HipChat hack leads to precautionary password reset

Use HipChat? Be aware that hackers have accessed the names, usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords for some users.

Google announces ‘Vulnerability Research Grants’

Google has announced it is to pay out research grants to security researchers seeking out potential bugs, even if they turn up empty-handed, reports ZDNet.

Facebook porn scam infects 110k users in 48 hours

A new porn scam is spreading startlingly quickly through Facebook – one that has managed to spread malware to over 110,000 users in 48 hours, reports The Guardian.

Q4 DDoS attacks up 90% on previous quarter

The number of distributed denial-of-service attacks on websites in the final quarter of 2014 was up 90 percent on the previous quarter, according to research from Akamai Technologies.

US military explores ‘cognitive fingerprints’ as alternative to passwords

Sky News reports that the United States military is investing heavily in new identify verification techniques that could replace passwords and biometric solutions for security.

Linux haunted by Ghost vulnerability

Security researchers have found a vulnerability inherent to a widely used component in most versions of Linux, reports Computer World.

MSIL/Agent.PYO: Have botnet, will travel

ESET’s researchers recently encountered a piece of malware targeting the filling of the forms belonging to the Consulate of Poland. To understand why it is first necessary to have a brief look at the application process for visas.

Over 5,000 US gas stations vulnerable to remote hacks

Around 5,300 gas stations in the United States could be vulnerable to a remote cyberattack on the automated tank gauges, causing the pumps to flag alerts or even shut down

Are you being tracked? How to spot a tracking app on your phone

Tracking apps and spyware are a genuine risk, and an extremely unpleasant invasion of privacy for many. Here are our tips on how to recognize if you have a tracking app on your phone, and what to do about it.

Top 5 security tips for Android Lollipop

Android Lollipop has a number of new ways to keep your data private. So, start with these top 5 tips to keep your smartphone secure.

The Biggest Hacks of 2014

There were a number of big security breaches during 2014, but which was the biggest? We count down the top 5.

20 million dating site profiles targeted by hacker

20 million usernames and email addresses for a popular Russian dating website have been leaked, according to Bloomberg. Techworld highlights the targeted website as Topface, which has 91.5 million users. Anti-fraud firm Easy Solutions claimed that of the leaked users, 50 percent were Russian citizens, and 40 percent from the EU. Seven million of the logins

Electronic Frontier Foundation outlines plan to end NSA surveillance

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an American civil-liberties group, has revealed its plans to end global mass surveillance, The Inquirer reports.

U.S. tax identity theft: dodging the $5 billion crime spree

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week? Yes, tax ID fraud is a real threat to your finances in America today. Putting your tax refund in jeopardy is just one of the impacts.

Taylor Swift hacked, but denies naked pictures will be leaked

Singer Taylor Swift has had her Twitter and Instagram accounts hacked, but laughed off claims that the hackers will release nude photographs of her.

Data Privacy Day 2015: Respecting privacy, safeguarding data, enabling trust

January 28 is Data Privacy Day, an international acknowledgment of the importance of privacy in an increasingly data-driven world. The key themes of Data Privacy Day this year are: Respecting privacy, Safeguarding data, Enabling trust.

Marriott fixes Android app exploit that could expose personal data

Marriott International has fixed an exploit in their Android app, that could expose personal details for customers of the hotel chain, highlighted by a security researcher.

Android Wi-Fi Direct bug means hackers can reboot your device

A vulnerability in Android’s Wi-Fi Direct functionality has been uncovered by security researchers.

Facebook, Instagram and Tinder hit by outages, but deny cyberattack

Social Media giants Facebook, Instagram and Tinder were hit by simultaneous outages on Tuesday, which led many to suspect a coordinated cyberattack, reports City AM.

Flurry of cyberattacks causes concern for Davos elites at World Economic Forum

Cybercrime was the focus of everyone’s attention at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos.

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