Cyber Security Journal

By Christopher Saleh | With advances in technology, Cyber Security threats from individual Identity theft, corporate cybercrime, and Cyber wars are advancing just as fast, and in some cases faster. So, awareness is the key. Gathering critical news and latest trend updates is essential to remain vigilant.

WhatsApp adds another new feature to help fight fake news

WhatsApp wants to fight the spread of fake news — and that means a meaningful change is coming to its app.<p>On Tuesday, the company announced it's …

Internet

Google, Microsoft find another Spectre, Meltdown flaw

Intel and Microsoft on Monday disclosed a newly found variant of the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws, revealing another vulnerability in chips used in hundreds of millions of computers and mobile devices.<p>Intel is calling the new strain "Variant 4." While this latest variant taps into many of …

Senate votes to overturn Ajit Pai’s net neutrality repeal

Senate defies "armies of lobbyists," but House may help FCC kill net neutrality.<p>The US Senate today voted to reverse the Federal Communications …

Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US

A hacker has provided Motherboard with the login details for a company that buys phone location data from major telecom companies and then sells it to law enforcement.<p>A hacker has broken into the servers of Securus, a company that allows law enforcement to easily track nearly any phone across the …

Privacy

The Crypto Crime Wave Is Here

From stickups and drug deals to white-collar scams, cryptocurrency-related crime is soaring—and law enforcement is scrambling to keep up<p>On a Saturday afternoon in November, Louis Meza made plans to meet a friend and fellow cryptocurrency enthusiast for drinks at Ruby Tuesday in New York City’s …

Cryptocurrency

How Android Phones Hide Missed Security Updates From You

Google has long struggled with how best to get dozens of Android smartphone manufacturers—and hundreds of carriers—to regularly push out …

5 questions Mark Zuckerberg dodged on Capitol Hill

Mark Zuckerberg's team has a lot of following up to do.<p>The Facebook CEO has endured two days of questions before Congress amid a data scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a UK-based political data firm that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The firm improperly accessed data on 87 …

Social Media

5 notable themes from Mark Zuckerberg’s opening testimony

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is headed to Congress, but we already have a sneak peak at his opening testimony.<p>He's scheduled to appear at a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday, and before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday.<p>His …

Social Media

Facebook to open up its data for research on social media and elections

Facebook announced a new initiative today aimed at improving its policies and the role its platform plays in elections. The company acknowledged that it was slow to respond to election interference efforts that took place on its site and says it wants to learn more about social media's role in …

Social Media

Facebook says Cambridge Analytica may have had data from as many as 87 million people

On Monday, April 9, you can find out if you were one of them.<p>Cambridge Analytica may have had data from more unwitting Facebook users than originally thought.<p>Facebook now says that the data firm, which collected data about users without their permission, may have collected data on as many as 87 …

Cambridge Analytica

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify Before Congress On April 10 And 11

<b>Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET</b><p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify on Capitol Hill on April 10 and 11 before the a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees, followed by one before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to answer questions about how the company protects its …

Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg on Cambridge Analytica: 'We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you'

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence Wednesday on the Cambridge Analytica data scandal that's plagued the social media giant in recent days …

Social Media

Facebook’s Role in Data Misuse Sets Off Storms on Two Continents

WASHINGTON — Facebook on Sunday faced a backlash about how it protects user data, as American and British lawmakers demanded that it explain how a political data firm with links to President Trump’s 2016 campaign was able to harvest private information from more than 50 million Facebook profiles …

Cambridge Analytica

Facebook and the endless string of worst-case scenarios

Facebook has naively put its faith in humanity and repeatedly been abused, exploited, and proven either negligent or complicit. The company routinely ignores or downplays the worst-case scenarios, idealistically building products without the necessary safeguards, and then drags its feet to admit …

Internet

The Disclosure of AMD's Chip Flaws is Shrouded in Shadiness

An Israeli security firm is facing some backlash for the way it disclosed 13 security vulnerabilities it allegedly found in AMD chips.<p>PCMag reviews …

Information Security

Equifax says hackers stole more than previously reported

Cybercriminals exposed millions more people's personal information in the Equifax hack than the company reported last September.<p>On Thursday, Equifax (EFX) said the breach surfaced 2.4 million more Americans' names and drivers license numbers -- less data than was exposed from the millions of other …

Identity Theft

Officials confirm that a cyberattack took place during the Winter Olympics opening ceremonies

Officials won’t say where the attacks originated<p>Olympic officials have confirmed that a cyber attack took place during the event’s opening ceremonies in Pyeongchang, according to <i>Reuters</i>. The organizers say that while television and internet access was affected, it “it had not compromised any …

Companies are sorry about security flaws. Just not sorry enough to change

<i>(in)Secure is a weekly column that dives into the rapidly escalating topic of cyber security.</i><p>Reuters reported on February 6 that the Consumer …

Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, top U.S. official says

The U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking says the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election.<p>In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the …

Cybersecurity

5 signs you would make a lousy hacker

It hasn’t been a good year for cybersecurity. People are being RATted and swatted, governments are leaking, and companies are being phished. In the Netherlands, DDoS attacks hit three large banks as well as the Dutch tax office over the past few days, temporarily blocking all web traffic.<p>For those …

As online and mobile commerce grow, is your fraud program prepared?

With more and more consumers turning to digital and mobile channels to complete purchases, merchants and card-acquiring banks need to be more …

Facebook is banning all ads promoting cryptocurrencies — including bitcoin and ICOs

It’s an “intentionally broad” policy aimed at stopping scammers.<p>Facebook is banning all ads that promote cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, in an effort to prevent people from advertising what the company is calling “financial products and services frequently associated with misleading or …

Internet

Russian bots retweeted Trump nearly 500,000 times in final weeks of 2016 campaign

Russian-linked automated Twitter accounts, or bots, retweeted Donald Trump almost half a million times in the final weeks before the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, Twitter told the Senate Judiciary Committee.<p>The 50,000 automated accounts the company determined had ties to Russia sent more than 2 …

Social Media

The Follower Factory

Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market.

Social Media

All computers are flawed -- and the fix will take years

All the world's computers are flawed, and companies are fumbling with fixes. It will take years until the issue is fully sorted out.<p>In the three weeks since researchers revealed major flaws invirtually every computer processors, issuing patches has not gone smoothly.<p>"It's been a bit of a disaster," …

Information Security

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange loses more than $500 million to hackers

Hackers stole several hundred million dollars' worth of a lesser-known cryptocurrency from a major Japanese exchange Friday.<p>Coincheck said that …

Cryptocurrency

WhatsApp security flaw lets anyone spy on private chats

Massive WhatsApp security flaw lets ANYONE spy on conversations by secretly adding members to private group chats (but Facebook says it won't fix the …

A password for the Hawaii emergency agency was hiding in a public photo, written on a Post-it note

On Saturday, people in Hawaii were awakened by a terrifying false alert about an inbound missile. Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency has said a worker clicked the wrong item in a drop-down menu and sent it, and that its system was not hacked.<p>"It was a mistake made during a standard procedure at …

The nine companies that know more about you than Google or Facebook

You probably assume Google and Facebook know everything about you. You may not have heard of a group of companies who possibly know even more. They’re called data brokers, and their business is collecting and selling personal data—typically without your knowledge or consent—that are used to verify …

Mobile Devices