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Category Archives: Security

These Researchers Want to Save You From Ransomware (for Free) | News & Opinion

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If your PC is ever locked by ransomware, paying up won’t necessarily release your files; in fact, we recommend that you never hand over cash to these scammers. What to do? There’s a minor chance you can save your files without surrendering your wallet or trashing your PC entirely. A group of security researchers routinely […]

Microsoft: Iranian Hackers Targeted US Presidential Campaign | News & Opinion

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UPDATE: Reuters is reporting the Iranian hackers targeted the releection campaign for President Donald Trump, but were unsuccessful. Original story: Microsoft has uncovered evidence Iranian hackers have been trying to infiltrate a 2020 US presidential campaign. Over a 30-day period from August to September, Redmond’s security teams observed the hackers trying to break into 241 […]

Ex-Yahoo Engineer Abused Access to Hack 6,000 User Accounts | News & Opinion

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A former Yahoo engineer has pleaded guilty to using his company access to break into thousands of Yahoo user accounts. On Monday, 34-year-old Reyes Daniel Ruiz admitted in a San Jose federal court to the computer crimes, which focused on obtaining sexual images and videos of young women, including his friends and co-workers. In total, […]

iPhone Hackers Who Spied on Uighurs Also Targeted Tibetans | News & Opinion

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The culprits behind an iPhone hacking campaign that targeted the Uighur Muslim community may have also tried to spy on smartphones used by Tibetans working for the Dalai Lama. Senior members of several Tibetan groups received WhatsApp text messages last November that contained links to download spyware, Citizen Lab, a watchdog group at the University […]

DoorDash Breach Hits 4.9 Million Users, Including Delivery Drivers | News & Opinion

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The food delivery service DoorDash is reporting a data breach involving the personal information of 4.9 million users, including its delivery drivers. The exposed data involves names, email addresses, delivery addresses, phone numbers, and hashed passwords to user accounts. For some consumers, the last four digits of their payment cards were also exposed. “However, full […]

Hacker Arrested for Stealing Unreleased Songs From Top Artists | News & Opinion

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A UK 19-year-old allegedly targeted ‘award-winning international superstars’ by breaking into their websites and cloud-based accounts to steal recorded music. September 13, 2019 1:21PM EST September 13, 2019 UK police have arrested a suspected hacker with fake id for stealing unreleased music from recording artists and trying to sell the looted files for cryptocurrency. The […]

Private Browsing Won’t Protect You From Everything

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In the past several years, most internet browsers have added a private browsing mode aimed at protecting user privacy. Chrome calls it Incognito Mode; it’s Private Browsing in Opera, Safari, and Firefox. Characterized by dark-color themes and icons of masked figures, these modes can give a user the impression they’re browsing anonymously. Researchers at the […]

LastPass Extension Bug Can Leak Passwords to Malicious Websites | News & Opinion

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If exploited, the bug in LastPass’s Chrome extension can expose the last login credential it filled out to a website’s background processes, according to a Google security researcher. Fortunately, LastPass has fixed the flaw through an update. September 16, 2019 2:15PM EST September 16, 2019 LastPass is advising users to update the Chrome extension for […]

US Moves to Sanction Shadowy North Korean Hacking Groups | News & Opinion

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The US Treasury Department on Friday announced sanctions on three state-sponsored North Korean hacking groups for attacking US critical infrastructure. The same groups have also been stealing millions from the financial sector to fund the North Korean government, US officials claim. The hackers’ identities are unknown, so the Treasury Department has resorted to placing their […]

Israeli Spyware Firm Adopts Human Rights Policy Amid Abuse Concerns | News & Opinion

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An Israeli company that sells spyware to governments is adopting a human rights policy to prevent customers from abusing its technologies. Whether the policy is anything more than lip service is the big question. For years, NSO Group has been accused of helping oppressive regimes spy on human rights activists, journalists, and politicians. Past activities […]