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Hacking: Winter Olympics Are Targeted with Custom Exploit

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The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea start next month and hackers are using the pretext of the games to launch phishing attacks featuring custom malware that, if downloaded, allows an attacker to take control of a device. McAffee has named the malware “Operation PowerShell Olympics,” which was discovered in December when it was sent to Olympics staff members responsible for the ice hockey competition. Thus far, the attack seems to be focused on individuals […]

  • Apple Admits All Devices Affected by Meltdown and Spectre FlawsData Security, Technology

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    Apple admitted yesterday that all Macs and iOS devices are affected by the Meltdown and Spectre chip bugs, a massive vulnerability that was discovered by Project Zero, a team of security analysts employed by Google tasked with finding zero-day vulnerabilities. While it was assumed among cybersecurity experts that the vulnerability extended to Apple, the announcement confirmed it. At issue are processes at the deepest level of a personal computer’s operations where certain anticipatory commands—basically an […]

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    Buyer Beware: Your Smart Sex Toy Is ListeningPrivacy, Technology

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    As if the recent news of every Tom, Dick and Harry out in Hollywood creeping on women in every way imaginable weren’t enough, now comes news that a smart sex toy manufacturer may have been caught creeping on consumers—specifically with a predilection to eavesdrop on lovers in mechanical delicto. The story comes via Reddit: A Lovense remote control vibrator app recorded sessions without the permission of at least one user. It was bound to happen […]

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    Study: Phishing, Not Data Breaches Most Likely Cause of Account TakeoverData Security, Technology

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    A recent Google study found that phishing exploits are far more likely to be the cause of account takeovers than the information compromised by data breaches. “Data Breaches, Phishing, or Malware? Understanding the Risks of Stolen Credentials” was conducted in cooperation with the University of California, Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute gathered data from March 2016 through March 2017. Sampling more than 1.9 billion stolen usernames and passwords exposed by past data breaches […]

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    Facebook Says “Send Nudes.” Don’t.Privacy, Technology

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    If a shady looking character told you to give him pictures of yourself naked, would you? How about a video? What if he told you that it was for your own good? Even if you have less sense than one of the rocks in Kim Jong-un’s head, you wouldn’t do it. Now what if Facebook asked you for nudes? According to The Verge, the social media giant is doing just that, piloting a program in […]

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    Why Spam Is More Dangerous Than EverData Security, Technology

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    Spam is supposed to be a thing of the past, but it’s not—and today it comes weaponized with manifold data-grabbing threats—from ransomware to keystroke recorders and beyond. Your email has never been more dangerous. There was a time in the early 2000s when email spam and malicious botnets were viewed as mere nuisances. A confident Bill Gates waved it away at the 2004 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: “Two years from now, spam will […]

  • Markets, GPS could be first to go in the event of global cyber conflictData Security, Technology

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    The announcement of a sixth subterranean nuclear test has the world talking about how to contain the threat of a nuke-ready North Korea, but there is another concern getting insufficient attention: the potential for full spectrum cyber war. Just what that might look like is known, but seldom discussed. Remember the NASDAQ flash crash? It happened on May 6, 2010, at 2:32 pm and lasted for more than 30 minutes. Still not ringing any bells? […]

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    Post Equifax: Will Free Credit Freezes Help?Data Security, credit, Identity Theft

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    When Equifax announced the historic data compromise that exposed the sensitive personal information of up to 143 million consumers, the company said victims would have access to credit freezes for a month free of charge. This was not exactly a solution to the fresh hell it had just announced. Frankly, it seemed like a relatively cheeky move considering the staggering number of people who had just learned that they will be looking over their shoulders for a […]

  • Consumers clamor for free credit freezes in wake of Equifax breachcredit, Cybersecurity, Identity Theft

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    Victims of the Equifax data hack, please sit tight. I’d hate to see people paying money for the wrong thing. That’s already happening to people like, John, in Texas, who ended up regretting his purchase of a $19.95 credit monitoring subscription. Also, I think eventually the right thing is going to happen and consumers will be able to freeze their credit reports—for free. There is, finally, momentum in that direction. If you are sure you don’t need […]

  • The Equifax Breach and the Cybersecurity Silver BulletData Security, Cybersecurity, Technology

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    Some time ago, the popular show Mythbusters wanted to find out if the Lone Ranger was right about silver bullets being better than lead ones. Turns out silver bullets are actually slower and less accurate. When it comes to cybersecurity, quick-fix silver bullets are also less effective than tried-and-true approaches. The most effective cybersecurity strategies begin with two certainties: mistakes will be made, and breaches like the one that hit Equifax will keep happening. The 143 million consumers exposed […]

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