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Global Spying Operation 'Dark Caracal' Uncovered: Hackers Compromise Thousands Of Android Smartphones, Windows Computers

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Lookout have uncovered Dark Caracal, a global spying operation that has compromised thousands of Android smartphones and Windows computers in 21 countries. Further investigations revealed that the hackers may be nation-state actors.

Security January 19, 2018

Intel Rolls Out Meltdown And Spectre Patches, Then Warns Against Installing Them Due To Glitches

Intel rolled out patches to fix the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, but some of the security updates are causing random reboots. Customers are now advised to hold off on installing them.

Security January 13, 2018

Nvidia Rolls Out Updated Drivers To Prevent Meltdown Or Spectre From Destroying Your CPU

Companies struggled to issue updates to protect computers and devices from Meltdown and Spectre. Nvidia made a claim that its GPU products are immune.

Security January 11, 2018

Snapchat Secret Data Is Leaked, Shows Why Company Has To Redesign It

Snapchat has a secretive nature when it comes to information. However, a leaked data reveals why the declining usage in features of the app resorted the company to redesign it.

Security January 10, 2018

Intel: Meltdown, Spectre Fixes Rolling Out By The End Of January

Intel’s fix for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities is on the way. At his CES 2018 keynote, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich promised 90 percent of the affected chips will be patched this week, and the rest by end of January.

Security January 9, 2018

Some Mobile Games Listen To What You Watch On TV: Here's How To Stop It

A New York Times report exposed Alphonso, a start-up that created software for apps to secretly listen to what users watch on TV. Here's how you can stop the data collection practice.

Security December 30, 2017

'123456' Is Still The Most Common Password In 2017, But The List Now Includes 'starwars'

The most common passwords are the most popular passwords, but they're also the worst passwords. Now the results are in for 2017, and that means you should never use any one of these combinations, especially '123456' and 'starwars.'

Security December 20, 2017

This Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware On Android Can Literally Destroy Your Phone

A new type of malware called Loapi is infecting Android phones, Kaspersky has discovered. It can do a lot of things, including melt your phone.

Security December 20, 2017

Windows 10 Password Manager Brings Back Critical Security Vulnerability Spotted Last Year

A free password manager that was bundled with Windows 10 downloads was discovered to have a critical security vulnerability. The bug, however, was already spotted by a Google security researcher last year.

Security December 17, 2017

iPhone X Untethered Jailbreak On iOS 11.2.1 Achieved By Alibaba Security Researchers

Security researchers working for Alibaba claim to have successfully achieved an untethered jaibreak for the iPhone X on iOS 11.2.1. What exploits were used, and will you be able to download it?

Security December 17, 2017

Mozilla Firefox Add-On To Promote 'Mr. Robot' Backfires: Users Think They Were Really Hacked

A mysterious add-on named Looking Glass 1.0.3 started appearing in Mozilla Firefox browsers earlier this week. Users thought they were hacked, but it was just a marketing stunt for the 'Mr. Robot' TV show.

Security December 17, 2017

Mirai Botnet Creators Plead Guilty: Here's What The 3 Hackers Did And What Awaits Them

Three hackers have pleaded guilty to the creation and operation of the Mirai botnet. The botnet, a collection of internet-connected devices, was sued to take down large parts of the internet in October 2016.

Security December 14, 2017

Some HP Laptops Have A Hidden Keylogger That Hackers Can Activate

A security researcher discovered that HP laptops come with hidden keylogger software that hackers can activate if they gain physical access to the target device. HP confirmed that the keylogger is present in more than 460 models of its laptops.

Security December 12, 2017

Facebook May Soon Ask You For A Selfie To Verify If You're A Real Person

Facebook may soon launch a new verification system to root out suspicious users. It is testing a new kind of captcha to verify user identities on its platform.

Security December 3, 2017

HP May Have Installed Spyware In Your PC: Here's What It Does And How To Remove It

HP installed a telemetry client that essentially functions as spyware to its computers without requesting permission from users. Fortunately, the software, which also affects performance, can be easily found and removed.

Security November 29, 2017

Critical Security Flaw Allows Root Access To macOS High Sierra Without Password: Here’s How To Avoid It

A major security flaw has been discovered within macOS High Sierra. When exploited, it enables admin access to Macs, allowing users to perform every task an administrator can also do.

Security November 28, 2017

Researchers Develop High-Speed Quantum Encryption, And It Might Just Be The Future Of Cybersecurity

The key to a secure and safe internet might just be quantum encryption. A team of researchers have developed a new encryption system that’s basically hack-proof, potentially improving the state of cybersecurity.

Security November 27, 2017

Imgur Confirms 2014 Hack: Email Addresses And Passwords Stolen From 1.7 Million Accounts

Imgur was hacked in 2014 and didn’t know about it until this past Thursday, Nov. 23, when a security researcher notified the image sharing service about the breach. Besides email addresses and passwords, no other sensitive information was stolen.

Security November 25, 2017

Millions Of Intel CPUs Found To Have Major Security Flaw: Here’s All The Affected Chips

Millions of Intel-based computers are found to be at risk due to several vulnerabilities discovered recently by two security researchers. Intel has released a detection tool to help users determine whether their system is affected.

Security November 24, 2017

When Uber Discovered A Major Security Breach, It Paid Hackers To Keep It A Secret: Report

Uber paid two hackers $100,000 to keep quiet about a massive data breach, current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has admitted. Fifty-seven million driver and rider accounts were put at risk.

Security November 22, 2017

Cryptocurrency Startup Tether Hacked: Attackers Take $31 Million Worth Of Bitcoin

Tether, a cryptocurrency startup, has lost $31 million worth bitcoins from its platform due to the hacker attack. The value of cryptocurrencies has fallen across the market against the U.S. dollar after the news of the attack broke out.

Security November 21, 2017

Researcher Found A Serious Vulnerability In DJI’s Web Security, Then Was Told To Keep Quiet Or Else

As part of DJI’s bug bounty program, a security researcher was set to receive $30,000 after finding a fatal security flaw. But things got sour when he got a thinly veiled legal threat from the drone maker.

Security November 21, 2017

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

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