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NSA using 'leaky apps' like Angry Birds, Google Maps to siphon user data

Relying on data scooped up from so-called leaky apps -- everything from Angry Birds and Google Maps to applications with photo- and location-sharing abilities like Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter -- the NSA and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters have been secretly collecting swaths of …

First Android Bootkit Found on Over 350,000 Mobile Devices

A new trojan for Android has been discovered that resides in the memory of infected devices and launches itself early on in the OS loading stage. Even if some elements of the threat are removed successfully, at least one component will still reside in the protected memory area and will reinstall …

NSA and GCHQ spoofed LinkedIn to hack Belgian cryptography professor

<i>Correction (2 February): This story originally and erroneously said Quisquater had fallen victim to a quantum insert attack. This was based on the</i> …

Meet “ChewBacca,” the point-of-sale malware that infected dozens of retailers

Memory-scraping malware used TOR anonymity service to conceal itself.<p>Researchers have unearthed malware that recently infected point-of-sale …

2014: The Year America Broke The Internet

Doing so would force ISPs to be treated more like public utilities and subject them to FCC regulations over issues such as rate setting and universal service obligations. There has already been a lot of commentary and speculation about what the ruling means for the average user, and I don't want to …

Why You Should Care about Social Network Over-Sharing

Everybody has a "friend" on social media that clogs up the newsfeed with excessive posts and pics that are more nuisance than news. This "friend" may share too many items, too often. Let's face it, in some cases, that "friend" could be you.<p>Security and privacy experts recommend reviewing your …

Social Media

Adobe Flash Player gets emergency update

<b>Adobe has urged users of its Flash Player plug-in to install an update to protect themselves against the risk of hackers hijacking their PCs.</b><p>It cited a "critical vulnerability" in older versions and said it had become aware of reports that cybercriminals had worked out a way to exploit it.<p>A new …

Software

French court orders Google to display fine for privacy breach

PARIS (Reuters) - Google will have to display on its French search page a notice saying it has been fined by the local data-protection watchdog over how user information is tracked and stored, France’s top administrative court ruled on Friday.<p>A Google logo is reflected on the screen of a Samsung …

New Ransomware Blocks Your DNS Connection And Forces Your Computer To Mine Bitcoins

A new bit of malware, Linkup, is a clever girl. First it takes control of the DNS servers your computer pings to connect to the Internet and, while you’re wondering how to delete it, begins mining bitcoins on the sly. Anti-virus purveyors Emsisoft identified the ransomware in the wild.<p>The program …

Hackers Have Stolen $40,000 From Bitcoin's Biggest Wallet Service

If you're looking to dive into the exciting world of Bitcoin, chances are you're going to get your start with Coinbase, one of the more reputable of …

The Mormon Who Creates Billions of Fake Identities Every Month

Suspicious NSA and FBI agents have contacted Jacob Allred about his websites, and Social Security Administration investigators, waving badges, have showed up at his door. Businesses have cursed him. Some have telephoned to yell at him in the middle of the night, and others have threatened …

As Cyber Crime Matures, More Hacked Accounts Expected

Last week’s arrest of Russian bank hacker extraordinaire Aleksander “SpyEye” Panin doesn’t mean online bank accounts are suddenly safer. Not that anyone thought they were. Bank fraud is here to stay and the guys behind it — many of them Russsian — are multiplying and becoming more savvy.<p>Panin, …

Snapchat flaw lets attackers crash iPhones

A vulnerability in the Snapchat app allows attackers to flood the device with information, freezing and crashing the users iPhone, according to security researcher Jaime Sanchez.<p>Using a flaw in how the app authenticates users, Sanchez discovered that sending a huge number of messages to one user …

Netflix ISP rankings show Verizon and Comcast speeds falling

Netflix updated its list of ISP rankings Monday, and the online video provider shows that Comcast and Verizon are continuing to fall in its custom …

Has Facebook’s “Suggested Pages” Spawned a New Haven for Spammers?

Many of us are trusting. We like to believe the best in people – in their honesty, integrity, and good intentions. For society to function, this is an inherently necessity of the majority.<p>But after writing an article describing the loss of organic Facebook reach, I was tuned in to an even more …

Target Warned of Vulnerabilities Before Data Breach - WSJ

Target Corp.'s computer security staff raised concerns about vulnerabilities in the retailer's payment card system at least two months before hackers …

Crime Committed On Church Computer

Raul Rivera - February 14, 2014 09:37AM What's the Big Deal with Internet Use in My Church? Technology has revolutionized the way churches...

The Week in Review

Inside Flipboard / September 6, 2013<p>Fashion leaders and lovers from around the world are now in Manhattan for New York Fashion Week (NYFW), which …

The A.V. Club's Cultural Commentary Comes to Flipboard

The A.V. Club’s Cultural Commentary Comes to Flipboard<p>Inside Flipboard / September 17, 2013<p>The A.V. Club, The Onion’s off-shoot for media criticism, …

More Than Meets the Eye

Inside Flipboard / September 17, 2013<p>With today’s release, Flipboard is ready for iOS 7, the re-envisioned version of Apple’s mobile operating …

Levi's Launches Into the Modern Frontier

Levi’s Launches Into the Modern Frontier<p>Inside Flipboard / September 19, 2013<p>In the same pioneering spirit that inspired Levi Strauss to create his …

On the Red Couch with Author Margaret Atwood

Inside Flipboard / September 19, 2013<p>The Guardian calls the writer Margaret Atwood “literature’s digital doyenne.” The author of more than 40 books …

Vice Is Nice—on Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / September 25, 2013<p>At the beginning of this year, former Bulls forward Dennis Rodman made headlines when he and the Harlem …

Madonna Launches "secretprojectrevolution" Film and Flipboard Magazine

Madonna Launches “secretprojectrevolution” Film and Flipboard Magazine<p>Inside Flipboard / September 25, 2013<p>Yesterday, Madonna unveiled Art For …

The Week in Review: Miley Mania

Inside Flipboard / September 27, 2013<p>Miley Cyrus’ constant twerking and wrecking-ball writhing have generated more than their share of headlines …

News of the World

Inside Flipboard / October 7, 2013<p>The watershed moment for cable news was the Gulf War, in 1991: Who can forget Wolf Blitzer & Co.’s live reports—the …