Nicholas Mulholland

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Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more …

Intellectual Property

The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked

Do you want to stop criminals from getting into your Gmail or Facebook account? Are you worried about the cops spying on you? We have all the answers on how to protect yourself.<p><i>Editors note: This is Motherboard's comprehensive guide to digital security, which will be regularly updated and replaces</i> …

Information Systems

New “Quad9” DNS service blocks malicious domains for everyone

Set DNS server to 9.9.9.9, and (known) malware and phishes won’t be able to phone home.<p>The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA)—an organization founded by law …

Information Security

How Black Market Criminals Are Duping Apple Users Into Surrendering Their iPhones

A security report out Tuesdays sheds new light on the lucrative business of unlocking and reselling stolen iPhones, a multi-million dollar criminal …

Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core

WASHINGTON — Jake Williams awoke last April in an Orlando, Fla., hotel where he was leading a training session. Checking Twitter, Mr. Williams, a cybersecurity expert, was dismayed to discover that he had been thrust into the middle of one of the worst security debacles ever to befall American …

Surveillance

Microsoft Sued Over ‘Baseless’ Piracy Threats

For many years, Microsoft and the Business Software Alliance (BSA) have carried out piracy investigations into organizations large and …

Microsoft Office

IDG Contributor Network: Dealing with a shortage of information security and IT skill sets

After talking about the CISOs role in mergers and acquisitions, it’s time we examine the shortage mentioned above, offer short and long-term …

Cybersecurity

Cost of cyber crime rises rapidly as attacks increase

Shipping containers could not be booked, lawyers were locked out of their laptops and a production line was prevented from churning out chocolates, …

He Solved The DNC Hack. Now He's Telling His Story For The First Time.

Less than a year before Marine Corps cyberwarrior Robert Johnston discovered that the Russians had hacked the Democratic National Committee, he found they had launched a similar attack at the Joint Chiefs of Staff.<p><b>One late morning</b> in May 2016, the leaders of the Democratic National Committee …

Security

Privacy Clouds Form Over Mantistek Gaming Keyboard

Questions brew over whether Mantistek GK2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is snooping on users as they type.

Alibaba Group

Flaw crippling millions of crypto keys is worse than first disclosed

Estonia abruptly suspends digital ID cards as crypto attacks get easier and cheaper.<p>A crippling flaw affecting millions—and possibly hundreds of …

Information Security

UK bulk spying challenge in European Court of Human Rights

Legal representatives of the UK government faced a raft of questions today from judges sitting in the European Court of Human Rights hearing a challenge to intelligence agencies’ bulk collection practices brought by a coalition of civil and human rights campaigners.<p>The American Civil Liberties …

Crippling crypto weakness opens millions of smartcards to cloning

Gemalto IDPrime.NET almost certainly isn't the only smartcard vulnerable to ROCA.<p>Millions of smartcards in use by banks and large corporations for …

Information Security

FBI director: Unbreakable encryption is a “huge, huge problem”

“I get it, there’s a balance that needs to be struck,” Christopher Wray said.<p>FBI Director Christopher Wray told a conference of law enforcement …

Privacy

Call to tighten UK law over data breaches

Consumer group Which? is unhappy with the U.K. data protection bill and has called on the government to amend the draft legislation to allow third-party organizations to seek collective redress for data breaches on behalf of consumers.<p>In a statement, Alex Neill, MD of the group’s home products and …

The future of surveillance is hidden in airport ads

Public anonymity is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Coming soon to an airport in Dubai is an artsy, colorful video security and customs tunnel that scans your face, adds you to a database, indexes you with artificial intelligence and decides if you're free to leave -- or not.<p>By the end of …

Facebook and Twitter Deleted Data Tied to Russian Accounts That Targeted 2016 Election Voters

Data that may have proved critical to investigations into Russia-funded political ads appears to have been tossed by Facebook and Twitter into the …

Why octopuses are building small “cities” off the coast of Australia

Divers found octopuses building structures out of shells, socializing with neighbors.<p>The first time that divers discovered a "city" of octopuses off …

Zoology

Internet Explorer bug leaks whatever you type in the address bar

All your private addresses and search queries are belong to us.<p>There's a bug in the latest version of Internet Explorer that leaks the addresses, …

Information Security

Could Tube Wifi Data Be Used To Identify And Track Individuals?

On the 15th September, London sadly became the target of terror again. At around 8:20am, there was an explosion on board a packed District Line train …

Privacy

Apple launches new privacy page and reveals all about Face ID

Apple has launched a revamped privacy page proclaiming that its products are "designed to protect your privacy." Describing privacy as "a fundamental …

NASA is teaming up with Russia to put a new space station near the moon. Here's why.

We all like having options.<p>At the International Aeronautics Congress in Adelaide, Australia, representatives of NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos announced that they had signed an agreement to work together on venturing into deep space, with the first conceptual goal being a deep space …

Space Science

What's Slack Doing With Your Data?

Boasting 9 million weekly users, troves of information flow through workplace chat app Slack from inside tens of thousands of companies. And for …

No, Your Incognito Browser Isn’t Actually Private. Here's How to Safely Surf the Internet

Because investing in your online privacy has never been more critical.<p>With data breaches like the Equifax hack becoming more common, investing in …

Hackers Found a New Way to Rip Off ATMs

Ripping the faces off ATMs and injecting them with malware is great fun, sure, but not so much when you get caught by a security guard and tossed in …

If you freeze your credit, Experian will let crooks unfreeze it by ticking a box

Say you're worried that Equifax has just destroyed your life with its callous disregard for the dossier it compiled on you and your finance; maybe …

Face ID can protect iPhone X from thieves, but not the law

Despite all the safeguards behind Face ID, the biometric tech will have a hard time providing privacy in the courts.<p>For the police, unlocking your iPhone X could be the same as taking your mugshot, thanks to Face ID.<p>One of the marquee features of Apple's latest flagship phone, Face ID uses multiple …

Privacy

The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales

The European Commission paid €360,000 (about $428,000) for a study on how piracy impacts the sales of copyrighted music, books, video games, and …

Hackers are actively targeting US and European power grids

We've been talking about the potential of hacker strikes on electric grids for years, and now it looks like the threat is imminent. Symantec reports that a group it calls Dragonfly is targeting energy and power sectors in the US and Europe, with the intention of both learning how these facilities …

Equifax Says Breach Affects 143 Million Americans

Equifax, one of the three largest credit agencies in the United States, disclosed Thursday afternoon it's looking into a data breach that may have …

Identity Theft