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Google, Facebook Fall Victim To Long-Con Scam That Cost Them Over $100 Million

A crafty con artist managed to steal over $100 million using fake emails and invoices. The victim of his scam: Big tech companies Google and Facebook.

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Antivirus Webroot Flags Windows System Files As Malicious, Gives Users Serious Headaches

Windows users are having fits after antivirus Webroot flagged several Windows files as harmful. The company is already looking for ways to fix the mishap.

Security April 26, 2017

Teen Hacker Sentenced To 2 Years In Jail Over DDoS Attacks On Xbox Live, 'Minecraft,' And More

A hacker has been sentenced to two years in prison for creating and selling a software that was used to launch DDoS attacks at high-profile companies. But it’s believed that it might not have been for the money.

Security April 26, 2017

No PIN Or Signature Needed: New Mastercard Credit Card Comes With Fingerprint Scanner

Mastercard has unveiled the next-generation credit card. The new card makes use of biometrics and features a fingerprint scanner for added security.

Security April 21, 2017

Bose Headphones Spy On Users, Lawsuit Claims: Here's What You Should Know

Bose is allegedly spying on its customers by collecting information about what they’re listening to. The claim further suggests that Bose sells the information without permission.

Security April 20, 2017

Shadow Brokers Leaks NSA Tools To Hack Windows, But Microsoft Already Patched Most Exploits

Shadow Brokers has released some Windows hacking tools likely originating from the NSA, sparking great uproar. Microsoft has promptly responded to ease concerns, noting that it already patched most flaws, but is there more to the story?

Security April 17, 2017

Security Alert: Hackers Exploiting Microsoft Word To Infect Computers With Malware

Software security experts have discovered a security flaw inside Microsoft Word. Attackers exploit this vulnerability to install a malware, which they spread via email.

Security April 11, 2017

Malware Called BrickerBot Is Bricking Vulnerable IoT Devices, Rendering Them Completely Useless

A new kind of malware called BrickerBot is attacking Internet of Things devices again, this time rendering them completely useless and inoperable. Here’s what it does.

Security April 11, 2017

GameStop Starts Investigation On Possible Security Breach: Customers, Check Your Credit Card Statements

GameStop has launched an investigation into an alleged security breach that compromised the credit card information of its online customers. Hackers were said to have posted the stolen data for sale on the black market.

Security April 10, 2017

Hackers Set Off 156 Dallas Emergency Sirens, Caused Late-Night Panic: Smart Cities To Have Security Issues?

Dallas emergency sirens were set off by hackers, causing residents of the city to panic due to the possibility of an attack and flood 911 with thousands of calls.

Security April 9, 2017

This Ransomware Does Not Demand For Money: You'll Have To Master An Anime Bullet Hell Game

A new kind of ransomware, named Rensenware, does not demand payment to unlock encrypted files. Instead, victims will have to score 200 million points on the Lunatic level of anime bullet hell shooter 'Touhou Seirensen.'

Security April 9, 2017

Here Are Some Of The Best And Safest Free VPN For Your Post-Net Neutrality Internet Needs

FCC’s strong efforts to repeal net neutrality have many worried about their internet privacy. Here are some of the best free VPNs that you may want to try.

Security April 8, 2017

Congress Proposes Warrant Requirement Before Border Agents Can Search Through Phones Of U.S. Citizens

Congress has proposed a bill that will require border agents to have a warrant before they search through the phones of U.S. citizens. Currently, border agents do not need a warrant to have people open their devices and social media accounts.

Security April 4, 2017

Forget Internet Privacy: Trump Signs Controversial Online Privacy Repeal Into Law

U.S. President Donald Trump has officially signed the resolution that repeals the rules protecting the online data of users from internet providers. The controversial bill was met with opposition from online privacy advocates and consumer groups.

Security April 4, 2017

Verizon Has No Plans To Install Spyware On All Android Phones Or Track Data

Following the outrage caused by reports of Verizon’s plans to install spyware on Android phones, the carrier has now clarified a few things. The spyware won’t be installed on all Android phones, and it’s possible to opt it, Verizon confirmed.

Security April 2, 2017

Alabama Man Almost Electrocuted While Sleeping With His iPhone Charging In Bed

An iPhone charging in bed almost killed a man while he was asleep. He survived and was admitted to the hospital with second and third-degree burns.

Security April 2, 2017

Pornhub, YouPorn Promise Increased Internet Security Amid Congress Privacy Protection Repeal

Both Pornhub and YouPorn have beefed up their internet privacy protection with HTTPS encryption. The switch comes at a time of mounting outrage against the recent repeal of internet privacy rules the FCC set last year.

Security April 1, 2017

Now That Congress Just Killed Online Privacy, Can VPN Protect You From Snooping Eyes?

After Congress voted to repeal the FCC privacy rules, people have flocked to find VPNs. But what is a VPN and can it protect your online privacy?

Security March 30, 2017

LastPass Updates Security After Vulnerability Was Exposed By A Researcher

LastPass, a known password manager, has revealed security flaws in its browser extensions. The company is already patching the vulnerability, which was revealed by a security researcher this week.

Security March 30, 2017

'World Of Warcraft' Phishing Campaign Has One Objective: Lure Gamers With Free In-Game Pet Promise

A phishing scam has impacted the 'World of Warcraft' and compromises user credentials. The phishing campaign is designed to lure players by supposedly offering free pets in the game.

Security March 29, 2017

Here’s Why Some US And UK Airlines Are Banning Electronics, Gadgets From Flights

The recent ban on electronics larger than smartphones, as upheld by some U.S. and UK airlines came without sufficient reason. Recent reports, however, have now shed light on the possible cause of the ban.

Security March 28, 2017

UK Wants WhatsApp Backdoor Access Amid Privacy And Security Concerns

The UK's bid to gain access to WhatsApp following the London attack has stirred another round of controversy in the encryption debacle. WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption to secure communication and a backdoor would create a dangerous security loophole.

Security March 28, 2017

UK Government Wants Access To WhatsApp: 'There Should Be No Place For Terrorists To Hide'

United Kingdom Home Secretary Amber Rudd is calling for WhatsApp and other encrypted communication services to open up their platforms to intelligence teams. Last week, the man behind the London incident checked his WhatsApp account shortly before the attack.

Security March 27, 2017

GiftGhostBot Steals Gift Card Balances From Consumers' Accounts

Distil Networks identified a major threat to online businesses dubbed GiftGhostBot. The bot stole money from customers' gift card accounts and caused distress to retailers.

Security March 25, 2017

Apple On Latest WikiLeaks CIA Documents: No Worries, Exploits Have Long Been Patched

WikiLeaks has dumped a new set of CIA hack documents, detailing how the government breached into Macs and iPhones. Apple has issued a statement in response, arguing that it 'does not condone theft' and those exploits were patched long ago.

Security March 24, 2017

WikiLeaks Exposes CIA Tools Targeting MacBooks And iPhones: Here's What They Do

WikiLeaks has released Dark Matter, the second part of the series of documents containing hacking and surveillance tools developed by the CIA. The tools described in Dark Matter target the Mac computers and iPhones of Apple.

Security March 24, 2017

US To Ban Laptops And Tablets On Flights From African And Middle Eastern Countries, 10 Airports Affected

Passengers coming from select countries to the United States will be required to get their electronic gadgets screened at airports,before boarding. Gadgets bigger than mobile phones will reportedly have to undergo a security check.

Security March 22, 2017

Intel Kicks Off Bounty Program: Reward Of Up To $30,000 For Spotting Hardware Vulnerabilities

Intel has launched its first bug bounty program to secure its hardware, software and firmware. Researchers are encouraged to discover faults in Intel's systems and can get a reward of up to $30,000 for finding vulnerabilities.

Security March 17, 2017

Like McDonald’s, You Could Fall Victim To Hacking: Tips To Protect Your Twitter Account

Twitter has always been an easy target for online privacy breaches, given the large size of its users and the ease at which tweets can be spread. Here are the steps to keep your Twitter account secure.

Security March 17, 2017

McDonald's Twitter Account Compromised: Posts Offensive Anti-Trump Tweet

McDonald's official Twitter account was compromised and hackers posted offensive anti-trump tweets. The security breach has now been resolved and the offending tweet has been taken down.

Security March 17, 2017

WhatsApp And Telegram Allowed Hackers To Hijack Accounts With Just 1 Image: Here's What Happened

WhatsApp and Telegram, two messaging apps renowned for their security, had a severe security flaw that left 'hundreds of millions of accounts' exposed. Check Point Security researchers recently notified the two companies and both WhatsApp and Telegram have since patched the vulnerability.

Security March 15, 2017

4 Hackers To Be Charged For Yahoo Data Breaches, Report Claims: Are They Connected To Russia?

The Department of Justice is accusing four people of being participants in the hacking attacks launched against Yahoo. The data breaches, which affected over a billion users, were previously claimed to be connected with the Russian government.

Security March 15, 2017

Samsung To Roll Out Monthly Security Patches To Unlocked Smartphones In US

Samsung will soon launch monthly security updates for its unlocked devices. This news may come as a surprise for users who are waiting for the Android Nougat update to hit their unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones.

Security March 14, 2017

Hackers Can Use Sound Waves To Crack Your Smartphones, Scientists Suggest

A study reveals the ways through which hackers can use sound waves to crack a smartphone. A minor mistake can enable someone to easily enter the operating system of electronic devices.

Security March 14, 2017

Stop Reusing Or Rotating Passwords, They Are Easy To Crack

Data scientists found that reusing passwords leaves the user vulnerable to hacking. They also revealed that even the most complex passwords of 10 characters can be compromised in a month using hacking programs.

Security March 14, 2017

New Android Smartphones Found To Be Already Infected By Malware: Are You At Risk?

Cybersecurity company Check Point discovered that 38 new Android devices came pre-installed with malware and ransomware. The findings raised fresh concerns on Android security, and here is what you can do to avoid the risk.

Security March 12, 2017

Worried About Privacy Breaches? Here Are Cybersecurity Tips To Lock Out Intruders

Cyberattacks and privacy breaches have worried many about the safety and security of their IoT devices. Here are a few tips that can ease your worries about cybersecurity.

Security March 12, 2017

Popular Messaging Apps WhatsApp, Signal, iMessage, And More Reportedly Safe From CIA Hacking Tools

The recent string of reports pertaining to a WikiLeaks document dump alleging the CIA’s hacking tools caused a fit of unrest over data security. Reports of CIA being able to bypass encrypted messaging apps, however, are apparently overblown.

Security March 11, 2017

WikiLeaks CIA Hack Leak Raises Privacy Concerns: How To Stay Protected

The WikiLeaks CIA hack reveal raised some serious privacy and security concerns, making us wonder whether any of our devices are safe from spying. If you're worried about hacks, here's how to keep your device protected.

Security March 10, 2017

WikiLeaks Want Apple, Google, Samsung To Come Together Against CIA

Vault 7, the codenamed program used by CIA to spy on normal people in the name of security was hacked by WikiLeaks. To stand against it, the organization is hoping to join hands with Apple. Google and Samsung.

Security March 10, 2017

Fortune 1000 Companies Two Times More Prone To Data Breaches, Says Report

Fortune 1000 companies experience double the security breach compared to its peers. The report from BitSight took into consideration the levels of cybersecurity performance of Fortune 1000 companies.

Security March 9, 2017

WikiLeaks Reveals CIA Can Spy On You: Are Samsung And Windows Phones And Tablets Affected?

Microsoft and Samsung released statements assuring consumers that their devices would not be vulnerable to hacking and that they take cybersecurity very seriously. These statements were made after the Wikileaks report which exposed illegal hacking operations by CIA.

Security March 9, 2017

WikiLeaks Dump: Should You Be Worried About The CIA Cyber Hacks?

Another spying scandal has hit the CIA, this time with the massive cybersecurity documents exposed by WikiLeaks. The documents contain information regarding spying and hacking efforts done by the agency, an issue that can put it at loggerheads with the tech industry.

Security March 8, 2017

WikiLeaks Exposes CIA Spying Tools: Smartphones, Computers, Even Internet-Connected TVs Compromised

WikiLeaks has uploaded Vault 7, which are thousands of documents that claim to expose the hacking tools used by the Central Intelligence Agency. The general public, however, should not hit the panic button just yet.

Security March 7, 2017

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