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U.S. Homeland Security Employees Get Locked Out Of Computer Networks, Officials Blame President's Day: Report

Several employees of the U.S. Homeland Security in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia found themselves unable to login to the agency's computer networks. Due to the glitch, information systems could not validate personal identity verification (PIV) cards.

Security February 23, 2017

Bioterrorism Could Kill More Than Nuclear War: Bill Gates

Bill Gates has warned at the Munich Security Conference that bioterrorism could kill more people than nuclear warfare. The next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist bent on using genetic engineering, he warns.

Security February 20, 2017

Hackers Used Eavesdropping Malware To Spy On Ukranian Businesses, Security Experts Reveal

A malware named “Operation BugDrop” has been used by the hackers for collecting information and data from Ukrainian business. The bug was first discovered by intelligence firm CyberX.

Security February 19, 2017

My Friend Cayla Is A Spy, Parents Advised To Destroy Doll

The Wi-Fi-connected My Friend Cayla doll could be used by hackers to spy on children, so has been banned in Germany with parents advised to destroy the to

Security February 17, 2017

Android Security: How Google Scans Billions Of Apps To Keep Malware At Bay

Android Security has an overwhelming task to keep the Android Universe free from malware. We look at how the company is able to handle this daunting task.

Security February 28, 2017

How Hackers Used 'Forged Cookies' To Access Yahoo Accounts: No Password Needed [Analysis]

Yahoo reveals new information regarding the 2015 and 2016 data breach, and it should make users really worried. Counterfeit cookies were used to breeze through security protocols.

Security February 19, 2017

Microsoft Chief Now Wants Digital Geneva Convention To Set Rules For Cyberwar

Microsoft's president said that civilians and private companies deserve to be protected amid the escalation of cyberwar. He explained that attacks are no longer perpetrated for financial gain but also with intent to cripple enemy states.

Security February 15, 2017

Vending Machines Lead Attack That Held University Internet Hostage: Verizon Report

A hacker used vending machines and other internet-connected devices to carry out a botnet attack on a still unidentified U.S. university. Using a malware, 5,000 IoT devices were corrupted to do the culprit's bidding.

Security February 14, 2017

Cybersecurity: SonicWall Threat Report Shows Malware Slightly Dropped, But Ransomware Surged In 2016

Cybersecurity company SonicWall released its latest global cyber threat report for 2016, detailing the state of cybersecurity. According to the report, malware saw a slight drop, but ransomware surged tremendously.

Security February 8, 2017

Smart TV Tracking You? Here's How To Stop It From Spying On You

Your smart TV tracking you isn't really a big surprise, but that doesn't mean it's OK. Here are a few ways to stop it from spying on you and keeping tabs on your viewing habits.

Security February 8, 2017

US House Passes Email Privacy Act: Requires Warrant Before Authorities Can Probe Your Emails

The U.S. House passed the Email Privacy Act Monday, which seeks to modernize an age-old an online privacy law permitting probes sans warrants for some emails. It remains to be seen whether the bill stalls in the Senate.

Security February 7, 2017

Credit Card Theft Moves Online As Chip Technology Thwarts In-Store Criminal Efforts

Millions of credit cards in the United States have been turned into 'smart cards' or those equipped with EMV technology. Criminals, however, have easily adapted and moved their operations online.

Security February 2, 2017

What Is The Best VPN?

Tech Times looks into some Virtual Private Networks to determine how good its service is and what makes it a good choice. Find out which VPNs made the cut

Security January 29, 2017

Which Is The Safest Among Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome And Mozilla Firefox?

A study shows that Microsoft Edge is the safer browser to use for Windows 10 users. Read on to find out if this claim is true.

Security January 29, 2017

BEWARE: Hackers Can Crack The Pattern Lock On Your Android Device In 5 Attempts

Android users who are using a pattern lock to secure their device might want to change the way they lock their phones. A group of researchers says that the Android pattern lock system can be dismantled within 5 attempts.

Security January 29, 2017

Watch Out For SpyNote RAT, Poses As Netflix App To Steal Your Data

A new spyware dubbed SpyNote RAT mimics the Netflix app with the purpose of stealing user data. Using the spyware, hackers can eavesdrop on a user's conversations, view contact lists, and files stored on the mobile device.

Security January 27, 2017

Kaspersky Lab Security Investigator Charged Of Treason In Russia

Ruslan Stoyanov, Kaspersky Lab’s head of investigation for computer incidents, was arrested in December 2016 on charges of treason. Kaspersky has stated that this arrest will not affect computer incidents' investigation team in any way.

Security January 26, 2017

Trump Still Uses His 'Old, Unsecured Android Phone,' And That's Just Bad

Assumed into office, President Donald Trump still uses an unsecured Android device, The New York Times reported. Experts said that this opens up a number of vulnerabilities.

Security January 26, 2017

‘Anonymized’ Web Browsing Not Actually Anonymous, Finds Princeton Study

New research showed that online browsing on private mode is, actually, not at all private. Corporations such as Twitter, Google, or Facebook can track the identities of the anonymous users, for third-party advertising purposes.

Security January 24, 2017

SEC Investigating Yahoo Over Data Breach

The SEC has been investigating two data breaches which happened at Yahoo in 2013 and 2014. The agency is also determining whether Yahoo complied with the civil security laws with regard to its data breach disclosure.

Security January 23, 2017

Sundance Film Festival Was Hit By Hackers, But Cyberattack Didn't Affect Screenings

Some hackers took aim at the Sundance Film Festival that caused its box office to close down for some time, but the attack wasn't enough to take any effect on the screenings.

Security January 23, 2017

CIA Reveals New Rules Of Handling Information On Americans

The CIA has reportedly revised the existing rules for routine espionage operations. The revised guidelines were published on Jan. 18 on its official website.

Security January 20, 2017

Gmail Phishing: Why The Latest Scam May Be The Smartest Trick Out There

A Gmail phishing scam is gaining traction, with quite a number of victims falling for it. Here's how the phishing works and how to protect yourself from it.

Security January 22, 2017

9 Issues Make Samsung SmartCam Vulnerable To Hackers, Security Experts Say

Hackers have discovered a security flaw in Samsung SmartCams, which could render the security camera devices vulnerable to hijacking. This flaw increases the possibility that these items can be exploited by remote attackers.

Security January 17, 2017

Watch Out For Gmail Phishing Scam, Tricks Users To Give Up Google Credentials

Gmail users from all over the world are losing their credentials from a new phishing scam. The scam sends bugged emails which take the users to a fake login page when opened.

Security January 17, 2017

The Most Common Password Of 2016 Is Still '123456'

It's official: the most common password of 2016 is still '123456,' with 17 percent of online users still using it. Needless to say, that's a big no-no.

Security January 17, 2017

Chinese Government Wants App Stores To Be Registered, Cites Security Concerns

The Cyberspace Administration of China has ordered the registration of app stores across the country. The new rule is aimed at developing the internet application store industry.

Security January 16, 2017

Dumb WhatsApp Scam Spreads Malware, Touting 'Free Internet' Without Wi-Fi: Beware

A new WhatsApp scam is making rounds, touting 'free internet' without Wi-Fi. The scam requires users to forward the message to 13 friends or 5 groups to activate the offer, but it just brings malware.

Security January 15, 2017

Los Angeles Valley College Pays $28,000 Ransom To Cyberattackers In Bitcoin

The Los Angeles Valley College came under a cyber-attack and ended up paying a ransom of $28,000 to the hackers. The college received the decryption key to restore access but only after the payment was made through Bitcoin.

Security January 15, 2017

WhatsApp's So-Called 'Backdoor' Is Not A Vulnerability But A Feature

WhatsApp, along with information security experts, have reacted negatively to a recent report by the Guardian about the app’s possible backdoor vulnerability. Facebook had been accused of the same thing in April, but the company called it a feature.

Security January 14, 2017

Next CIA Director May Keep Closer Watch On Your Facebook Account: Here's Why

Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo, Trump's pick as CIA Director, attended his confirmation hearing and defended his views on privacy rights and the use of social media during intelligence investigations.

Security January 13, 2017

NSA Can Now Share Your Data With CIA, FBI, Homeland Security And Other Government Intelligence Agencies

The NSA is now allowed to share raw surveillance data with all the 16 national security agencies. It is now authorized to tap in and share your voice calls, text messages and emails with various security agencies.

Security January 13, 2017

Flashing The Peace Sign Can Get You In Trouble: Here's Why

Researchers have shared that flashing the peace sign can get one into trouble as it could lead to identity theft. This comes as a shock as not many are aware of identity-related information being obtained from one's fingerprints.

Security January 11, 2017

E-Sports Site ESEA Hacked, 1.5M Users' Account Data Released After Refusing To Pay Ransom

ESEA faced a ransomware attack and refused to pay up, arguing that it doesn't give in to extortion and ransom demand. As a result, hackers released data from more than 1.5 million ESEA accounts.

Security January 11, 2017

WikiLeaks Wants To Expose Personal Info Of All Verified Twitter Users In Massive Database: Here's Why

WikiLeaks is already infamous for its previous doxxing activities, but now it wants to pull off something bigger and creepier. The group is threatening to expose the personal information of all verified Twitter users in an online database.

Security January 7, 2017

Trump Wary Of Cybersecurity Loopholes: 'No Computer Is Safe'

In the wake of the Russia hacking controversy, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump warns that 'no computer is safe.' Trump recommends the use of courier as a safer alternative to relay important messages.

Security January 7, 2017

How The Internet Of Things Is The Perfect Target For DDoS Attacks And Data Breaches

The Internet of Things offers many benefits in everyday life. However, it also serves as the perfect target for DDoS attacks and data breaches.

Security January 14, 2017

Synaptics Multifactor Biometrics Fusion Engine Merges Fingerprint And Facial Recognition, Puts Them On Your Phone

Known human interface technology developer, Synaptics introduced its new Multifactor Biometric Fusion Engine that combines facial recognition and fingerprint to add layers of protection to mobile devices. The new system will also be integrated with tablets and notebook PCs.

Security January 4, 2017

'Fallout 4' Computer Terminal Screenshot Used By CNN To Show Russian Hacking

Gamers are not happy with CNN's use of 'Fallout 4' screenshot in a report that discussed the Russian election hacking attack. According to them, there are better options aside from using the screenshot of the game.

Security January 3, 2017

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