Original Story, 5/9/17 at 4:11 p.m: For serious Starbucks go-ers, their mobile app makes paying for your Grande iced coffee easy as can be - but users who chose to link their Starbucks account to their banks are finding themselves victims of a major scam. A reporter at Buzzfeed explained that l...
The job posting was for a personal assistant. It paid $350 a week and would involve picking up mail, dropping packages off at the post office and some shopping. Kaya was 31, had just returned to Toronto after working overseas and was desperate to make some money, so she replied to the Craigslist pos...
Recently I handed over the keys to my email account to a service that promised to turn my spam-bloated inbox into a sparkling model of efficiency in just a few clicks. Unroll.me’s method of instant unsubscribing from newsletters and junk mail was “trusted by millions of happy users,” the sit...
The infamous hacktivist group Anonymous has released a chilling new video — urging people across the globe to “prepare” for World War 3 — as the US and North Korea continue to move “strategic pieces into place” for battle....
Listen to computer virus pioneer John McAfee speak on the potential lack of security that comes from cameras and microphones on cell phones. USA TODAY DENVER — Computer security pioneer John McAfee pulls out his cell phone to stare at a notification on the screen. “It says something changed...
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The new malware emerged exploiting vulnerabilities that a researcher reported in March Over 100,000 internet-connected cameras may be falling prey to a new IoT malware that’s spreading through recently disclosed vulnerabilities in the products.   The malware, called Persirai, has been found i...
Think your password is secure? You may need to think again. People's perceptions of password strength may not always match reality, according to a recent study by CyLab, Carnegie Mellon's Security and Privacy Institute. For example, study participants expected ieatkale88 to ...
A decade-old vulnerability in Intel chips has been discovered, leaving thousands of Windows computers susceptible to hijacking and remote takeovers. Intel disclosed the critical bug last week and the weakness appears to be in the Active Management Technology (AMT) feature used by IT administrators t...
One of the most popular passwords in 2016 was "qwertyuiop," even though most password meters will tell you how weak that is. The problem is no existing meters offer any good advice to make it better—until now. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Chicago have just unve...
An unusually sophisticated identity phishing campaign appeared to target Google's roughly 1 billion Gmail users worldwide, seeking to gain control of their entire email histories and spread itself to all of their contacts, Google confirmed Wednesday. The worm — which arrived in users' inboxes pos...
Achieving internet privacy is possible but often requires overlapping services It’s one of the internet’s oft-mentioned 'creepy' moments. A user is served a banner ad in their browser promoting products on a site they visited hours, days or months in the past. It’s as if the ads are following ...
President Trump will be watching and listening. Time to batten down the hatches. Protecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy. In 1604, the attorney general of England, Sir Edward Coke, ruled that a man’s house is his castle. This was the official decla...
Google has no single authority metric but rather uses a bucket of signals to determine authority on a page-by-page basis. Google’s fight against problematic content has drawn renewed attention to a common question: how does Google know what’s authoritative? The simple answer is that it has no ...
A decision earlier this year by the U.S. Congress to overturn rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission that would have prevented internet service providers from collecting user information without permission has given people a new reason to be concerned about their online pri...
Security researchers have found a music player app in the Google Play Store, which has already been downloaded by thousands of users, to be riddled with malicious malware. Going by the name "Super Free Music Player", the app was uploaded to Google Play on 31 March and has already garnered between 5,...
A FEW HOURS after dark one evening earlier this month, a small quadcopter drone lifted off from the parking lot of Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel. It soon trained its built-in camera on its target, a desktop computer’s tiny blinking light inside a third-floor office nearby. The pinpoi...
A few search terms can lead to an exposed Internet connection. That's apparently how an Iranian hacker accessed a dam in New York state. Bad guys and good guys alike can use Google to find vulnerable targets online. What matters most, then, is who's fastest. "Google dorking." It sounds goofy, but it...
THE NSA, IT seems, isn’t the only American spy agency hacking the world. Judging by a new, nearly 9,000-page trove of secrets from WikiLeaks, the CIA has developed its own surprisingly wide array of intrusion tools, too. On Tuesday morning, WikiLeaks released what it’s callin...
FEBRUARY 10, 2017 —By day, John Bambenek is a successful, if pretty ordinary, cybersecurity professional. The 39-year-old father of four spends most of his days trying to safeguard a bevy of corporate clients from malicious hackers. He analyzes digital threats for the Bethesda, Md., firm Fidelis C...
The most expensive security systems running on the most advanced devices can now be circumvented using nothing more than a $5 tool and access to a USB port. Even password-protected machines are at risk as there's little they can do to prevent the attack besides filling their USB ports with cement. ...
It used to be that Mac users didn’t really have to worry about malware. But we live in a brave new world with easy internet access and a bunch of jerks, so the good ‘ole days are over. A new strain of Mac malware uses a familiar method to gain entry to your computer, but it’s the way it take...
With the start of a new year, scammers are preparing to steal money from a sea of new victims. With that in mind, we've assembled a list of five of the most common scams, as determined by the Better Business Bureau. 1. IRS SCAMS Phony IRS calls have declined slightly since September, but the BBB ant...
Major tech companies admit they were the victims of a phishing attack Google and Facebook were phished for more than $100 million (about €92 million), it has been reported, in a case which proves that not even the biggest technology companies in the world are immune from the increasingly sophis...
In 2016, approximately 185 million new Internet users went online, with the vast majority of these coming from nations like India. This represents a huge increase in the market. However, while the Internet population continues to grow, there has also been an increase in bots as well. The word "bot...
Security researcher Gal Beniamini — who works for Google’s Project Zero — recently unearthed a serious vulnerability affecting the Wi-Fi chipsets used in both iOS and Android devices. Detailing the proof-of-concept attack at length, Beniamini explains in an interesting blogpost ...

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