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Microsoft Is Giving macOS The Windows Defender Treatment

Microsoft makes Windows Defender cross-platform by bringing the client to macOS. Users will have access to much of the same antivirus options, including scanning, taking action on threats, and more.

Security March 22, 2019

Facebook Stored Up To 600 Million Passwords In Plain Text

Facebook reportedly left the passwords of millions of users viewable and searchable by thousands of its own employees. The passwords were not encrypted but instead written in plain text.

Security March 21, 2019

Most Android Antivirus Apps Suck So Much They Even Detect Themselves As Viruses

In a security test by AV-Comparatives, only 80 out of 250 antivirus apps passed basic standards. Some sucked so badly they flagged themselves as harmful.

Security March 18, 2019

Android Adware 'SimBad' Found In Over 200 Apps With More Than 150M Downloads

A strain of adware has been found in 206 Android apps with over 150 million downloads. Researchers dubbed the malware 'SimBad' because of how it mainly infected simulators.

Security March 14, 2019

Misconfigured Box Account Probable Culprit In Confidential Data Leak Involving Apple, Other Tech Companies

Cybersecurity firm Adversis has discovered a vulnerability in the file-sharing system of Box. The company said hundreds of thousands of corporate documents and files are left exposed to a potential data breach.

Security March 13, 2019

Facebook Messenger Bug Exposed Contacts You Had Conversations With

A cybersecurity firm claims Facebook Messenger had a vulnerability that could reveal who users talked to. The security flaw was eventually fixed by Facebook.

Security March 7, 2019

Facebook Is Sharing Your Phone Number To Friends, Advertisers

Facebook is using phone numbers that users submitted for two-factor authentication as a way for them to be searchable on the platform. In response, Facebook said this practice isn’t new.

Security March 5, 2019

WinRAR Releases Patch After Researchers Discover 19-Year-Old Security Flaw That Put 500M Users At Risk

WinRAR issues a new patch after a security vulnerability was found in its data compression tool. According to researchers from Check Point Software Technologies, the flaw is 19 years old and puts 500 million users at risk.

Security February 21, 2019

Malicious Android App That Steals Cryptocurrency Found On The Play Store

ESET has discovered an Android app that steals cryptocurrency on the Google Play Store. Called a 'clipper,' it tricks users into depositing into the hacker's cryptocurrency wallet address instead of their own.

Security February 10, 2019

Apple Releases Fix For The Eavesdropping Group FaceTime Bug

Apple finally rolls out the fix for the eavesdropping FaceTime bug. The company already disabled the Group FaceTime feature prior to the iOS 12.1.4 update.

Security February 8, 2019

Popular iOS Apps Found To Secretly Record Your iPhone Screen, Put Your Personal Data At Risk

An investigation by TechCrunch found that a lot of popular iOS apps are secretly recording iPhone users' screens. This method of gathering data known as 'session replaying' may inadvertently expose sensitive information and put them at risk.

Security February 6, 2019

14-Year-Old Boy Who Found FaceTime Bug Could Be Eligible For Apple's Bug Bounty Program

The boy who discovered an eavesdropping FaceTime bug might receive monetary rewards from Apple. Reports said that an Apple executive flew to Arizona to thank the teenager for his find.

Security February 5, 2019

Apple Bans Controversial Facebook Research App, Says It's A 'Clear Breach Of Agreement'

Apple has blocked Facebook’s enterprise certificates after an app that harvests users’ data was uncovered. The tech company’s move has also affected beta versions of other Facebook-owned apps.

Security January 31, 2019

Is Your Kid Using Facebook's Data-Collecting Research App? Here's How To Check For It

Through its Research VPN app, Facebook has been offering users aged 13 to 35 up to $20 for their data. Here's how to check if your (or your kid's) Android or iOS device is sending info to the company.

Security January 30, 2019

Facebook App That Pays Users Gift Cards In Exchange For Data To Be Removed From iOS

Facebook confirmed that it’s going to pull its data collection app called Facebook Research from iOS. The app remains available for Android users as of this writing.

Security January 30, 2019

Facebook Secretly Pays Users To Install A VPN App That Gathers Phone Data

No, it didn’t end with Onavo: Facebook has been acquiring user data through another VPN app. This new data harvesting issue is the latest in Facebook’s growing list of clandestine activities.

Security January 30, 2019

Facebook’s Merger Is Causing Privacy Concerns Among Regulators

Facebook is once again facing privacy issues. After reports surfaced about the company’s plan to merge its messaging apps, lawmakers are now raising concerns on how it’ll affect users’ privacy.

Security January 28, 2019

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

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