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Oh No, Lenovo And Intel! Critical Security Flaw Found In ThinkPads

A security researcher has revealed that the Lenovo ThinkPad series is affected by a critical security vulnerability. The flaw enables the arbitrary execution of the SMM code and can allow hackers to bypass the basic security protocols for Windows.

Security July 5, 2016

US Senate Rings BlackBerry Death Knell, Says Hello To Apple iPhone And Samsung Smartphones

The U.S. Senate will discontinue offering BlackBerry mobile phones to its staff. Apple or Samsung smartphones are expected to replace BlackBerry devices in the U.S. Senate.

Security July 5, 2016

Lizard Squad DDoS Attacks Escalate: From Video Game Networks To Online Banks, Government Websites

The Lizard Squad, known for launching DDoS attacks on video game networks, is now targeting online banks and websites of government departments. The hacking group is utilizing the LizardStresser tool, in conjunction with compromised CCTVs and webcams.

Security July 4, 2016

Warning: Android Full Disk Encryption Significantly Weaker On Qualcomm Chips

An independent security researcher identified big vulnerabilities in Android devices running on Qualcomm chips. The reason behind the concern is that the full disk encryption is lacking in protection, although Google claims otherwise.

Security July 2, 2016

Hacker From Chicago Pleads Guilty To 'Celebgate' Nude Photo Phishing Scheme

A man from Chicago has pleaded guilty to a phishing scheme linked to the 'Celebgate' scandal of 2014. The incident saw the leak of nude photos of several celebrities such as Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, Brie Larson and Olivia Munn.

Security July 2, 2016

World-Check Global Database Against Terrorism Gets Leaked Online

A database overseen by Thomson Reuters was breached and accessed by unauthorized personnel. The leaked material is a so-called world-check global database containing sensitive information about individuals who are highly suspected of committing illegal acts.

Security July 1, 2016

Hacker Looks To Sell Nearly 10M US Health Records On The Dark Web

A hacker is said to have access to about 10 million health records of Americans. The hacker has posted an advertisement on the Dark Web to sell the leaked data of the patients.

Security June 29, 2016

Google's Sundar Pichai Quora Account Hacking Incident Is Another Grim Reminder That Nobody Is Safe

Sundar Pichai is now the latest victim of hacking being lodged against big bosses in Silicon Valley. The culprit OurMine sends the message loud and clear: nobody is safe.

Security June 28, 2016

FBI Budget For Surveillance Tech To Reach Close To $1B: What Is The Money Spent On?

With the request for additional budget of over $100 million for next year, the budget of the FBI's Operational Technology Division inches closer to $1 billion. The amount has been revealed in a roundtable discussion on encryption.

Security June 26, 2016

The FBI Can Still Spy On You Even If You're Using Tor And Don't Ask Why

A U.S. District Court judge has handed down a ruling suggesting that the FBI can hack a U.S. citizen's computer without a warrant. The decision means that the bureau can even spy on Americans, who use Tor to hide their online footprint.

Security June 26, 2016

Godless Malware Targets 90 Percent Of Android Devices: Here's What It Can Do

A new malware dubbed Godless reportedly affects over 850,000 Android-powered smartphones and tablets worldwide. The malware can leverage multi-fold rooting exploits, which renders the devices vulnerable.

Security June 23, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg Covers Webcam And Mic With Tape To Protect His Privacy: Should You Do It Too?

Mark Zuckerberg covers the webcam and mic of his laptop with a tape, which is a basic and cheap way of protecting privacy. Here are some tips on how to protect your online privacy.

Security June 23, 2016

How Mark Zuckerberg Protects His Privacy? With Strips Of Tape, Of Course

Mark Zuckerberg’s public status has made him a target of number of hackers and cyber threats. Alongside personal security guards and protection investments, the Facebook owner was recently spotted sporting a new security system.

Security June 22, 2016

China Hacking Declines: Cyberattacks On US Targets Less Numerous But Still Successful

A new report by cybersecurity company FireEye revealed that security breaches attributed to Chinese hackers have declined in recent years. However, although the decline decreased in volume, it has become more sophisticated.

Security June 23, 2016

Acer Data Breach Affects 34,500 Accounts, Exposes Credit Card Details: What You Should Know

Acer recently revealed that its server was hacked, affecting 34,500 accounts of its consumers. In an advisory dated Wednesday, the company wrote that the hacker gained access to confidential information, enough to commit fraudulent credit card transactions.

Security June 22, 2016

Teen Hacks Pentagon And Discovers 'Bugs': What This Means For Security

Amateur hackers and professional cybersecurity experts alike hacked several of the U.S. Defense Department's websites and found hundreds of vulnerabilities. Among the white hat hackers is a high school student.

Security June 21, 2016

Google Paid $550K For Android Security Bug Reports And Is Raising The Stakes: Here's The Deal

Google is celebrating one year of Android Security Rewards, with 250 bugs found and $550,000 paid out so far. To mark the anniversary, Google is raising the stakes by offering higher incentives for its Android bug bounty program.

Security June 17, 2016

How To Hack Facebook Account? Someone Just Needs Your Phone Number

Needing nothing more from their victims than the phone numbers of associated accounts, hackers have a new way to steal data from Facebook users.

Security June 17, 2016

Sanford 'Spam King' Wallace Gets 2.5 Years Of Jail Time For Spamming Facebook Users

Sanford Wallace, the famous “spam king” of internet, will face jail time and a hefty fine for his malicious actions. The scammer was sentenced to jail after he sent out a whopping 27 million spam messages to Facebook users.

Security June 16, 2016

LG Adds Security Bulletins To Warn Users And Protect Devices Against Vulnerabilities

LG is the latest OEM to join Google and Samsung in releasing regular security bulletins. The company wants its devices to be better prepared against digital threats and will release monthly security updates for its customers.

Security June 12, 2016

Twitter Says It Was Not Hacked, But It's Locking Accounts After 32M User Credentials Surfaced Online

Twitter faced new allegations of being hacked, but multiple sources indicated that the rumor was false. The platform catered to its users' credential safety and urged them to take additional security measures.

Security June 10, 2016

Wendy's Hacker Attack Much Worse Than Initially Thought: New Malware Found In Investigations

Last month, Wendy's said that over 300 of its restaurants were affected by a hacking attack discovered in January. A new development in the investigations, however, reveals that many more locations could have been compromised.

Security June 10, 2016

Netflix And Facebook Urge Users To Change Passwords

A popular cybersecurity expert says that Netflix and Facebook are forcing users to change their passwords. These companies' move comes hot on the heels of security issues saying that millions of MySpace, Tumblr and LinkedIn accounts have been leaked online.

Security June 8, 2016

Hacking Of Mark Zuckerberg's Social Media Accounts Teaches Us A Big Lesson: Always Choose A Good Password

Even Mark Zuckerberg's social media accounts can be hacked, so here's how to choose a good password.

Security June 7, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg's Accounts On Twitter And Pinterest Get Hacked

This weekend, Mark Zuckerberg's rarely used accounts on Twitter and Pinterest were compromised by a group of hackers called OurMine. The incident is a good reminder to tighten your security and change your passwords.

Security June 6, 2016

Hacker Spies Hack Federal Reserve Computer System More Than 50 Times In The Past Four Years

The computer system of the U.S. Federal Reserve saw over 50 breaches between 2011 and 2015. Some of these cyberattacks were described as 'espionage.'

Security June 2, 2016

Yahoo Releases National Security Letters After FBI Drops Gag Order: This Is What The Gov't Knows About You

Yahoo published three national security letters on June 1 after the FBI dropped the gag order to comply with the USA Freedom Act. Here is what the government now knows about those Yahoo users.

Security June 2, 2016

Dell, HP, Asus, Acer And Lenovo Laptops Hacked For Security Analysis: 'It's Far Too Easy,' Say Researchers

Duo Security recently published an analysis showcasing the high vulnerability seen in off-the-shelf laptops from big manufacturers. Ten devices were tested from the likes of Dell, HP, Asus, Acer and Lenovo and some failed more terribly than others.

Security June 2, 2016

More Than 427 Million MySpace Passwords Get Leaked, Hacker Selling Them For 6 Bitcoin

Millions of MySpace emails and passwords have cropped up online. The hacker has put the stolen data up for sale on the dark Web market for 6 bitcoin.

Security May 30, 2016

Twitter Gives More Than $300,000 Over 2 Years To Bug Bounty Hunters

Twitter has disclosed that it paid out more than $300,000 in reward money to bug bounty hunters in the past two years. The maximum amount Twitter paid as reward was $12,040.

Security May 29, 2016

Your iPhone Or Android Smartphone Can Get Hacked When You Charge Via USB And Laptop

Smartphone owners who charge their device using a USB cable connected to a computer can be vulnerable to hackers. What private information can be leaked from the phone?

Security May 29, 2016

Microsoft Banning Basic Passwords: You Can't Use '123456' Or 'Password' Anymore

Microsoft is banning the use of basic passwords across its services. Some companies like Google are also working on password-replacement technology to help enhance security of users.

Security May 28, 2016

How To Stop Your Phone From Spying On You: Privacy Tips From Edward Snowden

Famed whistleblower Edward Snowden shows 'Vice' some steps toward 'going black.' This procedure will keep smartphones from spying on their owners.

Security May 27, 2016

Bangladesh Cyberheist Similar To Other Bank Breaches In Southeast Asia

As many as 12 banks in the SWIFT network have found security irregularities similar to the $81 million Bangladesh cyber attack. Symantec reported that the hackers could also be figuring in a Philippine bank attack.

Security May 27, 2016

World's First Quantum Communications Satellite From China Designed To Thwart Hackers

China is set to dispatch the world's first quantum communications satellite into orbit in July. Experts say the launch may cement the country as the leader in quantum communication.

Security May 26, 2016

SWIFT To Launch New Cybersecurity Program In Wake Of Bangladesh Bank Heist

SWIFT CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt announced on May 24 that they will implement a new security program to prevent cybercriminals from attacking their system again. The company had suffered several cybersecurity breaches in the past two years.

Security May 25, 2016

True Random Numbers Could Be Key To Improved Cybersecurity

Computer scientists were able to come up with a random number extractor that could be used to improve cybersecurity. The method will be presented at the annual Symposium on Theory of Computing in Massachusetts this June.

Security May 21, 2016

The Intercept Releases More Documents First Leaked By Edward Snowden Revealing NSA’s Inner Workings

Cache of Snowden’s NSA documents have been made available, and journalists are encouraged to read through it to uncover stories not yet told.

Security May 17, 2016

Congress Prohibits House Staffers From Accessing Yahoo Mail, Google-Hosted Apps After Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks fool users into clicking and opening a malicious file that then encrypts a computer's contents, preventing a user from accessing it.

Security May 12, 2016

Defense Secretary Ash Carter Looks To Strengthen Washington’s Relationship With Silicon Valley

While speaking to a group of reporters on May 11, Carter gave a prime example of the government’s move to use more tech, citing electronic techniques used by U.S.-led coalitions to disrupt jihadist forces.

Security May 12, 2016

Put Your Hacking Skills To The Test With Facebook’s Open-Sourced Capture The Flag Platform

Facebook's open-sourced Capture the Flag competition platform is geared toward teaching developers about cybersecurity.

Security May 11, 2016

IBM Research And UMBC Team Up To Create Cognitive Computing Cybersecurity Lab

IBM and UMBC will explore new ways to apply cognitive technologies — which digest, learn from and reason structured and unstructured data — to help cybersecurity experts.

Security May 10, 2016

North Korea Continues To Excel In The Realm Of Cyber Attacks

Although North Korea is bogged down with aging Soviet jets and tanks in terms of its ground game, it appears to be making strides on the Internet.

Security May 10, 2016

Feds Want To Know How Mobile Security Patches Are Rolled Out: Here's Why

Federal agencies - FCC and FTC - have requested mobile phone carriers and manufacturers to explain how and when they patch vulnerability issues. The agencies are getting concerned about a recent rise in security attacks.

Security May 10, 2016

Tech Trade Groups Push Presidential Candidates To Defend Cybersecurity, Privacy

Tech groups call on presidential candidates to support encryption and embrace other IT issues.

Security May 6, 2016

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