You already live in a smart home. Now make it safe.

You already live in a smart home. Now make it safe.

Smart homes have become a reality as technology reaches the point where anything can be transformed into a smart thing. We’ve surrounded ourselves with internet-connected devices t ...

Bitdefender BOX unveiled its breakthrough security features at Pepcom NY

Bitdefender BOX unveiled its breakthrough security features at Pepcom NY

The Internet of Things (IoT) or Internet of Threats, as we often call it, has been labeled "the next Industrial Revolution" by journalists because of the way it will change the way ...

Top 5 Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations to Avoid on Your Holiday

Top 5 Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations to Avoid on Your Holiday

Whenever you go on holiday, you end up taking all your personal data. The information on your personal phone, laptop or other smart device is at more risk of being compromised or s ...

Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog goes to HotForSecurity!

Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog goes to HotForSecurity!

It happened! Last night, this blog received the Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog at the European Security Blogger Awards in London! An award we are happy to shar ...

Smart switch may turn off your Wi-Fi for good

Smart switch may turn off your Wi-Fi for good

You might be risking your privacy, and even physical security, if you use a next-generation switch to control appliances in your home. Image source: Flickr In analyzing several IoT ...

Easy Tips to Dodge E-banking Fraud

Easy Tips to Dodge E-banking Fraud

What is Bitdefender’s Pick? We might be a security company, but our interests spin way beyond creating virus signatures and identifying new malware. We keep our eyes peeled for new ...

Malicious Proxy Redirects SSL Google Traffic for 1 Million IPs

Malicious Proxy Redirects SSL Google Traffic for 1 Million IPs

Online advertising is a multi-billion dollar business mostly ran by Google, Yahoo or Bing via AdSense-like programs. The current generation of clickbots such as the Redirector.Paco ...

Bitdefender BOX unveiled its breakthrough security features at Pepcom NY

The Internet of Things (IoT) or Internet of Threats, as we often call it, has been labeled "the next Industrial Revolution" by journalists because of the way it will change the way people live. As BI Intelligence projects, there will be 34 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020, from 10 billion in 2015. IoT devices will account for 24 billion, while traditional computing devices (e.g. smartphones...

The Dark Side of Internet of Things Home Devices

Imagine you just bought a million-dollar mansion - the home you’ve always dreamed of. Everything is brand new, but one day you go to the attic and find a crack in one of the wooden windows. Unpatched, the small crevice widens as time passes, inviting rodents and other pests into your home. Captivated by the new acquisition, you overlook this seemingly minor disadvantage. Just like with IoT gadgets. Most ear...

290,000 US Driver’s License Records Leaked

Some 290,000 US driver’s license records have been allegedly put up for sale on the Dark Web by a hacker going by the name of NSA. The data dump is said to contain information regarding dates of birth, driving offenses, fines, full names, addresses, state, ZIP codes, phone numbers and email addresses. Claiming that the information was gathered after breaching network systems from Louisiana locals, the hacke...

51 Million iMesh Accounts for Purchase on the Dark Web

More than 51 million iMesh accounts are allegedly available for purchase on the Dark Web for 1 bitcoin – about $590 – containing data such as salted MD5 passwords, usernames, IP addresses, registration date and other account information. While the iMesh peer-to-peer service was recently shut down, the breach is believed to have occurred in September 2013, as the most recent information in the database seems...

How a boobytrapped PDF file could exploit your Chrome Browser – and it’s not Adobe’s fault!

It used to be one of the biggest irritations on the web.  You would be visiting a website, click on a link and then - without warning - find that Adobe Acrobat Reader was cranking into action, in order to show you the PDF file that the site wanted you to see. Many was the time when I muttered under my breath that the least the site could have done was warn me that I was about to click on a .PDF file, so I c...

Top 5 Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations to Avoid on Your Holiday

Whenever you go on holiday, you end up taking all your personal data. The information on your personal phone, laptop or other smart device is at more risk of being compromised or stolen on holiday than when you’re at home or work. While vacations are all about family time, the digital evolution has opened up new to your privacy and data, especially since we’ve become so addicted to posting photos on social...

Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog goes to HotForSecurity!

It happened! Last night, this blog received the Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog at the European Security Blogger Awards in London! An award we are happy to share it with you, our readers, our security researchers and our contributors! Thank you for voting, but most of all, for trusting us to deliver the hottest cyber-security news in the past 4 years! We'll work even harder to live up to...

FBI To Get Browser History Access without Court Order

The pending review of the ECPA (Electronic Communications Privacy Act) Amendments Act of 2015 should allow the FBI to gain access to a target’s "electronic communication transactional records" without a court order, using just a National Security Letter (NSL). While the amendment introduced by Senator John Cornyn would allow the FBI to obtain information such as visited domains and IP addresses, the FBI has...

University of Calgary pays $15,000 to criminal ransomware attackers

What happens if you pay give in to criminal demands? Simple - the criminals keep committing crimes. But what happens if you get struck by a ransomware attack, and don't have proper backups to restore your precious data? Potentially you're stuck in a quandary. No-one likes to send a message to malicious hackers that crime pays, but that sadly is what the University of Calgary appears to have done. Yesterday,...

Two in three employees spread secret information outside the company

Some 69 percent of respondents in a recent survey admitted using file-sharing software to share sensitive information with someone outside of their organization, while 40 percent have retained access to sensitive data after leaving a job. When ranking the top priorities of employees at their organization, productivity ranked highest, with 48 percent of respondents choosing it as the top concern, followed by...

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