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This Tool Lets you Scan the Dark Web for your (Stolen) Personal Data

Posted on December 9th, 2016.

A recently revealed a dark web scanning service was launched in the UK. The service is called OwlDetect and is available for £3,5 a month. It allows users to scan the dark web in search for their own leaked information. This includes email addresses, credit card information and bank details. The service reportedly uses online programs...

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Companies

Facebook Looking into “Disrupting Economics” of Fake News Sites

Posted on November 22nd, 2016.

In a Facebook post Friday night, founder of the popular social network Mark Zuckerberg took time to outline the steps the company will take to tackle its “fake news” problem, which has been a hot topic in the wake of the election. One way the social media behemoth plans on doing that is by making sure fake news sites...

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LastPass Password Manager Goes Free Cross-Platform

Posted on November 3rd, 2016.

LastPass, arguably the most widely used password manager around is passing on some welcome news to its users. Starting Wednesday, LastPass users will be able to sync their passwords across multiple devices and platforms, for free. The cross-platform sync for users’ credentials, previously a perk enjoyed by paying members, will now be...

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Donald Trump Is All about the ‘Cyber’ with Cybersecurity

Posted on July 22nd, 2016.

Donald Trump could become the next President of the United States. If and when he does, the subject of cybersecurity and the widening scale of cyberattacks will firmly be on the agenda. So what does Trump have to say about a subject that requires a certain understanding and nuance? Donald Trump, now officially the Republican candidate...

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In 2016, 1Gbps DDoS Attacks Are the New Norm

Posted on July 19th, 2016.

   The first six months of 2016 have shown that DDoS attacks are only escalating in their frequency as well as their scale, according to the latest global report by DDoS mitigation firm Arbor Networks. A DDoS report released by software firm Netscout’s DDoS mitigation arm Arbor Networks has revealed the single largest attack...

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Bugs

Automaker Fiat Chrysler Announces Bug Bounty Program

Posted on July 13th, 2016.

The latest bug bounty program from an automobile manufacturer comes from Fiat Chrysler, more than a year after two white hat hackers proved that they could remotely compromise and take control of its popular selling vehicle, the Jeep Cherokee. White hat hackers can now start picking away at cybersecurity flaws in the vehicle software...

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Identity Theft

Researcher: Pokémon GO is a Huge Security Risk

Posted on July 13th, 2016.

The phenomenon that is Nintendo’s Pokémon registered another massive (and arguably its biggest) hit with the release of Pokémon Go, a mobile app game so successful that it helped rocket Nintendo’s shares through the roof. With popularity comes scrutiny and one security researcher has pointed to a significant security risk concerning the...

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Phishing Malware Claims 10,000 Facebook Victims

Posted on July 4th, 2016.

A recently uncovered malware attack targeting Facebook users has claimed nearly 10,000 victims in just under two days, with countries in South America and Europe among the hardest hit. Between 24 and 27 June, thousands of Facebook users were targeted by phishing messages purporting to come from a “friend”, claiming to have mentioned the...

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Breaches

North Korean Hackers Stole F-15 Jet Fighter Blueprints

Posted on June 14th, 2016.

 South Korean police are alleging that its neighbor to the north has hacked into over 140,000 computers at various South Korean firms and governmental agencies in an effort to launch a massive cyber attack against the country. Defense-related material was also allegedly stolen, including non-classified F-15 fighter jets’ wings...

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UK-Based Llyod’s Bank Sees Decrease in Cyberattacks

Posted on May 30th, 2016.

Swimming against the torrent of relentless headlines highlighting the lack of cybersecurity among banks, government agencies, and popular websites, the Lloyds Banking Group has seen an 80-90% drop in cyberattacks. The reason? “Enhanced” cybersecurity measures. While banks around the world begin to accept the uncomfortable reality wherein...

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Pornhub Offers a $25,000 Bug Bounty to Hackers

Posted on May 12th, 2016.

Adult website Pornhub is enticing white-hat hackers and security researchers with rewards of up to $25,000 for finding vulnerabilities and security flaws on the website. Popular adult video streaming portal Pornhub is taking its security measures seriously, so much so that it is offering a bug bounty program on the HackerOne, a platform...

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Microsoft Shuts Down Controversial Windows 10 Feature

Posted on May 11th, 2016.

 Microsoft is killing a controversial feature introduced in Windows 10 that enabled users to share Wi-Fi login information with contacts, automatically. When Windows 10 was introduced, a feature called Wi-Fi Sense was borrowed from the mobile operating system used for the Windows Phone to be included into the popular PC operating system....

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SWIFT Refuses to Take Blame for $81 Million Cyber Heist

Posted on May 10th, 2016.

 Inter-banking system SWIFT has released a statement that firmly denies any responsibility in the $81 million cyber heist that saw the Bangladesh Central Bank lose its funds from its NY Federal Reserve account. The statement is in response to allegations from the Bangladesh Police Department that SWIFT is partly to blame for the cyber...

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New iPhone App Tells You If You’re Being Spied On

Posted on May 9th, 2016.

 A new iPhone application dubbed “System and Security Info” will tell users if their device has been jailbroken, which would go a long way in helping users check to see if they’re being spied on. The FBI had a tough few months trying to figure out the means to crack the passcode of an iPhone without triggering the phone’s default wipe...

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Facebook Bounty Hunter Wins $10,000 By Finding Backdoor

Posted on April 24th, 2016.

Facebook bounty hunter Orange Tsai received $10,000 after finding someone installed a backdoor, according to betanews. Tsai was able to penetrate a Linux-based staff server to discover a piece of malware was stealing passwords and usernames. Facebook noted that the backdoor did not compromise any user information. Tsai, who works for...

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Sony (Finally!) Brings 2FA Security to PlayStation Network

Posted on April 21st, 2016.

 In what is a long overdue effort to enhance its users’ security, Sony has finally confirmed that it is adding two-factor authentication to its popular gaming platform, the PlayStation Network. Whispers of an impending two-factor verification feature in the PlayStation Network was first spotted by users on the latest firmware update...

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Law Firm Partner: Panama Papers Breach is an External Hack

Posted on April 7th, 2016.

The leak of the Panama Papers, the biggest data leak scandal of its kind – ever, is due to an external hack targeting the firm, the law firm’s co-founder claimed. Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm that is currently in the eye of a worldwide scandal wherein governments and authorities are investigating the plausible means of tax...

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Activism

Panama Papers: The Biggest Leak With the Richest Crooks, Ever

Posted on April 4th, 2016.

A leak of information and data, so unprecedented in its size that it dwarves every other major leak in recent times, put together, recently came to light in what is being called as the Panama Papers. The biggest ever leak of secret information saw an anonymous source help the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), a German publication acquire some...

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Cybersecurity

FBI Seeks Help from US Businesses to Fight Ransomware

Posted on March 29th, 2016.

In a confidential “Flash” advisory dated March 26 sent as an alert to businesses and software security experts by the FBI, the Bureau is seeking help from U.S. businesses in the fight against cyber extortion. The advisory screamed “We need your help!” as reported by Reuters who obtained the confidential alert put out by the FBI on March...

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Uber Welcomes Hackers with Its First-Ever Bug Bounty Program

Posted on March 22nd, 2016.

In a friendly nod to roping in and not employing white-hat hackers to look through its code to uncover vulnerabilities and possible weaknesses to exploit, Uber has announced a bug bounty program for security researchers or white-hat hackers. With its first ever bug-bounty program, Uber has revealed that it will reward and pay independent...