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All posts tagged "online security"

  • Edward Snowden working on spy-proof smartphone case for cyber-sleuths

    Notorious public whistleblower Edward Snowden and famous hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang are co-developing a smartphone case that aims to protect users from wireless device snooping. According to the duo's paper "Against the Law: Countering Lawful Abuses of Digital Surveillance", the device will prevent journalists falling foul to their "own tools". "Front-line journalists are high-value targets, and their enemies will spare no expense to silence them. Unfortunately, journalists can be betrayed by their own tools. Their smartphones are also the perfect tracking device," they add. The device, called the introspection engine, will clip onto a device, and checks if a phone is transmitting radio signals....

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account briefly hijacked by OurMine

    The latest high-profile CEO to wake up to a social media account breach is none other than Twitter head Jack Dorsey. The world's first tweeter and founder of Square rather ironically this weekend found his Twitter account hijacked by Robin Hood security collective OurMine. While the collective didn't post anything incriminating or embarrassing, OurMine was sure to use Dorsey's account to advertise its own security business, a trend that we've seen from the group's previous attacks. This year, the collective has targeted Google's CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Other celebrities including musician Deadmau5 and actor Channing Tatum, have also...

  • 1 in 5 South Africans don’t care about passwords, 8.8m hit by ‘cyber crime’

    South Africans have a lot to deal with. Whether its political news, the scourge of crime or one of its national sporting teams' latest dismal performance, it's tough being South African. Symantec's Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report has just given South African internet users another thing to worry about. The report's findings suggest that 8.8-million South Africans fell victim to online crime in the past year -- that's around 18% of South Africans. According to Symantec, South Africans also really love dinner and dating: "58% would rather cancel dinner plans with their best friend than have to cancel their credit/debit cards after...

  • Employees share passwords: here’s what that means for your business

    Sometimes employees feel they need to supplement their income, and a surprising few will even go as far as sell company secrets to do so. One in five employees say they would sell a company password to a third party, according to a recent survey. It’s an alarming number for employers. Here is a look at the survey's findings, what they mean for businesses and what businesses can do to protect their privacy. Password management risks A recent survey commissioned by identity management company SailPoint and conducted by market research company VansonBourne found a number of startling tidbits that should get business...

  • TeamViewer confirms compromised accounts, blames other services

    TeamViewer has confirmed that an unspecified number of accounts on the remote desktop support service have been compromised. In a blog post discussing new security features, the company included an open letter to TeamViewer users, informing them of the news. The company pinned the blame on compromised services elsewhere though. "As you have probably heard, there have been unprecedented large scale data thefts on popular social media platforms and other web service providers. Unfortunately, credentials stolen in these external breaches have been used to access TeamViewer accounts, as well as other services," the firm explained. Read more: 427m leaked passwords surface from enormous 2013 MySpace...

  • 427m leaked passwords surface from enormous 2013 MySpace data breach

    Remember MySpace? If you do, you were probably a teenager when N'SYNC was a thing, and the Y2K bug was threatening to destroy the world. But it remains relevant as ever in 2016, even if it is for all the wrong reasons. Back in June 2013, MySpace experienced something of a security breach. Hackers gained access to "email addresses, Myspace usernames, and Myspace passwords", details the company's blog, but more importantly, this breach affected those "Myspace accounts created prior to June 11, 2013." That means practically everyone who used the old MySpace platform was, and is, at risk. The breach is reportedly...

  • 6 things you need to know about protecting yourself from the latest online scams

    With credit card fraud and internet scams an ever-present threat across the globe, as with other types of crime, incidences of banking card fraud tend to increase over the festive season. For this reason internet users should be particularly cautious during the run-up to the 2014 festive season. And while there is ongoing coverage in the media of the various scams taking place locally and internationally, in my experience many internet users are still at a loss as to the various methods hackers may use to gain access to confidential banking information, and how best to keep...

  • 14 big security predictions for 2014

    Towards the end of last year, my top five predicted security threats for 2013 were: social engineering, Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), internal threats, BYOD, and cloud. All five predictions were realised; especially internal threats, with Edward Snowden’s NSA security breach being among the biggest data leaks ever by an insider. Like most IT security professionals, I really want my predictions not to come true: I would prefer organisations didn’t get hacked, infected by malware, or suffer data breaches. But by predicting the next wave of threats, we hope to help organisations stay on top of the evolving tactics...

  • Big data is the superhero for your digital security woes [RSA conf]

    There has never been a more dangerous time to be online: there are threats from every corner and attackers are getting more sophisticated. With data hopping from device to device via the cloud, the way we do security must change. This is the world of big data and where trust and privacy is becoming more vulnerable. Art Coviello the Executive Chairman of RSA (the security division of EMC) believes the way security is currently tackled must change if today's society is to survive the changing world of technology. He argues that the security industry needs a scalable ecosystem for sharing...

  • Is your password “123456” or “ninja”? Here’s why you should change it

    SplashData, a password management applications producer, has listed the 25 worst and scariest passwords used. According to the site, "password", "123456" and "12345678" still top the list from last year as the most common passwords used on the internet, but new to the list is "Jesus", "ninja", "mustang" and believe it or not "password1." Users "of any of these passwords are most likely to be victims in future breaches," the company says. Millions...

  • New trojan makes you think Facebook and Google want your bank details

    Ever tried to log into your Facebook or Google account, only to be asked to enter your credit card details? Of course the two most popular websites in the world would be a prime target for anyone looking to plant some malware, but according to a new study, it's getting more difficult to detect the threats. The latest report from cybercrime security company ThreatMetrix describes how a new version of the Zeus Trojan is targeting Facebook and Gmail log in pages in order to trick their users into submitting their credit and bank account details. Users log into their...

  • Dropbox, leading cloud computing service, suffers security failure

    Since the announcement of iCloud, cloud computing and other cloud services have leapt from the tech-world and into the world at large. With this excitement and popularity has come a fair amount of scrutiny, mainly asking whether cloud services can keep our data safe and secure? For leading cloud-service Dropbox the answer to that question was yes -- until Sunday. It had been reported that on Sunday some users noticed they were allowed...

  • Intel closes McAfee deal with US$7.7-billion

    US computer chip giant Intel announced on Monday that its $7.68 billion acquisition of computer security firm McAfee is now complete. Intel said that with the completion of the deal, McAfee becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel. McAfee will continue to sell security products and services under its own brand. California-based Intel, whose processors are behind nearly 80 percent of computers worldwide, revealed its plan to purchase McAfee - one of...