Hackers Traders Hacked Press Releases Millions

How hackers made millions by reading the news before you

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

How hackers made millions by reading the news before you

Not all hackers out there are looking to steal your information and use it for personal gain. Rather than setting up sophisticated schemes to obtain website logins or get millions of credit card records and personal information from huge retail chains, some hackers preferred to read the news before you do.

And that early access to information is how some of them made millions. More →

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Car Hacks

No one is safe: This tiny $30 device can break into your car and home

By on August 10, 2015 at 8:45 AM.

No one is safe: This tiny $30 device can break into your car and home

Not everyone wants to accept this simple truth, but that doesn’t make it any less real: hackers outpace security advancements. When it comes to both online security and real-world security, hackers have already devised 10 new tools by the time security researchers come up with an effective way to block one old tool. As a result, no one is ever truly safe — and a new device recently shown off by a well-known security researcher is yet another example of just how vulnerable we really are. More →

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Facebook Phone Number Link Profile

Do this now: Change this crucial Facebook privacy setting so hackers can’t abuse it

By on August 10, 2015 at 7:10 AM.

Do this now: Change this crucial Facebook privacy setting so hackers can’t abuse it

A security researcher has found a way to exploit a Facebook feature to harvest personal data belonging to thousands of users. With a simple trick that takes advantage of one of Facebook’s default privacy settings, the researcher was able to link thousands of phone numbers to Facebook accounts. Hackers with malicious intentions could replicate the procedure to collect data belonging to even more users, and then try to sell it on the black market. More →

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Stagefright Android Vulnerability Check App Fix

Do this now: Use this app to see if your Android phone is vulnerable to the ‘Stagefright’ bug

By on August 7, 2015 at 2:41 PM.

Do this now: Use this app to see if your Android phone is vulnerable to the ‘Stagefright’ bug

Stagefright is the name of a massive vulnerability that affects more than 950 million Android devices. So far, Google, Samsung and LG have all confirmed they will roll out monthly security patches. Google has already taken steps to remove the flaw from Nexus devices, but that’s hardly relevant for anyone not owning a device that runs a pure version of Android. However, while you’re waiting for your fix to roll out, you can use a simple app that tells you if you’re affected by Stagefright. More →

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Russia Pentagon Hack Joint Chiefs Of Staff

Russia pulls off a major hack of the Pentagon

By on August 6, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Russia pulls off a major hack of the Pentagon

It looks like Russian hackers made a significant breach into the Pentagon’s email system. Officials tell NBC News that Russia has launched a “sophisticated cyberattack” against the unclassified email system of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The hack has forced the Pentagon to shut down the email system for almost two weeks now and it’s affected more than 4,000 military and civilian employees who work for the Joint Chiefs. More →

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iPhone Masque Security Bug Malicious Apps

Critical iPhone security bug allows hackers to install spy apps without you ever knowing

By on August 6, 2015 at 12:35 PM.

Critical iPhone security bug allows hackers to install spy apps without you ever knowing

It’s common knowledge that the iPhone is safer than Android when it comes to certain hacks. But that doesn’t mean talented hackers can’t trick Apple’s operating system, and a new security bug seems to prove just that. The recently discovered issue might not affect a large number of users yet, but it has massive potential for hackers because of the way it operates: It fools the iPhone into downloading a malicious app that replicates an actual app on your phone that it then covertly replaces. The malicious app can then be used by hackers for various purposes without the iPhone user’s knowledge. More →

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iPhone FBI iMessage FaceTime Backdoor

Apple’s iMessage encryption promises may have been false

By on August 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM.

Apple’s iMessage encryption promises may have been false

If you listen to Apple’s statements about protecting iMessage and FaceTime communications, you’d think Apple has the best encryption game in town. Not only that, but Apple isn’t playing ball with the government, as it’s looking to protect your data more than it wants to cooperate with intelligence agencies.

But a new report looking into the iPhone’s security measures that are supposed to protect your data suggests that everything we’ve been told about iMessage encryption may have been false in at least one aspect: Your data might only be safe if you’re not a suspect. More →

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Smartphone Battery Life Online User Tracking

Your favorite websites can now track you through your smartphone battery

By on August 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Your favorite websites can now track you through your smartphone battery

With all the talk about various devices being able to track you for different purposes – the hottest privacy-related topic in town concerns Windows 10 at the moment – you’ll may still be surprised to learn of one other unexpected way websites can track visitors: Smartphone battery life. More →

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Hackers Flash Yahoo Malware Attack

Hackers exploit Flash in one of the largest malware attacks in recent history

By on August 4, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

Hackers exploit Flash in one of the largest malware attacks in recent history

In case it wasn’t clear yet, Adobe’s Flash isn’t exactly the safest tool for delivering Internet content. Hackers are already more than aware of the software’s security issues and are happy to exploit them for various malicious purposes. That’s exactly what happened in late July when hackers used Flash to infect Yahoo websites with malware in what has been described as one of the largest malvertising attacks seen in the recent months. More →

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Google Facebook Health Information Privacy

It’s almost impossible to stop Google and Facebook from knowing about your health-related searches

By on August 3, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

It’s almost impossible to stop Google and Facebook from knowing about your health-related searches

Keeping Google and Facebook from knowing about your health-related Internet searches is not easy. SciLogs directs our attention to a new study conducted by Tim Libert at the Annenberg School for Communication that found “91% of health-related pages relay the URL to third parties, often unbeknownst to the user, and in 70% of the cases, the URL contains sensitive information such as ‘HIV’ or ‘cancer’ which is sufficient to tip off these third parties that you have been searching for information related to a specific disease.” More →

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Popcorn Time Security Vulnerability Hackers

Popcorn Time vulnerability could allow hackers to take over your computer

By on August 3, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Popcorn Time vulnerability could allow hackers to take over your computer

One of the most popular movie streaming apps online might be a prime target for hackers. On Monday, TorrentFreak shared a report from Antonios Chariton (aka DaKnOb), a security engineer and researcher who discovered a major vulnerability in one of the most popular forks of Popcorn Time. More →

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