NSA Hard Drive Firmware Virus

One of NSA’s most precious spying tools was just uncovered

By on February 17, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

One of NSA’s most precious spying tools was just uncovered

Spy agencies have some very smart tools at their disposal for their surveillance and data gathering operations, many leaks have revealed so far, but Russian security agency Kaspersky Lab has uncovered one of the most important such cyber weapon available to the NSA, Reuters reports. According to the company, a country which it decided not to identify, but which the publication confirmed to be the U.S., has been able to sneak malware in a critical part of a computer, which practically made it possible not only to spy on a variety of targets with ease, but also bypass any security measures, and reinfect the machines over and over. More →

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NSA and GCHQ Spying

How to find out if the NSA and GCHQ spied on you

By on February 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

How to find out if the NSA and GCHQ spied on you

Following the many Snowden leaks that revealed some of the advanced mass data collection practices employed by spy agencies including the NSA and GCHQ, a collection of privacy advocates including Privacy International, Bytes for All, Liberty and Amnesty International has just won a major case against these practices. More →

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$300 Million Bank Theft Hackers

The largest bank robbery ever: up to $900M possibly stolen, and no need for a getaway car

By on February 16, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

The largest bank robbery ever: up to $900M possibly stolen, and no need for a getaway car

When hackers steal money from banks, they usually go for Bonnie and Clyde attacks, taking whatever they can take in a single grab, one Kaspersky executive told The New York Times, as the security research discovered a different type of bank cyber heist, one likened to Ocean’s Eleven in terms of planning, but also when it comes to the significant amount of stolen cash. More →

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10 Million Passwords Leaked

10 million stolen passwords were just released – here’s how to see if yours is one of them

10 million stolen passwords were just released – here’s how to see if yours is one of them

By on February 12, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

Earlier this week, noted security researcher and consultant Mark Burnett made waves when he posted 10 million stolen usernames and passwords on his blog. Of course, the security expert didn’t post the passwords with malicious intent. Instead, his goal was to “release a clean set of data” that gives the world insights into user behavior, and also to draw attention once again to the arrest and prosecution of Barrett Brown.

Burnett didn’t steal the passwords in question, of course, but they’re now easily accessible to anyone and everyone — here’s how you can quickly and easily find out if you are affected. More →

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iPhone Malware XAgent App

This terrifying iOS malware could infect your iPhone without a jailbreak

By on February 5, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

This terrifying iOS malware could infect your iPhone without a jailbreak

Still looking for a reason to upgrade to iOS 8? Security firm Trend Micro released a report on Wednesday revealing that some of the most dangerous spyware it has ever seen is making the rounds on iOS devices, but is far more effective on iOS 7 than on Apple’s latest operating system release. More →

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Anthem Personal Data Hack

‘Tens of millions’ of records stolen in massive Anthem data hack

By on February 5, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

‘Tens of millions’ of records stolen in massive Anthem data hack

The second-largest health insurer in the U.S., Anthem, late on Wednesday confirmed that its internal network has been breached by hackers, who managed to steal “tens of millions” of records, according to The Wall Street Journal. More →

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Mass Surveillance vs. Human Rights

In a new report, Europe says mass surveillance threatens human rights

By on January 27, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

In a new report, Europe says mass surveillance threatens human rights

The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe said in a lengthy report that mass surveillance practices, as thoroughly detailed in many reports following the extensive Edward Snowden leaks, are a fundamental threat to human rights. More →

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Police Radars

Crazy new tech lets police officers peer through the walls of your home undetected

By on January 21, 2015 at 2:18 PM.

Crazy new tech lets police officers peer through the walls of your home undetected

There has been plenty of negative press surrounding law enforcement in the United States over the last year, but it doesn’t look like 2015 is going to be any less controversial.

USA Today reports that at least 50 law enforcement agencies have secretly purchased advanced radars for their officers which could potentially allow them to see through the walls of our homes without first obtaining a search warrant. More →

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iPhone Spyware

Edward Snowden says secret Apple spyware is the reason he won’t use an iPhone

Edward Snowden says secret Apple spyware is the reason he won’t use an iPhone

By on January 20, 2015 at 10:46 AM.

Is Apple’s wildly popular iPhone series hiding spyware that can collect information about users without their knowledge. As thoroughly as developers have dug through Apple’s iOS code over the past seven and a half years, one would think functionality like that would have been unearthed by now. According to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, however, iPhones are capable of activating “special software” behind the scenes that collects information about users, who are completely oblivious to the fact that their phones are gathering this sensitive data. More →

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Worst Passwords 2014

These are the 25 best passwords you can use… if you want to be hacked

By on January 20, 2015 at 8:50 AM.

These are the 25 best passwords you can use… if you want to be hacked

Malicious hackers spend much of their time developing sophisticated attacks and complex new ways to steal people’s credit card numbers, bank account information and other private data. It’s getting more and more difficult to protect ourselves from these hacks, especially when just about anyone can go online and hire a hacker these days.

But for many people, all of the hard work these hackers put into ruining our lives is a waste of time, because they make things remarkably easy for hackers by using the worst passwords on the planet. More →

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Lizard Squad Customer Database Hacked

Universally hated hacker group suffers a humiliating hack of its own

By on January 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

Universally hated hacker group suffers a humiliating hack of its own

While groups such as Anonymous are very controversial, they aren’t universally despised and have a huge number of fans. The same can’t be said of the Lizard Squad hacker group, however, which took down both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live late last year, and then subsequently created a tool that would let anyone in the world deliver a devastating DDoS attack to any website they wanted for $6 a pop. More →

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Gmail Security Settings

How to protect your data by making Gmail as secure as possible

By on January 16, 2015 at 1:50 PM.

How to protect your data by making Gmail as secure as possible

Millions upon millions of people around the world rely on Gmail for their email needs, and Google’s free service is indeed one of the most feature-rich out there. For obvious reasons, Google encourages users to keep anything and everything they receive in Gmail using its archive system; the more emails you save for Google to refer to and analyze, the better the company’s advertising profile will be for you.

With all of that data from years worth of emails sitting in your Gmail account, it stands to reason that you’d want to ensure that all of those emails are as secure as possible. But what’s the best way to make sure all of those messages are safe and sound? More →

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