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Are typewriters really the way to stop cyberspying? Germany seems to think so

German politicians think they have come up with a novel way to keep their sensitive documents secret. They're going to stop using computers. Okay, okay. They're not going to completely throw out all of their computers - that would be preposterous. But concern about electronic surveillance by other countries has become such a big issue in Germany that prominent politicians say they are seriously considering ...

$10,000 Bounty to Be Cashed in by Tesla Car Hacker

A $10,000 reward will be cashed in by the first hacker who cracks a Tesla car security system in a China-based competition, according to Fox News. The Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan) has launched the hacking competition for all security gurus attending its Beijing conference. The aim is to examine the safety of the high-tech Tesla electric cars. In April 2014, a security researcher showed th...

Microsoft Issues Security Updates for Critical Vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Windows Journal

Microsoft issued new update packages to patch critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Windows Journal, according to Microsoft's July Security Bulletin. Two updates have been rated  `critical,’ three as `important’ and one `moderate,’ by the company, which addressed 29 vulnerabilities in six update packages, from MS14-037 to MS14-042. Photo credit: Microsoft’s Blog "The ongoing diligent work from o...

Parking Fine Scam Drops Zbot on Computers in UK

A wave of parking fine spam continues to infect computers in the UK with Zeus, or the Zbot Trojan, seeking to steal confidential information, according to Bitdefender. So far, the security company blocked the Trojan from infecting hundreds of computers. The 'reminder notice' e-mails purporting to be from the UK's Ministry of Justice started to invade UK inboxes a couple of months ago. The wave registered a ...

18 per cent of SMBs Still Use XP, Face Security Risks, Bitdefender Warns

Almost one in five small and medium businesses worldwide are exposed to major security risks as they are still using Windows XP after Microsoft ended support for the operating system, according to a three-month study by antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The research, conducted in countries such as the US, the UK, Australia, Germany, Spain and Brazil, proved that businesses still rely on the legacy Mi...

How to better secure your Twitter account

Have you ever had your Twitter account hacked? Did you find it unexpectedly spewing out claims that you had lost weight following a miracle diet, malicious links to phishing sites, or even over-run by mischievous hackers like the Syrian Electronic Army? If so, it's time to learn about how to better secure your Twitter account. Here's my quick guide: 1. Choose an impossible-to-guess, hard-to-crack password. ...

We Heart It Network Turned off Twitter Sharing after Diet Spam Attacks; Bitdefender Offers Security Advice

The image sharing social network We Heart It has turned off Twitter sharing after a large diet spam wave that referenced its services. The attack allegedly began several days ago in Australia. “We’ve temporarily disabled sign-in and sharing via Twitter while we look into an issue,” We Heart It wrote on Twitter. “Please sign-in via email in the meantime.” Users complained the email sign in wasn’t working eit...

US Healthcare Sector Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks, Says FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned that the US healthcare sector is vulnerable to hacking and cyber-attacks because of lax security measures, according to Reuters. The Bureau compared healthcare providers with stakeholders in other areas. "The healthcare industry is not as resilient to cyber intrusions compared to the financial and retail sectors, therefore the possibility of increased cyber int...

Latest Facebook Survey Questions Users about Privacy, Annoying Posts

Facebook is curious about privacy, annoying posts and the overall experience on the platform, according to the latest survey shared with users worldwide. The 3-minute quiz also includes questions about trust, security and general satisfaction with the social network. In the US, the survey also includes examples of annoying or disturbing posts such as family photos, posts with too much information and charit...

Scam Easter Basket Packed with Fake Vouchers, Viagra and Religious Fraud

Cyber-criminals are hiding dangerous goodies among the Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies that users are hoping for, warns antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The increasing wave of dangerous spam hitting the US, the UK and other countries these days invades users’ inboxes with offers for fake vouchers, personal loans, replica watches and dubious candy surveys. Personalized Easter baskets, bunnies, and ...

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