Watch Dogs Facebook Privacy Settings

Here’s how to see everything that Facebook knows about you

By on April 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Here’s how to see everything that Facebook knows about you

Watch Dogs is already one of the most hyped game releases of the spring, but Ubisoft’s clever marketing campaign might convince a whole new crowd to check the game out. Digital Shadow is a website being run by Ubisoft which allows Facebook users to see just how vulnerable their information could be to an outside source. By allowing the site to access your account, Digital Shadow will let you know within seconds which contacts you regularly interact with, which words you use most often in status updates and when you’re active on the social network. More →

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Apple iOS 7.1.1 Bug Fixes

Apple slammed for buggy iOS 7.1 release that left users vulnerable to major hacks for weeks

By on April 23, 2014 at 3:02 PM.

Apple slammed for buggy iOS 7.1 release that left users vulnerable to major hacks for weeks

We know that Apple released iOS 7.1.1 earlier this week to fix a wide range of bugs and it turns out those bugs might be much more serious than we realized. Ars Technica reports that Kristin Paget, a former Apple whitehat hacker who now works for Tesla, has been ripping into her former employer for allegedly leaving its users wide open to some potentially serious hacks in the weeks between the releases of iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1. More →

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Heartbleed Bug Fix

Life after Heartbleed: ‘The Internet will never be 100% safe’

By on April 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Life after Heartbleed: ‘The Internet will never be 100% safe’

Heartbleed was an abrupt but necessary reminder that when it comes to the Internet, nothing is safe. The massive OpenSSL security hole was discovered earlier this month, and it affected 66% of the entire Internet at the time of its discovery. Most large websites have patched the bug by now and Heartbleed chatter across the Web is inevitably starting to die down. But as one security expert recently pointed out, patching Heartbleed hardly makes the Internet safe again. More →

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Hacking Study

State of the Hack: 43% of all DDoS attacks in Q4 originated in China

By on April 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

State of the Hack: 43% of all DDoS attacks in Q4 originated in China

The threat from hackers is very real and a new report shows that things are only getting worse. We recently told you about a terrifying new interactive map that shows global cyberattacks happening in real time. If that map seemed surprisingly busy to you, it’s because it is — a new study from Akamai shows that hackers attacked websites 75% more frequently in the fourth quarter last year than in the previous quarter. More →

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iOS 7 Unflod Baby Panda Malware

iPhone malware exists, but the risk is nothing like it is with Android

By on April 21, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

iPhone malware exists, but the risk is nothing like it is with Android

While most reports detail Android malware efforts from malicious parties looking to take advantage of Android’s popularity in order to steal personal data and money from users, iOS isn’t completely safe from malware. A Reddit user has discovered an application running in the background on an iOS device that turned out to be a malware application hunting for Apple IDs. However, there’s a big catch that allows the app to work: the attacked iOS devices have to be jailbroken first. Moreover, the user will have to download certain apps from untrusted sources after the jailbreak, to get this new piece of software. More →

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Apple Vs. Samsung Fingerprint Scanners

Biometrics expert slams Apple and Samsung fingerprint scanners as unsecured ‘gimmicks’

By on April 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM.

Biometrics expert slams Apple and Samsung fingerprint scanners as unsecured ‘gimmicks’

It’s pretty safe to say that computer science Professor Willy Susilo won’t be relying on a fingerprint scanner to keep his mobile phone secure. In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Susilo says that the fingerprint scanners used by Apple and Samsung are mere “gimmicks” that hackers can easily fool and that don’t give users and real biometric security.  More →

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Michaels and Aaron Brothers Malaware Hack

‘Highly sophisticated malware’ stole credit card data from 3M Michaels customers

By on April 18, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

‘Highly sophisticated malware’ stole credit card data from 3M Michaels customers

After LaCie announced earlier this week it was the victim of a massive credit card breach that lasted for a year, crafts store Michaels revealed in a press release that hackers may have stolen credit card data for 3 million of its customers, including buyers that shopped at its Aaron Brothers subsidiary. The company has hired two independent security firms to conduct an extensive investigation, which revealed that payment systems in Michaels and Aaron Brothers stores were attacked by “highly sophisticated malware” that had not been seen before by either firm. More →

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Android malware targets Facebook users

Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authentication

By on April 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authentication

Android users have yet another piece of malware to worry about. PC World points out a technique that is specifically targeting Facebook users who use mobile banking. On computers infected with this trojan, users will see a message when visiting Facebook’s website alerting them that “due to a rising number of attempts in order to gain unlawful access to the personal information of our users and to prevent corrupted page data to spread Facebook administration introduces new extra safety protection system.” More →

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Google CAPTCHA Hacking Technology

New Google technology tears apart CAPTCHA puzzles

By on April 17, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

New Google technology tears apart CAPTCHA puzzles

If there’s one thing more annoying than passwords, it’s CAPTCHA puzzles that websites use to screen out robots from registering for accounts. However, Google has just developed a new algorithm that’s able to read its own CAPTCHA puzzles with 99% accuracy, which is obviously a problem since CAPTCHA puzzles are designed to be used by humans only. More →

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Heartbleed Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean

Why Heartbleed could be much worse for Android users

By on April 16, 2014 at 2:14 PM.

Why Heartbleed could be much worse for Android users

Even though Google does not have a Heartbleed problem, particularly since the company has known about the OpenSSL bug a month before everyone else, a large number of Android users may still be at risk, The Guardian reports. And that’s not because Google has not patched the security flaw, but rather because Heartbleed indirectly benefits from several factors. More →

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Heartbleed Bug Fix Tor

Not even Tor can keep you safe from Heartbleed

By on April 16, 2014 at 1:18 PM.

Not even Tor can keep you safe from Heartbleed

So here’s some sort-of good news: Cybercriminals might be just as freaked out about the Heartbleed bug as the rest of us. Trend Micro analyst J.D. Sherry writes that revelations about the gaping hole in the Open SSL, the security protocol used to encrypt web traffic, have caused “shell shock in the Deep Web as many of the hidden services within the TOR (The Onion Router) are impacted as well.”

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Android Phishing Apps Security Flaw

Major security flaw discovered in Android

By on April 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM.

Major security flaw discovered in Android

Security firm FireEye has discovered a major security flaw in Google’s mobile operating system, ComputerWorld reports, which could allow an attacker to modify the behavior of an app icon in the launcher in order to send users to a malicious site that would collect personal data. It’s not clear whether any apps in the Google Play Store, or anywhere else, have already used this particular security issue to steal data from users. Google has apparently acknowledged the problem and already released a patch to OEM partners, though it will be a while until the fix hits affected Android devices. More →

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