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 →
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.
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 →
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.
Considering the many digital attacks we’ve seen in the last years, it’s safe to say no company or governmental agency has a foolproof strategy for dealing with hackers. No matter how well you think you’re protecting your websites, servers, and other Internet-connected devices, intrepid hackers will always hunt for a way in. Recent research from Google’s Project Zero team has revealed that even a product that’s supposed to protect companies from hackers was found vulnerable to a potential threat.
Essentially, Project Zero hackers discovered they were able to penetrate the safety of a company using FireEye networking equipment with the help of a single email that would be sent to that organization. The email doesn’t even have to be read by the recipient for hackers to gain entry inside the network. More →
Intrepid hackers are selling a new kind of product on the Dark Web: lifetime access to Netflix accounts and other streaming services that belong to unsuspecting paying customers. Hackers are charging less than a dollar for each Netflix account the sell, guaranteeing lifetime access, according to a McAfee Labs research report.
The hackers are taking advantage of a popular Netflix feature – users can share their passwords with other people – to sell this particular service on the black market. Meanwhile, chances are that the owners of the Netflix accounts sold on the Dark Web have no idea what’s going on.
Here’s what you can do to find out if you’ve been hacked, and how you can fix it if it was. More →
The Anonymous hackers collective declared war on ISIS immediately after the Paris attacks earlier this month. In the days that followed, Anonymous took out thousands of Twitter accounts belonging to the group and also issued warnings about imminent attacks, but that info apparently wasn’t accurate. Anonymous isn’t the only hacker group fighting ISIS right now, and while Anonymous’ efforts might not seem that effective, a person familiar with the group’s efforts explained what’s actually happening behind the scenes. More →
In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, certain hacker groups have declared a digital war on ISIS, with mixed results. But it looks like a hacker had been helping the FBI track and hunt down hackers with alleged ISIS ties even before the Paris attack in mid-November. A former member of the Rustle League hacker collective confessed on Twitter that he recently assisted the FBI, with his actions resulting in a bombing that left one prominent ISIS hacker dead. More →