Federal Employees Social Security Numbers Hack

Hackers reportedly stole Social Security numbers from every federal employee

By on June 11, 2015 at 4:16 PM.

Hackers reportedly stole Social Security numbers from every federal employee

Yikes. The Associated Press reports that the American Federal of Government Employees union is alleging that hackers actually stole all federal employees’ Social Security numbers in a massive hack that the government first disclosed last week. At the time, the government said that roughly 4 million workers had their personal information exposed during the hack, although AFGE president J. David Cox is now claiming the problem is much worse than what the Obama administration has admitted. More →

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Twitter Block List Sharing

Twitter’s shareable blacklists are a nightmare for the web’s worst trolls

By on June 10, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

Twitter’s shareable blacklists are a nightmare for the web’s worst trolls

Twitter has plenty of issues, but chief among them is how easy it is for dirtbags with too much free time to berate other users. Twitter has tools to block and mute these users, but that’s not quite enough to get the job done, which is why the social media platform is introducing shared block lists today. More →

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iPhone Security Flaw

Warning: Major iPhone security flaw makes it painfully easy to steal your password

By on June 10, 2015 at 10:18 AM.

Warning: Major iPhone security flaw makes it painfully easy to steal your password

Apple’s iOS platform is one of the most secure mobile operating systems in the world, and each release brings new security features and enhancements. iPhones and iPads are proliferating in the workplace at a rapid pace, and even spy agencies tend to have difficulties cracking encrypted communications that originate on an iOS device.

But no software is without flaws, and a new security vulnerability makes iPhones and iPads painfully vulnerable to phishing scams that can easily allow someone to steal your Apple ID username and password. More →

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U.S. Government Hack Federal Personnel Data

Massive hack lets thieves steal personal data from 4 million federal workers

By on June 5, 2015 at 8:15 AM.

Massive hack lets thieves steal personal data from 4 million federal workers

A new massive data breach has been confirmed, and this time it’s not a major financial institution or retail chain hit by hackers. Instead, it’s the U.S. government’s HR department, where hackers successfully stole personal data for at least 4 million federal workers. More →

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FBI Spy Planes Online Tracking

The FBI is making it too easy for us to track down its spy planes

By on June 3, 2015 at 6:50 PM.

The FBI is making it too easy for us to track down its spy planes

The Associated Press revealed earlier this week that the FBI appears to be the intelligence agency that’s flying spy planes in America for surveillance operations. Even though the FBI tried to keep its spy planes a secret by using dummy companies set up solely to hide them, it turns out that anyone can use a few readily available tools to track FBI planes in real-time and find out who’s operating them. More →

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FBI Dirtbox Stingray Spy Plane Program

FBI is behind mysterious ‘Dirtbox’ spy planes that can masquerade as cell towers

By on June 3, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

FBI is behind mysterious ‘Dirtbox’ spy planes that can masquerade as cell towers

Reports last year revealed that U.S. law enforcement agencies might have special aircraft at their disposal that masquerade as cell phone towers and collect data from the unsuspecting citizens as it flies. New information on the matter reveals that the FBI is indeed behind the planes, and it uses more than a dozen fake companies to conceal its air support missions, which include these “Stingray” cell phone-spying equipment. More →

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Tim Cook Privacy

Tim Cook blasts Google and Facebook while boasting of Apple’s commitment to privacy

By on June 3, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Tim Cook blasts Google and Facebook while boasting of Apple’s commitment to privacy

The old adage of, “If a product is free you are the product” isn’t lost on Apple CEO Tim Cook. During a recent speech delivered at an Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) event in Washington D.C., Cook championed Apple’s core belief that user privacy and security should remain at the forefront of all products and services.

TechCrunch on Tuesday posted highlights from Cook’s talk, where the Apple CEO and operations wiz passionately emphasized Apple’s unwavering commitment to privacy.

“Like many of you, we at Apple reject the idea that our customers should have to make tradeoffs between privacy and security,” Cook stated. “We can, and we must provide both in equal measure. We believe that people have a fundamental right to privacy. The American people demands it, the constitution demands it, morality demands it.”

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Mac Sleep BIOS Security Vulnerability

Warning: Serious Mac vulnerability could open permanent backdoor to hackers

By on June 2, 2015 at 11:12 AM.

Warning: Serious Mac vulnerability could open permanent backdoor to hackers

A security researcher has discovered a new Mac vulnerability that can seriously affect some Mac owners, even though most users should be relatively safe because the security flaw apparently isn’t used on a wide scale yet. More →

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TSA Airport Security Check Homeland

TSA security checks can easily be fooled, Homeland Security finds

By on June 2, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

TSA security checks can easily be fooled, Homeland Security finds

An undercover operation conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams revealed that TSA security checks often do not serve their intended purpose, with airport officials failing to discover mock explosives and banned weapons in 95% of the trials. More →

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Malware Software

Almost anyone can make ransomware with this horrifying new program

By on May 28, 2015 at 11:44 AM.

Almost anyone can make ransomware with this horrifying new program

We might be entering a whole new era of malware, one where even those who lack any semblance of deep technical expertise will be able to acquire and disseminate viruses and the like on the fly.

Speaking to this point, security researchers at McAfee recently discovered a new piece of software which makes it exceedingly easy for anyone to create their own ransomware. The online software, which runs on TOR, is called Tox and, believe it or not, is completely free to use. The developers of the software aim to make money on the back end by taking a cut of any successful ransomware campaigns its users run.

Here’s how it all works.

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Android Safe Mode Tips And Tricks

Android tips: How to use an important security feature you probably don’t know about

By on May 27, 2015 at 4:20 PM.

Android tips: How to use an important security feature you probably don’t know about

If your Android phone’s performance has gotten noticeably worse, it might be because it’s being plagued by a malicious app you’ve unwittingly installed. As GreenBot informs us, there’s actually a very good way to tell whether a third-party app is negatively affecting your phone’s performance by enabling a feature called Safe Mode. More →

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IRS Hack 100,000 Taxpayers' Data Stolen

Thieves hack IRS, steal tax info from more than 100,000 taxpayers

By on May 26, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

Thieves hack IRS, steal tax info from more than 100,000 taxpayers

Gulp. This isn’t good. The Associated Press reports that the Internal Revenue Service admitted on Tuesday that thieves had hacked into one of its systems and had managed to swipe tax information from more than 100,000 American taxpayers. According to the AP, the IRS says that the thieves “used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers.” More →

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