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Macbook webcams can be remotely activated without any sign

In a paper called iSeeYou: Disabling the MacBook Webcam Indicator LED, security researchers Matthew Brocker and Stephen Checkoway explained a method …

The One Big Question About RSA and Its Relationship With the NSA

Last week, the Internet security world was jolted by a Reuters report detailing a secret $10 million payment to the security company RSA from the …

Information Security

Cryptolocker ransomware has 'infected about 250,000 PCs'

<b>A virulent form of ransomware has now infected about quarter of a million Windows computers, according to a report by security researchers.</b><p>Cryptolocker scrambles users' data and then demands a fee to unencrypt it alongside a countdown clock.<p>Dell Secureworks said that the US and UK had been worst …

Trend Micro

A TV Anchor Tries to Gift Bitcoin On Air, Is Immediately Robbed

This past Friday, Bloomberg TV anchor Matt Miller took an on-air opportunity to give the gift of Bitcoin to two of his fellow anchors during his "12 …

NSA’s backdoor catalog exposed: Targets include Juniper, Cisco, Samsung, Huawei

An internal NSA catalog offers spies backdoors into a wide range of equipment from major computing and security vendors, according to an article …

The NSA’s catalog of spy gear shows how it hacks computers

Over the New Year’s holiday the German newspaper Spiegel has published details about the gadgets the NSA uses to spy on people and companies. According to the newspaper the NSA has a special secret unit, called ANT, which specializes in creating tech related devices for eavesdropping and installing …

Surveillance

Hackers Attack Snapchat To “Raise Awareness” About Security

Snapchat was hacked over New Year’s. More than 4.6 million accounts of U.S. and Canadian users have been compromised, with phone numbers (the last two digits have been obscured) and usernames posted on a website, SnapchatDB, which has since been suspended–due to system overload, not legal action, …

NSA working on quantum computer to break any encryption

The National Security Agency has a vast toolkit for getting access any kind of electronics equipment, but it pales compared to a quantum computer, which could break the strongest encryption in much less time than conventional, transistor-based computers.<p>According to report in The Washington Post …

The NSA Collects Hundreds Of Millions Of Global SMS Messages Every Day

Another day, another NSA story involving dragnet surveillance of global communications. Out this morning in the Guardian is news of Dishfire, an NSA program that collects nearly 200 million text messages each day.<p>The program is notable for its scale, and what the Guardian quotes as its “untargeted” …

PGP creator’s new ‘Blackphone’ is a secure Android phone that may protect you from the NSA

It was only a matter of time until someone developed a smartphone entirely focused on security.<p>Phil Zimmermann, best known among techies as the creator of the email encryption tool PGP, announced his latest security effort today: Blackphone, a smartphone powered by a custom secure version of …

The internet of things needs a new security model. Which one will win?

The Target data breach occurring over compromised point-of-sale terminals. The recent news that a botnet army which sent 750,000 spam emails included …