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Hackers Can Take Control Of Your OnePlus Smartphone Through An Inadvertantly Included Backdoor: What Models Are Affected?

A freelance security researcher has discovered a backdoor in OnePlus smartphones that can provide root access. OnePlus inadvertently left a Qualcomm diagnostic tool in the affected devices, which hackers can exploit to take control.

Security November 14, 2017

New Phishing Scam Targets Netflix Subscribers: Here's How To Keep Your Account Safe

Millions of Netflix subscribers became targets of scam emails containing links to phishing websites last week. As hackers become more skilled in identity theft, subscribers should be more wary of these various schemes.

Security November 15, 2017

Phishing Is The Biggest Online Threat For Google Accounts, Study Says

Phishing has been ranked above keylogging and third-party breaches as the biggest online threat. Google says that hackers have stolen 12 million credentials using the method between March 2016 and March 2017.

Security November 12, 2017

'Bug' Causes Smart Sex Toy To Secretly Record Customers: Privacy Breach In Smart Devices

Users of a smart sex toy reported finding secret recordings of their intimate moments captured by the app. Even toys and the medical industry aren't as protected from privacy breach as we think.

Security November 11, 2017

Smart Sex Toy Secretly Recorded Users’ Intimate Sessions, Claims It Was A Bug

Some users of the Lovense remote control app for connected sex toys have just discovered that it secretly recorded users while doing intimate activities. A representative for Lovense said it was merely a bug that caused the app to record.

Security November 11, 2017

Eavesdropper Bug Discovered In Almost 700 iOS And Android Apps: Careless Developers To Blame

Mobile security firm Appthority discovered a new vulnerability among iOS and Android apps that it named the Eavesdropper bug. The blame for the security mishap are the careless developers of the nearly 700 affected apps.

Security November 10, 2017

Is Facebook Secretly Listening To Your Conversations Via Mobile Apps?

Facebook might be listening to its users’ private conversations to target relevant ads for them based on keywords. True or not, fear of consumer technology being able to spy on its owners is a legitimate fear.

Security October 31, 2017

Here's What You Need To Know About The Ransomware Bad Rabbit

As the third major ransomware outbreak of the year, Bad Rabbit has infected organizations across Russia and other countries in Eastern Europe, demanding 0.05 Bitcoin or about $285 to decrypt locked-up files.

Security October 26, 2017

Amazon Wants To Let Couriers Into Your Home While You’re Away: ‘Amazon Key’ Service Explained

There’s a new delivery service for Prime members called Amazon Key that lets courier personnel into your home to drop the packages while you’re away. Convenient or downright creepy?

Security October 26, 2017

New BadRabbit Ransomware Spreads Through Europe Demanding .05 Bitcoins For Every Infected Computer

A new ransomware is breaking into hard-to-crack media outlets, subway systems, and airports in Europe, particularly Ukraine and Russia. Called BadRabbit, security researchers think it’s by the same people who distributed NotPetya.

Security October 25, 2017

The $20 Wyze Cam Security Camera Has 1080p Recording, Motion And Sound Detection, ‘Alert Video’ Storage, And More

A newcomer in the security camera market called Wyze Labs wants to sell a camera that records 1080p video, has night vision capabilities, and motion and sound sensing features. The price? $20.

Security October 26, 2017

Google Is Paying $1,000 For Every Malware Or Security Issue Found On Popular Third-Party Apps

Need $1,000? Google has announced that it’s going to pay developers who can spot security vulnerabilities in some apps available on the Play Store. The program includes remote-code-execution vulnerabilities and proof of concepts on Android 4.4 or higher.

Security October 21, 2017

Malware Apps On Google Play Added Devices To A Botnet, Proving Google Is Still Terrible At Reviewing Apps

Malware has managed to bypass and penetrate Google Play yet again, posing as 'Minecraft' skins apps this time, which connected devices to a botnet. Google has shut down the infected apps, but its impaired app review process deserves significant scrutiny.

Security October 20, 2017

Here's Why You Should Sign Up For Google's Advanced Protection Program: Stay Safe From Phishing, Hacking

Google's new Advanced Protection Program is out to protect you online from malware, hacking, phishing, and any other method of stealing your personal and sensitive information.

Security October 18, 2017

Say Hello To KRACK: WiFi Is No Longer Secure

Researchers revealed details of a new exploit called KRACK, which allows other nasties, including connection hijacking and malicious injection. It lets attackers monitor traffic between computers and wireless access points.

Security October 17, 2017

New Android Ransomware DoubleLocker Can Change Your Smartphone's PIN And Encrypt Data

A new Android ransomware DoubleLocker, spotted by security researchers from ESET, encrypts all the files on Android device and also changes the device PIN and set to a random value.

Security October 17, 2017

OnePlus, Caught Collecting Personal Information Of Users, Apparently Doesn't Think It's A Big Deal

OnePlus was caught collecting personal information from its customers without permission through OxygenOS. The discovery, which violates user privacy, was downplayed by OnePlus as a method for providing better software and after-sales support.

Security October 11, 2017

Russian Hackers Stole NSA Secrets With The Help Of Kaspersky Antivirus Software

Hackers working for the Russian government were able to steal classified documents from the NSA after a contractor placed the files on his home computer, which was running Kaspersky Lab antivirus software. Did the security company work with the hackers?

Security October 6, 2017

Every Single Yahoo Account Hacked In 2013 Security Breach: Here's What You Should Do

An August 2013 Yahoo security breach, which was said to have exposed 1 billion users, is now believed to have compromised all 3 billion Yahoo accounts at the time. If you think you are affected, here's what you should do.

Security October 4, 2017

Don't Use Patterns To Unlock Your Android Phone, Study Suggests

Android unlock patterns are far less secure than PIN codes, a new study by security researchers from the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Maryland Baltimore County suggests. Nothing beats a classic, hard-to-crack passcode, besides maybe biometric unlocking.

Security September 23, 2017

Hackers Lock Out iPhone And Mac Users, Demand Bitcoin Ransom: Here's How To Stay Safe

Hackers have exploited Apple's Find My iPhone and Find My Mac services to lock users from their devices and hold them ransom. Here are some ways to protect yourself before it's too late.

Security September 22, 2017

The CCleaner Hack Goes Deeper: Malware Targeted Microsoft, Google, And Other Major Tech Companies

The recently reported CCleaner hack affected 2.3 million users, but those people were not the real targets. The hackers were found to be targeting major tech companies, including Microsoft and Google, with the second stage of the attack.

Security September 22, 2017

CCleaner Users, Update Right Now: Hackers Injected Malware Into The App, Infecting 2.3 Million

Users of the popular Windows app CCleaner should immediately check if the software installed in their computers are of the latest version. Hackers have compromised one version of the program by injecting malware into its official installation package.

Security September 18, 2017

Vevo Just Got Hacked: 3.12 TB Of Videos, Documents, And More Released By OurMine

Over 3 TB of data were stolen from Vevo by OurMine and uploaded online briefly. It wasn’t supposed to be published publicly, but Vevo made a huge mistake.

Security September 16, 2017

Equifax Hackers Demand $2.66 Million Ransom For Stolen Information, With Sept. 15 Deadline

The Equifax hackers have demanded a ransom of over 600 Bitcoin, or about $2.66 million, by Sept. 15. The victims of the Equifax data breach should safeguard their information, whether or not Equifax pays the ransom.

Security September 10, 2017

Equifax Data Breach Places 143 Million Customers At Risk: Are You One Of Them?

Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies in the United States, suffered a massive data breach. The cybersecurity incident places 143 million Americans at risk, and here is how to check if you are one of them.

Security September 8, 2017

Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, And Cortana Can Be Hacked Using Sound Frequencies Humans Can’t Hear

Turns out hacking voice assistants is an easy thing to do. A group of researchers discovered that ultrasonic frequencies inaudible to humans can be used as a way to access voice-enabled assistants such as Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana.

Security September 7, 2017

Instagram Hack Bigger Than Initially Thought: Hackers Are Selling Contact Information Of 6 Million Accounts At $10 Per Query

Hackers have gotten ahold of accounts and email addresses of 6 million Instagram users, reports claim. The hackers created a database called Doxagram that lets you pull data at $10 per search.

Security September 2, 2017

Spambot Compromises Over 700 Million Email Accounts: You Should Probably Change Your Password Right Now

A spambot dubbed Onliner was discovered to have compromised over 700 million email accounts. Attackers use the spambot and its treasure trove of credentials to spread Ursnif, a banking malware that can steal login details and credit card information.

Security August 30, 2017

Spyware Apps On Google Play That Secretly Recorded Audio, Took Photos Without Permission Now Removed

A security firm was able to identify a malicious family of spyware apps called SonicSpy, three of which were able to make it onto Google Play. These apps, which have now been removed, were capable of spying on its users.

Security August 14, 2017

Hackers Infect Computer With Malware Encoded In Strand Of DNA: Should We All Panic?

A team of biologists and security researchers used DNA encoded with malware to compromise a computer. Should we all panic now that hackers are moving from exploiting computers to exploiting the human body?

Security August 11, 2017

Forget Everything You Know About Password Security, As The Man Who Made The Rules Admits He Was Wrong

Netizens have long been forced to follow complicated requirements in creating passwords for their online accounts. The man who made these guidelines in 2003, however, has now admitted that he was wrong.

Security August 9, 2017

WannaCry Hero's Dark Past Comes Back To Haunt Him? Cybersecurity Expert Arrested For Allegedly Unleashing Banking Malware

Marcus Hutchins, the man credited for stopping the spread of the WananCry ransomware in May, has been arrested by the FBI. Hutchins allegedly created, maintained, and sold a banking malware in the past.

Security August 4, 2017

Blu Claims There’s ‘Absolutely No Spyware Or Malware’ On Its Devices Amid Amazon Pullout

After Amazon pulled Blu devices from its store over privacy concerns, Blu has now refuted all claims, saying there’s no such thing. But given Blu’s track record with privacy, Amazon might have a hard time believing that.

Security August 2, 2017

HBO Hacked: 1.5 TB Of Data Stolen, Including Script For Unreleased 'Game Of Thrones' Episode

HBO confirmed that it suffered a cyberattack, with hackers stealing 1.5 TB worth of data. The hackers have uploaded episodes of 'Ballers' and 'Room 104,' along with written material connected to the next episode of 'Game of Thrones.'

Security July 31, 2017

iRobot Clears Up Roomba Vacuum Cleaner Privacy Issues, Says It ‘Will Never Sell Your Data’

Then CEO of iRobot has now refuted several reports saying his company will sell data collected by its smart Roomba vacuum cleaners. The company has stressed that it’s up to their customers if they want to share their data.

Security July 29, 2017

Is Your Old MySpace Account Still Active? You Might Want To Check If It Was Hijacked

A security researcher discovered a severe issue with the account recovery system of MySpace. Users with old MySpace accounts should check if their profiles on the website have been stolen, and should consider deleting their account.

Security July 18, 2017

Third-Party Developers May Gain Access To Your Alexa Audio Recordings

Amazon could grant developers access to transcripts of Alexa user recordings. Reports say the move is the company’s way of staying competitive in the smart speaker race, especially with Apple and Google in the pack.

Security July 13, 2017

Verizon Customer Service Partner Exposes Data Of 6 Million Accounts: Here's What Subscribers Should Do

Data belonging to at least 6 million Verizon subscribers were leaked online due to an unprotected Amazon Web Services server. Verizon customers who recently contacted the carrier's customer services should take certain steps to protect their accounts from being compromised.

Security July 13, 2017

Reliance Jio May Have Suffered India's Worst Data Breach: Personal Information Of Over 120 Million Subscribers Possibly Compromised

Various reports claimed that the personal information of Reliance Jio subscribers were leaked online. If the allegations are true, the incident could be the worst data breach in India, with data of more than 120 million customers compromised.

Security July 10, 2017

WWE Fans, Beware: Personal Information Of Over 3 Million Users Left Unprotected Online

WWE fans may have had their personal information leaked due to an unprotected online database, The leaked data include home address, email address, educational background, ethnicity, earnings, and age ranges of children.

Security July 8, 2017

CopyCat Malware Spread to 14 Million Android Devices Last Year

The CopyCat malware turned out to be very effective. Overall, the malware infected more than 14 million devices and earned the creators more than a million dollars.

Security July 8, 2017

Kaspersky Is Willing To Share Source Code With US Government, But It's A Tricky Affair

Kaspersky is willing to grant the U.S. government access to its source code to prove it's not in bed with the Russians. Such a move, however, could have deeper implications and might not even ease current concerns.

Security July 3, 2017

Petya Malware Likely Not About Money: Political Agenda Masked As Ransomware?

A version of the Petya ransomware hit several countries worldwide and Ukraine had it the worst. The attack looks like ransomware, but things may not be as they seem.

Security June 29, 2017

The 'Petya' Ransomware: What We Know And How To Protect Your PC

Only weeks following WannaCry, a new form of malware is wreaking havoc. Here's what we know about the Petya malware and how to stop it.

Security June 28, 2017

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