Chimera Ransomware Expose Files Online

Dangerous ransomware threatens to expose your private files online if you don’t pay up

By on November 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM.

Dangerous ransomware threatens to expose your private files online if you don’t pay up

We’ve seen ransomware stories popping up left and right this year, detailing how hackers are making money from a scary, yet creative, type of malware. Just as the name of this attack suggests, ransomware encrypts personal files on a computer, demanding a ransom in order to release them back to users. Victims have to pay up a fee and hope that the hackers decrypt their data instead of simply taking the money and running. Sure, you can always refuse to pay the ransom, and you can try to use one of the publicly available tools that can decrypt your files (Microsoft has one too), but hackers have now devised a new method to convince you to pay up: They’ll expose your files online if you don’t. More →

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Identity Theft Protection Trick

An unlikely but efficient way to stop identity theft: Freeze your own credit

By on October 30, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

An unlikely but efficient way to stop identity theft: Freeze your own credit

For almost two years now, security breaches of all sorts have made the news. Hackers attacked retail stores and stole credit card numbers and other data, and they have attacked banks, medical insurers, and various governmental institutions. Add to that the odd attack against an online service caught off-guard by hackers – Ashley Madison comes immediately to mind – and the chances are that some of your data may have ended up in the wrong hands.

Criminals can clone your credit cards, at least until you’ve canceled them, but the worst thing that can happen is having your identity stolen. In such a case, you might be in for a wild ride as you’re trying to get your identity back. More →

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Diceware Secure Password System

11-year-old will write you cryptographically secure passwords for $2 each

By on October 26, 2015 at 12:50 PM.

11-year-old will write you cryptographically secure passwords for $2 each

Using weak passwords makes you a prime target for hackers, who have shown over the years that they can eat such subpar security measures for breakfast. Luckily, there are simple ways to ensure your online accounts are protected. These include using unique passwords for each service, creating long enough passwords that are easily rememberable, using password-managing services, and changing your passwords once in a while.

Interestingly, one 11-year-old girl can help with this by generating a long password for you that’s easily memorable and hard to crack. In fact, she even has an online site where she sells each password for $2 each. More →

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Fitbit Malware Hack PC

Hackers can invade a PC with a 10-second attack on a Fitbit

By on October 21, 2015 at 12:28 PM.

Hackers can invade a PC with a 10-second attack on a Fitbit

Fitbits are popular devices among people who like to track their steps and exercise. But new research reveals that a Fitbit device is unprotected against simple malware attacks. More importantly, the malicious code that can be sent to a Fitbit device without the user’s knowledge can then infect a computer used to sync data collected by the wearable. More →

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CIA Director Email Hack

The high school student who hacked the CIA Director’s personal email explains how easy it was

By on October 20, 2015 at 10:50 AM.

The high school student who hacked the CIA Director’s personal email explains how easy it was

A teen hacker and two other people managed to hack CIA Director John Brennan’s personal email, revealing sensitive information from his email account. The group used various social-engineering techniques to pull information from tech support departments from Verizon and AOL that ultimately led to accessing the personal account of their target. More →

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Ghost Push Android Malware Apps

Android malware apps might net hackers millions, fool Google Play Store security

By on October 15, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Android malware apps might net hackers millions, fool Google Play Store security

Most of the recent malware-related security reports detailed various threats targeting Apple’s iOS ecosystem, but that doesn’t mean hackers have stopped attacking Android. A new report claims that a sneaky type of malware has been found in various app stores, including Google’s official Play Store. Once installed on the device, the malware is very hard to remove. Its purpose is to flood a handset with advertising and hackers behind the attack might make as much as $4 milliom from the fraudulent app installs.

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Siri Google Now Malware Attacks

Hackers find a sneaky new way to attack your phone through Siri and Google Now

By on October 14, 2015 at 5:35 PM.

Hackers find a sneaky new way to attack your phone through Siri and Google Now

How confident are you that your virtual assistant is only listening to your commands? Think there’s any chance Siri or Google Now could be duped into performing actions on iPhones and Android handsets that you haven’t actually asked for? Yes, it seems some smart hackers have found one more way to compromise the security of iPhones and Androids to either spy on users, or initiate secondary malware activities. More →

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GreenDispenser ATM Malware Cash

Hackers cash out directly from ATMs, don’t need to steal your card first

By on September 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Hackers cash out directly from ATMs, don’t need to steal your card first

Hackers looking to steal money from ATMs have targeted your credit cards for years, trying to obtain access to it by hacking online services and retail shops. However, since more and more markets including America are adopting more secure payment methods like chip-and-PIN cards and mobile payments, some talented hackers are adapting their game accordingly.

Rather than trying to steal credit cards, clone them and only then try to obtain cash out of ATMs, some people are simply targeting the machines with malware that makes them spit out cash on command. More →

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iOS App Store XcodeGhost Malware

Nobody is safe: Major App Store malware breach may affect millions of iPhone users

By on September 21, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Nobody is safe: Major App Store malware breach may affect millions of iPhone users

iOS is safer than Android when it comes to malware attacks, but that doesn’t mean hackers aren’t successfully targeting the iPhone and iPad with malicious programs supposed to steal sensitive data. Usually, iOS malware reports explain that jailbroken devices are at risk, especially in Asian countries and that only a tiny fraction of Apple’s massive number of customers is affected. However, that’s not the case anymore.

A substantial security threat called XcodeGhost managed to fool App Store security and sneak into the App Store inside real App Store apps potentially affecting hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users on both stock and jailbroken devices. The one thing that’s common with recent iOS hacks is that the threat comes from China. More →

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DDoS Attacks Report 2015 Trends

DDoS attacks are getting much more powerful and the Pentagon is scrambling for solutions

By on August 31, 2015 at 3:10 PM.

DDoS attacks are getting much more powerful and the Pentagon is scrambling for solutions

No wonder the Pentagon has announced it’s working on a plan to fund tools and researchers to help organizations defend themselves against the pervasive threat of cyber assaults known as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

In recent days, the agency said it’s looking to fund researchers who can come up with tools as part of a program starting next April that would, among other things, help organizations recover from DDoS attacks in a maximum of 10 seconds. And the acknowledgement of that hunt for researchers for the program, called Extreme DDoS Defense, arguably comes not a moment too soon. More →

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Ashley Madison Hack Profile Data Delete

Think you’re safe from the Ashley Madison hack because you erased your profile? Think again

By on August 21, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

Think you’re safe from the Ashley Madison hack because you erased your profile? Think again

The Ashley Madison hacking scandal is far from over and now users have yet another thing to worry about. Reports say there’s evidence Ashley Madison made millions of dollars from users who paid to have their profiles erased from its databases for good, even though the website still kept identifiable data for each of the deleted profiles. More →

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Call Text Messages Bugging SS7 Hack

Huge phone network security flaw lets anyone bug calls and text messages

By on August 18, 2015 at 12:46 PM.

Huge phone network security flaw lets anyone bug calls and text messages

Spy agencies like the NSA and many others aren’t the only ones able to bug your calls and text messages, a new investigation shows. It turns out that anyone with the right equipment and know-how can tap into a carrier’s phone network to access calls and text messages for without the target’s knowledge. More →

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