Windows XP Support Ends

XPocalypse now: XP stragglers are now wide open to hackers

By on April 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM.

XPocalypse now: XP stragglers are now wide open to hackers

If you’re still using Windows XP and you’re not doling out extra cash to Microsoft to maintain support, then congratulations: You’re now vulnerable to all kinds of fun malware that hackers have been saving up for just this occasion. It’s April 8th, which means that it’s also the last day that Microsoft will give technical support for Windows XP. More →

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Worst Android Apps Virus Shield

Hugely popular Android security app revealed as a complete scam

By on April 7, 2014 at 1:12 PM.

Hugely popular Android security app revealed as a complete scam

As we’ve noted before, there are definite downsides to Google’s policy of allowing all apps onto the Google Play store and only removing them after users flag them as malicious. The flaws in this approach were once again on display this past weekend when Android Police revealed that Android security app Virus Shield, which had just hit the No. 1 spot on Google’s new paid apps chart, was a complete scam. More →

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Oldboot Android Malware Description

Most sophisticated Android malware yet has already infected millions

By on April 4, 2014 at 1:18 PM.

Most sophisticated Android malware yet has already infected millions

Android is still the most targeted mobile platform out there in terms of mobile malware, considering the reports that keep detailing ways that hackers can take advantage of it for malicious purposes. But in most cases it’s Android users from certain regions of the world who are affected, because Google’s standard Android services aren’t available. A new report from The Hacker News details some new Android malware that may be the biggest threat to the operating system to date, and it may have already infected millions of devices. More →

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What Happens When Windows XP Support Ends

In just over a week, XP stragglers will be hit with ‘every form of malware possible’

By on March 31, 2014 at 5:34 PM.

In just over a week, XP stragglers will be hit with ‘every form of malware possible’

Unless you’re already paying Microsoft extra to keep your Windows XP machines safe from malware then you really should upgrade to either Windows 7 or Windows 8 within the next week. Tom’s Guide talks with a couple of security experts about the impending end of support for Windows XP and they conclude that, yes, staying with Windows XP after the April 8th cutoff date will be really, really bad for both you and your computer. More →

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Microsoft Privacy Issues Email

Microsoft is done searching through your email to find stolen property

By on March 28, 2014 at 5:10 PM.

Microsoft is done searching through your email to find stolen property

As the world becomes increasingly hostile toward any violation or even perceived violation of privacy, Microsoft has backtracked on one of its more controversial decisions. Brad Smith, Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs, took to the Microsoft on the Issues blog on Friday to announce that the company will no longer be inspecting the private information of any users reported trafficking in Microsoft’s intellectual or physical property. That information will instead be turned over the authorities for further investigation. More →

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Best Android Security Apps LastPass

This app just made it super-easy for Android users to keep their passwords secure

By on March 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM.

This app just made it super-easy for Android users to keep their passwords secure

As we’ve mentioned in the past, passwords are an enormous pain, especially since keeping them secure these days often means switching them up every couple of months and making them so complex that they’re all but impossible to remember. However, ZDNet directs our attention to a recently released update from password management app LastPass that has just made it much easier for Android users to safely keep all their passwords secure across multiple different applications. More →

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Google Transparency Report 1H 2014

Video: Here’s how Google handles 50,000 government requests in a year

By on March 27, 2014 at 3:33 PM.

Video: Here’s how Google handles 50,000 government requests in a year

In every transparency report from Google since 2009, the number of requests from the government has increased at a steady pace, but 2013 represents the largest year-over-year growth in the history of the reports. According to Google, requests have increased by 120% since 2009, amounting to over 50,000 requests in 2013. Interestingly, as the frequency has increased, the number of requests that Google has had to comply with have actually dropped — the data shows that the percentage of requests where data was produced has decreased from 76% to 64% since 2010. More →

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NSA Phone Spying

Obama unveils major changes to NSA phone record collection program

By on March 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM.

Obama unveils major changes to NSA phone record collection program

President Barack Obama on Thursday unveiled major changes to the “spying” program that previously saw the National Security Agency collect and store millions of phone call logs that could then be examined without the knowledge of the parties placing and receiving the calls. The biggest change, as it turns out, is that the NSA will no longer collect and store this data at all. Instead, phone companies will be tasked with storing the records and the NSA will need authorization from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in order to access individual records. More →

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Google Play Malware Android Apps

Legit Google Play apps found to be covertly mining digital currency

By on March 27, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Legit Google Play apps found to be covertly mining digital currency

In addition to Android apps sideloaded from unsecure third parties, which can contain malicious code that can turn devices into slow cryptocurrency miners, antivirus provider Trend Micro has discovered two legitimate Google Play apps that have between them over one million downloads. The firm also found that the apps can turn Android smartphones and tablets into digital currency miners without the users knowing what’s happening. More →

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Mylar Website Encryption Technology

‘Prism-proof’ tech allows websites to encrypt all your data

By on March 27, 2014 at 12:30 AM.

‘Prism-proof’ tech allows websites to encrypt all your data

MIT researchers are working together with the Meteor Development Group on a Mylar project that would allow companies to offer customers fully encrypted Internet services, MIT Technology Review reports. Mylar would extend data security to servers, adding a new layer of encryption to complement the encrypted connection between a personal computer and server. Mylar would actually encrypt the user’s data on a server, requiring the related decryption password in order to access the data. As a result, the data would be safe from prying eyes and various Prism-like spying operations.

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Windows XP ATM SMS malware

The ultimate heist: Hackers use SMS to get ATMs to pump out cash

By on March 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM.

The ultimate heist: Hackers use SMS to get ATMs to pump out cash

Microsoft is dropping support for Windows XP on April 8th, and with 95% of all ATMs still running XP, this could become a major problem for any banks that haven’t signed agreements to keep support running past the deadline. And today, we learned of an ATM attack that could be easily fixed if the ATMs update to Windows 7 or 8: According to Symantec, attackers have found a way to steal money from ATMs using SMS messages. Symantec first noticed this attack late last year, when the attacks were happening in Mexico. In a blog post on Monday, it noted that a new variant of the malware, called Ploutus, had been translated to English.

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Facebook Facial Recognition DeepFace

A whole new invasion of privacy: Facebook can identify your face 97% of the time

By on March 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM.

A whole new invasion of privacy: Facebook can identify your face 97% of the time

If you thought Facebook’s invasion of privacy had hit its peak, think again. Facebook announced earlier this week that its DeepFace facial recognition technology is “closely approaching human-level performance.” Modern facial identification has its limits, but with Facebook’s limitless access to facial images through photos on its website, the company has put together a method that is 97.25% accurate for any given face, even in suboptimal conditions. That means that Facebook could identify you from even your worst selfies, which could be the most frightening threat a high school student has ever heard of. Next time you upload your family photos to the ubiquitous social network, just know that you might be helping this process even further. Then again, it’s probably already too late.

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