There is widespread concern over the amount of personal data siphoned off by Google, Facebook, and other big tech companies, but that's nothing compared to what your mobile carrier knows. A startup called Invisiv aims to address that with a new beta of its mobile data service. With Pretty Good Phone Privacy (PGPP)... Read more...
If we’ve learned anything from reporting on phishing attacks, it’s that no company, organization, or institution is immune from becoming the victim of one. Even the US Department of Defense recently fell victim to a $23.5 million phishing scam. If anything, larger organizations simply make for larger and more... Read more...
We put a lot of faith in the prospect that our information is secure. Unfortunately, this is often just not the case. It is not hard for hackers and security ne'er-do-wells to get access to peoples' accounts when they use weak passwords incorporating little more than birthdates and pet names. This is especially true... Read more...
Amazon published a press release this morning announcing that it has entered into a merger agreement with iRobot, the company best known for its Roomba line of robot vacuum cleaners. So long as the deal receives shareholder and regulatory approval, Amazon will acquire iRobot for a $61 per share, totaling approximately... Read more...
The US Government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) maintains a list of exploited vulnerabilities and releases notices urging organizations, particularly government agencies and contractors, to patch said vulnerabilities. However, CISA isn’t the only one looking out for US infrastructure. Ken... Read more...
It is always a good idea to secure your online accounts with a strong password and two-factor authentication, but even that might not stop a new piece of malware discovered by security firm Volexity. According to the company's threat research group, North Korea has been slurping up sensitive emails using a clever (but... Read more...
Malware campaigns employ different techniques to smuggle malicious software onto computing devices without the notice of users or anti-virus systems. Threat actors who develop and distribute malware frequently rely on various forms of mimicry to take advantage of users’ trust in legitimate websites, services, and... Read more...
In May of last year, Colonial Pipeline was struck by a ransomware attack, prompting the Colonial Pipeline Company to take certain systems offline in an attempt to contain the attack. As a result, all pipeline operations were temporarily halted, shutting off the flow of fuel to the eastern seaboard. Shortly thereafter... Read more...
Google is engaged in a never ending game of cat and mouse with threat actors on its Play Store who employ different techniques to sneak malware-ridden apps onto the app store. We fairly regularly write about newly discovered batches of malicious apps that went unrecognized as such long enough to infect hundreds of... Read more...
Macros can be highly useful tools in Microsoft Office. Most Microsoft Office macros use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) or Excel 4.0 macros (XLM). These programming and macro languages have a surprising amount of access to system resources on Windows machines, especially considering they only run from within... Read more...
Ransomware can be both disruptive and costly for its victims. A recent report found that the total downtime resulting from ransomware attacks in 2021 cost schools a whopping $3.56 billion. The sudden encryption of data on computer systems critical to an organization’s regular operations presents a major problem when... Read more...
It seems these days that security researchers are sounding the alarm on malicious Androids apps in Google Play at an alarming rate. So it goes again with a fresh reporting highlighting over two dozen Android apps packaged with malware, and which have collectively been downloaded and installed 10 million times. Suffice... Read more...
Malware spammers have been sending out emails that leverage a legitimate copy of the Windows Calculator app to sideload malware. This is yet another cunning ploy by cyber threat actors, however the victim would have to willingly go through several processes to fall prey to the QBot Banking Trojan scheme. Below, we... Read more...
Ransomware attacks have been on the rise. This time around, the small Ontario, Canada town of St. Marys has been targeted. The ransomware organization behind the attack seems to be LockBit. So far though, no ransom has been paid. The town itself claims that most city functions are still operational and staff are still... Read more...
It's that time again, time for the listing of apps that you might have downloaded that contain malware or methods in which to plant malware on your phone. Specifically for those who utilize Android and the Google Play Store these apps flew under the radar just long enough to wreak havoc on at least 300,000 devices. We... Read more...
While malware and phishing are two different kinds of cyberattacks, threat actors sometimes use both methods in malicious campaigns. A threat actor known as Roaming Mantis appears to be doing exactly that in a new campaign documented by researchers at the cybersecurity firm SEKOIA. Roaming Mantis has previously... Read more...
Near the end of 2020, Apple introduced a dedicated app privacy section to the App Store, requiring developers to disclose what user information is linked to users’ identities and used to track them. Then, in May of 2021, Google announced that a similar feature was in the works for its Play Store. Almost a year later... Read more...
WordPress is one of the most popular and thus commonly used content management systems (CMS) on the web. However, it has a particular problem with add-on, extension, and plug-in authors abandoning their projects, and subsequently leaving gaping holes in site security. A case in point has been highlighted by the... Read more...
We cover both ransomware and Elden Ring fairly regularly here at HotHardware, but it’s a sad day when those two things meet. The ransomware attacks that often receive the most coverage are those that disrupt major supply lines and infrastructure, raising national security concerns. However, ransomware gangs carry out... Read more...
Phishing attacks employ various methods to trick users into handing over sensitive information, such as login credentials. Over time, as users have become more suspicious and email clients, web browsers, and IT departments have implemented anti-phishing measures, scammers have had to get creative and devise more... Read more...
Earlier this year, we wrote about a vulnerability in Honda’s remote keyless entry (RKE) system that hackers could exploit to lock, unlock, and start certain Honda and Acura vehicles. This particular vulnerability was the result of Honda using fixed codes in its RKE system. Many Honda and Acura key fobs send the same... Read more...
It's been three or four days since Microsoft rolled back the macro blocking update on "Current Channel" for Microsoft Office 365 users. Finally, we have a confirmed reason and some more information about the future of macros in Microsoft Office. According to a recent post the reasoning for rolling back the change... Read more...
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