Data Privacy Day: Reminding Us of Data Protection

Data Privacy Day: Reminding Us of Data Protection

Every year on January 28th we are reminded of the importance of our personal data and how it could be misused against us. More than 47 European countries along with United States a ...

Beware, Facebook Scam Shares Porn on Your Groups!

Beware, Facebook Scam Shares Porn on Your Groups!

A new Facebook tag scam is spreading pornographic content in Facebook groups, Bitdefender warns. We came across an evolved version of the known Facebook tag scam that manages to in ...

In 2016, growing IoT comes with new opportunities — and new threats

In 2016, growing IoT comes with new opportunities — and new threats

The Internet of Things is becoming a bigger part of consumers’ daily lives, thanks in large part to smart phones with larger screens that people use to control smart devices, accor ...

Ten facts you might not know about Linux

Ten facts you might not know about Linux

Today is Linus Torvalds’ 46th birthday! He is the inventor and lead developer of Linux kernel, the core of the operating system we all know and use today under various shapes and s ...

Tech trends: what to expect in 2016

Tech trends: what to expect in 2016

‘Cyber-security’, ’encryption’, ‘the Cloud’ and ‘machine learning’ have been among the buzzwords of 2015. We expect them to be at least as trendy next year, with technology compani ...

Biggest cyber-security events of 2015; lessons learned for a safer 2016

Biggest cyber-security events of 2015; lessons learned for a safer 2016

2 million compromised records 38% increase in security incidents First hacked smart car First ransomware for Linux Launch of Windows 10 and privacy concerns 14 million US governmen ...

CryptoWall 4.0 returns to the wild, posing as good guy

CryptoWall 4.0 returns to the wild, posing as good guy

The infamous CryptoWall ransomware family is back, encrypting files under the false pretenses of testing AV solutions for their’ “suitability” to protect data. “CryptoWall Project ...

9000+ Department of Homeland Security staff have their details leaked by hacker

Any time you interact with an organisation that has "security" in their name, it's understandable that you would expect them to be good at security. Right? You would hope them to be shining examples for everyone else about how to do things right, how to batten down the hatches and protect sensitive information from falling into the hands of the bad guys. But, as the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...

He hacked, he stole porn, he spied. But British man isn’t going to jail

Is there any consistency in how hackers are treated by courts around the world? It's a rhetorical question, of course, because we all know the answer. Of course there is no consistency. Just take the case of convicted British hacker Ryan Thompson this week, for instance. 26-year-old Thompson was sentenced to a six month suspended prison sentence at Warrington Crown Court last Friday after admitting hacking...

“Deceptive site ahead”: Google helps protect users from deceitful download buttons

There is a good chance you benefit from Google's Safe Browsing API without even realising it. Popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari use the Google Safe Browsing service to check whether a webpage they are about to visit is suspicious, or is known to contain any threats (such as phishing forms or malware). Google Safe Browsing already helps protect surfers from some of the risk of downloading a...

Over half of all security breaches in the UK originate from inside threats, survey shows

Some 55% of all security breaches in the UK originate from someone with access already, according to a survey about public sector data security in the country, cited by CBR. Image source: Wikimedia The survey revealed that 65% of the respondents have serious concerns regarding data security in their organization, with simple loss of data and errors of staff being the biggest concerns (60%), followed by comp...

Average criminal hacker earns $30,000 annually, survey shows

An average hacker earns less than $30,000 a year from malicious activities, which is a quarter of a cybersecurity professional's average wage, a recent survey shows. Image source: Pixabay Some 72 percent of hackers say they won't waste time on an attack that will not quickly yield high-value information, while 73 percent stated attackers hunt for easy and "cheap" targets. An increase of 40 hours in the time...

OpenSSL fixes high severity security hole that could allow traffic to be decrypted

The OpenSSL project has pushed out version 1.0.2f of its open-source software widely used to encrypt many of the internet's communications, after a high severity bug was found in OpenSSL's code. Many people are oblivious that OpenSSL is protecting their communications through encryption - perhaps because usually the only visual clue is the little green padlock you might spy in your browser's URL bar when vi...

Login form on your non-HTTPS webpage? Firefox will display a warning

Do you run a website that asks your users to login to their account? If so, do you request those login credentials over HTTP rather than HTTPS? It turns out that many websites do, including some big names who you would think would know better. For instance, British supermarket Waitrose and the Royal Mail. Now, it is possible that the developers of these websites believe that they have protected users' passw...

Data Privacy Day: Reminding Us of Data Protection

Every year on January 28th we are reminded of the importance of our personal data and how it could be misused against us. More than 47 European countries along with United States and Canada celebrate it, unanimously agreeing that our personal and private information is worth more than we could imagine. In 2015 alone we’ve seen numerous data breaches, ranging from Ashley Maddison and Anthem to the Office of...

Four in 10 employees share job passwords with family members

Even though employees claim to prioritize online security and understand risky versus safe behavior, they fail to follow best practices consistently, a recent survey shows. While 78 percent believe it’s risky to share passwords with family members, 37 percent are likely to do so. Image source: Flickr Some 58 percent of respondents believe that protecting work-related information is very important -- even mo...

Uber tracking smartphone data to improve safety

Ride-sharing company Uber has started monitoring its drivers in an attempt to signal dangerous driving, according to news reports. Source: The Guardian The Texas-based experiment, which started in late 2015, uses motion sensors built into smartphones to show whether a driver accelerates or brakes too fast, as well as monitor the car’s overall speed. This helps verify user claims that some drivers have broke...

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