Facebook Messenger Privacy Shared Links

You should care about this Facebook Messenger security flaw no matter what Facebook says

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You should care about this Facebook Messenger security flaw no matter what Facebook says

Yes, Facebook says that anyone can see any of the three million links that are shared every hour in private conversations. That’s a feature, not a bug. But before you get too freaked out about this type of Messenger “feature,” you should know that your privacy isn’t exactly breached, and a hacker would have a seriously hard time figuring out who shared which link with whom. More →

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Android Malware

Don’t fall for this Android malware that pretends to be Uber, Facebook, or WhatsApp

By on June 29, 2016 at 5:24 PM.

Don’t fall for this Android malware that pretends to be Uber, Facebook, or WhatsApp

Security researchers from FireEye recently uncovered a new piece of Android malware that can mimic the look and feel of app interfaces from the likes of Uber, WhatsApp and Google Play. The malware reportedly struck first in  Denmark and is now making its way through a handful of other European countries, including Italy, Germany and Austria.

According to researchers, the malware is spread via a basic yet cleverly deceptive SMS phishing scheme. When a user receives and subsequently clicks on an ostensibly legit link, the malware is downloaded and begins to monitor which apps are active and which apps are running in the background. What happens next is extremely clever: when a user attempts to use an app that the “malware is programmed to target”, the software overlays a fake user interface with “nearly identical credential input UIs as seen in benign apps.” In turn, the malware than asks unassuming users to enter in sensitive information such as their banking credentials or credit card information.

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Symantec Norton Security Updates

Google just shamed the antivirus software you probably use, so update immediately

By on June 29, 2016 at 11:23 AM.

Google just shamed the antivirus software you probably use, so update immediately

Whether you’re looking to protect your PC or an entire fleet of computers, chances are you’ve either considered or have ended up purchasing products from Symantec. The company sells consumer software under the Norton brand, in addition to Symantec Endpoint Protection that targets enterprises. The bad news is that both products were just shamed by Google’s Project Zero security team, which found critical errors that leave users at risk.

In fact, Google’s security hacker Tavis Ormandy discovered numerous vulnerabilities in 25 different Norton and Symantec products, and he said they are “as bad as it gets.”

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Identity Theft Mobile Phone

Criminals can steal your identity to get free iPhones and there’s little you can do about it

By on June 28, 2016 at 5:40 PM.

Criminals can steal your identity to get free iPhones and there’s little you can do about it

Identity theft is one of the worst things that can happen to someone online, and getting rid of the problems that follow might become a never-ending quest. Considering that millions of consumers have had personal details stolen in the last few years, cyber criminals have a seemingly easy task at hand: gathering enough data about a person to start impersonating him or her for financial gain.

Now authorities are now investigating a new type of fraud based on stealing someone’s identity which is currently surging: stealing mobile accounts. More →

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Malware Air-Gapped Computer Fans

This malware steals data using your Internet-less computer’s fans

By on June 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

This malware steals data using your Internet-less computer’s fans

So you have an air-gapped computer, or unconnected to the Internet, and you think your data is secured just because it’s not accessible online? In most cases that might be true, but that’s not 100% accurate. There are ways to steal information from computers that are not connected to the web, and smart hackers will not stop looking for such tricks. The newest such malware would let attackers steal information from supposedly secure computers with the help of the sound made by its fans and processor. More →

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Hacker looks to sell 655,000 alleged patient healthcare records on the dark web

By on June 27, 2016 at 6:48 PM.

Hacker looks to sell 655,000 alleged patient healthcare records on the dark web

A hacker claims to be selling 655,000 alleged patient healthcare records on the dark web, containing information such as social security numbers, addresses, and insurance details.

The news was first reported by Deep Dot Web Saturday. A hacker who goes by the name ‘thedarkoverlord’ gave Deep Dot Web images of purported records. Identifiable information from the records was redacted “so the target company can remain anonymous for now,” the hacker told Deep Dot Web.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Hacked

The same hackers who hit Zuckerberg take down Google CEO’s Quora account

By on June 27, 2016 at 11:45 AM.

The same hackers who hit Zuckerberg take down Google CEO’s Quora account

No one is safe on the internet these days, not even the savviest users who sit atop powerful tech companies. After hackers successfully hit Mark Zuckerberg’s Pinterest account earlier this month, they hacked Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora account. More →

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Download Netflix Movies

A bug in Chrome makes pirating Netflix and Amazon movies easy

By on June 24, 2016 at 3:50 PM.

A bug in Chrome makes pirating Netflix and Amazon movies easy

Bad news for Google, good news for pirates: a pair of security researchers have found a flaw in the way the Chrome browser unpacks encrypted video. It’s all rather technical, but the upshot is that pirates have an easy way to save DRM-ed video streams to their desktop.

Wired first reported on the vulnerability, which was discovered by researchers David Livshits from the Cyber Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University and Alexandra Mikityuk of Telekom Innovation Laboratories.

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Apple iOS 10 Data Collection Opt-In

You won’t have to give Apple your data if you don’t want to

By on June 24, 2016 at 2:25 PM.

You won’t have to give Apple your data if you don’t want to

If Apple’s going to compete in this industry, it’s going to have to start collecting more data from its users. It’s a hard truth for both the company and its users to accept, but Apple revealed at WWDC 2016 last week that iOS 10 will collect more information from devices than ever in order to improve Siri and other services.

Apple didn’t share many details beyond that, but on Friday, Recode helped clarify exactly what Apple will be collecting (and whether or not you actually have to let Apple collect it from your personal devices).

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Credit Card Skimmers

The expert’s guide to spotting credit card skimmers

By on June 24, 2016 at 1:25 PM.

The expert’s guide to spotting credit card skimmers

Credit card skimmers are scarily-small devices that thieves attach to credit card readers, capturing the magnetic strip data and allowing clones of cards to be made. These days, they’re so phenominally small that they can be fit inside devices, making them nearly impossible to spot.

Luckily, security researcher Brian Krebs found a guide from credit card terminal manufacturer Ingenico, teaching retailers how to spot skimmers in the wild.

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Tale of the tape: Why Mark Zuckerberg is smart to cover his webcam

By on June 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Tale of the tape: Why Mark Zuckerberg is smart to cover his webcam

Webcam security was thrust into the spotlight this week when a photo of Mark Zuckerberg appeared to show the camera and microphone on his MacBook covered with tape.

The photo, which was posted on Facebook to celebrate Instagram hitting 500 million followers, sparked plenty of interest. While some worried about the broader effectiveness of Facebook’s security, many see the tape as a shrewd defense against potential hackers. More →

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Mark Zuckerberg Tapes MacBook Camera Mic

Why does Mark Zuckerberg tape the camera and mic of his MacBook?

By on June 22, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Why does Mark Zuckerberg tape the camera and mic of his MacBook?

Does Mark Zuckerberg know something about online spying operations that we don’t? Is he just showing the appropriate amount of paranoia that suits his position? Or is this a new fashion statement? Whatever the case, Zuckerberg appears to wear fancy tape over the camera and microphone of his MacBook Pro, as shown in the image above.

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