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.
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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.