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Top 5 Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations to Avoid on Your Holiday

Whenever you go on holiday, you end up taking all your personal data. The information on your personal phone, laptop or other smart device is at more risk of being compromised or stolen on holiday than when you’re at home or work. While vacations are all about family time, the digital evolution has opened up new to your privacy and data, especially since we’ve become so addicted to posting photos on social...

Android Malware Promises Porn, but Roots Device and Installs Other Malware

Android malware is not unusual; we’ve even seen it pop up in Google’s Marketplace app on several occasions. Increasing in both sophistication and stealthiest, Android malware has mostly been a nuisance on third-party marketplaces, such as in China, where it continues to thrive. Why third party marketplaces? As Google’s Bouncer does a pretty good job at identifying malicious apps – for the most part – Androi...

Forget luxury cars, you can get your data stolen with this Facebook scam

We’ve seen dozens of scams in our digital lives post Facebook, yet this particular one captured my attention with the impressive number of Likes and Shares. Over 90k people are following a Facebook community that promises to give away free luxury cars in exchange for Likes, Shares and some personal data. The flow is as follows – the user lands on the “Range Rover 2016.” Page/community after seeing in his Ne...

Facebook patches serious login flaw found by Bitdefender vulnerability researcher

Have you tried creating a Facebook account under someone’s name and then use it to access his/her online accounts? Accounts you know that person manages on e-commerce or travel sites, so you could book a flight or order a smart TV on her behalf? Ionut Cernica did exactly that. He helped Facebook patch a serious login vulnerability that allowed rogue users to access online accounts via Facebook’s social logi...

Porn Clicker Malware Nesting in Google Play

It’s not the first time Android’s Google Play has been found harboring a malicious application that both hides its presence and performs activities that generate some form of revenue for the attacker. Last year we not only saw the proliferation of aggressive adware, but also some new CAPTCHA-bypassing threats that subscribed users to a premium-rated number, both hosted in Google Official marketplace. A new...

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...

Sophisticated CAPTCHA-Bypassing Malware Found in Google Play, According to Bitdefender Researchers

A sophisticated CAPTCHA-bypassing Android malware has been found harbored in Google Play apps seeking to covertly subscribe thousands of users to premium-rate services. Identified by Bitdefender as Android.Trojan.MKero.A, the malware was first spotted in late 2014, but was only distributed via third-party marketplaces or local popular social networks in Eastern Europe. One of the most affected countries was...

Kodi Media Center Vulnerability Exposes Users to Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

Home media player software Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) has been found vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks that may jeopardize the security of home users, according to Bitdefender research. Kodi is mostly used by those who want to build their own home media centers without investing in dedicated hardware or software. This open-source solution is compatible with a wide range of operating systems (Linux,...

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