Gmail Bug

Massive Gmail bug may have exposed every single user’s address

By on June 12, 2014 at 2:17 PM.

Massive Gmail bug may have exposed every single user’s address

A huge flaw in Google’s wildly popular Gmail service was recently discovered that may have exposed the email addresses of every single user. According to a report from Wired, security researcher Oren Hafif found and helped Google fix a serious bug that left Gmail users’ email addresses exposed to anyone with a bit of patience. While digging up addresses would have taken quite a bit of time, the report notes that the bug had existed for years before it was fixed, and it easily could have been utilized to obtain every Gmail user’s address. More →

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Internet Spying

This is what it’s like to be an Internet spy

By on June 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

This is what it’s like to be an Internet spy

Nefarious hackers are lurking around every corner of the Internet, constantly working on new ways to beat Web security and steal our data. Some methods they employ involve remote digital attacks that utilize security flaws to steal data from corporate servers. And sometimes they perpetrate physical breaches, as was the case with the major Target attack we saw last year. Large corporations aren’t the only targets though, and one reporter recently found out firsthand what it’s like to be an Internet spy. More →

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1Password For Android Released

Android users can download one of the most useful iOS apps ever right now

By on June 10, 2014 at 3:22 PM.

Android users can download one of the most useful iOS apps ever right now

It’s taken a while but AgileBits has at last released a version of 1Password for Android that’s just as useful as the one you can get on iOS. The new 1Password 4 Android, which is available to download right now for free on Google Play, gives you an easy and secure way to store passwords to all of your most important websites and services. With 1Password you literally only need to remember one master password that will give you access to every other account that you use online. 1Password will create unique, strong passwords for you for every site you log into and will keep them stored for you in a secure locker. More →

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iPhone Security Flaw

Yet another flaw in iOS 7.1 lets anyone bypass lock screen security

By on June 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM.

Yet another flaw in iOS 7.1 lets anyone bypass lock screen security

We have seen several security flaws discovered in iOS in the past that let people bypass a user’s lock screen by using a convoluted sequence of taps and swipes. The good news is by the time enough people learn about these vulnerabilities for them to pose a serious threat, they’re often already addressed in an update from Apple. Since so many people update to the latest versions of Apple’s iOS software so quickly, threats are often minimized.

The bad news, however, is that each time one hole is plugged, a new one is discovered. More →

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OpenSSL Bug

New widespread Internet bug could be more dangerous than Heartbleed

By on June 6, 2014 at 9:40 AM.

New widespread Internet bug could be more dangerous than Heartbleed

There is nowhere to hide. Just two months following the discovery of Heartbleed, the massive OpenSSL bug that affected two-thirds of the entire Internet at the time it was revealed, a new OpenSSL bug has been uncovered that could be even more dangerous. Led by Masashi Kikuchi, security researchers at Japan-based Lepidum shared their discovery on Thursday, noting that this newly revealed vulnerability in OpenSSL has existed for more than 15 years. More →

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Android Malware

Scary new Android malware holds your data hostage and demands a ransom

By on June 5, 2014 at 12:36 PM.

Scary new Android malware holds your data hostage and demands a ransom

When several Android users began wishing that some iOS features would make their way over to the Android platform, we sincerely doubt that this is what they had in mind. We recently told you about a scary new scam being pulled by hackers who found a way to take iPhones hostage and remotely lock users out unless they agreed to pay a ransom. Well it looks like some enterprising hackers have now taken things to the next level and found a new way to automate the process on Android devices. More →

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Preventing The Next Heartbleed

Google, Amazon among tech companies trying to prevent the next Heartbleed

By on May 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

Google, Amazon among tech companies trying to prevent the next Heartbleed

If there’s one thing that can make the competitive tech industry band together, it’s security. Last month, the Heartbleed bug affected nearly everyone in the industry, requiring millions of customers to change their passwords and rethink the safety that their services provide them. The Wall Street Journal reports that several of the biggest tech firms on the planet are doing what they can to prevent the next Heartbleed by helping to pay the salaries of full-time employees and funding an audit for the OpenSSL Project. More →

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Roger Ver Hacker

Hacking victim becomes attacker when $20,000 bounty turns hacker into a crybaby

By on May 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM.

Hacking victim becomes attacker when $20,000 bounty turns hacker into a crybaby

Hackers, beware: Choosing the wrong victim can have severe consequences. And Roger Ver, also referred to as “The Bitcoin Jesus,” is the wrong victim.

Last week, a hacker called “Nitrous” contacted Ver to inform him that his Hotmail account had been compromised. By breaching the account, the hacker was able to obtain Ver’s Social Security number, his passport number, his mother’s Social Security number and other sensitive information.

As Wired reported, this would end up being one of the biggest mistakes Nitrous has ever made. More →

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iPhone iPad Ransomware Hack

Back up your iPhone’s data right now: Huge iOS ransomware scam hits the U.S.

By on May 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM.

Back up your iPhone’s data right now: Huge iOS ransomware scam hits the U.S.

Now is a good time to make sure all the data on your iPhone is backed up in the cloud. CBS Los Angeles reports that the huge iOS ransomware scam that first popped up in Australia on Tuesday has now made its way to the United States. Hackers have figured out a way to exploit the Find My iPhone feature in iOS to lock up users’ iPhones and iPads and demand a ransom from them if they ever want to use their devices again More →

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Lookout Theft Alerts

New app brings turbocharged ‘Find My iPhone’ features to Android and iPhone

By on May 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

New app brings turbocharged ‘Find My iPhone’ features to Android and iPhone

According to the mobile security experts at Lookout, more than 1 in 10 smartphone owners in America have had a handset stolen at some point. Of them, 68% were unable to recover their stolen devices. The issue of smartphone theft is clearly a serious one. In fact, the NYPD recently stated that thefts of Apple’s iPhone and iPad were to blame for the increased crime rate in New York City last year.

Thieves aren’t going to stop stealing smartphones anytime soon, so it’s time to take theft prevention and recovery systems more seriously. More →

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Apple iCloud Hack Statement

Apple denies iCloud breach let hackers take iPhones hostage

By on May 28, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Apple denies iCloud breach let hackers take iPhones hostage

Apple still hasn’t responded publicly to reports that hackers have breached Apple’s iCloud system and hacked it in order to unlock stolen iPhones. While that doesn’t bode well, the company did at least respond to a more recent series of reports of another iCloud breach that allowed hackers to digitally hijack iPhones and hold them hostage for a ransom. More →

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computer security problems

Why it’s impossible to make an NSA-proof computer

By on May 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Why it’s impossible to make an NSA-proof computer

The past year has not been a great one for computer security. Last summer, Edward Snowden revealed how the NSA has been exploiting vulnerabilities to spy on people, Target suffered a massive security breach that exposed the credit card information for as much as a third of the American population, the Heartbleed bug was a major vulnerability found in the Internet’s most common encryption standard, and eBay just asked all 145 million of its customers to change their passwords after a security breach. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. More →

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