Spotify Hack

It looks like Spotify was hacked – change your password ASAP, if you still can

By on April 25, 2016 at 4:29 PM.

It looks like Spotify was hacked – change your password ASAP, if you still can

If you’re one of the millions of people around the world who count themselves as Spotify users, we have some troubling news: it looks like Spotify recently suffered a security breach. A list containing hundreds of sets of account credentials was published late last week to popular anonymous text file sharing site Pastebin, and several of the accounts have been confirmed to be real. What’s more, users named in the leak are already reporting that their accounts were indeed breached.

In other words, change your Spotify password immediately. More →

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Bangladesh Bank Malware SWIFT

Hackers behind massive $81M cyber-heist also compromised the backbone of the global financial system

By on April 25, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Hackers behind massive $81M cyber-heist also compromised the backbone of the global financial system

Hackers stole $81 million in a sophisticated attack on the Bangladesh Bank in February, which makes it one of the most impressive cyber-heist in history. The hackers were planning to steal $951 million in total, using fraudulent transactions. Recently uncovered evidence revealed that poor security – $10 internet routers – offered them access to the bank’s entire infrastructure, including the SWIFT servers that are responsible for financial transactions.

A new report indicates that hackers also breached SWIFT, the backbone of the global financial system that makes possible financial transactions. More →

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Bangladesh Bank Heist Hackers

Thrifty bank’s $10 routers lead to $81 million heist

By on April 22, 2016 at 10:50 AM.

Thrifty bank’s $10 routers lead to $81 million heist

This past February, some clever hackers pulled off a daring bank heist that was aided by a Bangladeshi bank’s decision to buy cheap second-hand $10 routers. In fact, the cheap routers let hackers get away with $81 million by giving them access to the secure computers that handle SWIFT monetary transactions and helping them hide their tracks. More →

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Apple Vs FBI

FBI likely paid more than $1 million for specialized iPhone hack

By on April 21, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

FBI likely paid more than $1 million for specialized iPhone hack

Early on, it was believed that the FBI paid upwards of $15,000 for a software hack that enabled them to access data housed on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. However, recent remarks from FBI Director James Comey reveal that the FBI likely paid a whole lot more.

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Unlimited Free VPN Chrome

How to add unlimited free VPN to Google’s Chrome browser

By on April 21, 2016 at 9:25 AM.

How to add unlimited free VPN to Google’s Chrome browser

Opera made a big announcement on Thursday morning that was widely covered by tech blogs. In the latest developer preview build of its web browser for Windows and OS X, Opera has baked in unlimited free VPN service. VPN, or Virtual Private Networking, allows users to route their internet traffic through third-party servers in order to mask their actual IP addresses and increase privacy. VPN services also let users access region-blocked content, and they’re very popular among Netflix subscribers outside the United States.

This is a great feature for current Opera users and once it’s released in a public Opera build, it might even attract some new users. But you can already get unlimited free VPN service in the Chrome browser, and we’ll show you how in this post. More →

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iPhone Security Alert Apple ID Text Message

Watch out for this dangerous new iPhone text scam

By on April 20, 2016 at 9:58 AM.

Watch out for this dangerous new iPhone text scam

Hackers have come up with a sneaky way to steal your personal information and they’re doing it by sending a simple text message to your iPhone. Per NBCBayArea.com, it seems some iPhone users have been receiving dodgy text messages informing them that their Apple ID has “expired” and that they’ll need to go to a certain website to retrieve it. Of course, this website turns out to be a malicious website owned by hackers and Slawek Ligier of Barracuda Networks tells NBCBayArea.com that when you open it, it will “ask for your name, address, even your passport information.” More →

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CIA Surveillance

The CIA is getting serious about monitoring social media

By on April 18, 2016 at 8:45 PM.

The CIA is getting serious about monitoring social media

Though not a secret, it’s not widely known that the CIA has its own venture capital firm called In-Q-Tel. The purpose of In-Q-Tel is simple: invest in high-tech companies as a means to ensure that the CIA remains on top of the latest and greatest technology breakthroughs and advancements. As In-Q-Tel’s first CEO Gilman Louie once stated, the firm’s work allows the CIA to remain “at the cutting edge of information technology advances and capabilities.”

Earlier this year, In-Q-Tel (IQT) held a CEO Summit that brought together the CEOs of a number of companies that IQT has investments in. Some of the featured speakers at the event included FBI director James Comey, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency director Robert Cardillo and Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work.

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60 Minutes Congressman Phone Hack Video

It was shockingly easy for ’60 Minutes’ to hack a congressman’s iPhone

By on April 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM.

It was shockingly easy for ’60 Minutes’ to hack a congressman’s iPhone

Mobile security is obviously a major topic these days but it seems very few of us know just how vulnerable our phones are to hacking. 60 Minutes this week decided to give a new iPhone to Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and then challenge researchers at Security Research Labs to hack it. It goes without saying that the hackers were frighteningly successful in this endeavor and managed to retrieve a lot of sensitive information from the congressman’s device after only learning his phone number. More →

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iPhone Security Apple

Apple’s iPhone engineers consider hackers a more pressing threat than the government

By on April 16, 2016 at 5:59 PM.

Apple’s iPhone engineers consider hackers a more pressing threat than the government

Over the past few weeks, Apple and the FBI engaged in a prolonged and highly publicized battle that sought to find a balance between user privacy and the interests of national security. As you likely know by now, Apple, while having no objection to helping the FBI when it could, drew a line in the sand when asked to create an entirely new version of iOS capable of bypassing the iPhone’s built-in security mechanisms. So while Apple had no problem handing the FBI information on its servers, pro-actively creating an entirely new OS was simply too much for Apple to bear.

Apple’s recent battle with the FBI notwithstanding, iPhone engineers recently explained during a conference call with reporters that they still view hackers as more of a pressing threat to mobile security than the government.

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Burr-Feinstein Anti-encryption Law

Experts agree: Congress’s ‘braindead’ anti-encryption bill is unspeakably bad

By on April 15, 2016 at 3:03 PM.

Experts agree: Congress’s ‘braindead’ anti-encryption bill is unspeakably bad

A few days ago, a first draft of an anti-encryption bill from Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) came to light and it drew an instant backlash from security experts. The law is apparently so bad that not only would it make the some of the NSA’s own work illegal, but it would also outlaw some of the things we’ve taken for granted for years, such as the ability to compress large files to share them online. More →

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Uninstall QuickTime For Windows Security

Uninstall QuickTime from your Windows PC right now

By on April 15, 2016 at 2:28 PM.

Uninstall QuickTime from your Windows PC right now

Do you still have QuickTime installed on your Windows PC for some reason? If so, now is the perfect time to install it — in fact, I’d recommend uninstalling Apple’s video player from your computer right away and without delay. Trend Micro this week put out an “urgent call” for Windows users to uninstall QuickTime mainly because Apple will no longer be issuing new security updates for the software. That means if new vulnerabilities in QuickTime for Windows are discovered, they’ll never be patched. More →

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Apple Vs FBI

The FBI still hasn’t found any useful info on San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone

By on April 14, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

The FBI still hasn’t found any useful info on San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone

It’s now been more than two weeks since the FBI hacked the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists and the agency still has yet to find any pertinent information on the device. According to a law enforcement official who recently spoke with CBS News, the FBI continues to analyze the data found on Syed Farook’s phone even though nothing of interest has been discovered. And given how long the FBI has had unfettered access to the device, it stands to reason that nothing on the phone will be of any practical use to investigators.

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