Apple China iCloud Attack

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

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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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iOS Android Smartphone Encryption

The FBI ratchets up its scare campaign over smartphone encryption

By on October 17, 2014 at 9:05 PM.

The FBI ratchets up its scare campaign over smartphone encryption

Did you know that if Apple and Google encrypt data on smartphones then terrorists, pedophiles and other very bad people will be able to roam completely free and likely destroy society as we know it? That’s the message that Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey has been sending and he was at it again this week in a speech delivered to the Brookings Institute in which he railed against smartphone encryption as a direct threat to law enforcement’s ability to gather evidence. More →

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Windows 8.1 Zero-Day Security Bug

A dangerous bug in Windows 8.1 and older versions could be used to spy on you

By on October 14, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

A dangerous bug in Windows 8.1 and older versions could be used to spy on you

Russian hackers have apparently identified a previously unreported bug in Windows, also known as a zero-day attack, which was then used to spy on several Western governments, NATO and the Ukrainian government, The New York Times reports. More →

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Dropbox Username and Password Hack

Dropbox denies data breach, as hacker says 7M accounts compromised

By on October 14, 2014 at 6:45 AM.

Dropbox denies data breach, as hacker says 7M accounts compromised

An anonymous user posted on Pastebin hundreds of Dropbox usernames and passwords, teasing that he has access to login credentials for as many as 7 million Dropbox accounts. However, it’s not clear where the person got the list, The Next Web reports, and Dropbox says its security hasn’t been compromised. More →

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Kmart Credit Card Data Breach

Kmart confirms month-long credit card data breach

By on October 13, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Kmart confirms month-long credit card data breach

Kmart on Friday confirmed that its systems were breached by hackers who were able to steal credit and debit card data for customers shopping in its retail stores since early September to October 9, when the breach was discovered. It’s not clear at this time how many customers may have been affected or how many Kmart stores have been hit, as the company is yet to announce any numbers. More →

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The Snappening

The Snappening: Massive leak exposes thousands of nude photos and videos

By on October 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

The Snappening: Massive leak exposes thousands of nude photos and videos

It looks like celebrities aren’t the only targets for hackers in search of nude photos and videos. Following a series of iCloud hacks dubbed “The Fappening” that led to the release of hundreds of nude and risqué celebrity photos, hundreds of thousands of Snapchat users will wake up on Friday morning to find that their private images and video clips have been stolen and leaked on the web. Snapchat allows users to exchange photo and video messages that are automatically erased after a period of time, but many people utilize third-party Snapchat clients that automatically save the images and videos before they are deleted.

As it turns out, at least one of those third-party clients has been hacked, and the perpetrators have been saving each and every piece of media viewed with its service for the past two years. Now, all of those photos and videos have been leaked. More →

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Android Security Flaw

Half of all Android phones are still vulnerable to a massive privacy bug – here’s how to protect yourself

Half of all Android phones are still vulnerable to a massive privacy bug – here’s how to protect yourself

By on October 9, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Software update delays are an inevitability because of the way the Android ecosystem is built, but these delays aren’t just an annoyance for Android users — they can be dangerous. A bug was discovered by security researcher Rafay Baloch in early September, and it caused Android’s stock web browser to fail to enforce same origin policy (SOP), which is a protocol that governs how browsers securely load content from multiple sources. The bug impacted all pre-KitKat devices, and it was patched fairly quickly by Google.

But because it takes so long for handset makers and carriers to test and distribute Android updates, a new study has determined that nearly half of all Android phones are still affected by the bug. More →

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ATM Malware Hacks

The ultimate ATM heist still works, has netted hackers ‘millions of dollars’

By on October 8, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

The ultimate ATM heist still works, has netted hackers ‘millions of dollars’

In early January, and then again in March, reports detailed some smart ATM attacks that allowed hackers to steal money from malware-infected ATMs without requiring any access to the credit or debit cards used by customers. Instead, hackers managed to steal cash directly from the bank, after taking over the machines with special programs. This ultimate heist appears to still be working, The Register reports, as hackers are still using the practice that has netted them “millions of dollars.” More →

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JPMorgan Chase Customer Data Hack

WSJ: JPMorgan Chase hackers failed to infiltrate other banks

By on October 7, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

WSJ: JPMorgan Chase hackers failed to infiltrate other banks

JPMorgan Chase has recently confirmed that hackers managed to breach its computers system and access identification data for as many as 83 million accounts, although they were not able to steal actual financial information, passwords and social security numbers associated to those accounts. The hackers were able to obtained detailed information about the programs JPMorgan uses to protect its network, a recent report has also revealed, information that could be used for future attacks. Furthermore, the hackers reportedly tried to attack as many as nine other financial institutions, according to a New York Times report on Friday, but The Wall Street Journal has learned that cyberattackers didn’t manage to breach other networks. More →

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