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Ransomware Targeting WordPress - An Emerging Threat

Ransomware Targeting WordPress – An Emerging Threat<p>This entry was posted in Wordfence, WordPress Security on August 15, 2017 by Mark Maunder 0 Replies<p>…

Ransomware

Google is paying Apple billions per year to remain on the iPhone, Bernstein says

Google is paying Apple billions of dollars to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads, Bernstein said in a note to investors on …

Google

More on Ransomware

TweetHow does this Work?As the name implies, <i>ransomware</i> works like a kidnapper, unfortunately it is your data being held captive.Once your computer(s) …

Malware

August 3, 1977: The TRS-80 Personal Computer Goes on Sale

It was with minimal expectations that, on August 3, 1977, Tandy Corporation teamed up with Radio Shack to release the TRS-80, one of the first …

Museums

For 20 Years, This Man Has Survived Entirely by Hacking Online Games

Manfred's character is standing still in the virtual world of the 2014 sci-fi online multiplayer game <i>WildStar Online</i>. Manfred, the real life person behind the character, is typing commands into a debugger. In a few seconds of what seems to be an extremely easy hack, Manfred's virtual currency …

Security

Putin bans VPNs to stop Russians accessing prohibited websites

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that prohibits technology that provides access to websites banned in Russia, the government's website showed on Sunday.<p>The law, already approved by the Duma, the lower house of parliament, will ban the use of virtual private networks …

Russia

How Twitter Fuels Anxiety

The anxious can often find a supportive community through tweeting, but the nature of the social media site can exacerbate symptoms.

Social Media

U.S. government crackdown threatens Kaspersky’s American dream

(Reuters) - Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO of the Russian cybersecurity software firm that bears his name, had a big American dream.<p>He wanted his company to go beyond selling anti-virus software to consumers and small businesses and become a major vendor to the U.S. government - one of the world's …

Cybersecurity

The WPSetup Attack: New Campaign Targets Fresh WordPress Installs

This entry was posted in WordPress Security on July 11, 2017 by Mark Maunder 52 Replies<p>At Wordfence, we track millions of attacks from a wide variety …

Web Design

Linux is not as safe as you think

There is a notion by many people that Linux-based operating systems are impervious to malware and are 100 percent safe. While operating systems that …

Linux

Comment on Illinois poised to ban geolocation tracking without consent by Liz McIntyre (@LizMcIntyre)

Kudos to the forward-thinking Illinois legislators who work to protect consumer privacy. However…If you read the passed House bill, there are crazy …

Privacy

A Moral Quandary

<b>I continue to fight having Pay Day Loan and Dodgy Financial sites from advertising on my site (mostly blocking them on Adsense), but I continue to</b> …

PSA: Petya Ransomware Affecting Critical Systems Globally: Here's What to Do.

PSA: Petya Ransomware Affecting Critical Systems Globally: Here’s What to Do.<p>This entry was posted in General Security on June 27, 2017 by Mark …

Information Security

How to over-engineer a door lock

What exactly happens when you press the button in our iOS / Android app? An HTTP request is sent to the cloud server, which then triggers a message …

E-Cigarettes Can Be Used to Hack Computers, Could Encourage Them to Start Smoking

So-called electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become increasingly popular over the past few years, as the number of people who smoke …

Robots Are Eating Money Managers’ Lunch

Rishi Ganti used to help manage the personal fortunes of hedge fund founders David Siegel and John Overdeck, whose quantitatively driven strategies …

Finance

Sauntering Day

<i>“I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering</i> …

You Can’t Open the Microsoft Surface Laptop Without Literally Destroying It

Repair specialists iFixit have dubbed the new laptop a ‘Russian nesting doll from hell.’<p>Microsoft's latest Surface Laptop may have earned glowing reviews from certain sections of the tech press, but don't tell that to iFixit.<p>The company, which provides repair tools and manuals for popular gadgets …

Microsoft

CRTC bans cellphone unlocking fees, orders all new devices be unlocked

As of Dec. 1, cellular providers will have to unlock your phone free of charge<p>The era of having to pay cellular providers to unlock your cellphone …

Google Drive will soon back up your entire computer

Google is turning Drive into a much more robust backup tool. Soon, instead of files having to live inside of the Drive folder, Google will be able to monitor and backup files inside of any folder you point it to. That can include your desktop, your entire documents folder, or other more specific …

Microsoft warns of 'destructive cyberattacks,' issues new Windows XP patches

Last month's devastating WannaCry ransomware outbreak was just a warning shot. In an unprecedented move, Microsoft today released critical security …

Three men in Thailand reportedly ran a clickfarm with over 300,000 SIM cards and 400 iPhones

To boost products on WeChat<p>Clickfarms are a dubious business people rarely get a peek inside of, but accept as part of our everyday internet existence. We know companies pay bots to shower likes, emoji, ratings, nonsensical comments, and plain traffic on content in order to artificially boost …

Move over, Stuxnet: Industroyer malware linked to Kiev blackouts

Modular nasty can seize direct control of substation switches and circuit breakersSecurity researchers have discovered malware capable of disrupting …

Cybersecurity

Malware downloader infects your PC without a mouse click

You think you're safe from malware since you never click suspicious-looking links, then somebody finds a way to infect your PC anyway. Security researchers have discovered that cybercriminals have recently started using a malware downloader that installs a banking Trojan to your computer even if …

Cash for Medical Device Clunkers? Task Force calls for Healthcare Security Overhaul

In-brief: the U.S. healthcare sector is in critical condition and needs urgent, coordinated action to protect patient safety and address …

Uber wants to track your location even when you’re not using the app

Some riders feel ‘icky’ about the new permissions<p>Should Uber be able to track you even when you’re not using its app? Uber seems to think so, but some customers are worried that the ride-sharing giant is yet again overstepping its bounds.<p>Last month, Uber launched a major update to its app, …

Linux Malware Infects Raspberry Pi Devices Making Them CryptoCurrency Mining Zombies

If you're a Raspberry Pi user who's never changed the default password of the "pi" user, then heed this warning: <b>change it</b>. A brand new piece of …

Study shows Millennials forgot about regular TV

Millennials aren’t able to identify the networks responsible for some of the most popular television shows, with the exception of those created by Netflix.<p>Consulting firm Anatomy Media released a report indicating most viewers age 18-26 can’t match television shows from ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, or …

Millennials

Microsoft: 'No known ransomware works against Windows 10 S'

When WannaCry was running rampant on older versions of Windows -- Windows 7 being the most at risk -- Windows 10 was unaffected. According to …

Microsoft