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North Korea Hackers Use Android Apps With Malware To Harass Defectors

A North Korea hacking team used Google Play Store apps with malware to track, threaten, and blackmail people who escaped from the authoritarian country. The defectors were invited to download the seemingly innocent apps through Facebook.

Security May 20, 2018

'Fortnite' Players Facing Hundreds Of Dollars Worth Of Fraudulent Charges

Some 'Fortnite' players took to Reddit and the 'Fortnite' forum to report that hackers accessed their accounts and made fraudulent charges. Epic Games says it's aware of the issue and is working to resolve it.

Security March 14, 2018

1Password's New Feature Lets You Check If Your Password Has Been Stolen

Users subscribed to 1Password can now try out a new security function. The service can now check if a password has been compromised or not.

Apps/Software February 24, 2018

Smart TVs Are Vulnerable To Hackers And Collect Too Much Data, Consumer Reports Says

An investigation by Consumer Reports revealed that smart TVs by Samsung and Roku carry easy-to-find flaws that hackers can exploit. The study also found that the internet-connected appliances may be collecting too much information from its viewers.

Smart Home February 8, 2018

Cisco Warns The World Of Super Dangerous VPN Bug: Here's What It Does

Cisco released a security advisory for a dangerous VPN bug discovered by NCC Group. The vulnerability found in the WebVPN feature of the company's Adaptive Security Appliance software may be exploited by hackers to take full control of systems.

Security January 31, 2018

Google Shuts Down Hackers Who Hijacked YouTube Ads For Cryptocurrency Mining

Hackers hijacked YouTube ads to exploit users' CPUs for cryptocurrency mining, but YouTube addressed the issue. The company says it blocked the malicious ads and removed the attackers from its platform.

Google January 29, 2018

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

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

Hackers Can Use iOS Apps With Camera Access To Spy On iPhone Owners

A security researcher discovered that hackers can abuse iOS permissions to have apps secretly take pictures and record videos using the iPhone's cameras. How can you protect yourself against this new iOS privacy problem?

Apple October 29, 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

SNES Classic Edition Hacked: You Can Now Add More Games To The Retro Console, At Your Own Risk

The SNES Classic Edition has been hacked, just over a week after its launch. Owners of the retro console can now add more titles to its games line-up, including 'Chrono Trigger,' 'ActRaiser,' and 'Earthworm Jim'.

Video Games October 8, 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

iPhone Hacking Tool Used By FBI In San Bernardino Case Will Remain A Secret

A federal court ruled that the FBI can keep the vendor and price of its iPhone hacking tool a secret. The tool was used to unlock the iPhone 5C of one of the shooters of the 2015 San Bernardino tragedy.

Apple October 2, 2017

Apple Launches macOS High Sierra With Massive Security Risk That Allows Hackers To Steal Passwords

A former NSA hacker revealed a vulnerability that allows hackers to steal passwords stored in a Mac computer just as Apple launched macOS High Sierra. What can users do to protect themselves from the exploit?

Apple September 26, 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

Equifax Hackers Demand $2.66 Million Ransom For Stolen Information, With Sept. 15 Deadline

The Equifax hackers have demanded a ransom of over 600 Bitcoin, or about $2.66 million, by Sept. 15. The victims of the Equifax data breach should safeguard their information, whether or not Equifax pays the ransom.

Security September 10, 2017

Hackers Infect Computer With Malware Encoded In Strand Of DNA: Should We All Panic?

A team of biologists and security researchers used DNA encoded with malware to compromise a computer. Should we all panic now that hackers are moving from exploiting computers to exploiting the human body?

Security August 11, 2017

WannaCry Hero's Dark Past Comes Back To Haunt Him? Cybersecurity Expert Arrested For Allegedly Unleashing Banking Malware

Marcus Hutchins, the man credited for stopping the spread of the WananCry ransomware in May, has been arrested by the FBI. Hutchins allegedly created, maintained, and sold a banking malware in the past.

Security August 4, 2017

Amazon Echo Hack Can Make The Smart Speaker Spy On You: Here's How To Keep Yourself Safe

A newly discovered Amazon Echo hack can allow attackers to receive all the audio recorded by the smart speaker's microphone. Here's how you can stay safe from spying Amazon Echo devices.

Smart Home August 1, 2017

HBO Hacked: 1.5 TB Of Data Stolen, Including Script For Unreleased 'Game Of Thrones' Episode

HBO confirmed that it suffered a cyberattack, with hackers stealing 1.5 TB worth of data. The hackers have uploaded episodes of 'Ballers' and 'Room 104,' along with written material connected to the next episode of 'Game of Thrones.'

Security July 31, 2017

Hacker Group Anonymous Claims NASA On Verge Of Making Alien Life Announcement

A YouTube video believed to come from the hacker group Anonymous claimed that NASA may soon announce the existence of alien life. Do scientists support the idea that intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations really exist?

Space June 26, 2017

Password Manager OneLogin Hacked: Attacker May Also Have Acquired A Way To Unlock Encrypted Data

OneLogin suffered a security breach that potentially compromised customer data. Making the attack potentially much more damaging is that the hacker may have also acquired a decrpytion method for encrypted data.

Security June 2, 2017

Hackers Leak Private Photos Of Celebrities From Plastic Surgery Clinic

A group of hackers attacked a Lithuanian plastic surgery clinic and released private client information, along with personal photos including nude pictures. The hacking group, identified as the ‘Tsar Team,’ demands Bitcoin ransom in exchange for the sensitive stolen data.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 31, 2017

Binge Watchers, Beware: Hackers Are Using Subtitle Files To Spread Malware And Take Over Computers

Security researchers have discovered an exploit in various media players that allow hackers to use subtitles in spreading malware and taking over computers. Here are the affected apps, and how you can protect yourself from the subtitles hack.

Apps/Software May 24, 2017

Digital Pirates Hold 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Hostage: Will Disney Pay The Ransom?

Digital pirates are holding a stolen copy of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' as hostage. If Disney does not pay the ransom, the hackers will release the fifth film in the franchise online.

Movies/TV Shows May 16, 2017

Microsoft Calls Out NSA For Stockpiling Cybersecurity Secrets: WannaCry Ransomware Should Serve As 'Wake-Up Call'

Microsoft called out the National Security Agency for stockpiling cybersecurity vulnerabilities that led to the massively damaging WannaCry ransomware attacks. The company believes that the technology industry, customers, and governments need to team up against hackers.

Microsoft May 15, 2017

Hackers Inject Malware Into Video App HandBrake For Mac: How To Check If Your Computer Is Compromised

Hackers were able to compromise one of the download mirrors for the Mac version of the popular open source video transcoder app HandBrake. Users who recently downloaded the software are advised to check if their computer has been infected with malware.

Security May 9, 2017

Hackers Upload Stolen 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 5: Other TV Shows And Movies Next?

A group of hackers known as The Dark Overlord has uploaded the first 10 episodes of the unreleased fifth season of Netflix's 'Orange Is the New Black.' Will TV shows and movies from other studios and networks be leaked next?

Movies/TV Shows April 30, 2017

Hacker Steals Unreleased 5th Season Of 'Orange Is The New Black' And Blackmails Netflix

A hacker claimed that he has stolen the fifth season of 'Orange is the New Black,' which is scheduled for a June 9 release. The hacker is threatening to leak the episodes unless Netflix pays an undisclosed amount as ransom.

Movies/TV Shows April 29, 2017

Hackers Vow to Crack The Nintendo Switch, Despite $20,000 Bug Bounty

Nintendo recently expanded its bug bounty program, offering up to $20,000 to those who would report Nintendo Switch exploits and vulnerabilities. Hackers, however, are confident that they will still be able to break open the hybrid console.

Video Games April 14, 2017

GameStop Starts Investigation On Possible Security Breach: Customers, Check Your Credit Card Statements

GameStop has launched an investigation into an alleged security breach that compromised the credit card information of its online customers. Hackers were said to have posted the stolen data for sale on the black market.

Security April 10, 2017

Hackers Set Off 156 Dallas Emergency Sirens, Caused Late-Night Panic: Smart Cities To Have Security Issues?

Dallas emergency sirens were set off by hackers, causing residents of the city to panic due to the possibility of an attack and flood 911 with thousands of calls.

Security April 9, 2017

4 Hackers To Be Charged For Yahoo Data Breaches, Report Claims: Are They Connected To Russia?

The Department of Justice is accusing four people of being participants in the hacking attacks launched against Yahoo. The data breaches, which affected over a billion users, were previously claimed to be connected with the Russian government.

Security March 15, 2017

WikiLeaks Claims CIA Can Kill People By Hacking Cars: The Dangers Of Modern Auto Tech

The documents uploaded by WikiLeaks on the alleged hacking tools of the CIA revealed that the agency can supposedly breach the control systems of vehicle to carry out undetectable assassinations. Should the public worry?

Car Tech March 11, 2017

Data From Electronic Toys Leaked, Adds To List Of Hacker Vulnerable Devices

CloudPets join the ranks of toys targetted by hackers. Multiple toy hacking incidents add children's toys to the list of hacker-vulnerable devices along with medical devices and smart home appliances.

Security March 3, 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

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

Hackers Transform NES Classic Edition Into Ultimate Emulation Device With Games From Other Retro Consoles

Hackers have been able to install RetroArch, a program used to emulate several retro consoles, into the NES Classic Edition. This allows it to run games for other classic devices such as the SNES, Sega Genesis and Game Boy.

Video Games February 11, 2017

Researchers Uncover Clues To Protect Quantum Computing Networks Against Hackers

To understand how to protect quantum computing networks from threats, researchers from the University of Ottawa became hackers themselves, uncovering clues in the process to bolster hacking protection for next-generation computing systems.

Material Science February 7, 2017

Hacker Group Anonymous Threatens Trump, May Expose 'Personal Ties' With Mobsters

Anonymous, the famous hacker group, has staked claims that it has sensitive information about U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. The group is yet to reveal how it plans to share the information.

Internet January 18, 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

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