Best Firewall 2016

How is a device this cute so good at protecting your home network from viruses and hackers?

How is a device this cute so good at protecting your home network from viruses and hackers?

By on August 10, 2016 at 11:49 AM.

The device pictured at the top of this post might look like a cute little android straight out of a science fiction movie, but looks can be deceiving. The CUJO Smart Internet Security Firewall is all business, and it has just one single mission: protect your home network and smart home devices from hackers, viruses, malware and any other potential cyber threats. In a day and age where our computers store more and more sensitive data, devices like Cujo are absolutely crucial. It takes just 3 minutes to set up and it could save you months of headaches that you would have to deal with if you ever got hacked. More →

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Oracle Hack

Security breach at Oracle could affect hundreds of thousands of businesses

By on August 8, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Security breach at Oracle could affect hundreds of thousands of businesses

Oracle, a software giant that makes point-of-sale credit card systems, has reportedly seen a massive security breach that could have far-reaching implications for its customers. According to security journalist Brian Krebs, a Russian cybercrime group has gained access to Oracle’s systems, including the customer portal for businesses that use its credit card processing systems. As you might imagine, this is not good.

Oracle confirmed to Krebs that it had “detected and addressed malicious code in certain legacy MICROS systems,” and is telling customers to reset username and passwords. The Micros systems are credit card processing terminals used by hotels, banks, restaurants, and hundreds of thousands of other businesses.

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Quadrooter Qualcomm Android Security Flaws

New critical flaw makes even the most secure Android devices vulnerable to hacks

By on August 8, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

New critical flaw makes even the most secure Android devices vulnerable to hacks

Security researchers have discovered four serious Qualcomm chip flaws that hackers can take advantage of to gain full access to a person’s smartphone. The issues are yet to be patched on most devices, though Nexus handsets have received some security patches since the issues were first discovered.

Even so, some of the hottest Android devices available in stores, including the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, HTC 10, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 6 are already vulnerable. Even the BlackBerry DTEK50, touted as the “most secure Android smartphone,” can be hacked using these flaws. In all, over 900 million Android phones could be hacked. More →

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Airport Lounge Access Hack

Hacker uses fake boarding pass to get into every airline lounge for free

By on August 5, 2016 at 2:40 PM.

Hacker uses fake boarding pass to get into every airline lounge for free

It sounds way too good to be true. “One Weird Trick Can Get You Into Any Airline Lounge You Want!” But as Wired reports, one ethical hacker did actually find a simple way to trick the computer systems used by airline lounges across the world.

The security flaw was discovered by Przemek Jaroszewski, the head of Poland’s Computer Emergency Response Team. He discovered that lounge access is coded into the QR code of an electronic boarding pass, but not verified by any central database.

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Walmart Phishing Attack

Watch out for a Walmart phishing scam, coming soon

By on August 5, 2016 at 1:05 PM.

Watch out for a Walmart phishing scam, coming soon

Over the past couple of days, Walmart users have been seeing unsolicited password recovery emails pop up in their inboxes. There’s clearly something fishy going on, but it doesn’t seem to be a simple hack: it’s likely the precursor to an ambitious phishing attack on Walmart.com users.

Speaking to BGR, a Walmart spokesperson confirmed that there’s an increase in password recovery emails, but doesn’t think that any accounts have been compromised — yet. Instead, Walmart thinks that a hacker is using Walmart’s password recovery system to prepare for a future phishing attack.

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Find My iPhone Ransomware Hack

There’s no such thing as iPhone ransomware, but hackers are still making people pay

By on August 5, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

There’s no such thing as iPhone ransomware, but hackers are still making people pay

Ransomware might be a real problem for Windows users, but it’s not an issue for Apple devices unless they happen to be jailbroken. However, a new ransomware-like con is targeting unsuspecting iPhone users, as hackers have figured out how to harness the power of Find My iPhone to try to fool users into handing out a fee for supposedly restoring access to their phones. While hackers have not actually blocked access to your phone and no ransom should be paid, you still should find time to secure your Apple ID and all your other online accounts. More →

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Walmart email hack

Someone is trying to steal accounts from Walmart.com customers

By on August 4, 2016 at 4:10 PM.

Someone is trying to steal accounts from Walmart.com customers

According to hundreds of reports on social media, people across the US have been receiving password reset emails for their Walmart.com accounts, indicating that someone is trying to access those accounts and change the password.

This appears to be some kind of mass hacking attempt, although success appears to be limited for now.

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Bitcoin News Price

Bitcoin price tumbles after exchange hit with $72 million hack

By on August 3, 2016 at 10:14 AM.

Bitcoin price tumbles after exchange hit with $72 million hack

The world’s largest dollar-to-Bitcoin exchange has been hit with a massive hack, which has reportedly seen 119,756 coins — worth around $72 million at the time — stolen from customer wallets. It’s one of the biggest Bitcoin security breaches of all time, and a major blow to the currency’s bid to be taken seriously.

The coins were stolen from Bitfinex, a Hong Kong-based exchange that was well-regarded in the community. Executives of the company have confirmed the breach and that they’re working with police, but have not yet decided what will happen to customers’ money that was stolen.

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Jailbreak iOS 9.3.3

Warning: Some people using the new iPhone jailbreak are seeing credit card, PayPal account breaches

By on August 1, 2016 at 11:54 AM.

Warning: Some people using the new iPhone jailbreak are seeing credit card, PayPal account breaches

Savvy Apple fans around the world were elated to learn that a tool had finally been released to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 and other recent iOS builds on the iPhone and iPad. People had been waiting impatiently for the jailbreak for months, and there was a rush of interest once it was finally let loose by a well-known team of China-based iOS coders called Pangu Team. Then, just a few short days later, a new tool was released that let users jailbreak their iOS devices without even having to connect to a computer — it really couldn’t be easier.

Unfortunately, the party came to a screeching halt for some users this past weekend when they discovered that shortly after jailbreaking using the newly available Pangu tool, they suffered breaches to their credit card accounts, debit card accounts, PayPal accounts and even some Facebook accounts. More →

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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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