NSA Spying American Citizens

The NSA doesn’t even know how many Americans it’s spying on

By on April 29, 2016 at 1:50 PM.

The NSA doesn’t even know how many Americans it’s spying on

The National Security Agency (NSA), which is behind some of the world’s most sophisticated mass surveillance operations, can’t say how many Americans it’s spying on in these endeavors. That’s not because it’s a secret, though that might be a reason too. It’s because the agency’s operations are so vast that it can’t even figure out the number. More →

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Ted Lieu Interview

Meet Rep. Ted Lieu, a Congressman who says encryption is a ‘national security priority’

Meet Rep. Ted Lieu, a Congressman who says encryption is a ‘national security priority’

By on April 29, 2016 at 12:27 PM.

Ted Lieu is one of the few bona fide computer geeks in Congress. Even if you didn’t already know the California Democrat is one of only four congressmen (out of a total of 535) with a computer science degree, it’s the kind of thing that quickly becomes apparent when talking to the Stanford grad about a range of privacy and encryption matters.

For starters, he recently downloaded and started using WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging platform that earlier this month defaulted to end-to-end encryption for all users. He’s not only a supporter of strong encryption without backdoors — Lieu considers it “a national security priority.” More →

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FBI San Bernardino iPhone 5c Unlock

FBI director doesn’t even know who created the $1M iPhone-hacking device

By on April 29, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

FBI director doesn’t even know who created the $1M iPhone-hacking device

More details have emerged in the San Bernardino shooting investigation. The FBI has arrested three suspects on Thursday, though it’s not clear whether that move is connected in any way with any of the scant evidence it may have discovered on the iPhone 5c belonging to one of the shooters. However, a new report also sheds more details about the hack the feds bought to crack open the device.

Apparently, there’s a physical gadget used to unlock any iPhone 5c running iOS 9, but the FBI has no idea how it works. That’s even if it paid up to $1 million for the tool. More →

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ISIS United Cyber Caliphate Hackers

ISIS is assembling a cyber army

By on April 28, 2016 at 4:02 PM.

ISIS is assembling a cyber army

Following the deadly assaults on Europe in late 2015 and early 2016, reports emerged suggesting that ISIS has an army of organized hackers who can provide consistent, round the clock support to foot soldiers. However, new information on the matter seems to suggest that ISIS’s remaining hacking arm is nothing more than a propaganda machine capable of dealing minor hits, if any, to enemies. But ISIS is showing more interest in expanding its hacking capabilities.

The news comes at a time when the U.S. government has declared cyber war on the Islamic paramilitary organization.

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FBI San Bernardino iPhone Hack Apple

FBI will tell Apple how it hacked the San Bernardino iPhone… after Apple patches it

By on April 27, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

FBI will tell Apple how it hacked the San Bernardino iPhone… after Apple patches it

The FBI challenged Apple in courts twice in the last few months, asking the iPhone maker to unlock devices. And twice, the Feds had to drop their cases, after finding ways to break into the iPhones. One of the two handsets belonged to the San Bernardino shooters, and the FBI unlocked that one with help from outside experts. Reports suggest the FBI may have paid well over $1.3 million for the vulnerability. But the Bureau said the security flaw doesn’t work on all iPhones, only on the iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the shooters – it didn’t use the same hack on the other iPhone it wanted Apple to unlock.

Even so, the FBI isn’t likely to share with Apple the vulnerability, a new report reveals. It’s more likely that Apple finds it and patches it before the Bureau steps up. More →

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Android Ransomware Cyber Police iTunes

Creepy new Android ransomware installs itself, demands payment in iTunes gift cards

By on April 26, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Creepy new Android ransomware installs itself, demands payment in iTunes gift cards

This brand new Android threat might not affect a large number of users, but it deserves some attention considering its ingenuity. Unlike other malware threats that need to fool the user to install them, this new ransomware-like attack does it automatically, without the owner of the handset knowing what’s happening. Ironically, after locking down the handset, the program demands payment in iTunes gift cards. But thankfully, there is a way to deal with it. More →

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Windows 10 AppLocker Security Issue

Dangerous Windows 10 flaw lets hackers secretly run any app on your PC

By on April 25, 2016 at 11:17 PM.

Dangerous Windows 10 flaw lets hackers secretly run any app on your PC

A newly identified Windows 10 security flaw lets hackers install malicious apps on any machine, without business owners being made aware anything out of the ordinary is happening. The issue lets anyone familiar with Windows security bypass its defenses without leaving any trace on the machine.

Discovered accidentally, the issue is significant, and Microsoft is yet to issue a patch. More →

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Spotify Hack

It looks like Spotify was hacked – change your password ASAP, if you still can

By on April 25, 2016 at 4:29 PM.

It looks like Spotify was hacked – change your password ASAP, if you still can

If you’re one of the millions of people around the world who count themselves as Spotify users, we have some troubling news: it looks like Spotify recently suffered a security breach. A list containing hundreds of sets of account credentials was published late last week to popular anonymous text file sharing site Pastebin, and several of the accounts have been confirmed to be real. What’s more, users named in the leak are already reporting that their accounts were indeed breached.

In other words, change your Spotify password immediately. More →

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Bangladesh Bank Malware SWIFT

Hackers behind massive $81M cyber-heist also compromised the backbone of the global financial system

By on April 25, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Hackers behind massive $81M cyber-heist also compromised the backbone of the global financial system

Hackers stole $81 million in a sophisticated attack on the Bangladesh Bank in February, which makes it one of the most impressive cyber-heist in history. The hackers were planning to steal $951 million in total, using fraudulent transactions. Recently uncovered evidence revealed that poor security – $10 internet routers – offered them access to the bank’s entire infrastructure, including the SWIFT servers that are responsible for financial transactions.

A new report indicates that hackers also breached SWIFT, the backbone of the global financial system that makes possible financial transactions. More →

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Bangladesh Bank Heist Hackers

Thrifty bank’s $10 routers lead to $81 million heist

By on April 22, 2016 at 10:50 AM.

Thrifty bank’s $10 routers lead to $81 million heist

This past February, some clever hackers pulled off a daring bank heist that was aided by a Bangladeshi bank’s decision to buy cheap second-hand $10 routers. In fact, the cheap routers let hackers get away with $81 million by giving them access to the secure computers that handle SWIFT monetary transactions and helping them hide their tracks. More →

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Apple Vs FBI

FBI likely paid more than $1 million for specialized iPhone hack

By on April 21, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

FBI likely paid more than $1 million for specialized iPhone hack

Early on, it was believed that the FBI paid upwards of $15,000 for a software hack that enabled them to access data housed on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. However, recent remarks from FBI Director James Comey reveal that the FBI likely paid a whole lot more.

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Unlimited Free VPN Chrome

How to add unlimited free VPN to Google’s Chrome browser

By on April 21, 2016 at 9:25 AM.

How to add unlimited free VPN to Google’s Chrome browser

Opera made a big announcement on Thursday morning that was widely covered by tech blogs. In the latest developer preview build of its web browser for Windows and OS X, Opera has baked in unlimited free VPN service. VPN, or Virtual Private Networking, allows users to route their internet traffic through third-party servers in order to mask their actual IP addresses and increase privacy. VPN services also let users access region-blocked content, and they’re very popular among Netflix subscribers outside the United States.

This is a great feature for current Opera users and once it’s released in a public Opera build, it might even attract some new users. But you can already get unlimited free VPN service in the Chrome browser, and we’ll show you how in this post. More →

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