CIA FBI Cracka Hacker Arrested

16-year-old British boy suspected to have hacked CIA director and the FBI arrested

By on February 12, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

16-year-old British boy suspected to have hacked CIA director and the FBI arrested

We knew somebody hacked CIA Director John Brennan last October, but we had no idea who the person was and how old they may have been. Since the attack on Brennan, the attacker known as “Cracka” struck again, focusing on the Director of National Intelligence in early January. Furthermore, Cracka is believed to have leaked the personal details of thousands of FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees online recently.

A report now reveals that the person suspected to have done all this is a British 16-year-old boy who was recently arrested for his alleged cybercrimes. More →

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Apple Employee Login Hackers

Hackers are offering to pay $23,000 for valid Apple employee login details

By on February 9, 2016 at 1:17 PM.

Hackers are offering to pay $23,000 for valid Apple employee login details

Apple has a high regard for security and secrecy, but that doesn’t mean hackers have simply given up the dream of accessing this particular fortress. In fact, a new report says that in Ireland, hackers are ready to pay up to €20,000, or approximately $23,000, to Apple employees willing to sell their login details. More →

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How to Not Get Hacked

Follow these 5 steps to keep yourself safe from hackers

By on February 5, 2016 at 1:22 PM.

Follow these 5 steps to keep yourself safe from hackers

No matter how secure you think your devices are, someone could access your data if they put their mind to it. It’s just the reality of the Information Age, but you should still do everything in your power to make yourself less of a target for hackers. More →

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Netflix Account Access Hack

The quick and easy way to see whether your Netflix account has been hacked

By on January 26, 2016 at 7:45 PM.

The quick and easy way to see whether your Netflix account has been hacked

You’re probably sharing your Netflix account with your loved ones, exes, and their best friends’ dads. There’s really nothing wrong with that and Netflix doesn’t care. But what Netflix does care about is where its content is seen. That’s why you absolutely must check who’s using your account and where they’re located. You should also remember that Netflix credentials are one of the cheapest commodities on the dark web, with accounts selling for less than $1 a pop.

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Harman AMX Backdoors Batman Black Widow

Did Batman and Black Widow spy on the White House?

By on January 22, 2016 at 9:23 PM.

Did Batman and Black Widow spy on the White House?

This isn’t some strange fiction story in which two popular superheroes team up against the U.S. government. “Batman” – specifically “1MB@tMan” – and “BlackWindow” are codenames used for backdoor logins into conference room tools used by various governments around the world, including White House staff and other branches of the U.S. government.

The recently discovered backdoors could be used for spying, a research firm has said, although the creator of the affected products denies it all. More →

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NSA Encryption Backdoors Privacy

The NSA has a brilliant stance on encryption

By on January 22, 2016 at 8:24 PM.

The NSA has a brilliant stance on encryption

Discussions about the U.S. government’s need for breaking encryption have intensified following the mid-November attacks in Paris. Law enforcement agencies including the FBI and politicians have challenged tech leaders from Silicon Valley to find ways to include backdoors in encrypted products. That way, surveillance operations targeting potential terror suspects might have a better chance of successfully intercepting relevant communication.

Tech leaders, meanwhile, have stood firm against crippling encryption with backdoors, with Apple and Tim Cook at the forefront of this argument. That doesn’t mean tech companies unwilling to help intelligence agencies address terrorist threats – but they’ll just do it differently for the time being.

With all that in mind, one can’t help but applaud the NSA’s brilliant stance on encryption while simultaneously feeling a chill running down your spine. More →

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Stolen Uber Account Ghost Rides

Hacked Uber accounts are more valuable than stolen credit cards on the dark web

By on January 21, 2016 at 10:40 PM.

Hacked Uber accounts are more valuable than stolen credit cards on the dark web

What’s the hottest thing you can buy on the dark web today? According to new research, PayPal accounts with at least $500 in them and Uber accounts are among the most expensive items hackers are selling. In fact, it looks like Uber logins, which would let buyers score free rides on the popular taxi service, are even more expensive than Netflix logins and credit card account numbers. More →

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Jeb Bush Police State NSA

Meet Jeb Bush’s police state: The NSA in charge of civilian data

By on January 15, 2016 at 7:45 PM.

Meet Jeb Bush’s police state: The NSA in charge of civilian data

Given the various recent terrorist attacks, it’s no wonder that hackers, cybersecurity, encryption and surveillance are all major topics of this year’s presidential campaign. Encryption was on the table during the sixth Republican debate on Thursday night, with Jeb Bush proposing a solution for guarding the American people that seems to be taken out of a George Orwell novel. More →

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Teen Hacks James Clapper

Teen who hacked CIA director’s email hits Director of National Intelligence next

By on January 13, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

Teen who hacked CIA director’s email hits Director of National Intelligence next

Remember the teenage hackers who managed to break into CIA director John Brennan’s email account several times? It looks like they’re back doing the same sort of activity, and this time they’ve targeted Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

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WhatsApp Email Malware Emoji Crash Chat

WhatsApp users need to know about these 2 key threats

By on January 8, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

WhatsApp users need to know about these 2 key threats

More than 900 million people use WhatsApp on a regular basis, making the Facebook-owned app one of the most popular communication tools out there. WhatsApp offers encrypted instant messaging, voice calls and file transfers, making it a must-have app for many smartphone users. The app is available for a plethora of mobile operating systems, including computers, though it needs to be installed first on a smartphone.

Considering its massive popularity, it’s no surprise to hear that hackers are targeting WhatsApp users with specially crafted malware. On top of that, a serious bug might be used by some people to crash certain WhatsApp chats. More →

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PayPal Account Security Hackers

Your PayPal account can be hacked more quickly than you think

By on January 4, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Your PayPal account can be hacked more quickly than you think

Think you’ve secured your PayPal account so that hackers can’t hijack it and steal money from your bank account? Well, guess again, as there are ways of getting into your account and PayPal doesn’t appear to have the means or policies to stop them.

Well known cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs says he discovered these flaws after his own account was broken into twice on Christmas Eve, even after he managed to regain access to it.

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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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