eBay Hack

eBay thought user data was safe, but 145 million accounts were compromised in massive hack

By on May 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

eBay thought user data was safe, but 145 million accounts were compromised in massive hack

EBay initially thought that user data was safe following the security breach it fell victim to recently. As it turns out, that wasn’t the case at all; as Reuters noted in a recent report, eBay has now confirmed that personal data belonging to all 145 million of its users was accessed and compromised in the attack, making it one of the biggest breaches of all time.

In other words, change your eBay password immediately if you haven’t already. More →

No Comments
Android Spy Apps Blocking

How to guarantee your Android phone isn’t spying on you

How to guarantee your Android phone isn’t spying on you

By on May 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM.

Last week, a developer revealed to the world just how easy it is for a nefarious hacker to use your Android phone to spy on you. With some simplecode that utilized a serious security hole, the developer was able to create a program that caused an Android handset’s camera to covertly capture photos on command, and then transmit those photos to a remote server without the user ever knowing.

The idea that your smartphone might be taking photos of you and sending them to a hacker without your knowledge is absolutely terrifying. But as it turns out, there’s an app that can guarantee your phone isn’t spying on you. More →

No Comments
Spotify Customer Data Breach

Spotify announces serious data breach – here’s what you need to know

By on May 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

Spotify announces serious data breach – here’s what you need to know

Spotify on Tuesday announced that a hacker had broken into its systems and used it to access internal company data. The company says that so far only one of its users’ accounts has been compromised in the breach so far, but it’s nonetheless taking extra steps to ensure its customers’ private data stays safe.

More →

No Comments
iPhone Hacks

Hackers can digitally hijack your iPhone and hold it for ransom

By on May 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Hackers can digitally hijack your iPhone and hold it for ransom

If it wasn’t our devices and data at risk, it would be pretty fascinating to see the creative new ways hackers find to attack various systems. But it is our data and devices being compromised constantly by nefarious hackers, and their latest tactics use Apple’s own security tools against Apple device owners in one of the most devious hacks we have seen in quite some time. More →

No Comments
Android Malware

Android users, beware: Huge security hole lets phones secretly spy on you and capture photos

Android users, beware: Huge security hole lets phones secretly spy on you and capture photos

By on May 23, 2014 at 10:36 AM.

We have seen some scary Android malware in the past, but a new report from former Googler and current software engineer turned accidental security researcher Szymon Sidor reveals that some simple code can force an Android phone to secretly capture photographs. The resulting images can then be uploaded to a remote server without the device’s owner ever knowing. More →

No Comments
eBay Customer Account Personal Data

Don’t hurry off to buy stolen eBay customer data just yet

By on May 23, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Don’t hurry off to buy stolen eBay customer data just yet

eBay on Thursday acknowledged that some of its customers’ personal information may have been compromised following a breach, advising users to immediately change their passwords. The announcement has apparently been enough for some creative individuals with malicious intentions to advertise online “full eBay database dumps,” masquerading as the hackers that conducted the cyberattack. However, TechCrunch reports that eBay says those databases are fake, and the for sale lists do not contain “authentic eBay accounts,” which is very good news for eBay consumers whose personal data may have been exposed. More →

No Comments
iBanking Android Malware Explained

This complex PC-Android malware combo can be yours for just $5,000

By on May 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

This complex PC-Android malware combo can be yours for just $5,000

Researchers at Symantec have discovered that previously known phishing malware for Android has been further developed into a sophisticated weapon that can perform various other malicious activities, and that can work together with similar apps for Windows, Ars Technica reports. Called iBanking, the malware is available to individuals with malicious intentions for around $5,000. More →

No Comments
Apple iCloud Hacked

Did hackers just breach Apple’s iCloud?

By on May 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM.

Did hackers just breach Apple’s iCloud?

A Dutch team of hackers that calls itself “Doulci” claims to be the first group ever to hack Apple’s iCloud system. According to a report from Dutch news organization De Telegraaf, the hackers purchase stolen phones that have been locked for between $50 and $150 each. They then use a security vulnerability in order to access Apple’s iCloud system and unlock the phones, which are then sold for a large profit.

More →

No Comments
eBay Password Change

Change your eBay password right now

By on May 21, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Change your eBay password right now

Something is not right. It was unclear at the time of this writing exactly what happened, but it looks like eBay may have been the victim of some kind of breach. The company is apparently preparing to instruct all users to change their passwords as soon as possible, as Engadget has found preliminary notices with a potentially troubling note. More →

No Comments
Most Secure Email Service ProtonMail

A group of MIT and Harvard students is creating the most secure email system ever

By on May 19, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

A group of MIT and Harvard students is creating the most secure email system ever

Ever since Lavabit shut itself down last year, several different new alternatives have been proposed for people who want a truly secure email system that can’t be accessed by government agencies such as the NSA. BostInno reports that a team of students from Harvard and MIT are banding together to create a new email service called ProtonMail that they say will be more secure than Lavabit and won’t be hackable by the NSA or other spy agencies. Not only does this new email service offer end-to-end encryption but it’s also based in Switzerland, where it won’t have to comply with American courts’ demands to hand over user data. The service launched as a public beta last week after spending two weeks before as an invitation-only private beta. Anyone will be able to use ProtonMail to a limited extent for free, although the students say that “power users” will have to pay $5 a month to use the service.

No Comments
Apple Customer Data Protection

When it comes to protecting data, Apple finally has your back

By on May 16, 2014 at 2:50 PM.

When it comes to protecting data, Apple finally has your back

As recently as last year, Apple consistently ranked among the worst large companies in the United States when it came to ensuring that its customers’ data and interests were being protected from law enforcement and the government. In one short year, however, Apple has shot from the bottom of the pile to the top. More →

No Comments
Gmail Hacked

Here’s the best way to ensure that your Gmail account isn’t hacked

By on May 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM.

Here’s the best way to ensure that your Gmail account isn’t hacked

Following the outbreak of Heartbleed, Internet users are more wary than ever of potential exploits and hacks, which makes the timing of Google’s latest security initiative pretty much perfect. Google has begun its implementation of an automatic two-step authentication process for users of Google Apps services, requiring anyone attempting to access an account to input both the password and a unique code sent to a mobile device. Google has had dual-factor authentication for some time, but the new Login Challenge will provide an extra layer of safety. More →

No Comments