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Google Adds Phishing Protection To Android Gmail App

Google Adds Phishing Protection To Android Gmail App

Yesterday, millions of Gmail users became the targets of a phishing scam in which someone they knew sent a Google Doc for them to edit. Once they clicked on the email, however, they opened their computers and email accounts to ne’er-do-wells. Now, Google is launching an update that may make it easier for users to decipher when an email is suspicious — as long as they’re using the Android app.  [More]

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FAFSA Tool Vulnerability May Have Exposed 100K Individuals’ Personal Info

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a bit cumbersome, so the Department of Education tried to ease that burden by creating a tool that automatically filled in an applicant’s previous year’s tax information. That tool was suddenly taken offline last month over concerns about data security, and now we have some idea of how many applicants may have had their information exposed. [More]

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Hackers Say They Will Wipe iPhones Unless Apple Pays Ransom

Hundreds of millions of iPhone owners may be up a creek next month, at least according to a hacker group that claims to have unprecedented access to the devices and is threatening to remotely wipe them clean if Apple doesn’t pay up. [More]

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Neiman Marcus Agrees To Pay $1.6M To Settle 2013 Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit

Three years after Neiman Marcus disclosed that it had become the victim of a hack attack in 2013, exposing the credit card information of more than 350,000 customers, the upscale retailer has reached a $1.6 million settlement in the subsequent class action lawsuit.  [More]

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Spammers Must Pay $500K After Using Hacked Emails To Push Diet Pills

Last summer, federal regulators charged the operators of an alleged spam scam of hijacking hacked email accounts to spread the word about a slew of unproven weight-loss products. Now, the three affiliate marketers have agreed to pay $500,000 to put the case behind them. [More]

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Senators Give Yahoo 10 Days To Answer For Massive Breaches

Verizon’s $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo might still be going forward as planned, but that doesn’t mean the latter company is exempt from answering some tough questions about its massive data breaches: Lawmakers have given Yahoo until Feb. 23 to answer for the company’s actions related to the hacks.  [More]

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Pranksters Reportedly “Hack” McDonald’s Drive-Thru To Be Vulgar To Customers

There are any number of issues one might encounter when ordering at the drive-thru of their local fast food restaurant — the intercom is broken, you can’t hear the employee, or you receive the wrong order. Customers of one North Carolina McDonald’s recevied a different surprise when placing an order: The “employee” on the other end of the intercom was shouting rude and vulgar language back at them. [More]

Latest Hack Of Adult Friend Finder Parent Company Leaves 412 Million Users Exposed

Latest Hack Of Adult Friend Finder Parent Company Leaves 412 Million Users Exposed

More than a year after online dating site AdultFriendFinder.com suffered a hack that exposed sensitive account information for nearly four million users, the website and its parent company have reportedly been hit with a much larger breach affecting some 412 million accounts. [More]

Google To Warn Users Of Sites Repeatedly Infected With Malware

Google To Warn Users Of Sites Repeatedly Infected With Malware

A year ago, Google updated its “Safe Browsing” technology to provide a warning to internet users who are about to visit a site full of software meant to infect devices and potentially steal consumers’ personal information. While the warnings are removed once sites clean up their act, some merely do so for a short time. Now, Google is taking steps to ensure visitors of those pages know it’s a repeat offender.  [More]

iMessage Users Report Attempted Hacks

iMessage Users Report Attempted Hacks

When it comes to trying to breach the data on iPhones, scammy text messages are apparently all the rage. In just the last year, we’ve had the text that could instantly crash an iPhone, and the flaw that allowed hackers to steal your saved passwords with a single text. Now, some Apple users are reporting another possible hack attempt, this time through their iMessage accounts. [More]

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Spotify Ads Were Actually Malware For A While

Some non-premium Spotify users were greeted with more than just free music while using the service recently: they all got free malware.  [More]

Dropbox Asking Some Users To Change Passwords

Dropbox Asking Some Users To Change Passwords

Are you a longtime user of Dropbox? Then you might be asked to change your password. Was the online storage service hacked? No… at least not recently. Instead, Dropbox says some login credential may have been compromised nearly four years ago [More]

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Report: 100M VW Vehicles Vulnerable To Remote Hack

Owning a vehicle with keyless entry is often a convenience: Forget your key? Just enter a code. But for the owners of more than 100 million Volkswagen vehicles, that convenience has been turned into a doorway for hackers.  [More]

Vulnerability In Acer Store Exposed More Than 34,000 Credit Card Numbers

Vulnerability In Acer Store Exposed More Than 34,000 Credit Card Numbers

If you found yourself in the market for a new computer or other electronic device and made a purchase through Acer’s online store in the last year, you might want to watch your credit card statement. The technology company says it was the victim of a data breach for nearly a year, exposing the credit card information of more than 34,000 customers.  [More]

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Google Pays $550K To People Who Found Security Issues With Android

One year after Google launched its Android Security Rewards program that aimed to compensate researchers who discovered vulnerabilities in the company’s products — software, tablets, and phones – the tech giant announced the program was a success, divvying out more than $550,000.
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Twitter Looking Into Rash Of High-Profile Hackings

Days after the king of the modern internet — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg — found several of his social media accounts in the hands of hackers, similar attacks have befallen the NFL and other high-profile Twitter accounts, leading the social network to investigate.  [More]