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Website reveals 73,000 unprotected security cameras with default passwords

As we’ve reported before, users and businesses leaving their router username and passwords as the manufacturer’s default are potentially leaving themselves open to an easy hack, but a new website has sprung up illustrating the point in alarming detail.

Sednit Espionage Group Attacking Air-Gapped Networks

The Sednit espionage group, also known as the Sofacy group, APT28 or “Fancy Bear”, has been targeting various institutions for many years. We recently discovered a component the group employed to reach physically isolated computer networks — “air-gapped” networks — and exfiltrate sensitive files from them through removable drives.

Kickstarter campaigns wants your password on your wrist

A new wristband that aims to replace the password has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. At the time of writing, Everykey has passed the halfway mark on its $100,000 funding target with $56,586 pledged with 19 days to reach $100,000. Using Bluetooth, the Everykey promises “immediate access to a user’s password-protected electronics such as

Realistic looking phishing websites work 45% of the time, Google claims

Google has teamed up with the University of California in San Diego to publish surprising new research about phishing, how effective it is and how scammers work their phishing operations.

Amazon phishing scams hit over 750,000 Brits

Although phishing scams are something everyone should always be vigilant to, AppRiver has identified two specific Amazon types which are currently targeting the UK market, Tech Week Europe reports.

Home Depot breach: hackers took 53 million email addresses

September’s breach of Home Depot that saw 56 million sets of credit and debit card data stolen was not the only thing lost in the leak, the company has revealed.

Apple Pay and security – what you need to know

Mobile payments look set to be one of the defining technologies of 2015, as the launch of Apple Pay catalyses a boom in cardless payments – both from Apple’s own system, and rivals playing catch-up.

Dark Web drug trade site Silk Road 2.0 shut down

A year ago, Silk Road 2 appeared on the dark web, after the original Silk Road site’s illegal drug trade was shut down by the FBI. Now, Wired reports Silk Road 2 has met a similar fate to its predecessor.

Google security – how to lock down your Google account

If you use Gmail as your ‘main’ email account – or rely on Google services such as Drive for work – it’s well worth revisiting Google’s Settings menus to give your Google security a boost.

Government requests for private Facebook data up 24%

Government requests for private Facebook data have increased by nearly 25% since the second half of 2013, the social networking giant has reported.

WireLurker: new malware targets Apple users

A new malware has been discovered that targets both Apple Mac computers and iPhones, Neowin reports. It is the first known malware that can infect iPhones that have not been jailbroken.

British intelligence service echoes FBI’s call for mobile backdoors

Echoing sentiments from across the Atlantic earlier in the year, the head of British spy agency GCHQ as made calls for crypto backdoors into phones to tackle crime, stating, “privacy has never been an absolute right.”

Biometric wristband piloted by Canadian bank

A group of Canadian issuing banks have begun a pilot test of an NFC-enabled version of Nymi – a biometric wristband that uses the cardiac rhythm of the wearer to authenticate the user’s identity.

American Express wants to swap card numbers for tokens

American Express has launched a new service, which looks to swap payment card numbers with unique tokens, reports Network World.

Hacking planes – researchers developing system to stop in-flight malware

City University professor Dr David Stupples and a team of researchers are looking into ways of minimizing the risk of hacking planes in the future.

Global cybersecurity skills shortage incoming, committee warns Britain’s House of Lords

A special Parliamentary Select Committee has told peers in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords that there will be a global shortage of ” no less than two million cyber security professionals” by the year 2017, IT Pro Portal reports.

Rise of free Wi-Fi hotspots ‘presents serious security risks’

The BBC reports that there is currently one Wi-Fi hotspot for every 150 people in the world, but these unmonitored hotspots can potentially cause problems, experts have warned.

Facebook welcomes private browsers with dedicated Tor link

Facebook has opened its doors to privacy concerned users, but opening up a dedicated Tor link, guaranteeing that people who visit the social networking site through anonymous browsers aren’t mistaken for botnets, Gizmodo reports.

Microsoft issues rapid fix to GroupMe exploit

iOS and Android messaging app GroupMe has had a possible vulnerability fixed quickly by Microsoft, according to The Register. There was no evidence to suggest any cybercriminals had been able to exploit the flaw before it was patched.

Two recently patched Adobe Flash vulnerabilities now used in Exploit Kits

Two Flash vulnerabilities that were fixed by Adobe 2 weeks ago are now being used in exploit kits. This is in addition to a third vulnerability, CVE-2014-0556, that was patched in September and that has also been added to Nuclear EK last week.

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