Police Surveillance Cessna Plane Baltimore

Planes hovering above Baltimore right now are recording every move people make

By on August 24, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Planes hovering above Baltimore right now are recording every move people make

“Imagine Google Earth with TiVo capability.” That’s how the impressive, and very high-tech, one company’s real-time surveillance system is sold to interested parties. In short, Big Brother is here, and as time goes on it’ll get only better at seeing everything you do. More →

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Encryption Backdoor France Germany

France and Germany latest countries to want magical backdoors in encryption

By on August 24, 2016 at 5:20 PM.

France and Germany latest countries to want magical backdoors in encryption

The recent NSA hack just proved to the world that no system is hack-proof if attackers have what it takes to break the access door. Regardless of whatever protections guarded that NSA server, hackers found a security hole to get in and steal critical documents. The same thing could happen to encrypted services that would feature a backdoor for law enforcement.

But governments around the world still think they’d be able to handle such terrifying scenarios, with France and Germany being the latest nations looking to gain access to private encrypted messages exchanged over the internet by terror plot suspects. More →

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Windows 10 Upgrade Fail

Privacy group: Microsoft should ‘come clean’ about ‘malicious’ Windows 10

By on August 24, 2016 at 4:15 PM.

Privacy group: Microsoft should ‘come clean’ about ‘malicious’ Windows 10

Windows 10 has had a difficult first year in the world. Although the operating system itself has been generally praised, concerns over privacy and the overly pressurized upgrades have made with Windows 10 upgrade into way more of a saga than Microsoft needed.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group for digital rights, has published a no-holds-barred blog post condemning Windows 10’s collection of data, and the “malicious” way Microsoft pushed 10 onto consumers. If you’re not a fan of seeing Microsoft being verbally beaten up, this will be a rough ride.

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Fake Netflix iTunes Bill Scam

Netflix phishing scam looks to steal credit card details from iPhone users

By on August 24, 2016 at 2:26 PM.

Netflix phishing scam looks to steal credit card details from iPhone users

Whether or not you have active Netflix or Apple accounts makes no difference to hackers looking to steal precious personal data. But you should be aware of a new Netflix email scam that’s using a fake iTunes bill to fool you into giving your credit card details to scammers, so here’s what you need to know about it so you can avoid it.

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NSA Hacking Tools

Stolen NSA hacking tools reportedly on sale for $8,000

By on August 22, 2016 at 3:04 PM.

Stolen NSA hacking tools reportedly on sale for $8,000

It’s been a rough week for the NSA, to say the least. Last week, a group of hackers collectively known as The Shadow Brokers allegedly stole and released a treasure trove of NSA hacking tools and exploits. What’s more, the group promised to release even more weapons from the NSA’s cyber arsenal for the right price.

While the initial leak was met with skepticism, researchers and security experts who examined the leak subsequently confirmed that the leaked exploits were very much real. “It definitely looks like a toolkit used by the NSA,” French computer researcher Matt Suiche said after taking a look at the code.

As if that weren’t bad enough, now comes word that The Shadow Brokers may not be the only hackers who hold the keys to the NSA’s cache of advanced hacking tools and exploits.

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NSA Hack Explained Russia

Yup, Russia was probably behind that NSA hack

By on August 17, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Yup, Russia was probably behind that NSA hack

The NSA was hacked by a group that calls itself Shadow Brokers, a report earlier this week revealed, with some of the stolen cyberweapons being auctioned off to the highest bidder. Since then, experts who have seen some of the stolen files believe that the NSA has indeed been hacked, with Russia being one of the prime suspects. As for the strange auction itself, it looks like nobody is really interested in paying for the hacked documents at this point. More →

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HEI Hotels Credit Card Malware Hack

Hackers may have stolen your credit card data if you stayed at any of these hotels

By on August 15, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Hackers may have stolen your credit card data if you stayed at any of these hotels

Remember when news broke out that a certain retail or hotel chain was hit by a sophisticated malware attack that allowed hackers to steal personal information belonging to a large number of customers, including payment information? Well, this is such a case. And if you stayed at one of the 20 following hotels and paid for goods using your credit cards, then your financial data may be at risk, and you probably have to take various preemptive measures. More →

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Android Malware

New Android malware steals banking information, and spreads through Google’s own network

By on August 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

New Android malware steals banking information, and spreads through Google’s own network

Earlier today, researchers from Kaspersky Lab reported that they recently stumbled across a new piece of sophisticated Android malware designed to steal a user’s banking credentials. In a broad sense, the malware is similar to other schemes we’ve seen before insofar that it uses cleverly thought out phishing schemes designed to trick users into entering in their banking user ID and password.

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Apple iMessage Encryption Issues

Researchers can hack Apple’s iMessages, but you’re already safe

By on August 15, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Researchers can hack Apple’s iMessages, but you’re already safe

In mid-March, during the FBI vs. Apple scandal surrounding the encrypted San Bernardino iPhone, a report revealed that security researchers from Johns Hopkins University were able to access photos and videos in iMessage conversations, even though they were encrypted. The same university came up with a different attack against the same iMessage, one that allowed them to access content that should be protected by the strong encryption Apple advocates.

The good news is the security holes have been patched already. You just have to run the latest versions of iOS and OS X. However, the researchers recommend that Apple should replace its iMessage encryption with one that eliminates potential weaknesses. More →

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NSA Hack

Group claims to have hacked the NSA, wants $500 million to release files

By on August 15, 2016 at 1:17 PM.

Group claims to have hacked the NSA, wants $500 million to release files

A group of hackers going by the name “The Shadow Brokers” claims to have penetrated an NSA-backed hacking operation, and has leaked a bunch of hacking tools it claims is from the NSA. But that’s not all: the Shadow Brokers claim to have much more data, and are currently hosting a Bitcoin auction to sell it off to the highest bidder.

The hackers claim to have penetrated something called the “Equation Group,” a hacking organization widely believe to be the NSA. A sampling of the stolen files already posted shows similarity between the files and information revealed about the NSA’s hacking operations in the Snowden leaks.

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Galaxy S7 Note 7 Factory Reset Protection

Hack makes it possible to factory reset any Samsung phone without a password

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

Hack makes it possible to factory reset any Samsung phone without a password

Android has a factory reset protection feature that’s supposed to prevent anyone from using a lost or stolen device without proper authentication. But hackers always seem to find ways of preventing  the feature from working properly – in this case, they’ve found a way to circumvent the factory reset protection.

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DNC Email Hack Investigation

The Russian DNC hack had wider scope than initially believed

By on August 11, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

The Russian DNC hack had wider scope than initially believed

Unidentified Russian hackers targeted the Democrats ahead of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) last month, exposing the pro-Hillary Clinton bias inside the party during the primaries. An investigation by the FBI has revealed that the scope of the attack may be a lot bigger than initially expected. More →

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