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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

Russia Chooses Not To Retaliate Against US Over Hacking Allegations And Sanctions

The outgoing Obama administration has issued sanctions and expulsions over allegations that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential elections. Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, decided not to retaliate, and here's why.

Security December 31, 2016

U.S. Government Officially Accuses Russia Of Hacking 2016 Election: How Will Moscow Respond?

The United States government has formally accused Russia of interfering with the 2016 presidential election through hacking attacks, with outgoing President Barack Obama issuing sanctions and expulsions. How will Moscow respond to these allegations?

Security December 30, 2016

OurMine Hacks Sony Music, Bob Dylan Twitter Accounts To Falsely Proclaim Britney Spears Is Dead

Hacking group OurMine infiltrated the official Twitter accounts of Sony Music and Bob Dylan. The hacked accounts falsely tweeted that singer Britney Spears has died, sending netizens into a rampage to find out if the news was true.

Security December 26, 2016

Hack-Proofing Devices: Researcher Develops Better Safeguards For RFID Technology

Despite the sense of security shared by RFID, the concern is high that any lapse will invite bad consequences. To address the lacuna, a Singapore-based management has offered new security enhancements in RFID application areas.

Security December 27, 2016

FBI Launched Probe Into FDIC Hack: Was China Really Behind The Security Breach?

A Reuters report revealed that the FBI has launched an investigation into the security breaches that had affected the FDIC starting 2010. The hackers behind the attacks were said to be sponsored by the Chinese military.

Security December 24, 2016

Biggest Data Breaches And Hacks Of 2016: Yahoo Data Breach, DNC Hacking, And More

It has been a long year for security experts with the slew of data breaches and hacking. Several incidents have already assumed historic proportions, making 2016 the worst so far for the government, companies, and individual users alike.

Security December 25, 2016

Twitter Hacking Spree: OurMine Targets Marvel, NFL Twitter Accounts After Hitting Netflix

Netflix and Marvel's Twitter accounts have been successfully attacked by OurMine, a team of allegedly young hackers. After the breach, the group left its calling card, which dutifully included an admonition for the affected parties that a better defense should be in order.

Security December 22, 2016

Netflix US Twitter Account Gets OurMine Hack Treatment: Mock Tweets Berate World Security

Netflix woke up to a surprise this morning, with its U.S. Twitter account freshly hacked by OurMine. Mock tweets berated world security, but Netflix seems to have gained control of its account again.

Security December 21, 2016

Microsoft's LinkedIn Hit By Data Breach: 55,000 Passwords Reset For Subsidiary Lynda.com

Lynda.com, a subsidiary of LinkedIn, has announced a security breach that affected 9.5 million users, causing the company to reset the password for 55,000 accounts. The company is now notifying its users about the security breach through email.

Security December 20, 2016

Detroit Crews Install 65,000 New LED Streetlights

The mayor of Detroit has just revealed the new streetlight system of the city, which is entirely LED-based. The $185 million project is aimed at making the city safer and more accessible.

Security December 17, 2016

Yahoo Hack Compromised 1 Billion Accounts: What You Should Do To Protect Your Personal Data

After Yahoo admitted that around 1 billion users have been affected in the recently revealed security breach, it is imperative to immediately modify your account to keep third-party users from accessing your personal data.

Security December 16, 2016

Facebook Messenger 'Originull' Bug Exposed Messages To Hackers, But Facebook Patched The Critical Vulnerability

A critical Facebook vulnerability dubbed 'Originull' exposed the private messages sent and received through Facebook Messenger, security research firm Cynet has found. Facebook has patched the flaw already.

Security December 15, 2016

Yahoo Reveals Another Security Breach: 1 Billion More User Accounts Compromised

Yahoo has identified another security breach on its systems that potentially compromises the data of at least 1 billion more users. With this latest development, is the acquisition of the company by Verizon now in doubt?

Security December 15, 2016

Visa Credit Card Hack: Your Details Cracked In Just 6 Seconds

A new study reveals that it is possible to crack the details of a Visa credit or debit card in just 6 seconds. The study has been conducted by researchers at Newcastle University, UK, and shares that Visa cards are susceptible to a 'distributed guessing attack.'

Security December 6, 2016

Global Law Enforcers Finally Take Down Avalanche Cybercrime Ring: Here's How They Did It

Federal investigators across different territories were able to take down 'Avalanche' in a concerted effort to shut the platform down. Avalanche was a prolific cybercrime ring that had affected as many as 500,000 computers daily.

Security December 4, 2016

Gooligan App-Installing Malware Infects 1 Million Android Devices, But Google Says Personal Files And Email Are Safe

Security firm Check Point has issued a warning regarding a new type of Android malware called 'Gooligan,' which has infected more than 1 million devices in just a few months. Google says it found no evidence that the malware compromised personal emails or files.

Security December 1, 2016

SF Muni Ransomware Hackers Threaten To Expose 30 GB Of Stolen Data Unless They Get $73K Ransom

The attackers behind the SF Muni hack this past weekend have reportedly asked for 100 Bitcoin, or roughly $73,000, as ransom. Otherwise, the hackers threatened to expose 30 GB of stolen data.

Security November 29, 2016

Is This Malware Spreading Through Images On Facebook And LinkedIn? Here's How To Protect Yourself

Security firm Check Point reported that the Locky ransomware is being propagated through a new method named ImageGate. Attackers are forcing users to download infected image files on Facebook and LinkedIn to spread the malware.

Security November 28, 2016

San Francisco Public Transportation Free For A Day After Muni Metro Line Hack

SF Muni rides were free all day on Saturday, after its computer systems were hacked. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency didn't know who was behind the hack, or what they wanted for ransom.

Security November 28, 2016

Navy Data Breach: Navy Reveals Personal Data Of 130,000 Sailors Hacked

The U.S. Navy confirmed that data of about 130,000 sailors were compromised as a result of a latest breach. The Navy has no information that suggests misuse of leaked data.

Security November 24, 2016

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