Ransomware on Android: Keep calm but get protected

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately of a new ransomware for Android. While this does sound dire, and the possibility exists for more problematic threats on Androids in the future, it is not yet time to panic.

Smart TVs can be infected with spyware – just like smartphones

‘Smart’ televisions with built-in microphones could be used as bugging devices by corrupting the devices with malware, according to software specialists NCC Group, as reported by The Register.

Torrent site Demonoid blocked by Google for serving malware

The torrent site Demonoid was blocked by Google after tests by the search giant found that pages within the site contained banner adverts which were installing malware on users’ PCs.

Bitly hackers stole user credentials from offsite database backup

If only two factor authentication had been used, maybe the database would never have been accessed by online criminals.

Rolling Stones 14 On Fire Free Tickets Giveaway? It’s a Facebook scam

Beware the latest scam spreading on Facebook, claiming to offer free tickets to a Rolling Stones concert.

Twitter double-locks its password security with spammer-foiling defenses

Twitter has added more security measures to its site – making password resets easier, and making it trickier for cybercriminals to log in to accounts.

Mystery surrounds Bitly’s urgent security warning following security breach

If you have an account on link-shortening service Bitly, you should take steps now to protect your account.

Social Media Privacy and Kids

Smartphones pose “biggest cyber risk” to businesses, report warns

The biggest IT security risk to businesses is the use of smartphones in the workplace, a report based on the habits of 5,000 users worldwide has found.

Twitter bot or real, live person? Site picks out fakes instantly

‘Spambots’ are a fact of life on Twitter – fake accounts built to spread everything from infected links to misinformation. Until now, users have had to rely on their instincts, but a tool – “Bot or Not” – helps to uncover fake accounts instantly.

Tax identity fraudsters target third-party payroll sites: are you protected?

Tax identity fraud is on the rise this year, possibly due to criminals getting craftier in their choice of breach targets. According to a series of reports from Brian Krebs, fraudsters are now targeting third-party payroll services.

Samsung and Apple “to face off” with fingerprint-scanning tablets

Shopping via mobile devices is about to receive a dual boost this fall, if the latest rumors are correct – with Samsung about to join Apple with a high-end tablet built with fingerprint security built in.

Miami teenager charged with hacking school computers in “crazy” grade-changing scheme

A Miami high school student who hacked into his school’s website to change grades is facing “years” in custody, after Jose Bautista, 18, handed a written confession to police, according to ABC News’s report.

Don’t forget flash: memory cards can be a data loss and infection vector

A reminder that malicious code can be spread via flash memory cards like SD cards, just as easily as it can spread on USB flash drives. Check these tips to get protected.

Target’s CEO gets the chop, after retailer suffers massive data breach

US retail giant Target has announced that it is parting ways with Gregg Steinhafel, its chairman, president and CEO.

If you work in an IT department, and think that your board isn’t taking information security seriously enough, then perhaps reminding your executive team about just how badly Target has been affected by its data breach will help focus their minds.

EMV “Smart Cards” 101

Microsoft rushes out Internet Explorer fix – even for XP machines

Microsoft rushed out an emergency security fix for Internet Explorer, to fix a flaw which hackers had already exploited – affecting IE versions 6 to 11 on several versions of Windows.

Top 5 tips for protecting your data when you travel

There are many things to remember before travelling and protecting your data is perhaps not the first thing on your mind. Follow these top 5 tips to stay reassured and keep your data secure.

Top 5 tips to avoid Ransomware

Ransomware is a malicious software that blocks your computer until you pay a sum of money. Here are 5 top tips to fight back and avoid being affected.

Cyber defense: businesses need to “spy on” cybercriminals to survive

The key to a good cyber defense strategy is to improve knowledge of current threats, and risks to businesses, according to law enforcement professionals speaking at London’s Infosecurity Europe 2014 conference in London.

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