GCHQ/NSA Submarine Cables Spy Operations

Massive surveillance operations possible with explicit help from telecom companies

By on November 26, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Massive surveillance operations possible with explicit help from telecom companies

U.S. and U.K. spy agencies including the NSA and GCHQ, respectively, have performed a variety of sophisticated spy operations, collecting massive amounts of personal data, as many Edward Snowden leaks revealed in the past year. German publication Süddeutsche Zeitung has published a new report that reveals that as far back as 2009 the GCHQ, and thus also the NSA, had massive access to submarine cable links around the globe with help from now Vodafone-owned Cable & Wireless. More →

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Google Devices and Activity Dashboard

Google’s latest security tool lets you easily deactivate any connected devices

By on November 25, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Google’s latest security tool lets you easily deactivate any connected devices

There’s a decent chance that if you read BGR and other technology blogs on a regular basis, you own multiple connected devices. Most of these devices are probably connected to your Google account as well, especially considering the fact that Gmail has become one of the primary email services for work and personal use.

But could you list every single device that currently has access to your Google account? More →

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Regin Malware Spying Tool

The most advanced malware yet has been spying on you for years

By on November 25, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

The most advanced malware yet has been spying on you for years

Security researchers have discovered a highly advanced malware program, called Regin, that have been used for spying purposes for at least six years. First discovered by Symantec and confirmed by Kaspersky, the security threat is believed to be the work of a government, considering the massive resources behind it and its sophisticated features, rather than a program devised by hacker groups interested in stealing data and/or money from regular Internet users. More →

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New Malware Password Manager

Frightening new malware targets your password manager

By on November 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Frightening new malware targets your password manager

If you thought hackers gaining access to just one of your online accounts was troublesome, you’ll be terrified to know that the next frontier might put your entire online identity at risk. IBM’s Security Intelligence reports that a new configuration of the Citadel trojan has been designed to start keylogging when specific password managers begin running on an infected user’s computer. More →

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iOS 8 Security Flaw

Here’s why the iPhone ‘Masque Attack’ security flaw is so scary

By on November 21, 2014 at 12:47 PM.

Here’s why the iPhone ‘Masque Attack’ security flaw is so scary

Earlier this month, researchers at cybersecurity firm FireEye discovered a vulnerability in the iOS operating system which could allow hackers to replace legitimate apps with malicious copies, giving them access to any data the user entered into the hacked app. These “Masque Attacks” were enough of a threat to convince the U.S. government to release a statement warning iPhone users to avoid downloading apps from third-party sources until the issue could be resolved.

Apple was quick to issue its own response, downplaying the severity of the vulnerability, but further research by Trend Micro seems to indicate that the threat is even more serious that originally reported. More →

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Android Malware: NotCompatible

Complex Android malware believed to have infected up to 4.5M smartphones in the U.S.

By on November 21, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Complex Android malware believed to have infected up to 4.5M smartphones in the U.S.

As many as 4.5 million American Android smartphone users may have been fooled into somehow downloading a complex malicious program on their devices since January 2013, The New Yok Times reports, citing security company Lookout. More →

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FTC on PC Malware Security Scams

FTC cracks down on massive ‘PC cleaner’ security scam

By on November 20, 2014 at 7:00 AM.

FTC cracks down on massive ‘PC cleaner’ security scam

The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida on Wednesday announced plans on fighting a type of online scam that cons unsuspecting PC users into paying up to hundreds of dollars for alleged security protection for their computers, which turns out to be fake software supposed to fix inexistent malware threats. Such businesses have fooled many individuals and companies into paying over $120 million for Internet security. More →

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State Department Computer Network Hacked

Hackers breach State Department’s unclassified computer network

By on November 17, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Hackers breach State Department’s unclassified computer network

Hackers breached computers belonging to the State Department, The New York Times reports, making it the fourth attack targeting government computers in recent weeks. While it’s not clear who attacked these targets and for what purpose, the State Department, the White House, the United States Postal Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have all reported similar breaches recently.

More →

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Dirtbox Spy Planes in U.S.

‘Dirtbox’ planes masquerade as cell towers to collect smartphone data in sophisticated spying ops

By on November 14, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

‘Dirtbox’ planes masquerade as cell towers to collect smartphone data in sophisticated spying ops

It’s no secret anymore that governmental agencies in the U.S. and other countries have access to sophisticated tools that allow them to track and collect data from smartphones and other devices without users knowing anything is happening, and The Wall Street Journal has uncovered yet another such operation which uses a special “dirtbox” technology installed in special planes that can mimic cell phone towers and fool smartphones into believing they’re connecting to a genuine carrier tower. More →

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iOS 8 Security Flaw

Terrifying iOS 8 security flaw has forced the U.S. government to issue a warning

By on November 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM.

Terrifying iOS 8 security flaw has forced the U.S. government to issue a warning

On Thursday, the U.S. government released a statement for all iPhone and iPad users warning that a vulnerability in Apple’s iOS mobile operating system could give hackers access to their private information, Reuters reports. More →

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Microsoft WinShock Security Update

Microsoft fixed a critical 19-year-old bug that affects every version of Windows

By on November 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

Microsoft fixed a critical 19-year-old bug that affects every version of Windows

Microsoft on Tuesday issued a critical fix for a 19-year-old software bug that affects all existing Windows versions since Windows 95. IBM researchers discovered the bug this past May, and BBC reports that they “worked with Microsoft to fix the problem before going public.” More →

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iOS 8 Security Flaw

Huge new security flaw found in iOS 8 poses a major threat to users

Huge new security flaw found in iOS 8 poses a major threat to users

By on November 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Researchers at California-based cybersecurity firm FireEye have detailed what they claim to be a major new security vulnerability that has been found in Apple’s iOS 8 software. The security flaw, which they have dubbed “Masque Attack,” reportedly allows an attacker to replace authentic apps on a target’s iPhone or iPad with a similar app with the same appearance. Any data then entered into the app can be obtained by the hacker.

For example, an app that mirrors the look of a banking app on the user’s phone can be installed, and then the target’s username and password can be stolen when he or she tries to enter them in the malicious app. More →

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