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NSA’s Data Harvesting Policy Makes Foreign Governments Cautious Guarding Secrets

The Chinese Government intends to adopt a five-year cybersecurity program, part of a plan announced against cyber confrontation with the United States, while European decision makers are also reducing cooperation with NSA. China’s concern with cyber-security was given a powerful boost following the revelations of the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the universal surveillance capabilities of the U...

Facebook Launches New Security Checkup Feature To Prevent Hacks

Facebook has launched a new security feature to prevent hackers from breaking user accounts, allegedly because of an increase of vulnerability issues reported in 2015. Users are now allowed to easily change passwords, setup alerts and clean up login sessions. The login session manager shows which computers the user is logged on and can terminate sessions if instructed. “We invest considerable in building se...

Should your voice be enough to unlock your Android phone? Google seems to think so

According to media reports, some users of Android phones are beginning to see a new feature rolled-out to their devices. And it could mean that all you may need to do to unlock your Android phone in future is murmur the words "Ok Google." This isn't the first time Google has tried to give Android users methods to unlock their devices without having to go to all the "effort" of entering a PIN, swipeable patt...

CTB Locker Ransomware Targets French Companies

A spam campaign delivering CTB Locker is targeting employees from French companies, Bitdefender researchers found. The  spam e-mails  carry an attachment,a .cab file and a message claiming to be from a co-worker of the victim . The e-mails look like authentic bills and  are allegedly sent to management departments.   The e-mails invite people to open the .cab file, an auto-executable Microsoft archive. Once...

Google Will Mark HTTP Sites As Unsafe Starting in 2015

Google plans to mark all HTTP pages “insecure” to warn users about data security and privacy issues, according to Chromium.org. As part of the open-source Chromium Projects, the initiative will affect Chrome starting in January. It’s meant to encourage all website owners to switch to HTTPS by default. “We all need data communication on the web to be secure (private, authenticated, untampered),” Google’s tea...

Delta Airlines security flaw allows access to strangers’ boarding passes

You would like to think that airlines are taking security seriously. After all, every time you try to board a plane you're asked to take off your belt and shoes, prove that your laptops boot up, discard any liquids that weren't bought in Duty Free, and dispose of your toenail clippers. Which makes it all the more ironic that it appears some airlines make it so darn easy to grab a complete strangers' electro...

Over 30 Vulnerabilities Exposed in Google App Engine

Over 30 vulnerabilities that allow hackers to bypass critical security sandbox defenses were discovered in Google App Engine (GAE), according to The Hacker News. Security Explorations researchers identified the series of flaws in the Java environment of Google’s Platform as a Service. Attackers can exploit the vulnerabilities to achieve a complete Java VM security sandbox escape, as well as to execute arbit...

Hackers Can Attack Social Logins to Impersonate Users, IBM Study Shows

Cyber-criminals can exploit social logins, such as the “Sign In With Facebook/LinkedIn/etc” buttons, to hijack accounts and impersonate users through a technique dubbed SpoofedMe, according to IBM research. To run the attack, hackers register a spoofed account at a vulnerable identity provider using the victim’s email address. Cyber-criminals can then post misleading information and even malware on victims’...

How Could Hacker Grinch Steal Your Christmas: Five Security Scenarios to Avoid

We hate to sound gloomy before the holidays, but Christmas not only brings joy and presents. It comes with increasing cyber-crime activity as well, as Hacker Grinch prepares new scams and online attacks. Identity fraudsters claimed a new victim every two seconds in 2013, and the number of identity fraud victims rose to 13.1 million, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. These figures only express fr...

New Snapcash Feature Triggers Concern; Users Call it ‘Future of Cam Girls’

New security concerns were raised after Snapchat launched a feature that allows users to send cash within the app, according to media reports. On Reddit, users named Snapcash “the future of cam girls,” saying the service will also be used to pay for online prostitution. To ease security concerns, Snapcash is powered by credit card processing and business solutions company Square. The service handles the bac...

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