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November 27, 2016

New Form of Ransomware Uses Social Media to Customize Demands

A new form of ransomware is reported to have been found that uses a person’s social media and computer files to customize a demand, according to cybersecurity researchers at Proofpoint.

Called ‘Ransoc’ by the researchers because of its connection to social media, they found that the malware was scanning local media filenames and running several routines by interacting with Skype, LinkedIn, and Facebook profiles, infecting the system through Internet Explorer on Windows and Safari on OS X.

What’s interesting about this new type of ransomware is the fact that unlike ransomware such as Locky, which encrypts a person’s files before demanding payment, Ransoc customizes its [...]

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October 27, 2016

Are Children Losing Their Childhood to Smart Toys?

Smart toys are on the rise, but while they may have the ability to enhance a child’s play, do they also pose a threat by spying on what children are doing?

In an article from the New Scientist, the issue of privacy is looked into. More specifically, the privacy of children.

Nowadays, it seems it’s no longer a case of simply playing with Ken and Barbie as the imagination of a child takes over. As the article reports, various companies have been looking into how they can capture the imagination of children. One play item, in particular, is the Barbie Hello Dreamhouse and Hello Barbie.

Created by the American toy-company Mattel, Inc., Barbie has been in existence [...]

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October 26, 2016

Russian Fraudster Lures Thousands in Kenyan Pyramid Scheme with a Bitcoin Twist

For the past year, Kenyans have been lured with the promise of making money quickly through a pyramid scheme started by convicted Russian fraudster, Sergey Mavrodi, reports the Daily Nation, a Kenyan news site.

Mavrodi is reported to have designed a major pyramid scheme in Russia before its end came in 1997, which is believed to have conned an estimated $100 million out of its members. He was later sentenced to four and a half years in prison in 2007 for defrauding 10,000 investors of around $4.3 million. This is the same man who set up MMM Global giving promises to Kenyans interested in the latest MMM Kenya pyramid scheme that they would receive up to 100 percent [...]

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October 13, 2016

Gorillaz Web Shop Redirects To Family-Oriented Guns & Ammo Dealer

For several weeks, the official Gorillaz web shop – http://www.shop.gorillaz.com – has redirected to Betty’s Country Grocery in Stokes County, North Carolina.

The building where Betty’s Country Grocery is located was built in the early 1940s, but Betty did not run her business from the location until she bought it from the County Sheriff, Tony Blalock, in 1986. She’s proud of her family business. “Only family works here,” Betty tells Hacked.com. She’s never heard of Gorillaz, and finds it interesting that their shop has redirected to her website.

Gorillaz shop on wayback machine in 2004

“We are just trying to [...]

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