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Malware Threats on Macs Outpace Windows For First Time Ever

It’s generally accepted that Macs are safer and less malware-prone than Windows PCs. Well, not anymore. A new report says that for the first time ever, Mac-specific threats outpaced PCs by a rate of 2:1 in 2019. Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Mac, Windows, Malware, Adware, Fuck Adware


Apple Joins Fido Alliance in Its Bid to Get Rid of Passwords

Apple, which has long prided itself on its devices’ security, has joined the Fido Alliance as a board member. As for why that matters, it’s great news if you hate using passwords or password managers. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Security, Science, FIDO Alliance, Fido, Security Keys


U.S. Indicts Four Chinese Military Members Over 2017 Equifax Hack

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that four members of the Chinese military have been indicted for the 2017 hack of Equifax that compromised the data of at least 145 million people. The theft of social security numbers, addresses, and driver’s license information has been characterized as the largest…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, China, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Doj, U S Department of Justice, Equifax


U.S. Indicts 4 Chinese Military Members Over 2017 Equifax Hack

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that four members of the Chinese military have been indicted for the 2017 hack of Equifax that compromised the data of at least 145 million people. The theft of social security numbers, addresses, and driver’s license information has been characterized as the largest…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, China, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Doj, U S Department of Justice, Equifax, Chinese military


Facebook's Twitter Account Just Got Hijacked (For Like 2 Seconds)

Facebook’s twitter account was temporarily taken over Friday night by a group of hackers that, mostly according to rumor, may be Saudi teens.Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Account Takeovers


Buggy Iowa Caucus App Is Buggy, Security Experts Say

The phone app at the center of the clown-shoe exercise in democracy known as the Iowa Caucuses was not only riddled with technical issues and potentially susceptible to being hacked, it appears to have been designed by a greenhorn programmer in the process of learning the code. That’s according to the analyses of…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Iowa, Democratic Primary, Iowa Caucuses, 2020 Election


New Phillips Hue Smart Light Hack Uses Old Chain Reaction Vulnerability

The Internet of Things is full of insecure and somewhat dubious gadgets, but Philips Hue has generally had a decent reputation—a big reason why it’s one of the more popular brands in the space. However, researchers from Check Point Software have found that an already-known vulnerability with Hue lightbulbs could still…Read more...
Tags: Security, Internet Of Things, Science, Iot, Philips Hue, Smart Lights, Betrayed By My Light Bulbs


You Can Now Build Your Own Login Security Key With Google's Free Software

If you genuinely take your online security seriously you should be using two-factor authentication paired with a security key every time you log in. There are lots of options out there, including Google’s own $50 Titan security key set, but the company has also recently released software you can use to build your own…Read more...
Tags: Google, Security, Science, Diy, Titan, Nordic, Fido, Opensk


Oops! Google Might've Leaked Your Videos to Another Person

In a new privacy-related fuckup, Google told users today that it might’ve accidentally imported your personal photos into another Google user’s account. Whoopsie!Read more...
Tags: Google, Security, Science, Public Relations, Oopsie


Avast CEO Says Company Will Shutter Data-Sucking Subsidiary, Apologizes for the Data-Sucking

The “global leader” in cybersecurity—Avast—announced today it would be shutting down its analytics arm Jumpshot that was recently found harvesting the data of the hundreds of millions installing Avast’s free browser extension. Apparently, the optics of a company that prides itself on privacy-forward approaches and…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Shut It Down, See Ya


Report: Suckplane Still Sucks, Can't Even Shoot Straight

The F-35, the next-generation fighter plane that the U.S. government is planning on dropping $1.5 trillion on at the same time it’s planning on slashing health care and kicking the disabled off Social Security, still sucks shit and can’t even shoot straight, according to a report in Bloomberg.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Navy, Bloomberg, War, US military, Social Security, Marine Corps, Aviation, Air Force, Fighter Jets, Danger Zone, F 35


The UK Announces Regulations to Beef Up IoT Security—The U.S. Should Follow Suit

Today, the UK has announced new legislation aimed at protecting consumers who buy connected devices from hacking and other types of security risks. The law would require makers of Internet of Things devices to adhere to three security requirements, which frankly should be no-brainers but somehow aren’t.Read more...
Tags: Security, UK, Science, Iot, Internetofthings


Intel Announces Latest Attempt at Zombieload Patch Coming... 'In the Near Future'

Intel on Monday announced the third in a series of patches meant to address processor vulnerabilities. The latest is closely related to issues addressed in November known as ZombieLoad 2, or TSX Asynchronous Abort. A fix will be available in the near future, an advisory notice said.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Intel, Processors, Zombieload


3 of the Most Common Mobile Scams and How to Stop Them

Our phones carry so much of our lives these days—our social networks, access to our banks, home security apps—that keeping them safe and protected is of paramount importance. These are three of the most common ways your phone can be hacked, and how to stop them.Read more...
Tags: Security, Mobile, Science, Smartphones, Mobile Scams


Apple's Fancy Browser Privacy Tech May Do More Harm Than Good

Of all the tech giants, Apple has repeatedly reminded us that it’s the one that cares most about privacy. One of its many privacy-minded innovations is its Safari “ ” feature—a machine-learning algorithm introduced back in 2017 that aims to stop annoying ads from tracking you from one…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Security, Science, Privacy, Safari, Browsers, Ads


Beware New Texting Scam That Looks Like FedEx Tracking Notifications

One of the few joys left in buying stuff online is getting a text alert that your package is on its way. But even that has become a cause for concern now thanks to a new scam that disguises scam texts as FedEx shipping notifications. Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Scams, Psa, Texting, Phishing, Dont Get Scammed, Fedex Scam


Microsoft Discloses It Left Over 250 Million Customer Support Records Exposed on Servers

Microsoft inadvertently left hundreds of millions of customer service and support requests exposed on several servers without password protection from Dec. 5 to Dec. 31, 2019, the company’s Security Response Center wrote on a blog post on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Security Response Center


Amazon Engineer Leaked Private Encryption Keys. Outside Analysts Discovered Them in Minutes

An Amazon Web Services (AWS) engineer last week inadvertently made public almost a gigabyte’s worth of sensitive data, including their own personal documents as well as passwords and cryptographic keys to various AWS environments. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Science, Aws, Amazon Web Services AWS


Report Claims Apple Left a Backdoor Open at FBI's Request

As tensions escalate in a public spat between Apple and federal officials over the company’s apparent refusal to unlock two iPhones belonging to the Pensacola shooter, a new report claims that Apple recently killed a plan to fully encrypt iPhone backups in iCloud following pressure from government agencies.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Security, Science, Fbi, Pensacola


The FBI Broke Into an iPhone Just a Few Months Ago, Why Does It Need Apple Now?

Federal officials have called on Apple to unlock a phone belonging to a shooter who killed three people last month at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, but the company has refused to do so, saying there’s “no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys.” But the FBI has managed to unlock iPhones all on its own in…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Security, Science, Fbi, Pensacola Naval Air Station, Privacy And Security


Google Now Lets You Use Your iPhone as a Security Key

Last year, Google announced that anyone using an Android 7+ could use their smartphone as a physical security key. Now, Google has extended this ability to iPhones.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Google, Security, Science, Privacy, Security Keys


Windows 7 Is Officially Dead, So You Really Need to Upgrade

As of today, Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows 7. That means no more software updates, security fixes or patches, or technical support. It is dead, an ex-operating system if you will. There’s a decent chance this doesn’t affect you—after all, Windows 7 first launched over 10 years ago in October 2009. Windows…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Rip Windows 7


Federal Program Offers Free Phones For the Poor, So Long as You're OK With Chinese Malware

So much for that “free” lunch, huh?Read more...
Tags: Android, Security, Science, Privacy, Malware


Ring's Security Update Isn't Enough, Sen. Ron Wyden Says

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden isn’t satisfied with Amazon’s response to a string of incidents involving compromised home security cameras made by its subsidiary Ring, such as a high-profile event in 2018 in which a hacker taunted an eight-year-old Tennessee girl in her own bedroom.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Science, Technology, Privacy, Oregon, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Hacking, Tennessee, Hackers, Ron Wyden, Ring


August Looks Like It's Made the Perfect Smart Lock for Apartment Dwellers (and Anyone Else)

August is already one of the most popular smart lock makers, but now, with its fourth-generation Wi-Fi Smart Lock, it feels like August has really perfected its craft, especially for renters and apartment dwellers. Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Ces, Smarthome, Smart Lock, CES 2020, August Wi Fi Smart Lock First Look, Wi Fi Smart Lock


U.S. Confirms Iranian Missile Strikes on Iraqi Bases Housing U.S. Troops

The Department of Defense said in a statement on Tuesday evening that the Iranian military retaliated against the Trump administration’s assassination of Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani last week, launching “more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq.”Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Iraq, Department Of Defense, Iran, War, Military, US military, Middle East, Missiles, Trump, Drone Strikes, Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, Missile Strikes, Iraqi Bases Housing U S Troops


Soon Linksys Wifi Will Be Able to Detect Every Breath You Take

When we went checked out Linksys’ motion-sensing wifi feature last month, we were more impressed with the potential of the technology than its actual capabilities at launch. But at CES 2020 the company gave us a glimpse of Linksys Aware’s future, and we’re now far more optimistic about the technology’s potential to be…Read more...
Tags: Health, Security, Gadgets, Science, Networking, Tech, Ces, Wifi, Linksys, Consumer Tech, CES 2020, Linksys Aware, CES2020, Wellness Pods


This Portable Peep Hole Is an Airbnb Guest's Dream

Every company wants to join the smart home party, but Body Guardz, previously known for its smartphone screen protectors and cases, has shown up to CES 2020 with some genuinely innovative smart home devices, including a portable over-the-door security camera (helpfully called the Portable Over-Door Camera) that will…Read more...
Tags: Security, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Ces, Cameras, Airbnb, Consumer Tech, CES 2020, CES2020, Body Guardz


How AI is preventing email phishing attacks

Since its invention in 1970, email has undergone very little changes. Its ease of use has made it the most common method of business communication, used by 3.7 billion users worldwide. Simultaneously, it has become the most targeted intrusion point for cybercriminals, with devastating outcomes. When initially envisioned, email was built for connectivity. Network communication was in its early days, and merely creating a digital alternative for mailboxes was revolutionary and difficult enough. To...
Tags: Security, Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication


The Best Authenticator Apps for Protecting Your Accounts

If you switch on two-factor authentication (2FA) on your accounts—and you really should—then you need something else besides a username and a password when you log in on a new device. That’s where a good authenticator app comes in.Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Security, Mobile, Apps, Science, Online, Two Factor Authentication



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