08/05/2011, With the official sign up for Pottermore coming in October it appears as though scammers are already trying their luck at attempting to con eager Harry Potter fans out of their hard-earned money through various means. Given the amount of Harry Potter fans out there, it’s not that surprising that a handful of them are fanatic enough to believe and buy anything that would allow them early access to the […]
08/05/2011, One of Google’s Chrome OS strongest selling points was the fact that it had much better built-in security than other operating systems. The OS split up between different hard drive partitions: one swap partition, one encrypted user partition and one read-only operating system root partition to make life difficult for any attackers to take advantage of. Well it looks like those walls have crumbled. Some security researchers at the recent […]
08/04/2011, If you’re a diabetic living with the aid of an insulin pump and a blood-sugar monitor, running out of batteries with no replacements handy might be your worst nightmare, but a recent report from a security researcher states tells us we might have more to worry about. According to Jay Radcliffe, a security researcher who is suffering from diabetes, insulin pumps and blood-sugar monitors aren’t out of reach for hackers. He […]
08/04/2011, In the recent hacking events it’s only natural that companies have started to sit up and take notice of their security. Even though they may not have been the target of the recent waves of attacks by hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec, companies are starting to realize that while they may have been lucky this time, they may not be in the future.
08/04/2011, While the iPhone has the “Find my iPhone” utility app that lets iPhone users search for their missing/misplaced/stolen iPhones, Apple has recently enabled beta testing of a new security feature which they have dubbed “Find my Mac” to developers, which we’re guessing is the same as “Find my iPhone” except for Mac computers.
08/02/2011, Lookout, a mobile security company, has issued a report that illustrates the rise of applications infected by malware (programs built with a malicious intent) on mobile platforms. I was particularly interested by how “pirates” can sneak malicious code in apps that were originally legitimate. The graph above shows that a malicious that instead of creating a bogus application from scratch, pirates have adapted to using popular and legitimate applications has […]
08/02/2011, Remember the 2-step verification process Google implemented for Google Accounts way back in February? It wasn’t available all over the world back then, but the service is now available all over the world in over 150 countries and in 40 different languages. With identity and password theft becoming even more common nowadays, this service should help people keep their Google Accounts safe from criminals. If you’re unsure how this 2-step […]
08/01/2011, Anonymous has announced that it has managed to hack over 70 US law enforcement websites and steal 10GB of data. It promised a leak and the first one was released yesterday – over 7,000 law enforcement officials’ private information including their social security numbers, email accounts, passwords, phone numbers and home addresses. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on where one stands) the link is down at this time so we’ve been […]
07/30/2011, Remember last year when PayPal was attacked by Anonymous after it froze Wikileaks’ account? Well, it looks like PayPal has finally decided to strike back against the hacking coalition. Apparently the hackers left behind enough information to be traceable. PayPal has reported that it has given a list of over 1,000 IP addresses to the FBI: IP addresses that were linked to the PayPal attack last year.
07/29/2011, Facebook has just launched a new bug bounty program where it rewards researchers who find security holes in the social network. The reward will be paid in dollars, which starts off at $500 and has no maximum set. However, they will have to follow Facebook’s Responsible Disclosure Policy and agree not to go public with the vulnerability information until Facebook has fixed the problem. I guess this is a great […]
07/27/2011, As if the heat from the authorities wasn’t already enough, it looks like Anonymous and LulzSec have another adversary to deal with. A hacker who calls himself Jester has claimed responsibility for taking down the websites of two of the most prolific hacker groups in recent history. At this time of writing, both lulzsecurity.com and anonyops.com are inaccessible, though there’s no word on why the sites are offline besides the […]
07/25/2011, While we eagerly anticipate the arrival of iOS 5, it looks like Apple is still hard at work fixing problems found in the current version of the operating system. Not long after it released iOS 4.3.4 which fixed the PDF vulnerability, the company has just pushed out a new update to iOS 4 users, bringing the OS up to version 4.3.5 (4.2.10 for Verizon devices). This time it fixes another […]
07/22/2011, For those who travel frequently on airplanes, you may have realized that airport security is starting to get tighter, and while some of the practices conducted by airport security personnel may be questionable, the fact of the matter is that security is extremely important. Now it appears that starting from September, passengers who go through London’s Heathrow airport terminals one and five will have their faces scanned before they board […]
07/21/2011, As of now there are countless numbers of apps that help users deal with the problem of lost or stolen phones. It’s time to add one more to the list with an offering from Ireland called Mobile Superhero from Yougetitback. Available as a premium service for $28 (19.99 EUR) a year or $2.8 (1.99 EUR) a month, Yougetitback Mobile Superhero is designed to keep all data on your phone out […]