Some users of Apple iPhones, iPads and Macs have been getting strange wake up calls and unsettling messages demanding a ransom for access to their devices. Now is the time to make your i-stuff is locked down, even if you don’t live in Australia.
Ex-employees often still have full access to the network of their previous employer, leaving the company open to “revenge attacks” – or just practical jokes.
Music streaming service Spotify has urged its Android users to upgrade to a new version of the app after “unauthorized access to our systems and internal company data” – but only one, unnamed person fell victim.
Pirates who have downloaded one of the most popular torrent files of this week’s big game release Watch Dogs – ironically, themed around computer hacking – found malware pilfering their virtual gold (well, Bitcoins).
Android users beware: a loophole in the mobile OS allows apps to take pictures without users knowing and upload them to the internet, a researcher has found.
Pentagon officials showed off a virtual reality battlefield, using the Oculus Rift motion-sensing 3D VR headset, which turns cyber attacks into 3D visions where defenders can “look around” using the gadgets’s built in accelerometers.
Cybercriminals always look for the weakest link when planning their attacks – and failings in home routers can allow another “way in”. A few simple adjustments will keep yours safe.
Fernando Corbato, the MIT computer scientist widely credited with inventing the computer password, says that he and his colleagues could not foresee the World Wide Web from the early Sixties – and passwords have now become “kind of a nightmare.”
Activision Blizzard – makers of game hits such as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft – have taken “aggressive” legal moves against gamers who use illegal software to cheat in games – in particular, the hit strategy title Starcraft 2.
As the 145 million people affected by the security breach at online giant eBay get used to the idea that their personal information may be “out there” and their passwords need to be changed, we wanted to update yesterday’s coverage of the story.
eBay customers should change passwords following this latest high profile breach. The Internet giant says the hack exposed names, addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords of customers.
A Chicago artist has created a cheap, effective way for the public to fight back against the growing profusion of security cameras – rubber masks which make the devices unable to identify people by making everyone look the same.
Blackshades is a RAT and the FBI has just arrested a lot of people involved in its use and distribution. But what’s a RAT and how will these arrests impact cyber crime?
High-end Samsung phones could soon ship with a biometric scanner which puts fingerprint-swipe buttons (as seen in both Samsung and Apple’s flagship smartphones) in the shade, security-wise – an iris scanner.
Dr Joseph Atick, a pioneer in biometrics, who co-founded early facial recognition companies such as Visionics, now fears that large companies could use new versions of his technologies for electronic surveillance,- and warned of “unexpected consequences” unless the industry changed its habits.