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SEC hack is ‘bigger’ than Equifax, cybersecurity expert says

As consumers struggle to wrap their heads around the Equifax breach that affected 143 million Americans, the SEC announced Wednesday its electronic filing system was breached and one cybersecurity expert says these incidents are just the tip of the iceberg.<p>“From a cyber security perspective we …

Cybersecurity

Hackers respond to Face ID on the iPhone X

Everyone is still coming to grips with the implications of iPhone X users having to rely on their face to unlock the device once Apple’s new …

iOS

SEC discloses cybersecurity breach

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday said its “EDGAR” public-company filing system had been hacked.<p>SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said in a statement that last month "the Commission learned that an incident previously detected in 2016 may have provided the basis for illicit gain through …

Cybersecurity

Equifax has been directing victims to a fake phishing site for weeks

In failing to correctly patch a known vulnerability and exposing the personal data of potentially 143 million Americans to hackers, Equifax made a …

Identity Theft

This is why you shouldn’t use texts for two-factor authentication

Researchers show how to hijack a text message<p>For a long time, security experts have warned that text messages are vulnerable to hijacking — and this morning, they showed what it looks like in practice. A demonstration video posted by Positive Technologies (and first reported by <i>Forbes</i>) shows how …

Security

WARNING: Terrifying virus can take over BILLIONS of phones, here’s how to stop it

GETTYSmartphone users have been warned about a terrifying malware spread over Bluetooth<p>Security experts have warned of a new virus spread over …

Information Security

Information security is not information technology

Recent news coverage has been filled with talk of the split of U.S. Cyber Command from the National Security Agency. It’s a transition that makes …

Cybersecurity

This AI program can make 3D face models from a selfie

A group of AI experts from The University of Nottingham and Kingston University managed to create a new method by which two-dimensional images of faces can be converted into 3D using machine learning.<p>The researchers trained a convolutional neural-network to perform the task by feeding it tons of …

Machine Learning

We Asked 6 Privacy and Legal Experts About Apple’s New Face ID

Here’s an answer to every question you have about Apple’s latest innovation.<p>Apple executives stood on stage Tuesday and revealed the way we'll unlock the brand new iPhone X: with our faces, using a new feature called Face ID.<p>It utilizes the selfie camera's "TrueDepth" camera system—a set of sensors …

Privacy

iPhone X’s Face ID raises security and privacy questions

The new top-of-the-range iPhone does away with the home button and its built-in fingerprint reader in favor of a new biometric — called Face ID — which uses a 3D scan of the user’s face for authenticating and unlocking their device. It also replaces Touch ID for Apple Pay too.<p>Apple suggests this is …

Privacy

Cops' use of biometric images 'gone far beyond custody purposes'

The use of 20 million facial images by the police "has said gone far beyond using them for custody purposes", according to the Biometric …

Surveillance

Senator says Equifax should offer customers free credit security freezes

Equifax’s handling of the massive data breach that affected 143 million people has been ineffective, Senator Brian Schatz wrote in a letter today (embedded at bottom of post) to Equifax. He says what Equifax has offered customers, a one-year complimentary subscription to credit monitoring, is …

Identity Theft

Forget Equifax. Facebook and Google Have the Data That Should Worry You

Just for a minute, imagine that hackers have gained access to a database containing sensitive information about hundreds of millions of people. In …

Privacy

Phishy Basic Authentication prompts

In one of our previous posts, we noted that a popular tool – Responder – uses Basic Authentication prompts to harvest user credentials when they …

Web Development

Data hack at Children’s Hospital may have affected more than 3,000 families

Hackers may have gained access to the personal data of more than 3,000 patient families at Children’s Hospital Colorado, the hospital in Aurora …

Security

Major US carriers say they’re working on a more secure two-factor system

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are now working together to develop a more secure solution for two-factor authentication.<p>The companies seem to be looking for a way to replace traditional text messages as the method for verifying whether someone is trying to log in to an online account. What …

Security

Listening-In On A Hacked Amazon Echo Is Terrifying

The daunting prospect of owning a household device that can listen-in to your every conversation has always loomed over Amazon’s Echo and other smart speakers.<p>It’s a concern that Amazon works very hard to diffuse – knowing, presumably, that any snifter of legitimacy to this concern is game over for …

Security

Data Breach Exposes 700M Email Addresses — And Some Passwords

The bad guys just got breached.<p>A spambot computer program, which harvests email addresses to send spam messages for everything from weight loss pills to those notorious Nigerian prince emails, has exposed 711 million email addresses and a number of passwords.<p>Security researcher Troy Hunt said it …

Security

Cyber-flaw affects 745,000 pacemakers

<b>A total of 745,000 pacemakers have been confirmed as having cyber-security issues that could let them be hacked.</b><p>The Food and Drug Administration revealed that 465,000 pacemakers in the US were affected, in an advisory note about a fix to the problem.<p>The pacemaker's manufacturer, Abbott, told the …

Cybersecurity

711 MILLION email accounts weaponized by Onliner for spam campaigns

The Onliner spambot weaponized a whopping 711 million email accounts to distribute spam emails laden with malware.David Bisson reports.

Security

CVS app found sharing your location data with more than 40 third-party web servers

'We literally cannot think of any legitimate reason for doing this,' security expert Serge Egelman said.<p>Researchers have discovered that US retail …

Web Servers

Police Are Warning Against This Scary New Phone Scam

Earlier this month security experts warned of a highly effective phishing email that fooled many Gmail customers into divulging their login …

Identity Theft

Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual Currency

Hackers have discovered that one of the most central elements of online security — the mobile phone number — is also one of the easiest to steal.<p>In a growing number of online attacks, hackers have been calling up Verizon, T-Mobile U.S., Sprint and AT&T and asking them to transfer control of a …

Security

Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas

<b>Identity theft is reaching "epidemic levels", according to a fraud prevention group, with victims most likely to be aged in their 30s.</b><p>ID fraudsters obtain personal information before pretending to be that individual and apply for loans or store cards in their name.<p>A total of 89,000 cases were …

Identity Theft

Is the Power Grid Getting More Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks?

Two weeks ago it was cyberattacks on the Irish power grid. Last month it was a digital assault on U.S. energy companies, including a nuclear power …

Cybersecurity

New Android malware that spreads via text can steal victims' credit card details from other apps

It's wise not to enter your credit card details into shady-looking apps and websites if you don't want your details stolen.<p>But sometimes, not even the apps you know and trust are safe.<p>A piece of malware detailed in a blog post from security firm Kaspersky is able to quietly steal victims' details …

Google Play Store

An iOS 11 feature could let you quickly disable TouchID and keep cops out

TouchID has always been a legal grey area when it came to cops and border patrol asking you to fork over your phone. But, with the new update in iOS 11, that no longer seems to be a problem.<p>The new feature is being referred to in some circles as a “cop button” because it allows the iPhone owner to …

iOS

Hackers Mock Cybersecurity Firm FireEye with Second Data Dump

The dump is relatively small, containing around 3MB of files.<p>At the end of July, anonymous hackers published documents stolen from an employee of cybersecurity firm FireEye, and claimed that more data would follow. On Monday, the hackers seemingly followed up, and released a second cache of alleged …

Security

US Launches Quiet Crackdown On Cryptocurrencies

by williambanzai7 - Aug 31, 2017 11:34 AM<p>Hurricane Harvey Edition...<p>A local hero emerges.<p>by Phoenix Capital... - Aug 31, 2017 9:58 AM<p>Gold has SMASHED …

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