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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

NCR Corporation Reports Increase In Deep Insert Skimmers Within ATM Machines

The company believes that tiny pinhole cameras are used to record customers' PIN information, and can also be used as a receiver for the stolen card data sent by the skimmer inside the card slot.

Security May 6, 2016

Anonymous Attacks The Bank Of Greece As It Begins A 30-Day Hacking Campaign Against Worldwide Banks

In a YouTube video, Anonymous had previously warned that it would soon begin a 30-day campaign called 'OpIcarus – Shut Down the Banks' against central banks around the world.

Security May 4, 2016

Researchers Find Security Issues With Samsung’s SmartThings, While Report Shows 6 In 10 Internet Users Concerned With Privacy

About 80 percent were 'concerned' that their information was being bought or sold on the Internet, or it was being monitored.

Security May 2, 2016

Android Malware Masquerading As Chrome Update Can Harvest Bank Info, Call Logs, Browser History And More

Chrome for Android is under attack from an insidious malware, ZScaler points out. The infection leads to data theft that can range from browser history to credit card information, but users can get rid of it.

Security April 30, 2016

Report: Cybersecurity Still A Major Concern For Many Government Websites

The data revealed that, out of all of the industries examined, ranging from health care to hospitality, the government ranked last in terms of cybersecurity.

Security April 29, 2016

US Government Wants To Hide Data Demands: Facebook Says 60 Percent Of Requests Had Gag Orders

On its latest Global Government Requests Report that covers the second half of 2015, Facebook says that government requests for user data had increased by 13 percent. Of the data requests coming from the U.S. government, 60 percent contained a gag order.

Security April 29, 2016

Report Finds Cybercriminals Now Focused on Exploiting 'Human Nature'

Experts recommend utilizing two-factor authentication whenever possible, encrypting personal data, and being aware of what types of attacks are common in specific industries.

Security April 28, 2016

Malvertising Hits Pirate Bay Users With Crypto Ransomware Via 'Pop-Under' Ads

Pirate Bay users who used the torrent site during the weekend put themselves at risk. A malvertising attack led inconspicuous Internet surfers to meet the Magnitude exploit kit and the Cerber ransomware.

Security April 28, 2016

Personal Data Of Hundreds Of Spotify Users Surface Online: Report

Hundreds of Spotify account credentials have reportedly popped up on the Web. Credentials allegedly posted online include email addresses, user names, passwords, account type and more details.

Security April 26, 2016

Hackers Attack Dating Site For 'Beautiful People': 1.1 Million Personal Info Leaks

The unashamedly brash dating site called 'Beautiful People' has been shame-hacked. The personal details of 1.1 million individuals have been leaked.

Security April 26, 2016

New Android Ransomware Infects Phones When Users Visit A Certain Website

Blue Coat detected a new piece of ransomware that injects malicious codes into Android devices. The ransomware can easily target Android 4.0 through Android 4.3 operating systems, while devices running on Android 4.4 are also vulnerable to such attack.

Security April 26, 2016

Japan's Stealth Fighter Jet Takes Maiden Flight

Japan's first radar evading fighter jet recently took its maiden flight. The prototype X-2 fighter jet took its first test flight on April 22, one move of Japan's increased military defense.

Security April 24, 2016

Bangladesh $80 Million Bank Hack Blamed On $10 Second-Hand Routers

In March, hackers were caught stealing $80 million from the Central Bank of Bangladesh. The hackers were able to infiltrate the bank's system due to the lack of a firewall and cheap routers, an investigator claims.

Security April 23, 2016

Creators Of SpyEye Banking Trojan Sentenced To 24 Years In Prison

The creators of the SpyEye botnet creation kit - Aleksandr Andreevich Panin and Hamza Bendelladj - have been sentenced to a combined 24 years and 6 months in prison by the US DOJ.

Security April 23, 2016

Apple Engineers On iPhone Security: Hackers Bigger Threat Than Government

The engineers from Apple said in a press briefing that hackers are the company's primary threat, not the government. They also touted the Cupertino-based company as the most effective security organization in the whole world.

Security April 16, 2016

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