Samsung Find My Mobile Security Exploit

Big security flaw lets hackers remotely wipe Samsung phones

By on October 29, 2014 at 1:10 PM.

Big security flaw lets hackers remotely wipe Samsung phones

Samsung Android phones have been discovered to have a security flaw that allows hackers to remotely control a phone over the Internet, and perform several tasks including locking and unlocking the device, finding its location on a map, displaying a customized message on the screen, and even wiping it without the owner being able to do anything about it. Furthermore, the security flaw could be used in more advanced hacks such as ransom attacks, The Register reports. More →

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Apple Pay Vs. Walmart CurrentC

Walmart’s ‘secure’ Apple Pay rival gets hacked, email addresses swiped

By on October 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM.

Walmart’s ‘secure’ Apple Pay rival gets hacked, email addresses swiped

Oops! It didn’t take long after Walmart touted the CurrentC mobile payment platform as a “secure” alternative to Apple Pay for the platform to get hacked. Business Insider has obtained a copy of a message that’s being sent out to people using the CurrentC early trial program that informs them that a third party hacked into the system and swiped some of their email addresses. More →

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White House Cyber Attack Breach

Mysterious cyber attack breaches White House computer network

By on October 29, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Mysterious cyber attack breaches White House computer network

Following the many data breaches that have hit U.S. retailers, financial institutions and even the government, the White House has also confirmed that an unclassified computer network used by President’s Obama’s senior staff had been breached by hackers, The New York Times reports. However, it’s not clear why hackers attacked the White House, or at least such details have not been divulged yet. More →

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Windows Office Zero-day and CryptoWall 2.0

There’s a chance your Windows computer is being hacked right now

By on October 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

There’s a chance your Windows computer is being hacked right now

Take a closer look at your current Windows machine. It might be one of the millions of PCs that could be hacked right now and you might not even know anything is happening. At least, that’s what two different reports say, covering two equally disturbing vulnerabilities that hackers can take advantage of. More →

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Windows 10 New Security Features

Windows 10 could eliminate two major online security headaches

By on October 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Windows 10 could eliminate two major online security headaches

We’ve seen a bunch of hugely promising new features that Microsoft has added to Windows 10 via its Technical Preview but this might be the most important one yet. ZDNet’s Ed Bott gives us a detailed rundown of the new two-factor authentication system that Microsoft is implementing with Windows 10 and he says it has the potential to effectively cripple phishing attacks and password database breaches, which are two of the most popular tactics hackers use to gain unauthorized access to our online accounts. More →

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Is Apple Pay Safer Than Credit Cards

Why Apple Pay is ‘more safe and secure than using your credit card’

By on October 23, 2014 at 5:20 PM.

Why Apple Pay is ‘more safe and secure than using your credit card’

Although Apple Pay has had its share of early hiccups, the mobile payment platform is overall off to a promising start. CIO’s Al Sacco has interviewed three security experts for their views on the technology behind Apple Pay and the general consensus is that the platform is “more safe and secure than using your credit card.” More →

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Google USB Stick Password

Google may have finally figured out how to kill the password once and for all

By on October 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Google may have finally figured out how to kill the password once and for all

The problems with traditional passwords are many, and while two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security, it’s also a tedious and annoying process a lot of the time. Several big-name tech companies, including Google and Microsoft, have been working on ways to replace the traditional password with other security measures and now Technology Review reports that Google may have finally settled on a way to make the password obsolete and it involves using a USB stick to act as the physical key to your Google account. More →

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iOS and Android Encryption

Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI

By on October 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI

Apple has more than once reminded customers it values their security and privacy and has been reassuring them that they won’t become the company’s “product” and that their data will be safely encrypted. Similarly, Google also said it will encrypt Android devices by default. Since then, the FBI and others have complained that Apple and Google will be basically helping bad guys get away with bad things thanks to encrypted devices. More →

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Staples Credit Card Breach

Is Staples the latest retailer to get hit with a huge credit card breach?

By on October 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM.

Is Staples the latest retailer to get hit with a huge credit card breach?

Brian Krebs, the man who originally reported the Home Depot data breach earlier this year, now believes that Staples has been subjected to a data breach of its own. Krebs says that at least six banks noticed a pattern of debit and credit card fraud in several Staples branches, indicating that card data might have been accessed. More →

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Apple China iCloud Attack

Apple falls victim to an iCloud attack from the Chinese government, servers not affected

By on October 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM.

Apple falls victim to an iCloud attack from the Chinese government, servers not affected

The Chinese government is currently staging an attack on Apple’s iCloud, according to Internet censorship monitor Greatfire.org. The report claims that this main-in-the-middle (MITM) attack is an attempt to gain access to the private information of Chinese citizens, including texts, pictures and contacts. The attack coincides with the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China. More →

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Obama on Credit Card Security

Obama’s new order: U.S. government’s credit card security must be improved

By on October 20, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Obama’s new order: U.S. government’s credit card security must be improved

In the wake of the numerous sophisticated cyberattacks that managed to steal credit and debit card data from various retail stores in the U.S., President Obama on Friday signed an executive order to improve security for credit cards and payment systems used by the government, The New York Times reports.  More →

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Phone Bill Premium Number Hack

Hackers perfect a new way to steal money from unsuspecting basic tech users

By on October 20, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Hackers perfect a new way to steal money from unsuspecting basic tech users

Smart hackers who understand how always-connected devices work — and who know how to exploit the various security bugs found in operating systems — are capable of infecting mobile devices with malware that can of incur costs and/or steal data. They can do this using a number of methods: By grabbing personal data in sophisticated attacks targeting retail store chains and banks, conducting advanced online phishing attacks, or stealing money directly from ATMs, to name just a few of the recent security threats detailed by various reports. More →

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