How do you play your part for a better Internet?

How do you play your part for a better Internet?

The Internet is an astonishingly resourceful place - unlimited information on almost any subject in the world is at our fingertips. We use it to document our writings, chat with fr ...

Data Privacy Day: Reminding Us of Data Protection

Data Privacy Day: Reminding Us of Data Protection

Every year on January 28th we are reminded of the importance of our personal data and how it could be misused against us. More than 47 European countries along with United States a ...

Beware, Facebook Scam Shares Porn on Your Groups!

Beware, Facebook Scam Shares Porn on Your Groups!

A new Facebook tag scam is spreading pornographic content in Facebook groups, Bitdefender warns. We came across an evolved version of the known Facebook tag scam that manages to in ...

In 2016, growing IoT comes with new opportunities — and new threats

In 2016, growing IoT comes with new opportunities — and new threats

The Internet of Things is becoming a bigger part of consumers’ daily lives, thanks in large part to smart phones with larger screens that people use to control smart devices, accor ...

Ten facts you might not know about Linux

Ten facts you might not know about Linux

Today is Linus Torvalds’ 46th birthday! He is the inventor and lead developer of Linux kernel, the core of the operating system we all know and use today under various shapes and s ...

Tech trends: what to expect in 2016

Tech trends: what to expect in 2016

‘Cyber-security’, ’encryption’, ‘the Cloud’ and ‘machine learning’ have been among the buzzwords of 2015. We expect them to be at least as trendy next year, with technology compani ...

Biggest cyber-security events of 2015; lessons learned for a safer 2016

Biggest cyber-security events of 2015; lessons learned for a safer 2016

2 million compromised records 38% increase in security incidents First hacked smart car First ransomware for Linux Launch of Windows 10 and privacy concerns 14 million US governmen ...

Heart Patients, Diabetics at Increasing Risk from Medical Device Malware

The risk of attacks on medical devices such as defibrillators, pacemakers, insulin pumps, and other software-controlled medical equipment is rising, as cyber-criminals improve hacking techniques, according to Bitdefender. In September, the US Government Accountability Office also warned about vulnerabilities in computerized medical devices because of outdated software and firmware. Targeted attacks on medic...

California Threats App Developers with $2,500 Fine Per Download for Violating Privacy Law

 California Attorney General Kamala Harris is notifying app developers and companies to post privacy notices for users or risk fines of up to $2,500 every time their app is downloaded. Announcing that notification letters will be sent to 100 app developers and companies telling them of the new California privacy law, Harris said online customer privacy should not be taken lightly. "Protecting the privacy of...

Latino Anonymous Hacks Charity, Religious Sites in the Name of Halloween

A small hacking group, allegedly part of Anonymous Central America, defaced several charity and religion-themed websites in the “name” of Halloween. One of the websites broken by “AnarckHack” is that of a children’s organization based in Caracas, Venezuela. Most websites hacked before Halloween are still down. The hackers also posted online an object-oriented typing text script. Under the title “Halloween s...

Mozilla Fixes XSS Flaw in Firefox 16.0.2 Release

Mozilla has announced availability of Firefox version 1.6.0.2, an emergency update to address a serious flaw in the way the browser treats the LocationObject. According to the advisory, successful exploitation of this flaw can result in cross site scripting or code execution. Firefox. Image courtesy of the Mozilla Foundation The bug discovered by security researcher Mariusz Mlynski forced Mozilla developers...

Teen Hacks High-School Network to Get Girl’s Data

When social networks aren’t enough to get information about your colleague, hack into her computer at school. Well, that’s how 20 year-old Matthew Higgins thought. After boasting about his accomplishment on a hacking forum, he was prosecuted for accessing user data without authorization. According to a news report from the BBC, Higgins accessed data and then sent a fake message to Clwyd West assembly member...

Malware Uses Trending Celebrities to Drag New Victims into Botnets

A new illicit campaign using celebrity names such as Madonna and Rihanna infects computers with malware and recruits users into rapidly growing botnets, according to Bitdefender. Both Rihanna, the 6th most popular star in the US this year with 4.090.000 local monthly searches, according to a Google search tool, and Madonna, who ranks 19th, with 1.830.000 searches a month, are used as baits to make users cli...

Free Zynga Games as Anonymous Launches Operation maZYNGA

Alleged planned layoffs at game developer Zynga caused Anonymous to retaliate against what it calls the “end of the US game market as we know it.” Anonymous claims to have confidential documents which confirm that 1,000 people will be laid off and hiring will be done in “other more convenient financial countries.” Legal action against those who disclose this information will be taken, says the Anonymous tra...

Google Apps Safe from DKIM Vulnerability, Says Google

The DKIM (Domain Key Identified Mail) vulnerability discovered by Zachary Harris in Google’s email servers poses no threat to Google Apps customers, according to Google spokeswoman Andrea Freund. The previous 512 bits encryption used by Google’s mail servers was deemed hack-able in less than 72 hours, enabling Harris to forge a legit digital signature and impersonate Sergey Brin, Google’s founder. Harris es...

The New York Times Website Blocked in China

Chinese officials decided to block their citizens’ access to The New York Times, both the English and the Chinese versions of the websites, in reaction to a text about the Chinese prime minister’s hidden estate published yesterday. The Chinese government also decided to ban all mentions of The Times or of the prime minister, Wen Jiabao, on Sina Weibo, the most popular micro blogging service in China and loc...

Huawei Hands In Source Code to Fight Cyber-Espionage Accusations

Huawei, one of China’s largest networking and telecom hardware providers, has offered the Australian government access to the company’s source code to fight cyber-espionage accusations issued earlier this month by the Intelligence Committee of the US House of Representatives. After being publicly blamed for bundling their device firmware with backdoors, Huawei is trying to clear its name and keep its ties w...

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