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Hacking predictions gone wild from the ‘internet of things’

A new, terrifying weapon is in the hands of hackers – the ability to stop a toilet flush working. We look at 2014’s silliest hacking predictions of gadget doom.

Google Chromebook passwords could soon just be the wave of an Android

Google’s popular Chromebook laptops could soon do away with passwords entirely with a new system where simply bringing a phone near the laptop opens up the OS.

Canadian teenager is first to be arrrested for Heartbleed bug attack

A 19-year-old teenager in London, Ontario, Canada has become the first criminal to be arrested for exploiting the ‘Heartbleed’ bug to steal information – in this case, private information on Canadian taxpayers.

LaCie breach leaks passwords and emails – for a whole YEAR

Hard drive specialist LaCie has admitted a data breach that exposed customer emails and passwords – and the attack went undetected for an entire YEAR. Potential victims have been notified, but the scale and damage of the attack are yet to be assessed.

Samsung Galaxy S5 is vulnerable to crude “fake fingerprint” hack

A crude fake fingerprint molded using wood glue, and based on a photo taken by a smartphone was enough to fool the much-hyped fingerprint sensor in Samsung’s new flagship S5. Worryingly, the sensor can be used to authenticate financial transactions.

‘Heartbleed thingumajig’ man suffers hackers revenge

Man challenges hackers to break into accounts after complaining Heartbleed was “overhyped” – and has online life destroyed in minutes.

Facebook Webinject Leads to iBanking Mobile Bot

iBanking is a malicious Android application that when installed on a mobile phone is able to spy on its user’s communications. This bot has many interesting phone-specific capabilities, including capturing incoming and outgoing SMS messages, redirecting incoming voice calls, and even capturing audio using the device’s microphone.

XP-diency: beyond the end of the line

Can’t yet upgrade from XP? Recommendations are being made by Gartner and others for staying (relatively) safe.

Heartbleed claims British mums and Canadian tax payers as victims

The critical security vulnerability in OpenSSL known commonly as “Heartbleed” continues to raise alarms, with websites now warning that hackers have breached their systems by exploiting the bug, and stolen personal information about users.

All eyes on Heartbleed bug: worse than feared and could affect “billions”

The full scope of the Heartbleed bug came to light in a series of reports by researchers and white-hat hackers, with some claiming a billion smartphones may be at risk, as well as a statement allegedly from the US government over its use of the bug.

Taxing Times: Dealing with tax identity fraud in America

Filing your taxes on April 15? What if someone has already filed “your” income tax return? Sadly, this can happen, and it does happen, all too often. Here’s why, and what you can do about it.

German security agency warns botnet ‘army’ has harvested 18 million emails and passwords

Scans of a huge botnet have revealed that it has harvested at least 16 million usernames and passwords for email sites and other online services, according to a report released by German security agency, the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI).

Interview: Windigo victim speaks out on the ‘stealth’ malware that attacked his global company

Francois Gagnon is a Canadian business owner who was targeted because his company had lots of servers, and many customers – victims for the gang. Gagnon didn’t notice for weeks, until complaints from customers alerted him. A team of ESET experts contained the infection, and Gagnon’s help with forensics was also valuable.

“I am responsible”: Heartbleed developer breaks silence

The source of the bug, which has affected at least 500,000 sites and millions of users, was a small programming error made by a PhD student, who has spoken of his regret at the incident.

Privacy, Social Media, and the Younger Generation

When parents post photographs and information about their children to social media, what are the privacy implications for those children when they’re grown? What happens on the internet tends to stay on the internet, and not necessarily in a good way.

Android malware? Google will be watching your every move

Google is to boost security on its Android devices, by continuously checking apps to see that they haven’t mutated into malicious Android malware, monitoring all apps on Android devices for suspicious behavior, according to PC World.

Windigo not Windigone: Linux/Ebury updated

There have been some interesting new developments since we published our report on Operation Windigo. In this blog post you will read about a Linux/Ebury update, and the reaction of the criminal gang to our post.

10 years of Mac OS X malware

The malware problem on Mac OS X is nothing like as bad as it is on Windows, but that doesn’t mean it can be ignored.

NSA revelations shake faith in U.S. tech firms as Harris poll shows public conflicted

The National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance activities revealed by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden appear to be taking a serious toll on public confidence in technology companies in America, such as Internet service providers and software companies, according to a Harris poll commissioned by ESET. The poll found that two-thirds of adult Americans who said

Heartbleed encryption flaw leaves millions of sites at risk

The Heartbleed bug – a flaw in an encryption technology used to protect major websites including Yahoo – has left a huge amount of private data at risk – and internet giants are scrambling to find fixes for a problem which could leave customer data exposed to criminals.

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