web Index found 56 percent of internet users were worried that the web was an enemy of their own personal privacy. By last year, that number had climbed to 61%. 

But, considering all the data breaches, identity theft, governmental intrusion, and other attacks targeting you and your sensitive information online, it's almost a surprise that that number isn't much higher. — Read the rest

This massive cybersecurity training package covers everything a security pro has to know

In case you needed any more proof that America desperately needs more cybersecurity specialists, look no further than the U.S. Congress. Just this week, the release of a year-long congressional study of America's cyber defense capabilities showed the nation was still "ill prepared" to fend off cyberattacks and requires a full overhaul of its entire cyberoperations strategy.Read the rest

Boing Boing was hacked

Dear Boing Boing readers —

Around 11:30 EST on January 10th, An unknown party logged into Boing Boing's CMS using the credentials of a member of the Boing Boing team.

Amazon used "security" to sell Ring doorbells, then blamed customers when hackers broke into them

[Amazon's surveillance doorbell company Ring sells "security" — the sense that surveilling your porch or your driveway or your home can make you safe. But when the company experienced a grotesque and completely predictable breach that saw hackers breaking into Ring cameras and spying on and tormenting their owners, Amazon blamed their customers for recycling passwords. — Read the rest