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A 14-year-old from Florida's Pasco County has learned the hard way that gaining unauthorized access to someone else's computer - no matter how easily it's accomplished - is a major offense. While media reports not surprisingly jump to the claim of "hacking", access was gained via a known password - the teacher's... Read more...
No one likes a thief, but it's somehow better to hear about one that's as dumb as a doorknob. I'm talking the sort of thief that doesn't know when to call it quits, and ends up doing something foolish that eventually leads to their arrest. While that conclusion hasn't been reached quite yet for an iPhone thief in... Read more...
Slack, the fast-growing startup previously known as Tiny Speck, has rolled out an optionaltwo-factor authenticationfeature in response to a recenthacker attack. The company confirmed there was unauthorized access to its database containing user profile information, and though it was quick to respond and made changes... Read more...
With all the talk about security and encryption on devices that are personal to us like smartphones and tablets, wed like to think that computer systems that help to control and monitor key U.S. infrastructure and transportation systems would employ rigorous security measures to safeguard against cyberattacks. This is... Read more...
Its been a rough couple of weeks for Lenovo. The company found itself embroiled in a nasty scandal involving Superfish adware that it installed on consumer notebook and desktop systems. Not only did Superfish hijack encrypted web sessions, but it also left its customers susceptible to man-in-the-middle... Read more...
Samsung has confirmed that some of its slightly older Smart TV models are currently uploading recorded voice communication without any form of encryption to protect the user's privacy. This goes against what Samsung stated in a recent blog post clarifying the limited circumstances in which voice commands are recorded... Read more...
Silicon Valley is getting a visit from President Barack Obama today, where he will sign an executive order to promote cooperation between the government and tech companies in the fight against large-scale data theft. The order will create Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs), which would work with... Read more...
It's bad enough when you're in possession of a database containing 80 million customer records and it gets hacked. But what's even worse than that is when you fail to encrypt all that data. Such is the unfortunate situation facing Anthem, the second largest healthcare provider in the U.S., and its tens of millions of... Read more...
If there's one thing Internet legend Kim Dotcom despises, it's being spied on. Likewise, he hates that governments take it upon themselves to spy not only on him, but everyone. Not long after his Auckland mansion was raided some three years ago, his love for privacy and security only skyrocketed. What eventually came... Read more...
Kim Dotcom, the man who negotiated a deal with hacking group Lizard Squad to cease fire on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network over Christmas break, has Skype in his crosshairs and is ready to pull the trigger. His weapon of choice? A competing browser-based chat service tentatively called MegaChat that he plans to launch soon. The Mega Read more...
It was a very un-merry Christmas for millions of gamers who scored a Microsoft or Sony game console yesterday, or otherwise wanted to partake in some online console gaming, only to find out that both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network had been rendered unusable due to a DDoS attack. Ah, but of all the unlikely... Read more...
Another day, anothersecurityrevelation. This time, it comes from researchers in Germany, who've exposed some serious vulnerabilities in the SS7 set of protocols thatcellularcarriers use to perform many basic functions. At the core, SS7 (or signaling system #7) is used to keep people connected, moving them from tower... Read more...
A raid conducted in Swedenlast weekresulted in the shutting down of The Pirate Bay. Since then, other websites have stepped up to carry the crown, but the current crew behind The Pirate Bay has been silent on the entire matter that is until now We were not that surprised by the raid. That is something that is a... Read more...
In mid-September, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted an open letter outlining his companys commitment to privacy. Cook explained that his company makes customer privacy a high priority and that collecting vast amounts of user data simply isnt a priority for Apple. We dont build a profile based on your email content or web... Read more...
Symantec made the unsettling announcement today that it has discovered sophisticated malware that has been operating successfully on and off since 2008. Named Regin, the malware launches in a series of stages and is designed to avoid detection at each stage. Symantec hasnt identified the organization that created... Read more...
We're constantly being reminded that our government has a great interest in our private lives, whether it's flying specially equipped planes over densely populated areas to trick tens of thousands of phones into forking over sensitive data, or snooping on Internet traffic, big brother's watching us. One of the few... Read more...
Last week, NVIDIA spilled the beans and released some new information regarding its Android Lollipop update for the SHIELD Tablet and also revealed a new game bundle, which included Half Life 2: Episode One, and a revamped GRID beta featuring new games, additional servers, and a commitment to steadily offer even more... Read more...
On Monday, the New City Mayor’s office announced plans to turn old payphones into free municipal WiFi spots. The plan, called LinkNYC, is expected to start offering fast, public WiFi to resident’s by the end of next year. LinkNYC is a public-private partnership between the City and CityBridge, a New York... Read more...
Business Executives need to take some precautions when travelling in Asia. According to a report from Kaspersky Labs, an espionage campaign has been active for at least four years that targets business executives at luxury hotels with the use of “Darkhotel” malware. “For the past few years, a strong... Read more...
In the wake of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's big reveal on government spying, there's been a concerted effort by companies big and small to try and make our lives truly private. One seemingly promising solution was Anonabox, a little plug-and-play device that routes traffic through Tor to keep our online... Read more...
Earlier this year, VPN provider Golden Frog (creators of the VyprVPN service) debuted front and center in the debate over net neutrality. One of their customers, Colin Nederkoorn, published a video showing how switching to VyprVPN increased his network performance by a factor of 10. Full Disclosure: I've run my own... Read more...
Apple is making a big deal about its encryption scheme in iOS 8 and is championing itself as a purveyor of user privacy. The way Apple chief Tim Cook explains it, Apple wouldn't be able to help law enforcement infiltrate your iPhone even if it wanted to because the encryption is too strong. Google's been echoing a... Read more...
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