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Google Is Ditching Apps Requiring Call And SMS Permissions

Google is kicking out apps asking for a user's messaging and call data from its Play Store. App developers are now asked to either republish an updated version or resubmit their apps for review.

Security January 17, 2019

Cops Can't Force People To Unlock Their Smartphones With Fingerprint, Face, Court Ruling States

A California judge denied a search warrant seeking permission for cops to force suspects to unlock gadgets with their faces, fingers, or irises. The ruling argued that it is the same as the case of passwords and passcodes.

Security January 15, 2019

Cyber Researcher Who Claims To Have Bypassed Apple's Face ID Cancels Public Talk

After claiming to have bypassed Apple's Face ID, a security researcher withdraws from his scheduled presentation about the matter. This was at the request of his employer, which called the work 'misleading.'

Security January 3, 2019

Facebook Secretly Gave Spotify, Netflix, Bing, And Many Other Services User Information

Facebook gave major companies access to user data. It was part of partnerships on data collection the company entered into with a number of services, both big and small.

Security December 19, 2018

Why Facebook Hasn’t Released The ‘Clear History’ Feature It Promised Months Ago

Over seven months ago, Facebook said it would release a Clear History feature as an added privacy measure. It’s still not here, and here’s why.

Security December 18, 2018

‘Donald’ Officially One Of Top 100 Worst Passwords Of 2018

'Donald,' the first name of U.S. President Trump is officially one of the top 100 worst passwords of 2018. '123456', meanwhile, is still at the no. 1 spot for five consecutive years.

Security December 17, 2018

Simulated CAPTCHA Solver Proves This Web Security Feature Will Soon Be Unreliable

A simulated CAPTCHA attack conducted by computer engineers from China and UK showed that websites are vulnerable and need multi-layer security. Researchers reported that website owners should consider discarding CAPTCHAs for future use.

Security December 8, 2018

Quora Data Breach: Up To 100 Million Users Likely Compromised

Quora has been hacked, the company’s CEO just confirmed. Names, email addresses, and passwords, alongside private actions of up to 100 million people have been stolen.

Security December 4, 2018

Massive Marriott Data Breach: What You Should Know And What To Do

In an upsetting turn of events, Marriott has confirmed that its guest reservation database has suffered a massive data breach, potentially affecting hundreds of millions of customers. Here’s how to make sure your private information is protected.

Security December 1, 2018

Dell Resets All Customer Passwords After It Detected A Cyber Attack Of Its Network

Dell reset all customer account passwords on its online electronics store after it had detected and disrupted an attempted hack of its network. What customer data were the hackers trying to extract?

Security November 29, 2018

Google Play Store Apps Found To Have Malware, Were Downloaded 500,000 Times: Report

Once again, someone discovers apps infested with malware inside the Google Play Store. Worse yet, some of those apps were able to reach the trending chart undetected.

Security November 25, 2018

Study: Healthcare Providers — Not Hackers — Leak More Of Your Data

Study: Healthcare providers — not hackers — leak more of your data

Security November 19, 2018

Android Exploit Uses SD Cards: Here's How To Protect Yourself Against 'Man-In-The-Disk' Attacks

Cybersecurity firm Check Point discovered that hackers may take advantage of Android apps that wrongly use external storage such as SD cards. Here's how 'man-in-the-disk' attacks work, and how to protect yourself against them.

Security August 13, 2018

Is Facebook Really Asking For Your Banking Information?

Facebook is not asking for your banking data, contrary to what reports claim. Rather, it’s working with banks to bring banking features over to Messenger via a chatbot.

Security August 7, 2018

HP Bug Bounty Program Will Pay Up To $10,000 For Hacking Printers

The HP bug bounty program, the first of its kind in the printer industry, is offering as much as $10,000. Hackers who sign up look for software vulnerabilities, which attackers may use to infiltrate wider networks.

Security August 1, 2018

John McAfee Will Give $100,000 If You Can Hack His Crypto-Wallet

Anyone who can break into John McAfee’s supposedly unhackable Bitfi crypto-wallet will get $100,000. However, both companies have made it clear that this is not a bounty program.

Security July 25, 2018

Hackers Steal 600 Gallons Of Fuel From A Gas Station In Detroit

Hackers stole hundreds of gallons of fuel from a gas station in downtown Detroit via hacking. Not much is known about the method they used, but it’s believed they took advantage of a vulnerability present in internet-connected devices.

Security July 10, 2018

Smartphones Listening To Conversations? Researchers Discover Another Way Of Spying On Users Instead

Northeastern University researchers determined that smartphones are not secretly listening to user conversations, a conspiracy theory that has been present over the past few years. However, they found that apps are spying on users in another way.

Security July 5, 2018

That Facebook Patent About Microphones Secretly Listening To You Isn’t What You Think It Is

Facebook just filed a patent that’ll allow it to secretly turn on your mobile phones and listen to you as you’re watching ads. Except that’s not really the case.

Security June 29, 2018

Crypto Exchange Bithumb Hacked: $32 Million Worth Of Coins Stolen

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb was hacked between Tuesday night, June 19, and Wednesday early morning, June 20. The hackers got away with $31.51 million worth of virtual currency, the exchange said in a statement on Wednesday.

Security June 20, 2018

Rootkit Malware Masquerades As Free VPN Service: Here's What Zacinlo Does And How To Protect Yourself

The Zacinlo malware, once embedded in a computer, is able to do things such as load websites in hidden windows, send screenshots to attackers, and intercept encrypted communications. The malware is being spread by a free VPN service named S5Mark.

Security June 19, 2018

Security Alert: Chromecast, Google Home Bug Leaks Your Location Data, But A Fix Is Coming

Google will roll out a patch mid-July to fix a serious security issue discovered in Chromecast and Home devices. The vulnerability, which Google initially ignored, lets attackers acquire a user’s precise location data.

Security June 19, 2018

Facebook Bug Made Private Posts Go Public: 14 Million Users Affected

Facebook revealed that a software bug may have made supposedly private posts on the social network go public. The social network will reach out to the 14 million users affected by the bug to have them check their Facebook posts.

Security June 8, 2018

VPNFilter Is A Lot Worse Than Previously Thought: How To Protect Yourself From The Russian Router Malware

Cisco Talos has determined that the router malware VPNFilter is more dangerous and widespread than first thought. There isn't much to do but to install the latest firmware updates and perform a factory reset on routers.

Security June 7, 2018

Russian Hackers Infect 500,000 Routers With Malware: What You Should Know

Russian hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers around the world with a new malware called VPNFilter. The malware has affected routers manufactured by Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, and TP-Link, among others.

Security May 24, 2018

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

Serious PGP Security Flaw Makes Email Encryption Unsafe: What To Do Until It's Fixed

Researchers have found a major security flaw in PGP, making users who encrypt their email with PGP or S/MIME vulnerable to attackers. The flaw has been dubbed 'EFAIL,' and it can pull plaintext from encrypted emails.

Security May 14, 2018

Ring Doorbell Users, Watch Out: New Flaws Lets Others Spy On You Even After Changing Passwords

You’d expect that changing your password will disable anyone from getting access to your devices, but for Ring doorbells, that’s unfortunately not the case. A security flaw within Ring doorbells is leaving many users vulnerable to spying.

Security May 14, 2018

Malicious Chrome Extension Based On 'The Wild Thornberrys' Infects 100,000 Users And Mines For Cryptocurrency

Google recently deleted a malicious Chrome extension that infected 100,000 users. It was based on 'The Wild Thornberrys' television show and mined for cryptocurrency.

Security May 11, 2018

Alexa, Siri, And Google Assistant Follow Malicious Voice Commands Hidden In Music

Researchers have found a way to hide malicious voice commands in music that Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant will follow. Are hackers already using this method to victimize users, and how can you protect yourself against it?

Security May 11, 2018

New Facebook Messenger Malware Can Steal Users' Passwords, Money, Or CPU Power

A new malware called FacexWorm is making rounds on Facebook Messenger and it can steal users' passwords and money, or exploit their PC to mine cryptocurrency. Here's what to look out for.

Security May 5, 2018

Change Your Password Right Now, Says Twitter: Here’s What Happened

Twitter asks everyone to change their passwords in light of a bug that it says it has already resolved. No accounts were compromised, and there is no evidence of password misuse, the company stresses.

Security May 4, 2018

Cambridge Analytica Officially Shuts Down Over Facebook Data Scandal

Cambridge Analytica, a key player in Facebook’s series of data scandals, has officially shut down. Employees were reportedly told to pack up and leave their offices immediately.

Security May 4, 2018

Some Gmail Users Are Getting Spam Apparently Sent By Themselves

Google says Gmail accounts seeing weight loss and growth supplements spam from Telus have not been compromised. This is despite the fact that the spam emails appear to have been sent from their own accounts.

Security April 23, 2018

Facebook Knows Too Much About You, But Google Might Know Even More

The Facebook data scandal rocked the internet world, and many thought that Google was the next in line to be asked data privacy questions. Google may know much more about users than Facebook, making it a bigger security threat.

Security April 23, 2018

LinkedIn Bug Could Have Compromised Users' Personal Data, Including Emails And Phone Numbers

A bug in LinkedIn's AutoFill plugin could have allowed attackers to steal user data, including email addresses and phone numbers. LinkedIn says it has now patched the flaw and it didn't find evidence of abuse.

Security April 21, 2018

Microsoft And 33 Technology Companies Vow To Prevent International Cyberwarfare Through Tech Accord

Microsoft and 33 of the world’s biggest technology companies have made a pact to not get involved in international cyberwarfare. Through a document called the Tech Accord, these companies laid out their vision to help their users everywhere.

Security April 17, 2018

Intel’s New Accelerated Memory Scanning Feature Uses Your GPU To Look For Malware And Other Viruses

Intel is working with Microsoft to roll out a suite of hardware-based security improvements called Security Essentials. One of the many changes included is the ability to offload virus scanning to a GPU, which improves battery performance.

Security April 18, 2018

Here’s How Facebook Collects Your Data Even When You Never Use It

Facebook explains what kinds of data it collects and how, even from those who don’t actively use the site or don’t have an account at all. The move follows Mark Zuckerberg's recent appearance in front of the Congress.

Security April 17, 2018

Google Play Store Contains Over 3,000 Android Apps For Kids That Improperly Collect Data

Researchers discovered that over 3,000 Android apps for kids on the Google Play Store improperly collect data, including nearly 300 apps that collect location or contact data without parents' permission. Can Google do something about this improper data collection issue?

Security April 16, 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Nope, We’re Not Secretly Listening To Your Conversations

Despite what the conspiracy theorists claim, Facebook doesn’t secretly listen to your conversations, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirms. The embattled executive has to do more than deny to rebuild the public’s trust.

Security April 11, 2018

Facebook Data Abuse Bounty Program Will Pay You Up To $40,000 For Catching Data Thieves Like Cambridge Analytica

Facebook launched the Data Abuse Bounty program, which invites users to help the social network identify apps and companies that are collecting and abusing Facebook data. The program is offering a reward of up to $40,000.

Security April 12, 2018

If Your Facebook Data Was Stolen, This Is What You'll See On Your News Feed

Facebook users will start to see notifications in their News Feed regarding the apps and websites that have used their data. The kind of notification will reveal if a user was affected by the data breach related to Cambridge Analytica.

Security April 9, 2018

Facebook: 87 Million Accounts Compromised By Cambridge Analytica Scandal

The number of Facebook accounts affected by the Cambridge Analytica data scandal is actually 87 million, as opposed to 50 million. Facebook is introducing a slew of privacy changes to mitigate the fiasco.

Security April 5, 2018

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