Microsoft Hotmail Government Spying Alert

Microsoft will tell you next time a government is spying on your email

By on December 31, 2015 at 7:30 AM.

Microsoft will tell you next time a government is spying on your email

Yes, apparently Microsoft knows when your account is hacked though that might not be made aware immediately. And yes, it will tell you next time hackers will try to spy on your email. But it hasn’t done so in the recent past for a variety of reasons, and one is the fact that the company is afraid of the Chinese government. More →

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USA Voters Database 191 Million

Huge database of 191 million U.S. voters found on the open Internet

By on December 30, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

Huge database of 191 million U.S. voters found on the open Internet

Personal data belonging to 191 million American voters may have been exposed to hackers who may have been digging for such bulk information online, a recent discovery seems to indicate. According to VentureBeat, a security researcher found the exposed database on the open Internet due to an incorrect configuration. Chris Vickery, a tech support specialist from Austin, Texas, found the database while looking for information exposed on the web to raise awareness about data leaks. More →

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Flash Security Update Christmas

Update Flash right now, or just get rid of it: Christmas hack edition

By on December 29, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Update Flash right now, or just get rid of it: Christmas hack edition

One of the things Christmas brought us is a new Flash exploit that could let attackers take control of an affected system. That’s not necessarily a surprise, considering that Flash bugs are often discovered. Not to mention that some hackers choose Christmas and the holidays to attack computer users who might be busy with plenty of other things that are more important than guarding the security of their computers.

Adobe has acknowledged the issue in a security announcement, and you should definitely update Flash to the latest version. Or just remove it from your computer.
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Facebook Identity Compromised Geotagging

These simple mistakes could compromise your identity on Facebook

By on December 28, 2015 at 11:20 AM.

These simple mistakes could compromise your identity on Facebook

Protecting your Facebook data seems tricky and complicated, but it’s actually very easy to customize what kind of information you share and who can see it, as well as what apps get access to your Facebook account.

However, Swiped author Adam Levin says there’s one simple mistake many Facebook users make that might compromise their identity on Facebook, regardless of how well they think they have protected their shared data. More →

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Washington State Prison Software Glitch

Over 3,000 prisoners let out early thanks to software glitch

By on December 23, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

Over 3,000 prisoners let out early thanks to software glitch

More than 3,000 prisoners in Washington State over the past 13 years have received the best Christmas gift they could have hoped for: Early freedom. The Seattle Times brings us word that an estimated 3,200 prisoners in Washington were let out early thanks to a software glitch that miscalculated the amount of time they had left to serve. Officials became aware of the issue in 2012 and it had apparently been a problem since 2002. More →

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Google Account Password Free Log In

Google is testing a bold new idea for killing passwords

By on December 23, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

Google is testing a bold new idea for killing passwords

Google wants to see passwords die just as much as the rest of us do, which is why it’s spent years coming up with wild experiments for new protocols that can replace passwords for good. One Redditor this week posted some details about getting early access to a new Google program that lets you log into your Google account just by authorizing access on your smartphone. More →

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Lottery Hacker

How a security director used a rootkit to rig the lottery and steal millions of dollars

By on December 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM.

How a security director used a rootkit to rig the lottery and steal millions of dollars

Not too long ago, Eddie Tipton was convicted of hacking into the Multi-State Lottery Association’s computer system in order to rig a nearly $17 million jackpot in Iowa. Now comes word that an investigation into Tipton’s hacking activities is expanding to include a number of other states. Thus far,  lottery officials from Colorado, Wisconsin and Oklahoma have indicated that Tipton may have also gamed lottery jackpots in their respective states.

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NSA Tor Tails Online Privacy

The NSA will spy on you for reading this article

By on December 16, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

The NSA will spy on you for reading this article

Are you looking for ways to protect your privacy while browsing the web? Are you trying to learn how to use Tor, the browser that anonymizes your Internet traffic? Are you interested in ditching Windows for something that’s more privacy-friendly? The good news is that there are ways to do that. The bad news is that this sort of online behavior apparently triggers NSA spying, especially if you’re a foreigner. More →

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Ashley Madison Hack Blackmail Threats

Ashley Madison hack victims are starting to receive blackmail threats

By on December 15, 2015 at 2:03 PM.

Ashley Madison hack victims are starting to receive blackmail threats

Woe be to you if you ever decided to sign up with infamous cheating website Ashley Madison. Security researcher Graham Cluley is reporting that some Ashley Madison users are receiving blackmail threats via plain old snail mail that are threatening to expose their affairs unless they meet certain demands. More →

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