security

Twitter Confirms It’s Trying To Identify Abusive Accounts Before Anyone Reports Them

Twitter Confirms It’s Trying To Identify Abusive Accounts Before Anyone Reports Them

Twitter is on a roll: In its second safety update of the year aimed at curbing harassment on its platform, the social media network says it will now proactively try to identify abusive accounts — even before anyone has reported them for being abusive. [More]

Saechang

Heads Up: You May Need To Change Your Passwords On Thousands Of Sites

It’s a rough day for users of, well, basically the entire internet: A major vulnerability in a huge web services company has been disclosed, and it means your personal data may have leaked into public view from a whole lot of places. [More]

Eric Hauser

Samsung “Smart” Camera Is Ridiculously Hackable

A security camera in your house, that you can access remotely, might seem like a good idea at first. You can log into it from anywhere, to see what’s going on and if it really was the cat who opened your kitchen cabinets every day last week. But the problem with a thing you can access remotely is that a sufficiently determined bad actor can, too. And sometimes it doesn’t even take much determination to do. [More]

Dev.Arka

Reminder: If Your Password Is “123456,” Change It

While one might think that there cannot possibly still be anyone out there who would use incredibly easy-to-guess passwords like, for example, “123456,” one would be wrong: according to a new study, that’s still the most popular password in the world. Sigh. [More]

Flyinace2000

Got An Idea On How To Make ‘Internet Of Things’ More Secure? You Could Win $25,000

Internet-connected (“smart”) devices are becoming ubiquitous, but they have this persistent problem: they’re internet-connected. A huge number are extremely vulnerable to being taken over by bad actors, for a whole host of reasons. And so, before your fridge becomes part of the next record-breaking botnet, the Federal Trade Commission wants to give someone cold, hard, cash money for coming up with a way to prevent it. [More]

Mike Mozart

Will Massive Data Breaches Lead Verizon To Dump Yahoo?

While Yahoo has been grabbing headlines lately for its most recent data breach — one that affected more than one billion users — what about that other big story involving Yahoo, the one where Verizon Communications was preparing to buy the company’s internet business? [More]

Netflix’s Twitter Account Apparently Hacked Briefly

Netflix’s Twitter Account Apparently Hacked Briefly

UPDATE: The same hacking group that hit Netflix earlier today is also claiming responsibility for compromising several Marvel Twitter accounts. [More]

Alan Rappa

Minnesota Cities Claim Walmart Is Using Local Police As Unpaid Security Guards

Across the country, local governments are speaking out about how their police departments are subsidizing security at their local Walmart stores, with officers dispatched there more often than competing discount and grocery stores. Now state legislators from two cities in Minnesota say that they’re working on possible solutions to the issue. [More]

Japanexperterna.se

Malicious Android Apps Have Taken Over More Than 1M Google Accounts

Is there something lurking in your phone that shouldn’t be? Malware designed to look like real Android apps has taken control of more than a million Google accounts since August, according to a new report from security researchers. [More]

Office Depot Allegedly Diagnosing Computers With Nonexistent Viruses To Meet Sales Goals

Office Depot Allegedly Diagnosing Computers With Nonexistent Viruses To Meet Sales Goals

Retailers upselling customers on services they don’t need is nothing new, but a new report claims that some Office Depot employees are falsely claiming computers are infected with viruses in order to meet sales goals. [More]

Eric BEAUME

Shazam For Mac Is Always Listening For Tunes, Which Means Your Microphone Is Always On

Are you comfortable having your computer’s microphone on constantly? Shazam, a program that identifies the sound in songs, commercials, and TV shows for you, is always listening through your computer’s microphone in the program’s version for Mac computers. Is that a good or bad thing? It doesn’t necessarily mean that the app is listening in on you 24/7, but the idea may make you kind of uneasy. [More]

Mr Seb

Senator Asks Federal Agencies For Information On Massive Internet Of Things Breach

A massive denial of service attack last week has already resulted in the recall of a number of webcams that may have been used to aid hackers in taking popular sites like Twitter, Github, Reddit, and others offline throughout the day. Now, lawmakers are asking federal agencies what else can be done to prevent future attacks. [More]

Saechang

Researchers Figure Out How To Put Invisible Backdoor In Common Internet Encryption

Even consumers who aren’t necessarily very technically-minded have at least a vague sense that an encrypted site is safer to use than one that isn’t. But encryption, alas, is never a permanent cure-all. And that’s why it’s troubling that new research has found it’s easier than anyone thought to put a backdoor into internet encryption that could let any big, surveillaince-minded entity (good morning, NSA) have a listen. [More]

tomQ

Watch Out For Card Skimmers On Gas Pumps In Arizona (And Everywhere Else, Too)

Going to an actual attendant and paying cash for gas is something fewer and fewer of us do every year. But for all the problems of cash, it might be less risky than sticking your credit card in any old gas pump, where a skimmer can grab and steal your data with very little effort. And those skimmers are everywhere. Case in point? Arizona.

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William Hook

Apple Patents Tech To Record & Scan Fingerprints Of Suspected iPhone Thieves

For the past two years, some smartphone manufacturers have been adding so-called “kill switches” software to phones that allow them to be turned off remotely if they fall into the wrong hands. Now, Apple is taking things a bit further, by patenting a new system that will take photos, record video, and capture fingerprints of ne’er-do-wells who snatch iPhones.  [More]

David Menidrey

Use an iPhone? Install The New Security Update Right Now.

Apple’s pushing a major iOS security update today that iPhone users will want to download and install as soon as they can.

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United Airlines Updates Login Protections With Pre-Selected Security Question Answers

United Airlines Updates Login Protections With Pre-Selected Security Question Answers

Earlier this year a man was accused of hacking United Airlines in order to steal travel vouchers from some frequents fliers. In an attempt to better protect loyal customers’ vouchers, mileage points, and other information, the carrier recently unveiled a slew of updates to its website, including employing a security question section with pre-selected answers. Wait, what?  [More]