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 ...

CryptoWall 4.0 returns to the wild, posing as good guy

CryptoWall 4.0 returns to the wild, posing as good guy

The infamous CryptoWall ransomware family is back, encrypting files under the false pretenses of testing AV solutions for their’ “suitability” to protect data. “CryptoWall Project ...

How to crash WhatsApp by sending an emoji bomb

Pranksters rejoice! A security researcher has revealed a way you can crash another user's WhatsApp by sending them a single message. 18-year-old Indrajeet Bhuyan is no stranger to finding flaws in the WhatsApp messenger app, having last year discovered a way to create a specially crafted message that crashes the app every time it is opened, and forcing recipients to delete the entire message thread. WhatsAp...

DDoS attacks rise 180% in 2015, Akamai says

This year, the frequency of DDoS attacks has nearly tripled, according to security firm Akamai. 2015 saw some 1500 DDoS attacks - an 180 percent increase from last year. However, the average attack is shorter in length and lower in volume than in the past. The average DDoS attack lasted 18.86 hours, down from 22.36 hours in 2014. There are several variables as it relates to the customer posture with regard...

Google follows Microsoft, Firefox in blocking SHA-1 certificates

Google has announced it will not treat SHA-1 certificates anymore starting in early 2016 in a plan to completely stop supporting them over the next year. In line with Microsoft and Firefox, Google’s Chrome version 48 will start displaying a certificate error when encountering websites with leaf certificates signed with SHA-1 issued after January 1 2016 or chains to a public Certificate Authority (CA). “Star...

Oracle ordered to admit it deceived users over Java security updates for years

We all know that one of the pillars of computer security is keeping your software up-to-date. If you have software on your computer which is unpatched and out-of-date then you're asking for trouble. Malicious hackers can exploit security holes in the stale software running on your PC or Mac to install malware onto your computer, potentially stealing your private information, or spying upon your activities....

Most Consumers in Developed Markets Will Pay via Smartphone or Wearable by 2018, Gartner says

Most consumers in mature markets (i.e. North America, Western Europe, Japan) will use smartphones or wearables for mobile payments by 2018, according to advisory company Gartner. "Innovation in apps, mobile devices and mobile services are impacting traditional business models, particularly in the way people use personal technology for productivity and pleasure," said Amanda Sabia, principal research analyst...

Millions of Hello Kitty fans have their data exposed online

If you're a lover of Hello Kitty, My Melody, and (my favourite) Keroppi the frog then you might want to rub the cuteness out of your eyes, and wake up to the real world of information security. Fresh on the heels of revealing that 13 million MacKeeper customers had had their sensitive account details left lying around on a publicly accessible database, researcher Chris Vickery had discovered a database cont...

As Xbox Live goes down, PhantomSquad takes credit for attack

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas might be miserable for Xbox and PlayStation video game fans. A group calling itself PhantomSquad, who have been threatening for the last couple of weeks to take both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network down over the Christmas holidays, may have struck early after taking credit for an outage which affected the Xbox Live network late on Thursday evening. Many users of...

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 companies continuing to focus on innovative ways to make our lives better and safer. Here is a preview of some of the tech trends of 2016. Machine learning technologies to be found in more and more products Artificial intelligence, parti...

SMBs in US, UK, Australia Lack Resources; Consider Outsourcing IT Security

Some 81% of decision makers in small and medium-sized businesses from the US, the UK, and Australia surveyed by Wakefield Research consider that outsourcing cybersecurity would enhance their ability to focus on core business processes, while only 37% say they are completely ready to manage IT security and protect against threats. Image source: Flickr Overall, four in five respondents plan to increase their...

European Space agency hacked. Staff and subscribers’ data exposed

You would like to imagine that it was a proud day for the European Space Agency (ESA). Tim Peake, the first official UK astronaut, has been hurtled into space onboard a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan. His destination and home for the next seven months? The orbiting International Space Station. Things are not looking so good for the ESA closer to Earth, however. Hackers operating under the banner of Anonymous...

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