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Unsecured Data Warehouse Exposed Almost All American Voters To Risk

The 2016 election may be over, but the consequences live on. A Republican-affiliated data firm left the data of nearly 200 million Americans in an unsecured data warehouse.

Security June 20, 2017

Scanners For Carry On Luggage Tested By TSA Could Lead To Safer Flights And Shorter Lines

The TSA and American Airlines team up to conduct a demonstration of new CT scanners for carry-on luggage. The demonstration could lead to shorter queues and safer flights.

Security June 18, 2017

Facebook Moderators At Risk After Security Flaw Exposes Their Identities To Suspected Terrorists

Facebook accidentally leaked sensitive user profiles of some of its content moderators to terrorist groups last year, new reports suggest. A software bug had caused the mishap, revealing personal data to groups believed to be administered by terrorists.

Security June 17, 2017

Tech Tips: How To Protect Your Router From Hackers

Your personal data and online activities are at risk, and it could be because of an unsecure Wi-Fi router. That said, here are some tips on how to protect your router from hackers.

Security June 17, 2017

Wikileaks Reveals How The CIA Has Been Clandestinely Hacking Wifi Routers

Following on the footsteps of WannaCry, the U.S. intelligence community has another cyber security scandal on its hands. Wikileaks has released documents that allege that the CIA has been hacking into private routers in order to gather intelligence.

Security June 16, 2017

CRASHOVERRIDE: Malware That Took Down A Ukraine Power Grid?

In 2016, a malware attack knocked out the power grid in Kiev, Ukraine for an hour a week before Christmas. Cybersecurity researchers may have now discovered the malware that was used in the attack - CRASHOVERRIDE.

Security June 12, 2017

Attention, GameStop Online Shoppers: Cybercriminals May Have Stolen Your Credit Cards, Company Says

Some GameStop customers may have had their credit cards stolen along with their names and addresses. Those who placed an online order between Aug. 10, 2016, and Feb. 9, 2017, are likely to have been affected.

Security June 10, 2017

Oops, They Did It Again: Russian Hackers Tapped Britney Spears's Instagram Account To Post Coded Messages

A Slovakian cybersecurity firm has found that Russian hackers used Britney Spears's Instagram account for a malware operation. The hackers posted coded messages linking to the Turla hacker server.

Security June 9, 2017

Google Home, Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod: Here's How These Smart Speakers Handle Your Privacy

Smart speakers record a user’s voice and sensitive data, which makes the level of privacy on these devices pivotal. Here's a look at how well the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod handle one’s privacy.

Security June 9, 2017

Apple Employees And Distributors Arrested In China For Selling iPhone User Data On The Black Market

Chinese authorities have arrested 22 Apple employees and distributors for allegedly stealing iPhone user data and selling it on the black market. The individuals reportedly got the data from an internal Apple database they had access to.

Security June 8, 2017

Chinese Malware 'Fireball' Burns 250 Million Computers: Here's What It Can Do And How To Check If Your PC Is Infected

Check Point discovered Fireball, a Chinese malware operation that has infected 250 million of computers worldwide. Here's why the malware is a very dangerous security threat and how users can check if their computer is compromised.

Security June 4, 2017

Password Manager OneLogin Hacked: Attacker May Also Have Acquired A Way To Unlock Encrypted Data

OneLogin suffered a security breach that potentially compromised customer data. Making the attack potentially much more damaging is that the hacker may have also acquired a decrpytion method for encrypted data.

Security June 2, 2017

Ransomware WannaCry Linked To Southern China: Perpetrators Could Be Native Chinese Speakers

According to a linguistic analysis by security firm Flashpoint, the perpetrators of the recent WannaCry ransomware attacks has ties to southern China. However, this new discovery might only make locating the originators more difficult.

Security May 30, 2017

Judy Malware Infects Up To 36.5 Million Android Devices: Here Are Some Tips To Stay Safe Online

A set of apps under the name of Judy are actually malicious ad-clicking malware, security firm Check Point has found out. Here’s how to keep your Android device safe from malware.

Security May 28, 2017

Chipotle Data Breach Affected Most Restaurants: Hackers Stole Customers' Credit Card Information

Chipotle has suffered a malware attack and security breach, which affected a slew of Chipotle and Pizzeria Locale restaurants. Hackers stole credit/ debit card information, so customers should check for any unauthorized transactions.

Security May 27, 2017

New 'Cloak & Dagger' Android Exploit Discovered: Here's What The Attack Does And How To Protect Yourself

Researchers have discovered a new class of vulnerabilities that affect even the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Here is what the 'Cloak & Dagger' exploit does and how you can protect yourself from it.

Security May 26, 2017

Samba Flaw Makes Linux Systems Vulnerable To WannaCry-Like Attack

After a chaotic week because of the WannaCry ransomware attack that locked out more than 300,000 computers, it was found that a newly discovered vulnerability could lead to a similar exploit. The attack could be due to outdated Linux software still in use.

Security May 25, 2017

WannaCry Ransomware 'Highly Likely' Carried Out By North Korean Hacker Group, Symantec Says

Cybersecurity firm Symantec believes that Lazarus, a hacking group linked to North Korea, is also responsible for the recent WannaCry attacks. A number of similarities in their code offer proof of such claims.

Security May 23, 2017

Despite The Chaos, WannaCry Earns Hackers Little Money

The WannaCry ransomware has caused plenty of chaos, but how much money has it earned the hackers? Not much, it seems.

Security May 23, 2017

Hackers Are Attempting To Resurrect WannaCry

The WannaCry malware was successfully brought to a halt last week, but the fight to keep it dead is just getting started. Cybersecurity experts warn that hackers are trying to bring the malware back to life.

Security May 21, 2017

Ransomware WannaCry Infected Almost Only Windows 7 PCs

Recently released data now shows that nearly all systems affected by ransomware WannaCry are running Windows 7. Affected devices running Windows XP, meanwhile, make up an insignificant portion of all recorded attacks.

Security May 19, 2017

Want To Avoid Falling Victim To Ransomware? Update Your Computer

As the WannaCry ransomware spreads, many have placed part of the blame on Microsoft for failing to update Windows XP. However, is it really reasonable to expect the company to support a 16-year-old operating system?

Security May 19, 2017

French May Have Found Last-Minute Solution To WannaCry Ransomware Attacks

With the clock ticking, it looks like only a matter of time before WannaCry's lockouts and data dumps start. In a last-minute effort, French researchers develop a way to beat it.

Security May 19, 2017

Hackers Behind WannaCry Ransomware Announce Monthly Data Dump That Could Include Intel On Nuclear Weapons Programs

The identities of the hackers behind the WannaCry attacks have yet to be revealed, but we do know that a group calling itself Shadow Brokers was responsible for supplying the stolen data. Now that group is offering a monthly data dump that allegedly includes information on nuclear weapon programs.

Security May 17, 2017

WannaCry Ransomware Attack Linked To North Korea: Here's The Clue That Gave It Away

The WannaCry ransomware has been linked to North Korea due to a technical clue found in its code. Is North Korea really behind the global cyberattack that has infected more than 300,000 computers across 150 countries?

Security May 16, 2017

Some Victims Of WannaCry Ransomware Hack May Have Only Themselves To Blame

Victims of the recent WannaCry ransomware cyberattack are now looking for someone or something to place the blame on. It turns out that some of the victims may have to look at their own computers.

Security May 16, 2017

WannaCry Ransomware Wreaks Havoc Across 150 Countries: How To Protect Yourself Against Such Attacks

A dangerous new ransomware called 'WannaCry' has been wreaking havoc recently, spreading with an unprecedented global reach. It's already hit more than 150 countries worldwide, so here's how it works and what you can do to stay safe.

Security May 16, 2017

WannaCry Ransomware Spreads Globally: Yes, You're Not Wrong If You're Thinking NSA

An EternalBlue ransomware variant called WannaCry is spreading like wildfire, affecting hospitals, corporations, personal computers, and more. Here’s how to make sure you don’t get affected.

Security May 13, 2017

US Might Ban Laptops On Flights From Europe: Does It Really Make Air Travel Safer?

The United States might expand its laptop ban to inbound flights from Europe, with an official announcement as early as this week, reports say. Here’s why the laptop ban barely ensures passenger safety.

Security May 11, 2017

Android Marshmallow And Nougat Permissions Flaw Enable Malware, Adware And Ransomware: No Fix Until Android O

Security firm Check Point just made a startling discovery: a major security flaw introduced by Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow serves as a tool for banking malware, adware and ransomware. Google won't patch the flaw until Android O, which leaves Nougat vulnerable too.

Security May 10, 2017

Hackers Inject Malware Into Video App HandBrake For Mac: How To Check If Your Computer Is Compromised

Hackers were able to compromise one of the download mirrors for the Mac version of the popular open source video transcoder app HandBrake. Users who recently downloaded the software are advised to check if their computer has been infected with malware.

Security May 9, 2017

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.

Security April 28, 2017

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

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