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Security researchers have found a music player app in the Google Play Store, which has already been downloaded by thousands of users, to be riddled with malicious malware. Going by the name "Super Free Music Player", the app was uploaded to Google Play on 31 March and has already garnered between 5,...
A FEW HOURS after dark one evening earlier this month, a small quadcopter drone lifted off from the parking lot of Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel. It soon trained its built-in camera on its target, a desktop computer’s tiny blinking light inside a third-floor office nearby. The pi...
A few search terms can lead to an exposed Internet connection. That's apparently how an Iranian hacker accessed a dam in New York state. Bad guys and good guys alike can use Google to find vulnerable targets online. What matters most, then, is who's fastest. "Google dorking." It sounds goofy, but it...
THE NSA, IT seems, isn’t the only American spy agency hacking the world. Judging by a new, nearly 9,000-page trove of secrets from WikiLeaks, the CIA has developed its own surprisingly wide array of intrusion tools, too. On Tuesday morning, WikiLeaks released what it’s callin...
FEBRUARY 10, 2017 —By day, John Bambenek is a successful, if pretty ordinary, cybersecurity professional. The 39-year-old father of four spends most of his days trying to safeguard a bevy of corporate clients from malicious hackers. He analyzes digital threats for the Bethesda, Md., firm Fidelis C...
The most expensive security systems running on the most advanced devices can now be circumvented using nothing more than a $5 tool and access to a USB port. Even password-protected machines are at risk as there's little they can do to prevent the attack besides filling their USB ports with cement. ...
It used to be that Mac users didn’t really have to worry about malware. But we live in a brave new world with easy internet access and a bunch of jerks, so the good ‘ole days are over. A new strain of Mac malware uses a familiar method to gain entry to your computer, but it’s the way...
With the start of a new year, scammers are preparing to steal money from a sea of new victims. With that in mind, we've assembled a list of five of the most common scams, as determined by the Better Business Bureau. 1. IRS SCAMS Phony IRS calls have declined slightly since September, but the BBB ant...
Major tech companies admit they were the victims of a phishing attack Google and Facebook were phished for more than $100 million (about €92 million), it has been reported, in a case which proves that not even the biggest technology companies in the world are immune from the increasingly sophis...
In 2016, approximately 185 million new Internet users went online, with the vast majority of these coming from nations like India. This represents a huge increase in the market. However, while the Internet population continues to grow, there has also been an increase in bots as well. The w...
Security researcher Gal Beniamini — who works for Google’s Project Zero — recently unearthed a serious vulnerability affecting the Wi-Fi chipsets used in both iOS and Android devices. Detailing the proof-of-concept attack at length, Beniamini explains in an interesting blogpost ...
The following is a translation of an article written by Russian journalist Darya Luganskaya. The post has been edited for clarity and length, and reprinted with the author's permission. You can read the original text here. “The Internet was created as a special project by the CIA, and is develo...
android falseguide news malware More Another week, another Android malware. Android malware often takes the form of infected apps on the Google Play Store, and a new variant called FalseGuide has been discovered by security company Check Point. While Google has been pushing monthly security updates...
Net Neutrality is without question one of the most important principles in modern life. Whether you realize it or not, the idea that web services should be provided equally without preference to one type of traffic or another has been the cornerstone of the web as we know it. And the Trump administr...
While the internet population continues to grow, there has also been an increase in bots as well. In 2016, approximately 185 million new internet users came online, with the vast majority of these coming from nations like India. This represents a huge increase in the market. However, while the inter...
I’m very privacy-minded. I’ve written quite frequently about securing your browser and network on the Mac. I figure it’s about time to give the iPhone some loving, since there are a number of ways to make sure you have a good experience browsing while keeping things private. Let’s look at so...
Internet trolls are powerless without anonymity: By obscuring their identities behind random screen names, they can engage in hateful exchanges and prey on complete strangers without fear of retaliation. In doing so, they illustrate one troubling characteristic of humankind: People are shi...
Hi, Backchannelers. Steven here. For many years, when people described how the internet worked — whether they were talking about shopping, communicating, or starting a business there — they inevitably invoked a single metaphor. The internet, said just about everybody, was a contemporary...
Some perfectly authentic looking web addresses are not what they seem and not all browsers are taking the problem seriously Here’s a challenge for you: you click on a link in your email, and find yourself at the website https://аррӏе.com. Your browser shows the green padlock icon, confirming...
It may only be a slight exaggeration that companies know more about you than you do about yourself. Fire up your cell phone or laptop if you have any doubts. Companies can predict what you want to buy and show you ads for them. They know your birthday. They can even tell when your teenage daughter i...
Apple has downplayed reports that millions of leaked iCloud logins are in the hands of hackers who could use the information to steal personal information or wipe devices. But sample data seen by ZDNet shows that at least some of the data is valid login information. The blackmail story beg...
Getting a new job, recovering from an abusive relationship, engaging in new kinds of activism, moving to a different country—these are all examples of reasons one might decide to start using Facebook in a more private way. While it is relatively straightforward to change your social media use movi...
Dyn estimated that the attack had involved ‘100,000 malicious endpoints’, and the company said there had been reports of an extraordinary attack strength of 1.2 terabits (1,200 gigabytes) per second. Photograph: Alamy Dyn, the victim of last week’s denial of service attack, said it was orchest...
In the kingdom of apps and unicorns, Rossotti’s is a rarity. This beer garden in the heart of Silicon Valley has been standing on the same spot since 1852. It isn’t disruptive; it doesn’t scale. But for more than 150 years, it has done one thing and done it well: it has given Californians a go...
For anyone who is really concerned about keeping their thoughts private there is only one piece of reliable technology: write with a pen on paper, and burn what you’ve written when you’re done. For the rest of us, who want to get things done, there is an inevitable trade-off which we still don...

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