Articles about hack (page 7)

Safari Zero-Day Exploit Can Takeover A Mac Computer Entirely
Safari is Apple’s default browser that comes bundled with their iOS and macOS devices. It’s a pretty decent browser but unfortunately, it seems that it might not necessarily be the most secure. This is according to a demonstration made at a white-hat hacker security conference in Vancouver, Canada.

19-Year Old WinRAR Bug Is Used To Distribute Malware
Last month the developers behind WinRAR finally issued a patch that fixed a serious security flaw in the app. The catch was that this was a bug that had been around for 19 years, meaning that the flaw had many years to be exploited. Now according to a report from McAfee (via Engadget), it looks like those fears have indeed come true.

Google Chrome To Build In Drive-By Downloads Protection
There is a reason why it has been advised that users should not visit suspicious looking websites or click on suspicious links. Google has recently attempted to educate users on the dangers of that where these links could try to get users to give up their passwords to their banks and so on.

Pranksters Access Nest Camera To Broadcast Fake Missile Attack
Smart gadgets are wonderful things. They help us automate a lot of our lives, and provide us with even better and accessible home security than ever. However its security is really only as strong as your account’s password, which is what a family in Orinda discovered when their Nest camera was accessed and used to broadcast a fake message about North Korea firing missiles at the US.

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Google Wants To Educate The Public On Detecting Phishing Emails
Gmail’s spam detection feature works pretty well and for the most part does an excellent job at filtering out scam emails from the real ones (although sometimes it ends up filtering out the real ones as well). However from time to time, phishing emails do get through and some of them look so convincing that even seasoned internet users might be fooled.

Some Alcatel Smartphones Came Preinstalled With Malware
Avoiding malware on our smartphones and computers is pretty easy: just don’t install apps or visit suspicious sounding and looking websites. Granted this isn’t a guarantee that you can’t get infected, but usually practicing such habits can help. Unfortunately for owners of certain Alcatel handsets, their phones actually came with malware preinstalled.

Marriott Breach Might Be Smaller Than Previously Estimated
Last year it was reported that the Marriott Starwood database had been breached by hackers, where it was initially estimated that about 500 million guests had their details exposed. However in an update provided by Marriott, it seems that the actual number of guests affected might be smaller than they thought.

This Apple Phishing Scam Is Scarily Convincing
Phishing scams are actually rather common, although for the most part if you use email services like Gmail, Google’s spam filter does a pretty good job at filtering them out. However not all phishing scams come via email, some are sent via text message, and in this particular case, was made via a phone call.

Chromecasts Are Being Hacked To Promote PewDiePie’s Channel
If you’ve been around the internet, more specifically YouTube, long enough, chances are you are familiar with YouTube personality PewDiePie. He is one of the platform’s top earners and safe to say that he probably doesn’t need more publicity. However some of his fans have taken it upon themselves to hack printers and websites to promote his channel.

Chrome OS Will Soon Block The USB Port On Locked Devices
Say you’re in a cafe and you need to make a quick run to the bathroom, so for security purposes you lock your laptop, and go do your business. Safe for someone physically stealing your laptop, you should be somewhat safe from prying eyes, right? Nope, not entirely, no thanks to what those in the hacking community refer to as the “Rubber Ducky”.

It’s 2019 And We Have A New iCloud Phishing Attempt
If one of your wishes for 2019 was for less hacks, it seems like the year might already be off to a bad start. According to a report from Apple World Today, it seems that on the 1st of January, 2019, a new iCloud phishing attempt had started to make its rounds already, where like pretty much all phishing attempts, tries to trick the user into handing over confidential information.

Researchers Successfully Bypass SMS-Based 2FA Protections
It has been suggested that using a 2FA system will help protect users against hackers. To a certain extent that is true because 2FA systems add an additional level of security with a one-time generated code that would be impossible to guess. However it seems that researchers working on behalf of the Iranian government might have found a way around it.

A Fake Hand Made Out Of Wax Managed To Beat Vein-Based Authentication
Right now when it comes to biometric security, the most popular option available out there is still fingerprint. However in recent times we’re also see interest in facial recognition, thanks largely to Apple’s success with Face ID. Then there is also iris scanning which Samsung uses, and to a much lesser extent, vein scanning.

A New Netflix Phishing Scam Is Making Its Rounds
Phishing scams aren’t exactly new, and for the most part a lot of times email services such as Gmail do a good job at hiding them in our spam folders meaning that we’ll never have to look at them. However recently it appears that a new phishing scam targeting Netflix users is making its rounds, so much so that the FTC has issued a warning about it.