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Over 1.2 Billion Credentials Stolen By Russian Cybercriminals

A database of over 1.2 billion usernames and passwords and half a billion unique email addresses has been stolen and collected by a Russian cybercrime ring, the New York Times writes. US internet security company Hold Security, which disclosed the information, said that “hackers did not just target U.S. companies, they targeted any website they could get, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to very small web...

Hackers Claim to Leak 1.2 Million Origin Accounts and Passwords; Electronic Arts Finds No Evidence

More than 1.2 million account credentials from Origin, the popular Electronic Arts game-platform, have been leaked online, according to an announcement made by the hackers. The Origin client is the exclusive game-selling platform from all EA games. Photo credit: Origin The leak contained 1.218.229 emails and plain text password of Origin users. "Origin has been breached by #UGLegion," the hackers said. "-37...

Two-Factor Authentication: How to set it up

In a world of online connectivity, smarter hacking techniques and obvious privacy concerns, passwords are no longer considered the strongest link in account security. Understating customers’ need for extra protection, Google, Twitter, Facebook and other popular services added a new layer of security to their accounts by implementing two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is a security feature ...

eBay Users Advised to Change Passwords; PayPal’s Status Still Uncertain

All eBay users are being asked to change their passwords after the company suffered a data breach that compromised a sensitive information database, according to a company announcement. No evidence has yet been uncovered that credentials of PayPal, which is owned by eBay, were compromised in this breach as well.                                                                                Photo credit: eBa...

How a five-year-old hacked his dad’s Xbox One, only to be rewarded by Microsoft [VIDEO]

A 5-year-old boy has found a serious and easily exploited security vulnerability in Microsoft's Xbox One games console, that allows unauthorised parties to log into Xbox Live accounts without the correct password. Kristoffer Von Hassel wanted to play games that he wasn't supposed to, but needed to crack into his father's Xbox Live account to do it. So, this is what the pint-sized wannabe penetration tester ...

Twitter Accidentally Resets Passwords, Delays in Telling Account Holders

Many Twitter users’ account passwords were reset due to a potential security issue caused by a “web site or service not associated to Twitter,” according to Re/code. Letters notifying users of the reset were not sent immediately, leaving many users locked out of their accounts. “Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter,” the notificatio...

‘Password’ Ousted by ’123456′ as Most Popular Password

After lingering for years as the second-choice of computer users, “123456” overtook “Password” to become the world’s most popular – and worst - password in 2013. “Password” fell to second place after two years in the spotlight, as reported by Splashdata – a security firm that puts together a yearly list of the worst password-choices on the web. Adobe was unwittingly the main provider of raw material for the...

Heartbeats Instead of Passwords

Security company Bionym makes public a new authentication device in the form of a bracelet. The gadget is a miniature electrocardiogram that replaces passwords with the owner’s unique heartbeat pattern to log into computers, make payments or get into cars. The login bracelet, called Nymi, reads the electrocardiogram of the person wearing it. When the heartbeat pattern is confirmed, the bracelet becomes an a...

Hacked Instagram Accounts Show Nutri-Spam

A round of attacks against Facebook-owned Instagram has ended badly for a number of users. According to multiple user reports, the hacked accounts have been used by an unknown group to spam other followers with pictures of smoothies. More than that, a number of users have found that they had been locked out of their accounts, making it impossible for their legit owners to take down the messages. According t...

Hackers Grab Opera Certificate, 1,000 Users Infected with Password-Stealing Malware

Over a thousand Windows users were infected with password-stealing malware after hackers stole a software-signing certificate from Opera and used it to write malicious code. Users affected by the cyber-attack automatically installed the Trojan, which posed as coming from Opera’s legitimate software. In the last week, following the attack, Bitdefender detected the malware mostly in the US. The Oslo-based com...

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