Harman AMX Backdoors Batman Black Widow

Did Batman and Black Widow spy on the White House?

By on January 22, 2016 at 9:23 PM.

Did Batman and Black Widow spy on the White House?

This isn’t some strange fiction story in which two popular superheroes team up against the U.S. government. “Batman” – specifically “1MB@tMan” – and “BlackWindow” are codenames used for backdoor logins into conference room tools used by various governments around the world, including White House staff and other branches of the U.S. government.

The recently discovered backdoors could be used for spying, a research firm has said, although the creator of the affected products denies it all. More →

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NSA Encryption Backdoors Privacy

The NSA has a brilliant stance on encryption

By on January 22, 2016 at 8:24 PM.

The NSA has a brilliant stance on encryption

Discussions about the U.S. government’s need for breaking encryption have intensified following the mid-November attacks in Paris. Law enforcement agencies including the FBI and politicians have challenged tech leaders from Silicon Valley to find ways to include backdoors in encrypted products. That way, surveillance operations targeting potential terror suspects might have a better chance of successfully intercepting relevant communication.

Tech leaders, meanwhile, have stood firm against crippling encryption with backdoors, with Apple and Tim Cook at the forefront of this argument. That doesn’t mean tech companies unwilling to help intelligence agencies address terrorist threats – but they’ll just do it differently for the time being.

With all that in mind, one can’t help but applaud the NSA’s brilliant stance on encryption while simultaneously feeling a chill running down your spine. More →

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Stolen Uber Account Ghost Rides

Hacked Uber accounts are more valuable than stolen credit cards on the dark web

By on January 21, 2016 at 10:40 PM.

Hacked Uber accounts are more valuable than stolen credit cards on the dark web

What’s the hottest thing you can buy on the dark web today? According to new research, PayPal accounts with at least $500 in them and Uber accounts are among the most expensive items hackers are selling. In fact, it looks like Uber logins, which would let buyers score free rides on the popular taxi service, are even more expensive than Netflix logins and credit card account numbers. More →

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Worst Passwords 2016

These are the worst passwords in the world – do you use any of them?

By on January 19, 2016 at 9:43 AM.

These are the worst passwords in the world – do you use any of them?

Each year, security solutions provider SplashData releases a list of what it has determined to be the most commonly used passwords on the Internet. In other words, these passwords are the worst possible options you can choose to safeguard your accounts, because they’re all ridiculously common and are likely among the first options people with any know-how will try when attempting to gain access to your online accounts.

Are you looking to get hacked and you want to make it as easy as possible for anyone and everyone to gain access to your accounts? Feel free to choose any of the 25 options below as your new password. More →

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Jeb Bush Police State NSA

Meet Jeb Bush’s police state: The NSA in charge of civilian data

By on January 15, 2016 at 7:45 PM.

Meet Jeb Bush’s police state: The NSA in charge of civilian data

Given the various recent terrorist attacks, it’s no wonder that hackers, cybersecurity, encryption and surveillance are all major topics of this year’s presidential campaign. Encryption was on the table during the sixth Republican debate on Thursday night, with Jeb Bush proposing a solution for guarding the American people that seems to be taken out of a George Orwell novel. More →

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iPhone Encryption Backdoors New York

New York bill would force Apple to include encryption backdoors in new iPhones

By on January 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

New York bill would force Apple to include encryption backdoors in new iPhones

Tim Cook might not like it, but lawmakers around the world are far from being done asking Apple to include backdoors in its iOS and OS X operating systems to allow law enforcement agencies to access user data. According to On the Wire, a bill is making its way through the New York state assembly that is seeking to require smartphone makers to include encryption backdoors in all smartphones manufactured on or after January 1st, 2016 and sold in New York. More →

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Teen Hacks James Clapper

Teen who hacked CIA director’s email hits Director of National Intelligence next

By on January 13, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

Teen who hacked CIA director’s email hits Director of National Intelligence next

Remember the teenage hackers who managed to break into CIA director John Brennan’s email account several times? It looks like they’re back doing the same sort of activity, and this time they’ve targeted Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

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EX NSA Director Hayden Encryption

Ex-NSA chief defends end-to-end encryption, says ‘backdoors’ will make us less secure

By on January 13, 2016 at 12:57 PM.

Ex-NSA chief defends end-to-end encryption, says ‘backdoors’ will make us less secure

No one will ever accuse the National Security Agency of being champions of privacy. But General Michael Hayden, a former Director of the NSA, does see some value in preserving secure end-to-end encryption on the web without giving government agencies their own “backdoors” they can use to break it in the name of intelligence gathering. Per CNN, Hayden told a cybersecurity conference in Florida this week that breaking encryption would not make Americans safer even if encrypted communications do pose new challenges for intelligence and law enforcement agencies. More →

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Time Warner Cable Customer Data Compromised

Time Warner Cable warns customers that 320,000 accounts may be compromised

By on January 7, 2016 at 6:40 PM.

Time Warner Cable warns customers that 320,000 accounts may be compromised

On Wednesday, Time Warner Cable said that up to 320,000 customers may have had their account information stolen.

According to a report from Reuters, email and password details were likely taken from the cable and internet provider via malware downloaded during a phishing attack or possibly through a third-party data breach of another company with access to TWC customer data.

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iPhone Simple Security Solutions

A few simple steps you can take to make your iPhone more secure

By on January 6, 2016 at 1:34 PM.

A few simple steps you can take to make your iPhone more secure

Whether you’re constantly on edge about someone rifling through your phone without your permission or couldn’t care less if a friend managed to guess your password and see your most recent texts, it’s never a bad idea to make your iPhone more secure.

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How To Stay Anonymous On Tor

Things you should never do when trying to stay anonymous on Tor

By on January 5, 2016 at 2:24 PM.

Things you should never do when trying to stay anonymous on Tor

So you’ve started using Tor to help protect your anonymity when you search the web. This means you should be able to just do everything that you normally do without anyone knowing who you are, right? Wrong. Just because Tor protects the anonymity of your IP address, people tracking your activity can still identify you if you aren’t careful, as this comprehensive guide posted at Whonix makes clear. Let’s go through some of the big mistakes Tor users make that can compromise their identities. More →

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PayPal Account Security Hackers

Your PayPal account can be hacked more quickly than you think

By on January 4, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Your PayPal account can be hacked more quickly than you think

Think you’ve secured your PayPal account so that hackers can’t hijack it and steal money from your bank account? Well, guess again, as there are ways of getting into your account and PayPal doesn’t appear to have the means or policies to stop them.

Well known cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs says he discovered these flaws after his own account was broken into twice on Christmas Eve, even after he managed to regain access to it.

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