Motorola Security Updates

Motorola isn’t worried about making sure your Android phone is secure

By on July 27, 2016 at 3:48 PM.

Motorola isn’t worried about making sure your Android phone is secure

We’ve all heard it before: the best thing you can do to keep your computer safe from hackers is to update regularly. Software companies push updates to fix known flaws in their operating systems, and hackers routinely search for old software versions so that they can take advantage of known security flaws that no one’s bothered to patch yet.

So it’s a little unnerving to hear that Motorola, maker of some of the world’s best Android phones, doesn’t really think that making Android security updates available in a timely manner is particularly important.

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FBI Cyber Attack

The FBI will be on the front line of any future hacking wars

By on July 26, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

The FBI will be on the front line of any future hacking wars

In an announcement today, President Obama unveiled his new policy for handling “cyber incidents.” It’s different from Future President Trump’s opinions on “the cybers,” mostly because there’s some actual plans in there.

Most notably, the confusing turf war over which agency gets to do what has been sorted out. Moving forwards, the FBI will be the lead agency responding to any “cyber incidents.”

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DNC Email Hack

The FBI is investigating suspected Russian hacking into the DNC servers

By on July 25, 2016 at 4:15 PM.

The FBI is investigating suspected Russian hacking into the DNC servers

Last week, WikiLeaks posted a series of emails from the Democratic National Committee, with all sorts of embarrassing details for the DNC, and a bunch of passport and social security numbers of supporters. Rumors have been flying around that the hack was the work of the Russian government, and now the FBI has given those rumors some credibility by announcing an investigation.

According to a statement the FBI issued to the Associated Press, the Bureau is “investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC,” since “a compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously.”

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DNC Data Leak

WikiLeaks may have just published your SSN and credit card number

By on July 22, 2016 at 2:29 PM.

WikiLeaks may have just published your SSN and credit card number

As part of its ongoing “HillaryLeaks” series, WikiLeaks just published a whole trove of Democratic National Committee emails. Unfortunately, those emails contain the names, addresses, social security numbers and passport details of some innocent Democratic donors.

19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments were added to a searchable online archive today. The extent of the damage won’t be known until the data has been analyzed, but as Gizmodo notes, just searching things like “passport” or “social security” is throwing up people’s passport numbers and SSNs.

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Windows 10 Data Collection

Microsoft was just ordered to stop Windows 10 from spying on users

By on July 22, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Microsoft was just ordered to stop Windows 10 from spying on users

After learning just how much data Windows 10 might be collecting from users, France’s National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has ordered Microsoft to comply with the French Data Protection Act and “stop collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent” within three months.

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BlackBerry CEO Apple iPhone Encryption

BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple should let the government spy on users

By on July 20, 2016 at 5:35 PM.

BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple should let the government spy on users

The Apple vs. FBI legal battle over the San Bernardino case in early 2016 was one of the most important events of the year so far, as user privacy, device security and terrorism converged in a single case. On one hand, we have Apple, keen on protecting everyone’s privacy. On the other hand, there’s the FBI, a law enforcement agency that demands access to any communication device that may have been used during the plotting of a heinous crime. Apple won that battle, and while many from the tech sector sided with the iPhone company in its fight against the FBI, there was one notable company that argued that encryption has to be broken when the government needs it: BlackBerry.

The irony did not escape us then, and it doesn’t escape us now — BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple is wrong. More →

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Android Malware Banking Apps

Scary Android malware blocks calls to your bank so it can keep stealing money from you

By on July 18, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Scary Android malware blocks calls to your bank so it can keep stealing money from you

Most Android users will never have to deal with malware apps on their devices, or at least not as long as they don’t download potentially malicious apps from third-party app stores. But there are people who can’t get apps from Google Play or choose to ignore the official app store, and they are more exposed to malicious apps.

One malware app was just updated with a feature that can block calls to customer support numbers belonging to certain banks so that affected users can’t stop fraudulent transactions. More →

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TouchID ATM Cash Withdrawal

TouchID cash withdrawals are coming to ATMs all over the country

By on July 15, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

TouchID cash withdrawals are coming to ATMs all over the country

ATMs are one of the worst places for stealing card details. It’s easy to attach skimming devices to clone the magnetic strip, and because they’re normally on the street without human supervision, there’s no real security against hacking.

But what if you took card-to-machine contact out of the equation altogether? That’s what Apple and banks are trying to do with TouchID cash withdrawals, and after an initial rollout with Bank of America, the scheme is about to go live across the nation.

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Linux Forums Hacked

Here’s another really great reason to never touch Linux

By on July 15, 2016 at 1:50 PM.

Here’s another really great reason to never touch Linux

As a desktop OS, Linux leaves a lot to be desired compared to OS X or Windows. But one thing we’re always hearing about is the Linux community, a frequently-sweary place likeminded geeks can gather and work towards the greater good.

Well, that community — or at least one of its more prominent message boards — has been badly hacked.

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Truck Drives Into Crowd France

Man drives 25-ton truck into French crowd celebrating Bastille Day, kills 84 people

By on July 15, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Man drives 25-ton truck into French crowd celebrating Bastille Day, kills 84 people

You don’t have to be French to know that Bastille Day is the country’s national holiday. It’s a day for impressive military parades in Paris and fireworks shows across the country. But July 14th will also be remembered henceforward as the day a person took a 25-ton truck and drove it into a crowd in Nice during the celebration. The attack, labeled as terrorism by authorities, left at least 84 people killed, and hundreds of others injured. At least 18 of the injured are in critical condition, officials said. More →

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Ranscam Windows Ransomware Malware

The stupidest ransomware for Windows is also the most dangerous

By on July 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

The stupidest ransomware for Windows is also the most dangerous

Ransomware is a real problem for many institutions and consumers who do not know how to protect their PCs while surfing the web. Ransomware apps lock certain files on a computer with encryption, making them inaccessible until the target pays a ransom, usually in virtually untraceable Bitcoin. The scam is very lucrative for some hackers, who usually restore access to temporarily encrypted files as soon as a computer owner pays the fee, and these ransomware apps aren’t exactly easy to code.

Ranscam is one such example of a badly executed ransomware app. But because it’s a bad type of malware, it’s also the worst Windows infection you can currently get. More →

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Pokemon Go Privacy Concerns

Even after the update, Pokemon Go still collects info from your phone

By on July 13, 2016 at 3:57 PM.

Even after the update, Pokemon Go still collects info from your phone

Pokémon Go players suffered a bit of a scare earlier this week when it was discovered that the app had “full access” to the Google accounts of those playing the game on iOS. Niantic, the developer behind the game, was quick to explain that this was nothing more than a bug, and that the app only ever had access to basic information, such as a player’s name and email address.

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