CYBER: Privacy, Crime, & Security

By Michael Hartley CFP® | Dkeadvisorsolutions.com curated articles about data and Internet security and personal privacy related to technology use.

Target Settlement: Company Will Pay $18.5M For Credit Card Data Breach

U.S. retailer Target agreed to pay $18.5 million as part of a settlement over a 2013 data breach that resulted in the theft of credit and debit card …

Identity Theft

WannaCry Ransomware: Fake Antivirus Apps For Android Don't Protect Against Malware Attacks

A new wave of apps appearing in the Google Play Store purport to protect devices against the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected hundreds of …

Information Security

Android Malware: Cloak And Dagger Attack Can Secretly Record User Activity

An exploit that affects Android devices has been discovered. Dubbed Cloak and Dagger, the attack is able to disguise a hacker’s activity behind a …

Information Security

What James Comey’s Firing Means For the Future of Cyber Attacks

Following Presidents Trump’s abrupt termination of FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, the US government is left in a vulnerable spot as …

Cybersecurity

Newly Discovered Vulnerability Raises Fears of Another WannaCry Cyber Attack

A newly found flaw in widely used networking software leaves tens of thousands of computers potentially vulnerable to an attack similar to that …

Information Security

How an Airplane Laptop Ban Would Expose Company Data to Espionage

To ban or not to ban laptops? Millions of global travelers are anxiously awaiting the answer to this question. Since the U.S. government received credible intelligence that ISIS had developed the capability to conceal explosive devices within laptops, tablets, and other large electronic devices, …

Harvard Business Review

Evil Subtitles Can Hack Your PC (And Probably Your TV) Every Time You Watch A Movie

Watching a film with subtitles this week? It might contain a nasty surprise that leaves your PC or TV under the control of cybercriminals, researchers from security firm Check Point warned Tuesday.<p>They found a way to insert malicious code into subtitle files used by popular media players, including …

Popcorn Time

Hacker Gang Behind Nasty Android Banking Malware Busted By Police

The Cron gang was looking for a few good cybercrooks when it posted a help wanted ad on an underground hacking forum. What it got instead was the attention of security firm Group IB and Russian law enforcement. A series of raids led to 20 arrests and the recovery of numerous computers, payment …

Security

WannaCry 2.0 is latest threat to company's financial data security

The greatest threat to a business in the 21st century could come from an unknown person on the other side of the world. Hacking attacks cost the average American firm $15.4 million, according to a 2016 report by HP and the U.S.-based Ponemon Institute of Cyber Crime.<p>The recent WannaCry ransomware …

New technology uses the way you walk as a password

What if your mobile phone or smartwatch could analyse your walking style for authentication?<p>The way you walk could one day be the "fingerprint" that unlocks your phone. A a small wearable protoype developed at the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation's Data61 lab …

Robotics

Spotify Hacked: Thousands Of Accounts’ Login Credentials Released By The Leak Boat

<b>UPDATE: 9 p.m. EDT —</b> In a statement to International Business Times regarding the hacking of some user accounts, Spotify said Tuesday evening: “We …

Security

386 WannaCry ransomware samples discovered in the wild

The destructive ransomware has caused chaos and it may be that cyberattackers want to continue capitalizing on the malware.<p>Researchers have …

Ransomware

Check Point: Best Play In Cyber Security?

Strategic shift towards focusing on subscription revenue will produce stable cash flows and increase stickiness of customers.<p>Amidst growing …

Cybersecurity

Russian Android malware infects millions of phones, drains bank accounts

Why it matters to you<p>'Cron' malware used by Russian hackers to target bank accounts generated hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to …

Cybersecurity

See How This Web Short, The Wolf, Looks At The Ease Of Hacking A Printer

Cyber security is a multi-layered topic, but every day consumers and businesses around the world interact with computers, handheld devices, printers, etc., and each pose potential cyber security risks.<p>HP’s new cyber security campaign, <i>The Wolf</i>, is a web short that’s centered around data breaches …

Wolves

U.N.'s North Korea sanctions monitors hit by 'sustained' cyber attack

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations experts investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea have suffered a "sustained" cyber attack by unknown hackers with "very detailed insight" into their work, according to an email warning seen by Reuters on Monday.<p>The hackers eventually breached …

North Korea

What is EternalRocks? WannaCry successor is new 'Doomsday' SMB worm that uses 7 NSA hacking tools

The worm has no kill switch and can potentially be instantaneously weaponised with ransomware, banking Trojans or RATs.<p>WannaCry has a new highly …

Information Security

Inside Google's Fight To Keep The US Government Out Of Gmail Inboxes

In at least six separate federal cases, Google is waging a quiet war against the U.S. government. It’s taking the FBI to task over warrants demanding it hand over the contents of Gmail data stored overseas. And because Google stores customer accounts in fragments in servers around the globe, it’s a …

Privacy

Inside the digital heist that terrorized the world—and only made $100k

Robert Gren had 26 minutes left to decide whether to pay the ransom. It was Monday, May 15, three days after the global cyberattack now known as WannaCry had begun, and a clock on Gren’s computer screen was counting down.<p>Above the clock, there was a warning: “Payment will be raised on 5/15/2017 …

Hackers Are Trying to Reignite the Ransomware Outbreak

Over the past year, two digital disasters have rocked the internet. The botnet known as Mirai knocked a swath of major sites off the web last …

Cybersecurity

New NIST guidelines banish periodic password changes

Is your company still following outdated password rules?<p>| May 19, 20179:47 am | Filed under: Privacy 0<p>The National Institute of Standards and …

Security

Victims Call Hackers’ Bluff as Ransomware Deadline Nears

With the clock ticking on whether a global hacking attack would wipe out his data, Bolton Jiang had no intention of paying a 21st-century ransom.<p>Since a week ago, when the malware first struck, Mr. Jiang had been fixing and replacing computers at the electronics company where he works in Shanghai. …

Cybersecurity

The people who fight hacking and cybercrime are turning to designers for help

Not all intelligence analysts wear plain suits and grim expressions.<p>At the IBM Design studios in Austin, Texas, a team of 30 designers are enthusiastically parsing malware threats, viruses, hacks and malicious IP addresses to visualize the veins of cyberattacks all over the world.<p>Led by former …

Cybersecurity

AP Interview: Surfer worked from bedroom to beat cyberattack

ILFRACOMBE, England (AP) — As a vast "ransomware" attack raced from computer to computer, infecting tens of thousands around the world, a young tech expert worked from his bedroom in England to bring the rampage to a halt.<p>But Marcus Hutchins doesn't consider himself a hero.<p>The 22-year-old credited …

Cybersecurity

Passwords Are Terrible, but Will Biometrics Be Any Better?

Passwords have become a ubiquitous requirement for consumers who want to perform any online activity in a secure environment. It’s safe to say that most of us are overwhelmed by the plethora of passwords (and associated security questions and protocols) we must keep track of just to access our …

Security

The FTC Is Cracking Down on Scam ‘Tech Support’ Pop-Ups

If you’ve ever had your web browser taken over by a hard-to-close window declaring that your computer is infected with viruses, the Federal Trade …

Identity Theft

The Latest: Microsoft partly blames US gov't for cyberattack

LONDON (AP) — The latest on the global extortion cyberattack that hit dozens of countries on Friday (all times local):<p>12:20 a.m.<p>Microsoft's top lawyer is laying some of the blame for Friday's massive cyberattack at the feet of the U.S. government.<p>Brad Smith criticized U.S. intelligence agencies, …

Cybersecurity

G7 financial leaders reiterate FX pledges, vow more cyber cooperation

BUSBARI, Italy (Reuters) - Financial leaders of seven leading world economies pledged stronger cooperation against cyber crime on Saturday and not to …

Economics