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Instead of Football Matches, Apps Play Unauthorized Code

The highly anticipated World Cup 2014 may turn hazardous for smartphone-wielding fans, according to Bitdefender findings. FIFA World Cup 2014 Live Match, a free app from Google Play, could download and run unverified code, despite stating it allows fans watch live football matches by providing a series of hyperlinks. Allowing an app to download and run code at will is like signing a check in blank and the h...

Yahoo shows cavalier attitude to info-leaking Flickr vulnerability, but finally plugs privacy hole

I have long believed that for security to succeed inside a company, it really needs to be part of their DNA. You need to live-and-breathe security every day to have a proper chance of protecting your computers and sensitive data (and that of your customers and partners) from hackers and privacy breaches. Image credit: Yahoo And some companies just haven't got it yet. Yahoo, for instance, hasn't had the most...

LinkedIn Takes Down Sell Hack Browser Plugin

The Sell Hack browser extension is no longer functional on LinkedIn pages after the company was accused of spying on people’s LinkedIn profiles, Sell Hack announced in a blog post. The plugin seemed to disclose a private LinkedIn account email address with a simple click. Once added to a Chrome, Safari or Firefox browser, it featured a “Hack in” button to the top section of a LinkedIn profile. Clicking it r...

Fears for safety of Royal couple, after tweets reveal exact details of New Zealand tour

You would like to think, by 2014, we had all learnt to be more careful about what we share on social networks. After all, in the past, many social networking users have tripped up unwisely revealing their future plans, their private photographs or their whereabouts. Sometimes it can be simply a social snafu which leaves a person red-faced through embarrassment, but with no real harm done. But other times, t...

Tor Browser in Apple’s App Store Still Packed with Spyware and Adware

The Tor Browser in Apple’s app store is allegedly still packed with spyware and adware despite repeated complaints, according to Softpedia. The tech giant hasn’t yet removed the application that is said to be fake. Tor president Roger Dingledine is seeking help from experts in the security industry.  “I mailed Window Snyder and Jon Callas to see if they can get us past the bureaucracy,” Tor Project’s co-fou...

Use Encryption, Tor to Thwart NSA Surveillance, Snowden Urges

Software programmers should use their skills to help protect people’s privacy from government surveillance, Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor turned whistleblower, said at the SXSW culture and technology conference in Texas, according to The Register. In a speech transmitted by Google Hangouts, Snowden said software developers are responsible for creating more user-friendly, secure communications to...

Apps on Google Play Send User Info to Remote Servers in Plain Text

New suspicious apps, including a third party market and a chat platform, collect data from smart devices and send it to remote servers in plain text. One of these apps has already been downloaded by between 10 million and 50 million users from the official Play Store. Mobogenie, an application that manages phone apps, pictures and videos, sends a list of all applications installed on the device to remote se...

GCHQ Intercepts Images in Bulk from Yahoo Webcam Users

Millions of Yahoo webcam users have had their images intercepted and stored in bulk by Britain’s GCHQ agency during the surveillance program dubbed Optic Nerve, according to The Guardian. The NSA aided the interception and storing of millions webcam images, the secret documents show The Optic Nerve program is alleged to have started in 2008 and collected Yahoo webcam images from more than 1.8 million users ...

WikiLeaks and Pirate Bay Targeted by NSA Spying

The US National Security Agency and the UK's Government Communications Headquarters targeted WikiLeaks and file-sharing site Pirate Bay, according to classified documents analyzed by The Intercept. The documents detail intelligence efforts aimed at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and at “the human network that supports WikiLeaks,” after a 2008 US Army report rated the organization as a serious threat. GCHQ...

Mobile Valentine Apps Send Love, Take Sensitive Data

Using an Android app to express your love for someone this Valentine’s Day may just earn you a slap instead of eternal gratitude. And not just because you’ll look like a cheapo. The pink hearts and cuddly bears so ubiquitous to the season may be hiding invasive permissions that can violate your privacy, rack up your phone bill and even lead to identity theft, Bitdefender Clueful Team finds. Seasonal apps in...

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